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Nintendo or Sega? Intel or AMD? Laptop eraserhead or touchpad? We present 14 timeless tech face-offs.


The greatest rivalries are fascinating to observe -- and they invite everyone to choose sides and argue the merits of their favorite. Think Athens versus Sparta. Boston Red Sox versus New York Yankees. Coke versus Pepsi. Wile E. Coyote versus the Roadrunner.

Luckily I hadn't committed to either side in that duel. Narrow escape! But the epic struggle got me pondering great technology rivalries of the past. Which are better: Macs or PCs? Netscape Navigator or Internet Explorer? Laptop eraserheads or notebook touchpads? In the instances where a clear winner emerged, did might triumph over right (Lotus 1-2-3 versus Microsoft Office Excel)?

Other rivalries may never achieve a satisfactory resolution, which makes them all the more entertaining -- or frustrating. Accept our apologies if we left out one of your favorites (PC World versus PC Magazine, anyone?). And add a comment in our community to let us know what we missed.

Mac versus PC

What's so great about a Mac?


Apple products are the computing equivalent of gourmet sausage: We don't want to know what's inside these beautiful, expensive computers -- or what's going on beneath the surface of the sleek Mac OS X. When it works, it works magically. When it doesn't work, we go to yoga class and wait for the next update. Oh, okay. Not only do the current Macintosh computers come equipped with some of the fastest, best-designed hardware available anywhere, but they also carry a stable, powerful, easy-to-use operating system that so far seems to be fairly immune to the security flaws and threats that menace Windows users. Top software developers -- including Adobe and even Microsoft -- continue to develop products for the Macintosh, making Macs competitive with Windows PCs in the workplace. A few key business applications (AutoCAD, for example) still require Windows -- but fortunately, Macs also run Windows quite nicely. Apple's proprietary hardware is expensive compared to PC hardware, but third-party systems running OS X may soon become a reality. And isn't that Mac guy in the "Get a Mac" Apple commercials hip?

What's so great about a PC?


More than a computing platform, the PC is a wide-open, mix-and-match hardware and software ecosystem that can accommodate everything from water-cooled, Internet-connected, planet-warming gaming systems, to itty-bitty portable PCs. Instead of choosing from the limited hardware offerings of one company (Apple), you can shop around among hundreds of competitors for the exact configuration you need -- usually for less money than the equivalent Mac would cost. (And you don't have to succumb to the holier-than-thou attitude worn on the sleeves of Macolytes.) You can even dump Windows and use one of the many excellent Linux distributions available for free. What's not to like about choices (or for that matter, about the PC guy in the Apple "Get a Mac" commercials, the embodiment of every PC user's inner geek)?


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Apologies if this is a repost, 2 searches and it came up with nothing


Thought it was a pretty good read
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320GB Western Digital 7k Windows 7 Acer X223W Logitech G15 
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OCZ Stealth Xtreme 600W A900 Logitech MX510 
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