What’s a Mac like?
Like warm apple pie….
But seriously, yes, they are way more stable. As in I use my about 10 to 15 hours a day, don’t turn it off for oh, I don’t know, four or five days at a time, and I come back on the sixth day and it’s still running. Oh, occasionally an application will shut down on you, but not the system itself.
And yes, I know. I should restart it once in a while. I’m just lazy sometimes at night.
But there is a major factor: If it breaks, you buy an new one. Yes, you can replace the hard drive, but that’s about it. Your Mac breaks, especially a PowerBook, and it’s a gigantic paperweight. And the way you upgrade your Mac? You throw your old one away and buy an new one.
Now… THAT being said… The way Mac users mitigate the “buy a new one to upgrade” situation is the hardcore Macheads sell their old ones fairly quickly. As in it’s possible at least in the SF Bay Area to find Macs on Craigslist that are six months to a year old. Many Macfanatics will buy the new one as soon as it comes out and ditch the old one on Ebay or CL (I’d recommend CL and not Ebay, tho). They hold their value well and a 2-year-old Mac can still fetch a nice bit of coin to offset the cost of buying a new one. You tend to sell and buy very quickly in Macland, as opposed to Windowville, where you buy and then upgrade bit by bit for a handful of years and then finally scrap it completely, losing all the money you invested over time.
You don’t really own a Mac… you more or less lease a Mac.
However, my Powerbook is about six years old. I’m not a gearhead like Engineer Kev. I keep them until they die. However, I also don’t get to offset the cost of a new one by selling my old one for anything much.