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  1. Are Apple Users Stupid?

    Guys... I'm a CompSci student and have been using computers since the age of 2 (dad bought a BBCB Microcomputer). And am now thinking of switching to a Mac for the first time. Why? Well, I got a legal licence from my CompSci department licensing scheme (MSDNAA) for a free copy of Vista Business, that's why. Used it for a while until my old laptop blew up last week which is why I'm in the market for a new machine. Saw Vista Business boxed in a shop today... £289.99. For you Americans, that's about $580. So, not even the top end version and it's priced through the roof? No wonder people still swear by XP. Vista is just XP with stolen features from UNIX and OSX, with a pretty (which is debatable, actually... parts of it really don't look too good) interface, bloat and a load of extra-annoying "features" and bugs. Mac users, you're missing basically nothing. DirectX10 will take forever to get off the ground due to the lack of cards and third-party software supporting it, and OpenGL is crippled. Saw a Macbook Pro today in the same shop where I saw the boxed Vista. Restarted it to see its speed. Onto the OSX desktop in 20 seconds, my £2000 corporate test machine running Vista Business takes 45 seconds to get to the same stage after it's stopped chugging, and everything on that is brand new with a fresh install. Sure, I might not get the same range of applications for OSX, but there's always the ability to run Windows if I need to. I've found 3rd party equivalents for most Windows apps anyway, in the same way as I did for Linux, it's no big deal. The only serious things might be MS Visual Studio (get Parallels/Boot Camp, I've got a legitimate XP Pro lying around which I'd rather use than Vista TBH) MS Office (again, run my pirate copy on Parallels, or get the Mac version... but there's NeoOffice which is a piece-o'-{censored} after using OpenOffice on both Windows and Linux). The rest of the apps I might use are cross-platform, such as Eclipse, the Macromedia suite, and open source shizzle like Blender and The GIMP. I really don't think I'd be losing much by switching to Mac at this point. I've made the switch to console gaming in a very big way as I've got an XBOX 360, which is getting far more play time than my old PSX, PS2 and N64 ever did, so I'm not all for high-tech graphical performance these days.
  2. OS X Annoyances

    Why doesn't "dir" work on the Terminal? It's a UNIX command, as well as working on Windows. (Actually no, it might not be a UNIX command, just that KDE hacked it in to keep Windows users happy...)
  3. Windows Vista

    "Stop being a tool. Are you using the same Vista as me?" Vista Business MSDNAA download, that's what I've got. Dunno what you've got; you never said. In my experience, it is just like that ad. I got it popping up when I opened Command Prompt once (didn't even run any commands), again when I tried to change my output monitor on a dualscreen, and also when I changed Parental Controls on iTunes. Also when changing Windows Update settings, running MMC, Group Policy... ... ... my account is in the Adminstrators user group as well. Why not just rip UNIX completely and have a whole separate root login? It did get annoying. Why's there the extra bloat of blanking the screen momentarily, and then reloading it with the background faded out? Why not just pop up a box asking Yes/No immediately, without all that? "I have no problems" - you seem like a right charmer. You don't have any problems and you're not annoyed, so nobody else should be either? Who's the tool now? "Vista is the SP3zorz" Exactly, SP3. That's how long it's going to take before Vista will be fine for everyday use. The slowdowns and lockups are unbearable, it's just a slow OS. And I was running it freshly installed on a £2000 ($4000 USD) test rig we use at work. I'm sick of Windows after 13 solid years. And no, we don't do what Steve Jobs tells us, we buy a quality product with a well-built, solid UNIX based OS which is pretty much everything-proof straight out of the box. The average Joe home user doesn't know how to configure Windows for security, it's poorly configured straight off.
  4. Windows Vista

    I had Vista Business as a free MSDNAA download through my University licensing scheme. Sure, it looked great. Better than OSX in some ways, I honestly thought. However, it was filled with tedious slowdowns, bugs, annoyances, niggling inconsistencies with the way things were done... For example, on XP if you press Ctrl-Alt-Del it either loads Task Manager or the 6-button Windows security dialogue. Both were quick in an emergency. Vista defaults to a bloaty, full-screen, all graphical security dialogue which crashes your machine further if you're trying to get to Task Manager to stop a crashed program which is killing your system. That was ultra annoying and unnecessary - where was the standard non-bloaty version?. Also prone to nasty lockups, which weren't hardware problems because XP ran flawlessly (the machine was a dualboot). Bloatiness aside, it ran near perfectly with 1GB RAM. Also, the really poorly built UAC. All it does is dim the screen and come up with a dialogue box asking you to Continue or Cancel, exactly like the Mac ad with the 3 guys in it. Pretty much does it for simple things like the start menu or editing advanced display settings. Turn it off, and you're back to the traditional full-admin rights over everything mode like in XP Home (Pro was a good deal more secure and configurable). Hello, virus. Bleh. I'm sick of Windows and Linux (pain in the a$$ - I'm a compsci student and even I'm not enough of a geek to be bothered typing one bazillion terminal commands just to do something basic, with absolutely no guarantee whatsoever it'll work at the end of it all). Because of this and my extensive use of Macs, I'm thinking of getting one myself
  5. Hi guys, My 18 month old Fujitsu laptop blew out with a catastrophic motherboard failure last week and is beyond economical repair. New laptop time. I'm thinking of getting a Macbook, but I'm concerned. I've used Macs extensively but never actually owned one. Here goes: 1) I don't like the standard Macbook as much as the Pro. However, MacRumors says the Pro is due to be replaced soon whereas the Macbook is "Neutral - mid cycle", and the Pro's too expensive anyway (even with academic discount - I'm a University student). 2) What's Santa Rosa, and will it affect me? What about Leopard, I'd guess it's worth leaving it for a while because it looks to me like it'll be released unfinished and be loaded to hell with bugs. So, is it worth waiting for Apple's completely unpredictable product cycles? 3) Standard Macbook has terrible, terrible video performance from its graphics card, so I'm told. I do programming, and may evolve into doing some 3D work with OpenGL and possibly mucking around with apps like Blender. Will the poor graphics card hinder me doing any of this? I heard most of that's to do with problems within Tiger which are being fixed with Leopard, is that true? I used my old Fujitsu for gaming sometimes as it had a beefy dedicated video card, but I'm sick of PC gaming and now own an XBOX360 so I think lower graphics performance won't be too much of a problem. 4) I've used Windows for 13 years and am sick of it. However, most of my apps are Windows based as I use MS Visual Studio for some things. What's Parallels/Bootcamp like in case I can't find an OSX based alternative? 5) Any serious, noticeable performance differences between the standard and Pro? 6) Video editing - I won't be doing Mission Impossible 4 or anything, maybe the odd clip or two needing edited for YouTube. Is the standard Macbook okay for this sort of thing? Other than that, I'll just be surfing the net, music, working e.g. report writing, perhaps a Powerpoint presentation or two, a little bit of coding and web design, perhaps the odd very light game but that's unlikely - I spent c. £400 on an XBOX 360 for a reason. So here's the problem. I'm worried about getting a Macbook purely because Apple are so damn unpredictable - if I buy one right now even specced up, chances are 3 months down the line Apple'll come out with super-duper spanking new gazillion core Macbooks with 6GB of RAM onboard as well as Leopard, for £100 more than what I paid for the model available now. I'd probably feel very ripped off and a total idiot. That said, I'd probably be getting the black Macbook with 2GB of RAM and a 120GB HDD. My Fujitsu's 2 drives ran at 5400rpm so I'm not too concerned with access speed. What are your thoughts? Should I just bite the bullet and go for it? It'd most likely be the standard Macbook, though, although the screen seems a little small. I'm feeling a bit apprehensive as I can see PC-based alternatives with similar/higher spec for less money, but I'm bored of Windows. I had Vista Business on the old Fujitsu and it was a high performing machine, but Vista was really really bloaty and very irritating in some ways. I used XP Pro just fine, so I'm not too sure whether or not I should be enthusiastic about Leopard as I doubt I'd use things like Spaces and Time Machine. Thanks for your help!