PCs and Macs?
billotte at neelix.udayton.edu
Wed Dec 17 07:00:18 EST 1997
In article <674mt2$ahv$1 at titan.globalserve.net>, "Danny Reda"
<reda at globalserve.net> wrote:
> Does anyone know where I can find information about the percentage of
> molecular biology labs that use PCs vs. those that use Macs?
I am working on my PhD in physiology/biology and use both PC and Mac.
Both have advantages and disadvantages. I prefer the Mac for the ease of
use. Not b/c i don't know enough to configure a PC (i also have a
bachelors and masters in engineering) but because i like the interface.
The other biologists in my department also have a PC or Mac depending on
their preference. My opinion is that the Mac is a better quality machine
and you get more for your money. They usually come with built in ethernet
cards and if you have more than one in a lab you can hook them together
with a simple cable and network them (yourself; no techs necessary). For
example i have a Mac IIsi in the lab i use for email and for a data
acquisition (MacLab) machine in physiology lab. There is a ton of
scientific freeware and shareware available for the Mac in addition to
commercial software. I see no advantage of having a PC over a Mac besides
trying to be in the 'in crowd'. Hope this helps.
He who is afraid to asking is ashamed of learning.
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