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What can I say. I have been using Mac's and Pc's since the age of about 5 years. Which one is better...Mac. The introduction of there G3 range, and now there G4 range has meant that there ability to do anything is now even further ahead of the Pc's. I personally have an old style d3esktop G3 266. Iv'e had this machine for about 1.5 years, and still havent had any problems. The only problem I used to get was occasional crashing, but now they have updasted from mac os 8.5 to 8.6, The machine rarely crashes, unless i do something really extreme. The main use of my computer is for music and graphics editing, which are highly memory intensive, so much so, that i did find that i had to upgrade the built in memory from 64Mb to 192Mb. The following is one of the reasons i love my mac so much. In the past I have had to upgrade Pc machines, such as adding a new hard drive or PCI card of some kind. When doing so, there have often been many problems and I have needed the occasional bit of help. When recently adding new memory (and a new hard drive), I litterelly plugged in the new hardware, turned the machine on, added any neccessary software (none!!), and was ready to go. Anothewr reason why these machines are so graet is that they are so user friendly. My mother, who has never used a computer before recently asked me to teach how to use them. I could have chosen to teach her on a Pc, but there can be so many problems that I didn't. After about half an hour, my mothter new the basics of word and excelol, and could easily navigate her way round the whole machine. I would therefore recomend this mac, or indeed any mac, to a new time buyer or computers. The only problems that people say u can encounter, is a lack of software, but recently there has been a large introduction of new software (and already was a lot before), making this no real problem.
When Apple introduced the G3 range, the power and price ratio really opened up a whole new world of experimentation to those graphics or hi-end application orientated. Using the Motorola G3 chip rated at 266 mhz and Apples superior internal bus speeds, the cry of 400mhz from pc manufacturers was one in the dark for those in the know. Apple uses such superior (but pricey)tehnology that you can double the speed of a mac chip and you get the equivalent PC cpu performance. Loaded with cool boards and interfaces, the G3 is a joy to use even now. Stable, pacey and fun, it is such a shame that the Mac is to PC as Beta is to VHS. My only criticism is that the SCSI performance can at times play up. Wierd!!