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The official I hate PCs discussion



  •  Quote: MySchizoBuddy  Wanderer that stripping itunes drm is no fun since ur paying for it in the first place. Stripping MS drm is the fun one cause u have access to subscription model and potentially steal millions of songs for $15.
    Wow, I never thunk of that, but keeping it all legal and moral and all that, if I buy a song I should be able to play it wherever I want, whenever I want and on whatever device I want.

    While I have no interest in stealing music, I don't want to rent it either, just playing what I purchased for my own enjoyment without restriction.
  • "Windows is always asking me whether I want to do what clearly I want to do." - although I agree with that, the thing about it is that it's there in an attempt to stop idiot users from fucking their systems up too much. Granted it's a pain in the arse for people who know what theyre doing but if someone is messing around and they get a message warning them it might be bad they might not do it and that would usually be a good thing.

    Then again they'll probably do it anyway so it remains pointless. And i suppose someone will tell me that even idiot users cant break macs or some such rubbish. I'm not really making much of a point here but whatever. I'm just saying that it means well.
  • edited November 2006
    Just thought I'd point out that iTunes will automatically convert your unprotected WMAs to an iPod friendly format:

    From "In iTunes for Windows, you can convert your unprotected WMA files to AAC files (or whatever file format is chosen in the Importing pane of iTunes Preferences) without changing the original WMA file. Simply drag the WMA files into your library in iTunes and iTunes does the grunt work, converting them for you. Windows Media Player 9 or later must be installed to convert unprotected WMA files."

    Also, DRM aside, a lot of people don't realize that while WMA is a proprietary format, AAC is actually an open-standard codec.

    From "AAC, developed in part by Dolby Laboratories, is one of several audio coding systems defined by ISO MPEG standards, where it was first specified as MPEG-2 AAC, and then enhanced and extended within MPEG-4. Apple's popular iTunes® music service employs the AAC format."

    From"The same [developers] who created the popular .mp3 file format — a.k.a. MPEG-1 layer III — developed the new Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) codec, providing much more efficient compression than MP3 with a quality rivaling that of uncompressed CD audio."

    With iTunes you get Dolby technology and ISO standards. With Zune and Plays For Sure, you just get proprietary Redmond coding.

    For me, it's Apple's strong support of open-source, using open standards and even contributing to them that makes it an appealing choice. Here are just a few examples:

    From "The Mac OS X based on FreeBSD 5 and Mach 3.0. The Berkeley Standard Distribution (BSD, first developed at the University of California, Berkeley) is one of the most widely respected UNIX implementations. BSD provides Mac OS X with the stability, performance, and compatibility for which UNIX is justly famous. Apple has enhanced BSD by adding Mach 3.0 technology based on the OSF/mk microkernel from the Open Software Foundation, providing memory management, thread control, hardware abstraction, and interprocess communication services."

    Efficient kernel threads:
    From "The Mac OS X kernel directly implements the pthreads API (from the POSIX 1003.1c standard) for efficiently handling multithreaded applications on one or more processors. Each thread is individually scheduled and migrated by the kernel, without the overhead of user-level thread libraries, minimizing CPU and memory overhead. Tiger includes full support for POSIX threads, including cancellation and synchronization."

    perl, php, python, ruby, tcl:
    From "perl, php, python, ruby, tcl. These scripting languages are all built in, making Mac OS X the platform of choice for script-based development. In fact, the Python and Perl 6 core teams do much of their work on Apple's iBook and PowerBook computers. Tiger features several new modules for Perl (such as those for Apple events and Carbon integration) and Tcl (AppleScript, XML/HTML, SOAP, SSL, QuickTime, objects, ODBC)."

    From "Apple uses software created by the Open Source community, such as the HTML rendering engine for Safari, and returns its enhancements to the community." (WebCore is also used in many other OS X apps, including connecting iTunes to the iTunes music store).

    From "XML/HTML processing is supported via GNOME’s libxml2 and libxslt, which along with libtidy form the basis of the Cocoa NSXML APIs. The KDE project’s khtml and kjs similarly form the basis of Apple’s open source WebCore framework and the Cocoa WebKit, which now supports HTML editing and scriptable plug-ins. This technology also undergirds support for RSS feeds in Safari, which works with various versions of RSS, RDF, and the Atom API."

    Last year Safari was the first browser to pass the Web Standards Project's Acid2 test for supporting CSS:

    From "OpenGL is an open, cross-platform, three-dimensional (3D) graphics standard with broad industry support. OpenGL greatly eases the task of writing real-time 2D or 3D graphics applications by providing a mature, well-documented graphics processing pipeline that supports the abstraction of current and future hardware accelerators."

    Image processing:
    "Core Image is a new graphics library from Apple designed to maximize use of the powerful graphics processing units (GPUs) on today’s video cards. This library is used to provide hardware acceleration facilities for Apple’s Quartz graphics on capable cards, as well as being available to applications. Core Image takes advantage of the open source libjpeg, libpng, and libgd libraries to speed up the import of very large data files in a variety of formats."

    Video authoring:
    From "Final Cut Pro, now supports an open, standards-based XML Interchange Format. It's a decision that veteran Hollywood film editor Walter Murch calls 'courageous' and significant for the film industry because the open-standard format invites software developers to create new products to improve the film editing process."

    Video streaming:
    From "Real-time streaming using QuickTime Streaming Server delivers media in real time over the Internet, from modem to broadband rates. With the open standard Real-Time Transport Protocol/Real-Time Streaming Protocol (RTP/RTSP), no file is ever downloaded to a viewer's hard drive. Media is played, but not stored, by the client software as it is delivered. Real-time streaming is often preferable to progressive download for webcasts of live events, delivery of long-form video, and 24/7 Internet radio and TV channels."

    Video codecs:
    From "A few years ago, the International Organization for Standardization selected the QuickTime file format as the basis for MPEG-4. QuickTime in turn embraced open standards and now leads the market in MPEG-4, 3GPP and 3GPP2 content creation and playback. Apple continues to build on this commitment to open standards by incorporating H.264 — the latest MPEG-4 video codec — directly into QuickTime. And since H.264 is an open standard, companies around the world can create products that will interoperate with one another. In addition to the enormous benefits of H.264 being a worldwide standard, Apple is very excited about the incredible video quality that H.264 can provide. Not only does it deliver excellent video; it does so at data rates much lower than MPEG-2 and plays back seamlessly on today’s shipping hardware"

    From "FireWire, based on Apple-developed technology, is an industry standard (IEEE 1394) for connecting peripheral devices to a computer or each other... Mac OS X provides drivers that take full advantage of the hot pluggability, daisy chaining, and power management capabilities of FireWire, so most devices just work right out of the box."

    From "Apple was the first personal computer company to incorporate Ethernet in all its systems and continues to aggressively adopt new Ethernet technology. Mac OS X supports Gigabit (1000BASE-T) Ethernet as well as 10BASE-T and 100BASE-T Ethernet—and even 10 Gigabit Ethernet...Mac OS X now supports IEEE 802.3ad Link Aggregation, which combines multiple links for higher performance or interface failover."

    Mac OS X has built-in native support for Bluetooth right out of the box.

    From "IPv6 is the next-generation, 128-bit Internet Protocol. Apple's implementation is based on the KAME open source project for BSD, ensuring that it can interoperate freely with other IPv6 hosts and routers used on cutting-edge research networks... Apple's low-level CFNetwork API seamlessly supports both IPv4 (today's 32-bit Internet standard) and IPv6 addresses, making it easy for developers and applications (such as Safari) to transparently support both."

    Apache HTTP:
    From "Apache is the world's most popular web server, providing reliable, high-performance delivery of both static and dynamically generated web content. Users can configure a basic Apache httpd server with a single click in Sharing preferences, or they can edit the configuration files using a text editor, as in other UNIX implementations of Apache. Both mod_perl and the PHP server-side scripting language are included with Mac OS X for easy creation of dynamic web pages and Common Gateway Interface (CGI) scripts."

  • edited November 2006
    (...continued from above)

    Mobile Data:
    From"Apple, Ericsson and Sun believe open standards are critical to bringing revolutionary technology to new markets and to delivering the future of mobile data services. All three companies are leaders in their industries in the development and use of open standards. Ericsson is a founding member of the 3GPP, and Apple and Sun are co-founders of the Internet Streaming Media Alliance (ISMA). Both the 3GPP and ISMA are organizations dedicated to ensuring interoperable, standards-based technologies and products in the market."

    CUPS Printing:
    From "Mac OS X uses a PDF-based printing architecture built entirely around the open source Common UNIX Printing System (CUPS). CUPS provides full compatibility with existing UNIX tools (lpr, lpstat) as well as secure printing via the IETF's HTTP-based Internet Printing Protocol (IPP), making it safe and easy for Windows and UNIX systems to share Mac printers and vice versa. Mac OS X not only includes hundreds of built-in, vendor-supplied raster drivers and PostScript Printer Description (PPD) files, but also works with hundreds more legacy printers thanks to the open source GIMP-Print printer driver project. The included raster image processor (RIP) even allows a Mac to export a local inkjet printer as a network PostScript printer for use by Windows computers."

    From "SMB/CIFS, Microsoft's proprietary Server Message Block/Common Internet File System file service, is the primary file sharing protocol for Windows. Mac OS X includes Samba, the popular open source SMB server, to enable Windows users to access files on Mac computers. In addition, BSD-based SMB client support in Mac OS X gives Mac users the ability to browse and connect to Windows file servers and volumes."

    From "FTP (File Transfer Protocol) is the standard protocol used to move files between computers on TCP/IP networks. An FTP server can be activated in Mac OS X with a single click. In addition, FTP servers can be mounted as Mac OS X file systems, where they can be accessed from either the Finder or the command line."

    From "Mac OS X uses OpenSSH as its default protocol for secure command-line access between computers. SSH encrypts remote command-line traffic (including passwords) to effectively eliminate eavesdropping, connection hijacking, and other network-level attacks to which rlogin and telnet are susceptible. Mac OS X includes the full suite of OpenSSH client and server functionality, including ssh (command execution), sftp (file transfer), and scp (file copies)."

    Certificates (PKI):
    From "Public key infrastructure (PKI) authentication is now integrated throughout Mac OS X. PKI keys and other X.509 certificates can be stored in smart cards, keychains, Address Book, or LDAP directories and used for iChat, IPSec-based VPN, S/MIME, document signing, and numerous other services. There's even a lightweight Certificate Authority in Mac OS X so workgroups can establish their own local web of trust, as well as full certificate management in Mac OS X Server. Single place to manage passwords, certificates, and smart cards."

    From "Mac OS X is the first and only system to integrate the Common Data Security Architecture (CDSA) standard for flexibly and safely managing strong cryptography (such as AES-128), public key infrastructure (such as OCSP, the Online Certificate Status Protocol), and secure transport (such as SSLv2/v3 and TLSv1) and user interaction (for example, approving new root certificates). Apple's robust open source implementation is integrated with Linux Pluggable Authentication Modules (PAM) for easy two-way interoperability. Mac OS X also includes the OpenSSL security library for use by legacy open source applications, and it supports NTLMv1/v2 and NTM2 for Windows compatibility."

    From "DAV (Web Distributed Authoring and Versioning) allows users to collaboratively edit and manage files on remote web servers via HTTP. Mac OS X includes the Apache mod_dav module, enabling it to act as a DAV server. The DAV file system, which mounts DAV servers on the desktop, has been completely rewritten to use CFNetwork and now supports SSL authentication."

    Open Directory:
    From "Open Directory is an extensible framework for managing authorization and configuration information for users and systems. While designed primarily for use with LDAPv2/ v3 (the IETF standard Lightweight Directory Access Protocol), Open Directory is flexible enough to handle stand-alone desktop systems as well as legacy systems. These services can be managed using the graphical Directory Access application or the directory services command line (dscl). Apple provides an Open Directory server as part of Mac OS X Server, which uses Berkeley DB as its back end and can provide directory services to LDAP, SMB, or NetInfo clients."

    From "Bonjour is Apple's new name for open, zero-configuration networking standards built around multicast DNS. Bonjour makes it easy to find systems and services on a local network without requiring a network administrator. It is supported by a wide range of devices (such as printers and webcams), servers (such as Apache and ftpd), and other network-enabled services (such as ssh). It leverages existing IETF standard protocols such as DNS service discovery and is part of the IETF's ongoing standardization work via the Zeroconf Working Group. It is also available for numerous platforms as open source."

    VPN via L2TP/IPSec or PPTP:
    From "Mac OS X includes a Virtual Private Network (VPN) client that supports the Internet standard Layer 2 Tunnel Protocol (L2TP) over IPSec (the secure version of IPv4), as well as the older Point-to-Point Tunneling Protocol (PPTP). This allows users to connect to Cisco, Microsoft, or other standards-based servers to create a secure, encrypted connection from the public Internet to a private network, such as those used in corporations and educational institutions. Tiger adds peer-based "site-to-site" VPN, avoiding the need for a centralized server when directly connecting two gateways. Secure access to Virtual Private Networks over L2TP/IPSec or PPTP."

    Kerberos single sign-on:
    From "Apple has adopted the MIT-developed, IETF-specified Kerberos protocol (v4/v5) for systemwide single sign-on—allowing users to authenticate against multiple services without retyping passwords or sending them over the network. The Kerberos clients in Mac OS X are fully compatible with Microsoft Active Directory as well as Mac OS X Server and other standards-compliant implementations."

    X Windows:
    From "X11 for Mac OS X includes a complete, smoothly integrated X11 Window System, enabling Mac OS X to run UNIX GUI applications side by side with Cocoa, Carbon, and Java applications. X11 for Mac OS X is primarily based on XFree86 and shares the bulk of its code with X11 on Linux, BSD, and other UNIX-based systems."

    From "SQLite, the embedded, public domain SQL database, is now available as a framework for developers, as well as being part of the new Core Data framework in Cocoa for data modeling and automatic persistence."

    CalDAV (in Leopard)
    From "iCal Server uses open calendaring protocols for integrating with leading calendaring programs including iCal 3 in Leopard, Mozilla’s Sunbird, OSAF’s Chandler and Microsoft Outlook. These open standard protocols include CalDAV — a set of extensions to WebDAV — and interchange formats such as iCalendar, iMIP, and iTIP. Apple is a member of the CalConnect Consortium and is committed to open, standards-based calendaring and scheduling protocols. To further the widespread adoption and deployment of these calendaring standards, complete source code will be released to the open source community as part of the Darwin Calendar Server project, hosted on the website."

    From "Apple believes that using Open Source methodology makes Mac OS X a more robust, secure operating system, as its core components have been subjected to the crucible of peer review for decades. Any problems found with this software can be immediately identified and fixed by Apple and the Open Source community."

    For me, the choice is simple. Apple has made an enormous effort over the past few years to take all of their products and software and give them open-standards and open-source foundations to promote security, stability and performance in OS X. (The slick interface and museum quality encasings are just icing on the cake). With Microsoft, you just get more of the buggy coding, obsolete DLLs, old-fashioned BIOS and endless proprietary codecs and software. To me, it's no contest.

    The full list of standards and open-source projects that Apple supports and contributes to is too long to list here. For more examples of Apple's commitment to open-source and standards:
  • edited November 2006
    OMG!! Can you people just stop with this war between Apple vs PCs

    Truth be told that you can never be happy with any product until you actually use both. I have both a dell laptop and apple mac book pro. There are pros and cons about each of them. Lets break it down into a session which a normal user use. Im not big on technical terms, so I'll just explain it like how I use it.

    <strong>First, lets go to MUSIC!</strong>
    I love music, I listen to music any chance I get. A great song does not have to be played by the greatest audio player, though it helps. Both of my laptop/notebook plays music well. On the Mac Book Pro, I use iTune because I can't use anything. On the Dell, I use window media 11 because it works best for me.

    I love watching movies on my computer, and I do all the time. Thought I always watch it on my dell laptop because I can't watch most of the video formats on the Apple. I also watch a lot of asian movies with subtitles. I spend a week trying to find something that will play .avi .omg and others on the mac, and then spend another week or two trying to find something will support subtitles. I gave up! Doing this on my dell is less than half an hour.

    Editing videos!! Though I'm not a big on this, I have edit some home holiday videos for my family. What's with the thing apple claims they have supperior blah blah load time on video is all BS. If you edit a 1 to 5 minutes video on an Apple is all cool. Yes it load faster than my dell, but when u start editing videos that are an hour or two long, the MAC BOOK PRO CRASH!! It took my dell a while to render and load the video, but at least it doesn't crash.

    Of course on the Mac, we all use iPhoto. At least I use it, and its great! But I get the same experience on my dell using Adobe PS Family, thought I have to pay for it, which I never do. Don't blame me, blame bitorrent!

    <strong>Wireless/Bluetooth/Printing/or Others Connectivities</strong>
    On my dell, I can connect to anything that is accessable. On my Mac Book, sometimes I think its read and write in another language. Apple claims it would work with anything, and yet sometimes it doesn't.

    Like I have a bluetooth print server, my dad pc destop can connect to it from across the room. Yet, my Mac refuses to connect to it.

    Wireless, we have a linksys wireless router, it took me a while to get it to work because it wouldn't find the wireless network on my mac.

    Blue Tooth phones and other devices, please!! Don't even get me started on it.

    Yes apple has Microsoft Word, big deal for a spanking 300 or 400 dollars extra, they didn't give me a cent discount when I bought my Mac. Dell gave me a 150 dollars discount.

    Half of the time, I don't even use MS Office to work.

    On my dell, install a game play!

    On my Mac, spend another 300 bucks on Windows, install and play!! Wait, buy another mouse!!

    <strong>My Experience with Tech Support</strong>

    About 3 months into my Dell laptop, it got really hot and I couldn't even touch it anymore. I called dell tech support, they first apologize for the inconvenience, second, they asked me to do a few stupid on and off test. Third, they told me to send the laptop back, they will pay for shipping. I waited a day for the free shipping package to arrive, and I then send it back to them. They fix the computer within 3 days, and by the end of the weekend I have my laptop back and ready for use. Actually, they gave me a new computer because something was wrong with the power source. They asked me if I want to keep the old harddrive for any back up, and they send both the new computer and the harddrive in the old laptop back to me for free.

    I got my Mac Book Pro for about a week, and I tried to install MS Bluetooth mouse driver in it. It installed, and then the cd got stuck and the mac won't load after reboot. I called support, stating that after installing the MS Bluetooth Driver from the MS Bluetooth Driver CD, the CD got stuck and now I can't get it out and my Mac is stuff at the Chime part. The guy told me to press a few keys but all I hear a cluck sound and that was it. He told me that, things like this is not suppose to happen, and I don't know how to use or manage a computer. After an hour or trying stupid repeatedly techniques, he told me there is nothing he can do to help me, and suggested that I take my Mac to an Apple Geniuses. I took it to CompUSA the next day, what genius? He didn't even know what to press to eject the cds. I had to drive 2 hours to an apple stores, just to have them say the same thing to me. Sorry, we can't help you!

    I got home and was kinda pissed off. I went online and search for helps, apparently, about 30 out of every 100 mac book pro users have this problem. Yet apple proclaim genius didn't even know about it. What worst is that people are screaming for help on their site/their forum.

    Forward to about a month or two with the mac book pro. All of the sudden, my mac book pro also gotten really hot. It was impossible to touch. I called tech support up again. I spoke to a woman, who is very nice. She promptly asked me to do a few things for her so she can diagnose the problem, after two talking on the phone with her, she said atm there isn't anything she can. Though she didn't ask me to take it to genius bar, she said that she will report this problem up to the engineer and she'll call me back. A week gone by without a call, I decided to call back. Guess what? My two hours with that lady was not in record. So I had to go the same damn thing again. They asked me questions like, am i using my notebook on the flat surface. Warned me about 1 billion times not to use it on my laps because I might get burn. I asked them is the heating issue a well known issue and the guy said apple notebook are generally hotter than most pc laptop, and its normal for an apple notebook to get really hot. I asked them if its hot to the point where i can't even touch is normal and he didn't say anything. I send the notebook back, and got another one. I had to pay for the shippings. Both to them, and when they send it back to me, about 100 dollars total. I asked them what the problem was they never really told me about it. They just go on rambling about some other stuff..

    As a user and a consumer, Technical Support is very important to me. Because unlike you PC and Mac Pros out there, a lot of us who do not understand how to fix something therefore we rely on the company for technical support.

    As for user experience, if I want to see some nice and smooth animation with every clicks, I'll definitely use a Mac. But there are good things and bad things about this.

    On a mac, when u install a new software, it gets placed in the doc. Once u installed about 20 programs, it gets clutter. If you remove them from the dock, then everytime u want to use it. You have to go to the harddrive to access it.

    On a windows, once something is install. It gets placed in the Start -> Programs. A list of all the programs you installs. You can also do uninstall from the same place easily!

    What I love about the mac is that it is more secure. I do not need to worry about viruses, spy wares, and other crap.

    What I love about the PC is that it just works. Everything I want to do, I can. On a mac, you have a 50/100 chances that something might not work.

    ps: For all of those who say that Mac do not crash or have the blue screen of death. Its true, mac don't have that. What Mac do have though is the sudden lock up. The entire system FROZE, and I mean FROZEN UP!! The power button don't work, nothing works. The only way to shut down a system is to pull out the charger and the battery.

    So you tell me, which is worst?

    My system spec.

    Dell Dual Core 2.0
    1 gig memory

    Mac Book Pro Dual Core 2.1
    2 gig memory
  • edited November 2006
    Algebra, you obviously suffer from a pc mentality disorder. You should see a doctor or stick to the dell.

    Edit: I was obviously, I thought, teasing wanderer logical.
  • And i suppose someone will tell me that even idiot users cant break macs or some such rubbish.
    Hasn't stopped them from trying! :D

    (Macs, unfortunately, are not idiot-proof.)
  • edited November 2006

    Hey Algebra, sounds like you're having a lot of trouble.

    - For the odd video formats, try adding a little Perian to your QuickTime:

    - The dock does more than you think it can. You can make any folder on your hard drive into a "Start Menu"-eque folder:

    - iMovie is not exactly a Pro app. Apple offers high-end video software like Final Cut Studio and Shake Shake (Shake is Apple's high end special effects software for Final Cut Studio). For nearly a straight decade, movies created with Shake have won the Oscar for best visual effects. (Seen Lord of the Rings lately?)

    - Throw away your Microsoft mouse. It's killing your Mac (probably on purpose).
  •  Quote: algebra  OMG!! Can you people just stop with this war between Apple vs PCs
    Hey buddy, hit the HTML option if you want your tags to work!

    By the way, it's not a war it's a discussion now, the war's been won. :-)

    And do us all a favor, as Dinoboff says: "...stick to the dell..."
  • edited November 2006
    What is wrong with you wanderer? What mean that "Do us a favor..."? Who are "us"?

    Why Algerbra experiences would not be valid? He is no good enough to have Mac I suppose, and that's why he doesn't realize how macs are wonderful.

    Wanderer, do us a favor, grow up!

    What ever the qualities of osX, Apple produces are expensive and there are less programs and accessories available on osX than Windows.
    And the issues that the Mac Book Pro has with overheating and with wireless connection are well known.
  • Re: Docks... On my PC I use RocketDock. Love it.
  • 3stripe3stripe ✭✭
    edited November 2006
    I really really want to start a thread called "The official I hate the "The official I hate PCs discussion" discussion... but I haven't yet... :)
  • edited November 2006
    Chill Dinoboff,
    The first thing that comes to mind about Algebra's comments is "he should learn to use his Mac or dump it and stick with his Dell."
    About yours? I think you are unnecessarily worked up so "full of sh*t" comes to mind but I won't say that on account of the fact that you'd be "offended".

    As for "overheating issues" and such, hmmm, why do we continually dig a big hole about specifics and make them "it" as far as the discussion goes?

    PC minded lemmings (if you fit the label it's you, otherwise chill) are mostly small-minded and piddly thinking, that's why metaphors fall flat on them.

    If somehow, the Mac platform disappeared off the face of the planet tomorrow, the Mac mentality would live on. It's not about the hardware or software per se, it's about the thinking, the attitude, the "something bigger than multi-million dollar profits". Did you miss dan39's excellent 2-part post? Or did you simply ignore it because he was spot-on?

    If it wasn't for the Mac mentality PC users would still be struggling with green text on black screens and poking the arrow-keys to navigate and the only games you'd have would be Pong and maybe Breakout. And sure Windows copied the interface but mentally PC thinkers are all still on green screens with a piddly flashing block cursor and arrow keys (inline not even the inverted T!).

    Grow up? Why not just grow? Stand back and take a look at the coral you've been penned into, open your horizons, stop being such a sheep, jump the fence or crawl under it but get out and look at what's out there. If you don't like it you can always crawl back I suppose.

    If you (any individual) want this discussion closed, please send Mark a Whisper, I'll abide happily by his decision.

    Later: (To help Mark with his decision)
    Vote here
  • Nah, I don't want it closed, and it should not be closed. It keeps this rubbish (or attempts to) from pouring over into other discussions.

    But it should however, be sinked.
  • lol.

    I just don't want to give some people the wrong idea when they come to the community, specially for the first time. And since it says "official" when it is really not, I don't want it to taint Lussumo.

    So keep it, but sink it from constantly staying on top.
  • "taint" Lussumo?

    Freedom of expression taints?

    More negative mentality, sigh.

    If people were not interested, it would not be "...staying on top..."
  • Well, I used to be a huge PC gamer and hardcore PC user and Mac basher.

    Now, I do a lot more than game, and took a gamble with a PowerBook purchase. Though it was slower than my PC I quickly found myself spending all my time in OS X, I just find the tools better. Though initially I didn't really "get" the Mac, now I do and I cannot go back to Windows. I literally want to kill myself every time :)

    About a year later, Intel iMacs hit, and I snag one... never to look back to the days of building my own PC etc. Its just not worth it to me anymore. Macs let me get my work done faster and more efficiently, and yeah I can still get my game on (I'm really hardcore about some, many open source that hit Mac)

    Vista sure as hell won't get me back either.
  • I am not much of a Mac fan, but I am even less (much) of Windows fan.
    I wish the Mac OS would be distributed so it could work on any machine and not just the ones they make.
    Linux is becoming very impresive, it has always been the ideal soloution for security, and now with Ubuntu it adds a big dose of stablity to the platform.
  • A side from building and selling PCs with windows I find that Apple pushes its way to the front by doing things different. One thing that never changes with Windows is that it never works as advertised, yes it may run smoothly for months at a time and then it stops doing something that you need it to do and you may not get the blue screen you now just get a memory error or some garbage like that. The most annoying thing is when a program stops working and you have to use the famous CTRL-ALT-DEL to force it to quit using the task manager then the computer just freezes now you have to hit the power button and hope that the computer will boot back up and wait for the Windows to do a scan disk, it has been like this since Win 3.1. They say XP isn't based off of DOS but then why even have a feature where you can back door in to a system with DOS and have, doskey, and drwatson that were all DOS 6.X and up. These are tools that no one uses and are buried deep with-in the system folders.

    For some reason I don't think that Vista is going to be any better at dealing with the same old problems that always seem to pop up like memory useage, disk caching, overall layout of things, having to uninstall things oh boy that is a chore cleaning up the bits and pieces that stay around.

    Fundimentaly I don't understand that hate for Macs, is it that the Mac people are happy go lucky for the most part. I'd say partly yes I know I've spent many of hrs formatting my hard drive and having to install XP then down load the updates for all my video card, sound card and what ever else I have installed on my computer and boy when it is all said in done I've wasted at least 1 full day and partly the next day as well.

    I can't say the same for Macs I've never had any troubles with any of mine, 1 being a iMac, and the other being a Mac Book Pro. My Wintel laptop gives me more problems in the 6 months I've had it I had to format and reinstall 2 times. Far as them getting hot all laptops get hot the only time to worry is when the fan stops working now that's when you have a problem.

    PC users always say Macs are too expensive or you over payed... The one I like the most is I can build a cheaper PC and I can upgrade when ever I want... So what if I want the ablity to upgrade my system I would have bought a Mac Pro and spent the extra money.

    I truely feel that most PC users have never used a Mac or if they have it was when they were in school and they are now too scared to try something new. And they spout off your OS is unix and it is crappy, but they don't even know what they are talking about. Apple got it right by using something that has been around for many yrs all the bugs have be worked out and is very stable. Windows is like an adventure you never know what you will get because when it is released it was untested and you can't see what is under the hood because that is a secret.

    Well that is the end of my rant take it for what it is worth.

  • Jeremy you're wrong on a few counts there. A lot of PC users actually really like OSX, but they don't like being locked into the hardware from Apple. Sure it's improving slowly, but you're still pretty locked in on that front, they (we) want the freedom t pick and choose our own hardware. It realy is that simple.

    There's nothing that a lot of PC users hate about Macs so much as the attitude (Wanderer I'm looking at you) that an extremely vocal minority of Mac users have. They're offensive and don't believe there is any reason why everyone should not be using a Mac. If someone's chosen to use a PC then they're stupid or whatever.

    *THAT* is what PC users *REALLY* hate ;)
  • edited November 2006
    @Stash: I completely agree that, in general, Macs typically locked you into specific hardware. Especially the low-end Macs.

    However, the new Mac Pro was specifically designed to be completely reconfigurable to your own liking:

    From "The new Mac Pro — More than 4 Million Possible Configurations: You’re the expert. With build-to-order options available for processors, graphic cards, memory, hard drives, optical drives, and other features and components, the über-configurable Mac Pro lets you build your personal dream machine."

    There's not much you can't add or customize to that system. Granted, it's not exactly a system for someone on a budget. But, the Mac Pro is definitely competitively priced. (Many configurations are even far cheaper than an equivalent Dell.)

    Just curious, but now that they've addressed the major complaints about Macs (configurability, and price), is it any more appealing?
  • Come on [-Stash-] you don't hate me, you hate what I say and (apparently) how I say it. It does not make what I say wrong.

    I've spent years copping grief from PC nerds, now that my stance is being rewarded can't I give some of it back?

    dan39 & Shaf made significant comments that are spot-on and nobody could take as offensive.

    Have you made your mark yet...
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  • Already lot of great things have been said about Os X before you arrived wanderer and many pc user on this forum would like to have an Apple. There is no mac basher or microsolft zealot on this forum like you seems to think.
  • Stash, you say a lot of PC users like OSX, but hate being locked in to what Apple has to offer and want to put what ever they want inside there box, but you have to look at doing all those things is a PRO level type thing. The entry or mid level person really doesn't need to have all that flexibility because they don't need to keep up with industry standard to do what they need.

    If I was rendering video, photos, or a hard core gamer yes it is very nice to be able to change things out from time to time, but when you are just writing e-mails, blogging, touching up photos, and my be some low end games that don't require insane requirements like FPS do then having to upgrade isn't all that much of an issue and will be able to keep a system for many yrs. before having to upgrade or get a new computer.

    On a side note:
    The reason to upgrade is that your needs have changed and cannot do what you need to do anymore, and the major of reasons to upgrade are new OS that have higher requirements in order to run, or computer gaming. Just about everything else you can run on a system lower end system.

    I wouldn't be surprised to see when Vista comes out that everyone that has an older system they go to there local Best-Buy, CompUsa, CircitCity, Frys, or what every computer store they use and get the best video card, fastest CPU, good Mainboard, and memory. Or at least at a min. buy a new computer from Sony, HP, Compaq, etc.. Just to see what Vista is all about. But the people that need to have the ability to upgrade on the fly are going to be your PROs or HARD CORE GAMERs like I said above, because your average user isn't going to drop $400 on a video card to send out an e-mail, look at or fix photos.

    I was once your Hard Core Gamer and spent a good amount of money time on my computer and then my needs changed and no longer played many games that required having the need to upgrade all the time to play games at there max resolution.

    But I think that the majority of the Mac haters are the Hard Core Gamers that look at the price point of the Mac Pro and non-upgrade abilities of the iMac. Ok just look at it this way the Mac Pro is around $2200, but you can build a really nice PC for about $1500 which is about $700 cheaper, but the thing that they don't notice is that the Mac Pro sports the Xeon Processor x2 and a kick ass graphics card and has more potential. The thing the Mac Pro is a high-end workstation and your going to pay for it. So they look at the iMac which is the step down from the Mac Pro and see that you can't upgrade it and don't want to be stuck with something that won't be able to play the games the way they want to with-in 9 months and so they say Macs are too expensive and you waste your money if you buy one or you must be rich or an elitest/snob.

    I personaly don't play games on my computer anymore and wanted to get away from all the problem I was having with all of Microsoft Windows and Apple had what I was looking for and no problems so far.

  • The Cost of Ownership for Windows is amazing, the Windows Security thing (subscription I think) doesn't really work. I have been test driving Ubuntu out the last couple days and it runs very smoothly, although I haven't installed it (I should get to it, my memory is almost full!). But anyways, when I get a new computer I will be dumping Windows and Getting Ubuntu, while letting my spyware magnet.

    Also I will never give Microsoft a cent again!
  • "Come on [-Stash-] you don't hate me, you hate what I say and (apparently) how I say it. It does not make what I say wrong."
    Wanderer I never said I hate you, if you read my comments again. I don't even hate what you say, it really is the way that you say it.

    Regarding this comment:
    "I've spent years copping grief from PC nerds, now that my stance is being rewarded can't I give some of it back?"
    No, as this makes you worse than the "PC nerds" as you are doing exactly the same as them and making yourself a hypocrite on top of it! You especially shouldn't be doing it to us as we haven't been telling you to get a PC or to ditch the Mac. Go and do it to some of the people who have given you grief over the years!

    I think it would be fair to say that the PC users in this forum are more aware of the Mac than most, and have their reasons for not using one. They also understand why people would use a Mac and therefore don't have a problem with those that do. I personally haven't seen much Mac bashing in this forum at all, mainly PC bashing from people like you.

    Shaf, I do agree with most of what you say, but what you also have to realise is that a higher percentage than normal of users here are PRO level. This is what makes Wanderer's attitude towards us rude and annoying. Again I say that I've seen very little, if any, Mac hating (until this discussion *sigh*) on these forums, so why are PC users getting it in the next so much just for their hardware/OS of choice?

    Personally I am a heavy user and like to think of myself of a hardcore gamer as well (when I have the time), so the choice of platform is a simple one for me. Having said that, when my wife needed a laptop back in 2001, we went out and took a look at what was on the market and ended up with a G3 iBook. It was the best specced and best build machine on the market at the time for around £1000. Even though OSX wasn't great back then (you have to admit that the first few versions were raw and performed pretty poorly on low amounts of RAM) it was Windows equal in most things, better in some and worse in others.

    Also, last year when the Mac Mini came out I bought myself one as I wanted a small machine that I didn't have the urge to upgrade and tinker with. I have only upgraded the memory on it, but other than that I haven't touched it. It not provides a perfect backup machine for me and a great web-email-office workstation for anyone who needs to use it at any time.

    So I do see the benefits of Mac hardware as well as software. I just hate Wanderer's rudeness to PC users on this forum and think there is no excuse for it (yes, some of them have been incredibly rude back to him and I don’t think there’s an excuse for that either, although I understand why they have been). I don't even mind his Mac evangelism, he could do it in a polite, thoughtful way and get a LOT more support for it to boot! Please Wanderer, just stop being rude to people who have chosen a different path to you on these forums. If someone here has been rude to you specifically regarding the fact that you use a Mac, then take it up with them via email or whispers, don't pollute the rest of the public forums with this. I say exactly the same to them as well.

    Dan, I agree that the Mac Pro is beautifully engineered machine and the hardware configuration is good. I even accept the fact that it's cheaper than the Dell. But for me personally I wouldn't purchase the Dell, and both machines are complete overkill for what I do. I can get faster performance for the things I do building it myself and for less money. With a PC, this is always a choice, not with the Mac. Again, this is just personal preference and I can only say for certainty that this makes the PC better for me, not everyone or even ANYONE else perhaps. Also, please remember that Dell are not the only PC manufacturer on the planet, and not even the best! They are just the biggest.
  • I bashed the PC-Mentality, it's not my fault PC users saw the truth in my statements and took offense like 5-year-olds (damn it I have to stop doing that)!

    Reading back through some very old posts though, (2005) I see that it's true, lots of understanding and praising of the Mac platform, both hardware and OS.

    Also lots of longing for Macs, and stupid basic questions (like does the right mouse button do the same thing on a Mac) which points out some ignorance.

    I whispered to someone recently...

    As for my choice of words, I understand that "written" they are subject to having the intent being interpreted "badly" especially if people are pre-disposed to thinking that way. I say these things all the time in person to friends and complete strangers and they laugh or respond in other positive ways.

    It's sad people here are a little humour-challenged and don't seem to understand the use of subtlety and irony in humour as part of a discussion, nor do metaphors go down well. This all seems to translate into Wanderer being a rude and insulting bastard, that's sad because I'm really cute and likeable in person. (I could translate it as you guys being stiff, straight-laced, affectatious and stuck up.)

    I can't remember who said he was coming to Melbourne in the New Year, but I do hope he invests in some thick skin and gets his Aussie-Humour inoculation!

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  • yeah, i'm coming, mate. don't you worry about me. i've been to oz before and i have quite a few aussie friends. they all have a great sense of humour, which in their case does not translate to talking down to people.
  • Oh, but we're perfectly capable. ;)
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