Was thinking about mac vs pc stuff again.
For the most part, my latest pc experiences have been exactly what I expected them to be. A little more work on my part, but for it, I get more for less money, and more flexibility.
The money part is interesting. I did basically did the calculation: I save X dollars with the PC by spending a bit more time on it, are the extra features on the Mac worth those X dollars? But that’s actually only part of the equation, I realize.
The other important part is, what is the opportunity cost of that time I spent on the PC? Say I spent 10 hrs total picking parts and building the machine and debugging it. Would I have spent X dollars (or some subset of it) to get 10 hrs of free time to do something else? I think this time around X was like ~800$. I don’t think I would have paid $800 for 10 hrs, but I might have paid half of that, which in combination with my other sketchy math, might have put me over the top.
Then comes also the issue of value derived as a function of effort put in. I’m imagining some kind of graph with two lines. The PC line says that the more effort/timeyou put into your pc, the more value you can derive out of it.. lets say the relationship is a straight line (just to serve as a reference point). I kinda imagine the mac line to give you relatively more value per effort towards the left of the graph, whereas it tends to plateau toward the right. Basically meaning, up until some intersection point, you can get more out of a mac given the same amount of effort than you can with a PC.. unless you spend a huge amount of time with your computer.
Maybe something like this:
So it really is a matter of how much time you spend on the thing. If the cost of your time is high, and you’re trying to minimize the time spent, then one may be much more valuable than the other.