Posted by: pyeager | July 20, 2009

Mac Versus PC–Weather Domination Category

By Paul Yeager, author of Weather Whys: Facts, Myths, and Oddities

We all know by now that Bill Gates has hatched his master plan to control the weather (Hurricane-calming technology? Bill Gates has a plan), but my sources have reported to me that Mac is also working on its plan, named iWeather.

The Master Plan

Both plans do essentially the same thing–using massive floating tubs and a powerful pump system to replace sultry, hurricane-life-giving ocean water near the surface with cooler, hurricane-nullifying water from the depths of the sea (see this Times-Picayune article for an image of Gate’s machine). When the hurricane approaches, its massive waves and rising sea water will fill the tubs, starting the process of water exchange, so when the hurricane moves over the area with the massive tubs, it will be met with cool water.

It’s sheer brilliance.

Differences Between PCWeather and iWeather

While the concept of PCWeather and iWeather is identical, there are significant differences that you need to consider before purchasing a personal hurricane modifying machine for home use.

  • Expense: iWeather costs about three times as much PCWeather, making PCWeather much more accessible to the average weather modifier
  • Look: iWeather is sleeker, more modern, and more compact than PCWeather
  • Viruses: iWeather is immune to ocean viruses while PCWeather requires the use of anti-ocean-virus software, which needs to be updated continuously
  • Dependability: iWeather seldom locks up while PCWeather, especially the versions with the VistaWeather operating system, often fails, which can be disastrous when a hurricane is approaching the coast.
  • Compatability: iWeather is not compatible with most major software packages while PCWeather is

For some reason, the differences seem to be analogous to the difference between a stuffy, stilted man in a suit and a hipper 20-something year-old who wears jeans and button down shirts.

Shout Outs

I want to issue a special shout out to Tornado Tom, my friend who coined the term iWeather for this post and who is an ardent Mac supporter. I ususally go with PCs. Also, I first saw the link to on Thanks Tom and Erik.

–Paul Yeager


  1. Good article Paul! Thanks for the ref, and your friend Tom is brilliant. I love the PCWeather vs. iWeather comparison. I’m a PC man myself. 😉 Good stuff!

    • Thanks, Erik–but I can’t tell Tom that he’s brilliant. I’ll never hear the end of it.

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