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Dusting Off the Old Debate: Mac v. PC

Macvpc Not sure why the ABA Journal has ranked the age-old Mac-versus-PC debate worthy of front-cover coverage, but at least the editors had the wisdom to recruit a member of the blog network, Rick Georges of FutureLawyer, to make the case for the PC. Florida solo Georges spars with Mac-user Ben Stevens, partner in Stevens-MacPhail in Spartanburg, S.C., and author of the blog The Mac Lawyer, over  which  system is  better for the legal community.

It is, as the opening paragraph reminds us, a decades-long debate, a war of clever marketing versus market share. "You can buy a Hyundai or a Mercedes," says Stevens, who sees the Mac as the Mercedes. "Which one is more dependable, and which one is more fun to drive?" But for Georges, the argument boils down to, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." The two lawyers run down the usual bullet points -- dependability, choice of hardware and software, ease of use and susceptibility to viruses. Unfortunately, other than updating the standard arguments, I'm not sure the piece brings much new to the table. This is not the authors' fault -- they both do a thorough job of presenting their cases. Georges has the easier position to defend, given that he has the massive weight of the legal profession's inertia on his side. It is just that this is well-worn ground that provides little reason for a revisit. Next month in the ABA Journal: Word vs. WordPerfect?

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on February 27, 2008 at 01:09 PM | Permalink | Comments (5)


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