[itdiscuss] mac or PC?
kevinb at highergroundtech.com
Tue Sep 16 10:32:09 EDT 2008
I agree with the post on there that he should let his IT staff do their job. If the IT department can support mac and pc on the network equally, with the same functional experience on either, and they really don't care what he gets (which I doubt), then maybe it is okay for a public discussion. The comment that his old mac was "secreted away somewhere" makes me think that the network is designed for pc, which means he should run a pc. But I post this here instead of there because this should be a technical decision, not a personal or business decision, as much as BOTH sides (apple or Microsoft) would tell you otherwise. The commercials that say "buy me because I will make your life complete" are only valid for home users. In the workplace, you don't get a personal choice, even if you are the senior pastor. You get the choice that makes the most sense. Whether that is mac or pc, it is a decision that needs to be made by the people that are QUALIFIED to make it. Even the most powerful "power user" is nowhere near qualified to make decisions about what will integrate with the network better. In the church world in particular, this is a huge thing. In big business, where there is lots of cash floating around just to make executives happy, they can afford to integrate lots of systems into a semi-functional network. In the church world, the mandate is "be good stewards" which means "take limited resources and stretch them to the breaking point". And when I say resources, I mean both money and employee time. The most effective way of doing that is to get as many users as possible in a homogenous environment.
I think there are some people on here who feel like I'm preaching to the choir, and some people would totally disagree. But IT does not exist to make people happy, IT exists to make people as happy as possible while maintaining maximum efficiency. When the network is well-designed, stable, and efficient, everyone is happy, even if they have to use a computer that doesn't fit their personal preference. But when the network is a hodgepodge of disparate systems, it is hard to keep anyone happy, even if they all happen to be using their own preferred platform.
Part of the reason people get paid to work is so they can do what they want in their own time. If someone doesn't like the computer they have at work and wants to use something else at home, they are provided with a way of doing that.
Senior Systems Engineer
Higher Ground Technologies
From: discuss-bounces at itdiscuss.org [mailto:discuss-bounces at itdiscuss.org] On Behalf Of Jason Powell
Sent: Monday, September 15, 2008 10:42 PM
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Subject: [itdiscuss] mac or PC?
Apparently our senior pastor is looking for public advice on Mac vs. PC ...
Pro/Con ... please weigh in as you see fit.
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