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dhaen 29th May 2004 12:03 PM

Why I'll never buy another PC
 
Well, the honeymoon period is over. I've now owned my G4 for 6 months.
For those unfamiliar with Mac's, this is not a pretty - arty looking Mac, but just a boring box, not dissimilar to a PC.
There was short pleasant learning curve. Of course I'm still learning, but then I'm still learnng about PC's too.
So has time faded it's appeal?
Certainly not. I'm more in love with it than when I got it. The grass looked greener, and it is greener ;)
What about the things only a PC can do?
What things? Virual PC allows me to run the 3 applications I have for which no Mac equivalent exists. I can now do more things than before, except catch a virus!
Networking? Of course; my Mac can talk perfect Samba.

I still have my trusty Compaq M700, but it's due for replacement soon. What will I replace it with? There are only 2 choices:- PowerBook or iBook.
My daughter just bought an iBook on my recommendation. It cost less than the Sony vaio she originally considered. She now cannot understand why I made her buy PC's in the past :D

jam 29th May 2004 12:13 PM

John,

I used to own a G3 and should never have given it up. Do you have any problems acessing the G4's ports when running Virtual PC and what about sound card applications? I ask because I am thinking about another Mac next year.

http://www.macboy.com/cartoons/switch/gates/


Regards,
Jam

dhaen 29th May 2004 12:53 PM

Jam,

Good questions;)

There are sound card utities for the Mac, but i don't use computer based audio test applications.
Virtual PC6 seems to employ a virtual SB16 with only playback capability. Of course the native apps will be best.

Ports:
Ethernet works, sound card playback works. USB is flakey - but I use Win98. probably with 2K it'll be fine. Haven't checked Firewire.
There is no parallel or serial port.

The cartoon is funny - but quite untrue. Mac's can and do crash. Like cars, wreckless driving can cause it :angel:

Linux OS builds have always been available for Mac, but OS x brings some extra possibilities. being based on freeBSD, it has a lot of similarities. Have a look at Fink. It allows running of Linux apps on the Aqua desktop.:cool:

jam 29th May 2004 01:13 PM

John,

Thanks. Funny, but my old Mac used to crash only when running Microsoft apps.......................;)

Regards,
Jam

Christer 29th May 2004 02:46 PM

Quote:

Originally posted by jam

Thanks. Funny, but my old Mac used to crash only when running Microsoft apps.......................;)

For some reason Microsoft applications seem not to run well
together with Windows. ;)

On the other hand, applications ported from Unix to Windows,
like Emacs, usually continue to run when Windows has
crashed and nothing else works.

Anyway, don't blame PCs unless you mean it. There is nothing
wrong with PCs, I think, you just shouldn't run Windows. Now,
I happen to run Win 98SE myself on my home computer, but
that is for various backwards compatibility reasons. Otherwise
I would run Linux.

Actually, the only Microsoft product I can honestly say I
have been satisfied with is a piece of hardware, the keyboard
I am currently using.

grataku 29th May 2004 03:02 PM

They used to say Macs are computers designed by geniuses for idiots and PC are designed by idiots for geniuses.
Of course all the people present here are excluded. ;)

When I sit in front of a Mac I feel like I am getting a dose of Steve Jobs cult BS shot directly up into my aorta. I don't want to pay a premium for a piece of slow performance retro-funky-AndyWarhol looking computer that can double as a paper weight or flower vase when I am ready to upgrade. I just want a cheap, fast computer.

I would agree that using windows has become impossible. It's a unbearable monster with all the viruses, spyware, all the startup programs that do absolutely nothing useful but crudding up your system.
However, PC hardware is still alot faster than any Mac out there no matter what macworld tells you. I do everything on a PC running Linux for the serious stuff and vmware to run MSoffice and adobe programs. That works very well for me.

jam 29th May 2004 03:15 PM

2 Attachment(s)
Guys,

This is what you need......................:D

dhaen 29th May 2004 04:19 PM

Consistency....
 
Quote:

Originally posted by jam
John,

Thanks. Funny, but my old Mac used to crash only when running Microsoft apps.......................;)

Regards,
Jam

My Winows schematic capture/PCB layout application crashes in exactly the same place and way whether native, VPC or VMware :D
None of the others crash in VPC. There is a issue with long filenames that I've still to tackle, so I just keep 'em short for now.

dhaen 29th May 2004 04:23 PM

Quote:

Originally posted by grataku
They used to say Macs are computers designed by geniuses for idiots and PC are designed by idiots for geniuses.
Of course all the people present here are excluded. ;)

snip...

I'm happy to be an idiot :D
Most of the time I want the computer to work for me - not the other way round :xeye:
The rest of the time, OS x is so like Linux that I'm happy to have a tinker under the bonnet (hood):cool:

sberube 29th May 2004 04:30 PM

hehe, true indeed, but I'll stick with my SGI and my Sun's

sberube@ghoul$ uptime
12:29pm up 225 days, 16:53, 2 users, load average: 0.00, 0.00, 0.00


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