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I've just clicked on the link, saw the headline, but am now going to get a cuppa to kick back and be educated.
this subject is SO tedious. Give it up already.
"PS2 pwns XBox cuz Micro$oft r the gayness lol".
I'm not fussy. I just got a Mac to do my video work on because I could 'get' all the software from college.
on an anti-mac slant, when I put my username and password in on DiS I can't press the 'enter' button because that makes Safari crash, so I have to use the cursor and click 'enter' on the screen.
Why is that?
not the Mac's.
though, i use safari and don't have the same issue. what version of OS X and Safari are you running?
Umm, I don't actually have a clue. It's about 2 years old.
there are things about pcs that i like. there are now things about macs that i like. they each have their place, but i really loathe apple's smugness and desperation to assert themselves as better than PCs. if they really are better, given that they're one of the biggest companies in the world, do they need to harp on about it so much?
"i really loathe apple's smugness"
sorry, where was that?
"desperation to assert themselves as better than PCs"
it's not desperation, it's merely representation of the facts.
"if they really are better, given that they're one of the biggest companies in the world"
really? when did that happen? they're still behind the likes of microsoft, oracle, google, yahoo! and sony...
"do they need to harp on about it so much?"
it's not Apple that harps on about it, it's the zealots like me, doing the work for them. we are like modern day prophets, fighting the good fight and like many around the world during the crusades, you will give in. or we'll burn down your villages, rape and pillage.
yes, that's a great point.
no one on here has EVER had a problem with a PC.
but I'm sure it's just me !
seeing as it's 87% nuclear or something
whereas English electrics are scummy old scrapings from the bottom of a slag-heap
My Apple II is still working too...
..That since Apple made the switch to the Intel platform, the gap between a Mac and a PC is just getting smaller. I am a Mac user, because they used to be more reliable, stable and secure than any PC/Windows based system I have ever come across. Since the Intel switch, I worry that everything I love(d) about Macs is just going to be lost and that they will end up being nicer looking Windows machines for people that think they are cool.
Having said this, I might be totally wrong, but there is talk that Apple might abandon OSX/developing their own operating systems.
I don't think I could handle having a spyware ridden unstable PC again.
Have you actually USED an Intel Mac?
I have used an Intel Mac.
What has that got to do with my post?
I'm simply stating that a switch to the new Intel architecture makes the systems open to many of the problems that have plagued PC's.
The problems that have plagued PCs have been footed by Microsoft's initial lacklustre attitude toward network security on their consumer operating systems.
Late to catch on to the internet, TCP/IP was bolted onto the site of 3.1 and badly implemented into 95. As a result of this, an operating system never intended to work as a networked client, it left itself open to attacks.
When the consumer bases switched to the NT kernel in 2000 and consequently XP, the networking was, like Unix (and thusly, OS X) an integral part of the operating system and this reduced a lot the issues.
Unfortunately, MS's attitude toward testing had spread to IE and as a bundled browser with an operating system that 90% of the world's computers used, trojans and worms had the ability to spread like wildfire - not least because software like Outlook and Outlook Express used the IE engine as the basis for viewing messages.
Things are getting better now, but not for lack of trying. My Windows using friends have to download all manner of spyware-killing software and anti-virus products just to maintain a healthy operating environment.
OS X is what makes the Macintosh different and Jobs & Woz have continously confirmed their dedication to maintaining support and development for the platform. The fact that the OS is designed for one platform only, rather than an array of hackneyed, bolted-together PC hardware means the hardware and software run together in harmony and security issues are tackled before they even arise.
In my opinion, even with a higher take up rate than at any other time in the past decade, the Mac platform will only become stronger, more stable and more resilient with time. Not least through MS's continued delays on the Vista front.
I can't find the article I read that contained a lot of details on this subject, but the Intel/x86 platform is proven to be less stable than PPC. The PPC chips worked in a totally different, most would claim, superior way. If I remember correctly, it had something to do with the fact that when numbercrunching, Intel chips multiply numbers where as PPC chips add numbers. If I find the article, I'll make sure to post it here.
If IBM could have made the PPC chips cool enough to run in the newer Apple machines, Apple would not have made the switch, unless, they did it because of compatibility issues with Windows machines/90* of the computing community.
The issues with Windows machines further than spyware and other network related issues, they are simply not as stable. So my first gripe is that OSX is now running on a less stable architecture than it has done for many years.
However, seeing as you talked about software in your post, heres my 2p:
Everyone said that the PPC-Intel switch would NEVER happen. Now there is speculation about the future of Apple operating systems Of course, they will NEVER abandon making their own operating systems, will they?
So, Apple could well abandon their OS in the future, as unlikely as it seems now . And no matter how secure an OS is, eventually there will be a bunch of shit that will penetrate it. Now that Macs are officially Windows compatible, do we know for sure that rubbish infecting the Windows side of the machine won't have an effect on the OSX side?
There is now nothing stopping Windows from becoming the main OS on a Mac. If that happens, who could blame Apple for not wanting to spend millions developing an os when Steve Jobs and could be using that money buying a house made out of gold in Primrose Hill or something.
Again, I made a few grammar cock-ups in that post. I should really read my posts before submitting.
The issues with Windows machines GO further than spyware....
"now the intel processor gets to do all the things that macs were built to do", delivered in the most unbearably patronising, repugnant, SMUG voice i've heard in some time. also, those videos on the apple.com site. and the style of it all does seem a little desperate to me. "we're better than PCs! better than PCs! DID EVERYONE HEAR US?? EVERYONE???" so yeah, they kinda do harp on about it a bit.
biggest company - i'm referring to their ubiquity. i think it's a safe bet everyone who is familiar with computers knows of apple & macs, and it seems like they've got a bigger profile than ever [ipods obviously haven't hurt that]. point is they're not some obscure, lo-fi little company selling a couple of hundred units a year.
just... if they are better, fine - but constantly having the statement rammed in yr face gets really irritating and offputting. let the product speak for itself; it's perfectly capable of doing so, right?
and furthermore, you leave my village alone!
no. not with so many preconceptions and the behemoth of Microsoft still pushing their wares.
is based less on the quality of the product than on the hard work of its 'zealots'?
it's a somewhat cuntish and twisted point, i concede, but i really don't think apple is dependent on people battering everyone else over the head with "macs > PCs" rhetoric. i think people are only going to become more aware of macs; mac-friendly professionals responsible for the hardware in their offices are going to order macs rather than PCs where they can [am i right in thinking a lot of PR firms tend to use macs?], and the fucking prominent stores [like the regent street one] only add to the ubiquity for the general public... [as does apple's aesthetic sensibility, which makes them appealing even for people who know shit all about what they're buying].
in short i think apple are perfectly capable of pushing their own products.
me, i now like and use both, and i'm not planning on phasing PCs out of my life. thus the "macs good, PCs bad" stuff is boring and does my fucking head in.
on this board, if you're not interested, then why bother commenting?
i and many others get a lot more despondent sitting here reading people saying they are bored.
it's a discussion forum, and we are having a discussion, which i find interesting. i'm expressing an opinion about a particular thing that annoys me. that i find the "macs are better than PCs" stance boring doesn't mean i find the whole subject boring.
I don't care what they can do, apart from internet access.
When they have arms, legs, guns and they come to your 'crib' to 'pistolwhip' you then 'pop a cap in yo ass.'
"Macs are VERY reliable. Compared to Windows PCs, Macs are MUCH easier to support â€” and when *properly maintained*, they experience FAR fewer problems"
Because it pretty much underlines the fact that if you're an idiot nothing can help you. :D