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Macs regain credibility, status on campus and abroad

updated 01:10 pm EST, Thu February 24, 2005

Macs regain credibility

Today, the decision between buying a PC or buying a Mac is "," Daniel Holevoet of Yale Daily News says. "Ten years ago, the computer world was different than today, and it seemed like Microsoft had bested its rivals. Beleaguered was a popular phrase used to describe Apple, and Linux was less than a year old and unknown outside small circles of avid coders." According to Yale Information Technology Services' registration records, nearly 20 percent of University students and 33 percent of faculty choose Macs over Windows PCs. "With a reinvented, cutting-edge operating system and a cool, sleek design, Apple is clawing its way to technological equality on campus. Products like iPod and iTunes have transformed the Apple brand into a status symbol as much as a technological tool, and alternative platforms such as Linux have moved out of the shady realm of hackers and into the public eye."

by MacNN Staff





  1. spacefreak

    Joined: Dec 1969



    What a ridiculous conclusion... "today, the decision is not so clear-cut". It wasn't clear-cut yesterday, either, or even last year.

    The author missed his opportunity to write a compelling piece by about a year. Only now that iPods are everywhere does it occur to him that Apple may be doing something right.

  1. waffffffle

    Joined: Dec 1969



    A similar article in Princeton's paper a couple weeks ago:

  1. mehtajr

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Ten years ago...

    Windows 95 hadn't even been released, and Macs had about 10% market share.

    Is uninformed college newspaper hyperbole what passes as news these days?

  1. swatson

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Today?

    I didn't have a problem with the article. This isn't a national article discussing the resurgence of Macs in the nation or world.

    This a student's piece being written in a student newspaper, about the condition of macs on the local campus:

    "According to Yale Information Technology Services' registration records, nearly 20 percent of University students and 33 percent of faculty choose Macs over Windows PCs"

  1. riverfreak

    Joined: Dec 1969



    At every research instution I've been at, Macs have played a dominant role. Go into any life sciences lab, the cash cow suppporting most universities these days, and you will see a predominance of macs. It's been that way for the last 15 years, even during the disastorous performa days.

  1. MacScientist

    Joined: Dec 1969


    RE: Re: Today?

    Even though the article appears in a student newspaper, the reporters and editors have an obligation to do their research and report the facts. For many student journalists, their grades depend on it. For most, their career prospects depend on it. Would you advise a friend or family member to enter an journalism program which held its students to lower standards than your local daily?

  1. MhzDoesMatter

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: Today

    They did research and reported facts, as was evident in that single statement "According to Yale Information Technology Services' registration records, nearly 20 percent of University students and 33 percent of faculty choose Macs over Windows PCs"

    The fact that this defies national historical trends is largely irrelevant. As the scope of this article is only campus-wide, and this limitation is identified several times throughout the article.


  1. BGK

    Joined: Dec 1969



    us Mac users need to be less bitchy.

  1. Xiaopangzi

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Not surprising

    It's natural that an Ivy League school would have a high percentage of students using Macs, since they traditionally come from the elite who have money. Note that PC owners seem to decide against buying a Mac because of pricing rather than availability of software.

    It's also not surprising that university students would be using the same kind of computer that they had in grade school, especially now that it has a UNIX core.

    However, the comment above that mentions Windows 95 had not yet proliferated ten years ago does clearly show the blatant inaccuracy of this report's claim that Apple was beleaguered at the time. Remember that the World Wide Web had only existed for about a year by 1995, and there were relatively few home computers other than Macs. We had, unfortunately, somehow lost the business war by then, though, and it still amazes me that companies would choose DOS (or Windows 3.1) over the eleven-year veteran Mac.

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