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Ask Leo! has a lot of questions that are applicable to Macs as well as PCs. My strength is in PCs, however, and that's the majority of the questions that I answer.

Hi Leo, I've been reading your column for years and thank you for putting it out there. I began reading your information when I was only on a PC. Then on a PC and a Mac and I'm now making the transition to only Mac. How much of your advice applies to only to the PC? Say 90%? I'd appreciate it if you could mention Macs more often. I see you set one up for your wife. If only to say that this doesn't apply to Macs.

In this excerpt from Answercast #71, I look at the number of questions I answer that could be applicable to any computer, including PCs and Macs.

How much is for Macs?

So, gosh, if I would make a guess I would say that 60 to 70% of what's on Ask Leo!, maybe 50 to 70% (somewhere in there) applies to just about any computer.

Those are the kinds of topics where I'm talking about:

  • Email in general;

  • Or the internet in general;

  • Or staying safe on the internet;

  • Or any number of different, more generic topics.

I actually talk about those kinds of things a lot.

PC background

Now, my expertise, my background is in PCs. While I do have a couple of them (and in fact, I'm recording this Answercast using my Macbook Pro), my strength is not there.

I've got 30-plus years of experience in PCs to bring to the table when I'm answering people's questions. I don't have that with Macs.

I find that I end up having to go out to other answer sites just to answer my own questions with respect to the Macs - and I don't really feel like I'd be adding a lot of value by spending a lot of time on the Macintosh.

And I also don't feel that it's like a huge distraction... I should say I feel like it's a bit of a distraction if I need to mention on every article that, "Hey this doesn't apply to Macintosh." By and large, it's fairly obvious.

General computer use and safety

Like I said, if it's about the internet, if it's about email, if it's about scams, if it's about phishing, if it's about things where it doesn't really matter what kind of computer you're using - then those are pretty obviously broadly applicable.

Windows applications

When I'm getting into nitty gritty details about how to do certain things in Windows, it's pretty obvious that's for Windows... and to be fair, it could be Windows running on your Mac (which I also happen to have here on my Macbook Pro).

So that's where I'm coming from. Like I said, my strength is in PCs and I really, really try to play to my strength.

Article C6047 - November 19, 2012 « »

Leo Leo A. Notenboom has been playing with computers since he was required to take a programming class in 1976. An 18 year career as a programmer at Microsoft soon followed. After "retiring" in 2001, Leo started Ask Leo! in 2003 as a place for answers to common computer and technical questions. More about Leo.

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Billy Bob
December 8, 2012 3:40 PM

I don't know if it's appropriate to mention Leo's "competition" here, but I would recommend for this questioner. It's kind of a similar question-and-answer site, but one that emphasizes Macs, just as Leo emphasizes Windows. I'm a big fan of both sites, as I have one of each type of computer in my home.

Dave's not competition, he's a friend, and he covers a wide, wide range of topics. Smile

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