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Re: macv vs pc
- Subject: Re: macv vs pc
- From: "Andy Turnbull" andyt@xxxxxxxx
- Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2009 16:03:09 -0500
I use a laptop, and to me the big difference is portability, convenience and
The charger and cord for my mac will fit in my shirt pocket, and reach an
outlet about five feet away. If I need an extension, I will carry one.
The charger and cord and the extension that I need to connect the charger
for the pc take up about as much space as the puter itself, and are a damned
nuisance to pack. As I work at my desk I have outlets three feet away in one
direction and four feet in the other -- which means I have about six feet of
heavy duty, (heavier than necessary) cord coiled up on the floor, and
another few feet coiled up on my desk.
This is stupid and, more, I wonder if the clowns who designed this rig have
made other decisions that were based on 'me too' reasoning rather than
common sense. I can live with the windows program, (the filing system, for
one, is better than mac) but that charger just turns me off.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Monday, January 19, 2009 3:44 PM
Subject: Re: will doxbox work with mac?
≪I could grant you much of that, but I can't help being skeptical
whenever Mac users tell me there's nothing to fix, because things
don't ever go wrong with a Mac ! Probably even more so now -- with
OS/X being largely Unix under the hood -- if the typical Mac user
encounters some serious problem, they'd have to call in a Mac guru,
just as most PC users may need to summon help.≫
Mac's not perfect. Nothing ever is. But when things to do go wrong,
their tech support is better than Microsoft's. For one thing, a human
answers the phone and addresses me by name.
Mac's move to a Unix-based kernel was good; it's a professional,
industrial-strength OS, and they are not alone (for example, Cisco,
which has 80% market share in network devices worldwide, is also
Unix-based). Unix is very robust and well-documented, though, I grant,
overpowered and too bitsy-bytsey for most home users. And that's the
crux, isn't it?
I liken Windows to the socket wrench you get at Walmart for $3.95. It's
adequate for most home-hobby jobs, but it wouldn't last a week in a Jeep
dealer's workshop. If you compare only one Walmart wrench with one
Snap-On wrench, you'll think Snap-On's overpriced. Until the cheap one
breaks. Then you'll wish you'd spent the extra money on a good wrench in
the first place instead of spending the extra money on a replacement
later. For those of us who make a living with our computers, the cost
amortizes over time, not only at the cash register.
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