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There are a few things about Macs that I think are worth considering. There's really little worry regarding viruses and the like. This can be a huge deal. Sorry to hear about the problems with some web sites requiring Internet Explorer. I anticipate that this problem will be declining with time. the reason is that IE is declining in market -share and web site developers are developing new products using standards, rather that IE Active-X controls. There's a good reason for this in the security area as well. As far as using Mac only or PC only - I have to agree with several posters who state that if you get a Mac you can use Mac and Windows with little effort. As a developer, I have both a Mac and a PC on my desktop and switch between them constantly every day. They both get the job done, that's for sure. I really do like the stability and lack of viruses on Mac. Also, Mac is easier to administer - as far as installing software and the like. Thankfully, my PC is pretty stable, although in the past I have had problems with random crashes, which I narrowed down to in wireless card. That's the thing about PC's - its a pretty chaotic world out there and you really need to know what you are doing and can certainly put your PC in a state that's unstable. I have seen people have tons of adware and multiple virus detection programs such that just booting the machine can take more than 5 minutes. Performance can really be effected by all the stuff that you install on a PC. I have been a developer for Mac and PC for over 20 years and from a developer perspective, I have to say that neither company is all that much better than the other for a developer. Apple tends to work with a lot of small pop-and-pop companies and as such they tend to be more informal and easier to work with if you are a startup. Microsoft tends to work with a lot of corporate customers and so has a ton of material online and available for a nominal fee. But, in the end, both companies are really working with developers to improve their own bottom line. As such, I am not so sure that it is wise to get too embedded with either company exclusively. Thankfully, the Internet has really opened up many choices for real estate agents. When software is written to internet standards, you can run it from any web browser that conforms to those standards. So, this year you have Vista notebook. next year you may have an iPhone or perhaps a netbook running Linux. In any case, if you select web software that's written properly, there's no software to install and it works on everything without configuration. I like to explain the software we sell like this - its just like Google for real estate agents. If you can get google, then you can use RealtyJuggler. Its that simple. If only other companies were as forward looking... Scott Schmitz RealOrganized, Inc.
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