Thursday, July 30, 2009

Mac vs. PC cost comparisons

Over the next few weeks, we'll look at various pieces that discuss Mac vs. PC cost comparisons, then I'll explain my obvious conclusion. After all, there is no ROI calculation until we establish I.

Take a look at a consumer viewpoint from MyFirstMac:

So what is the real deal with the cost of the Mac versus an equivalent PC these days? Well, the real issue is that the question can be framed so many ways, you can support both sides. Do you just compare the number on the receipt for the computer? What about including the cost of anti-spyware and virus software with subscriptions that PC buyers are advised to get? Or should you look at total cost of ownership (TCO) that includes the amount of downtime and professional support that might be required to keep your computer operational? How about resale value? Should you back number that out? You can see that even getting the right question can be quite a furball. (Full Article here)

Great tutorials for switchers or all of us

Apple has created a great serious of helpful tutorials, such as "From PC to Mac"(click for video tutorial) and "Switch 101" (click for text tutorial), all free on their website and on iTunes.

After you review the resources Apple provides, you may also want to look at non-Apple sourced tutorials and guides such as those found at MyFirstMac.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

The Vista Myth from RoughlyDrafted

I don't normally like to link to a long (feature-length) article. Most blog readers aren't looking for armchair reading.

But Daniel Eran Dilger's "The Vista Myth" is a must read. It explained a lot of the underlying challenges Microsoft and Apple face, and how each company crafts product offerings to meet those challenges.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

iPhone - $50

AT&T now offering the iPhone 3G (refurbished) for $49 with free two day shipping. Requires new service agreement. As the bar to entry into the iPhone app store continues to lower, and the market share continues to increase, the market for app store developers becomes even more enticing.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

20% of Fortune 100 Companies have Ordered 10,000 iPhones

Apple: 20% of Fortune 100 Companies have Ordered 10,000 iPhones

Nearly 20% of Fortune 100 companies -- the top 100 U.S. companies as ranked by Fortune magazine -- have ordered 10,000 or more iPhones for their employees, according to Apple COO Tim Cook. Mr. Cook made the comment during Tuesday's quarterly conference call with analysts.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Putting the Mac to Work in a PC Shop

From MacNewsWorld:

"Apple's growth in popularity among consumers is driving a trend to bring the Mac from the home into the office. However, cash- and personnel-strapped IT teams are finding it difficult to deploy and manage cross-platform environments in a streamlined, effective manner."

"Macs have started to appear next to the Microsoft brethren in the offices of companies ranging from financial institutions to law firms. Some number only a few, while other work environments are filled with half or more of all its computers sporting Apple's rather than Microsoft's logo."

"IT is now facing the idea that it needs to support what the workers are using," Lubos Parobek, Kace's vice president of product management, told MacNewsWorld."

Apple, RIM Outsmart Phone Market -

Apple and RIM accounted for only 3% of all cellphones sold in the world last year but 35% of operating profits, underlining the shift in the wireless industry toward feature-rich devices accenting easy-to-use software.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Video with an iPhone

Reason #791 - The Apple Store

Apple stores nationwide. Walk in, use the hardware, try the software, talk to a Genius (it even says "Genius" on their business card), and purchase any Apple branded product and most complimentary products. Get One On One training, attend free workshops. Only with a Mac.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Hooked on your HP12c? One less thing to carry

(Actual screen shot above) I've been enjoying this for quite some time, and my HP12c is no longer my constant companion. This app makes it redundant, since I'm always going to have my iPhone with me.

Your business... on a Mac?

New seminar series from Apple, click for details.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009