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Mac’s can break too

I am finding that more and more of my clients are looking towards buying Macs for their businesses. Some like the design, others the functionality while others have been told that Mac’s are much better than Windows machines in that they never break.  It is that last bit I have issues with.

You see it is true (generally) that Mac’s last longer than Windows machines, whether it be laptops or PC’s, but they are not without problems of their own.  I have seen MacBook’s lose their wifi connection on a regular basis and need new wireless cards installed (I have had this on my own system).  Then there are the hard drives that die on relatively new systems and of course screens get damaged just like a Windows system.  When some piece of hardware does go it gets VERY expensive as most tech’s (myself included) don’t deal with Apple hardware which means you go back to Apple and they ramp up the repair price.

People expect Mac’s to be superior to Windows systems and in some respects they are.  For example there are much less options for a someone to tinker with when compared to a Windows system (unless of course you open up a terminal) which means that your average user can’t go and break anything by accident.  On a windows system this is much easier to do but on the flip side this means that Windows systems tend to be more configurable.

This expectation that Mac’s are better also transfers across to the quality of the hardware.  “Macs don’t break” is something I have heard a lot of during the last couple of years and it is simply not true.  Yes they do break but they also tend to break less.

So if you are looking to purchase a new Mac do yourself a favour and take out that lovely expensive Apple Care as chances are you might need it at some point.

Comments welcome as always.

About the Author


Hi I’m Chris Wakefield the owner of ComTech IT Support. I provide Cisco, Windows, OS X and Linux based IT Support to small businesses throughout Scotland.

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Will Windows 8 break Microsoft?

There has been a lot of talk around the internet lately about what will happen if Microsoft’s new operating system, Windows 8, doesn’t take off.  The majority of the speculation surrounds what will happen to Microsoft itself if it doesn’t.  The short answer is a lot and also not a lot and below I will explain why.


Microsoft’s is the dominant force in the world of the desktop operating system – fact.  If Windows 8 doesn’t take off would customers turn towards Apple or even Linux?  Some customers might switch to another operating system but the majority would probably switch back to Windows 7 (just like they switched back to XP when Vista flopped).  If this did happen Microsoft would continue to sell Windows 7 licenses instead and so by default increase revenues.


This is where Windows 8 should work and work well.  I have played with Windows 8 in a virtual machine and would say it is useless on a desktop but should be pretty good as a tablet operating system.  To put it blunt it has to work here!!  Apple and Android between them have over 85% of the tablet market so if Microsoft wants a piece of the pie then Windows 8 has to work.  If not then I can’t see them competing in the future as they have been late to the party already.

Windows Phone

Again Microsoft were late to the party when it came to smartphones and their previous offerings haven’t been great. Windows 8 should be good on a smartphone but if customers don’t buy it then it could be the last hurrah for Microsoft in the smartphone market.

The Enterprise

This is Microsoft’s nest egg.  They dominate the enterprise and will probably continue to do so for quite a while.  While it is true the enterprise are looking at Windows 8 with some trepidation, if it is not for them they will revert back to Windows 7.

So to conclude.  If Microsoft 8 doesn’t take off will it break Microsoft? No.  They might have to admit defeat in the tablet and smartphone markets but their core business (business software and desktop operating systems) would still continue and with everything slowly moving to the cloud anyway there is always new opportunities.

What do you think?

About the Author

Hi I am Chris Wakefield the owner of ComTech IT Support. I provide Windows and Linux based IT Support, laptop repairs and computer repairs to both business and personal clients in and around Stirling.

For a list of what I can offer you why not visit my website where you will find a list of my services, testimonials, blog and much more.


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