GlockTalk.com
Home Forums Classifieds Blogs Today's Posts Search Social Groups



  
SIGN-UP
Notices

Glock Talk
Welcome To The Glock Talk Forums.

 
  
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 10-25-2004, 15:34   #1
mrmatt
Senior Member
 
mrmatt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Haltom City, Texas
Posts: 248
??Apple Note book??

Looking into getting a new Laptop for school. I just wanted to see if anyone uses a Apple, and if they like it? My main worry is it is compatable with PC/window's programs?
mrmatt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-25-2004, 17:44   #2
CranialCrusader
Senior Member
 
CranialCrusader's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2000
Location: TX
Posts: 3,540
I love Apple stuff. I know several people at school who have them and they work very well. Just about every program you need is avalible on the Mac plus you don't have to worry about spyware and viruses and everything else.

Rock solid UNIX based OS too.

CranialCrusader
__________________
I exist, if for no other reason, to increase the entropy of the universe.
CranialCrusader is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-26-2004, 11:22   #3
BrianM_G21
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Manchester, GA
Posts: 77
I've been a die-hard PC guy since I was 11 (1985), though I've dabled a little in *nix from time to time. Well, 2 months ago my wife wanted a new laptop and liked the Mac Powerbooks best... so I've been forcing myself to use it, and it's nothing but a huge frustration for a PC Poweruser. I hate that using the terminal to open a program takes longer than looking for and clicking an icon (I'm used to the run bar in windoze), I hate the some standard programs like Opera and Safari (internet browsers) crash on a daily basis. The hardware is expensive, users are fanatical (and often unfriendly to newbie questions).... Overall, I've been displeased with the switch. But we now own a $3k laptop, so I'm going to make the best of it... maybe I'll find something I like in the next 3 years (till the extended service runs out).
BrianM_G21 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-26-2004, 14:36   #4
mrmatt
Senior Member
 
mrmatt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Haltom City, Texas
Posts: 248
Thank you Brian & Cranial.

Still trying to make a decision. If I do switch to an apple I want it to be as painless as possible.
mrmatt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-26-2004, 14:37   #5
saber41
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Check out Virtual PC for Mac,

http://www.microsoft.com/mac/product...?pid=virtualpc

With Virtual PC you can run Windows and Windows Apps on the Mac.
  Reply With Quote
Old 10-26-2004, 17:53   #6
fastvfr
Ancient Tech
 
fastvfr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: SW Oregon
Posts: 3,146
Send a message via Yahoo to fastvfr
A used laptop running Debian or Slackware would be about 10% the cost of a Powerbook, and just as powerful if not more so.

Plus, Debian is more app-friendly when going cross-platform than OS X is, since OpenOffice will create and open .xml, .rtf and .txt files perfectly, and WINE will play many Windows games, as well.

Mac OS X is too flaky for my tastes...and far too dumbed-down. I work on MACs as well as PC's, and although OS X is a vast improvement over OS 9 and earlier (NOT saying much there!) and it is stable most of the time (as is XP when set up properly, BTW), I can't recommend it for folks who want to get the most from their hardware.

If you want a decent non-M$ desktop, KDE is worlds better than MAC OS Panther. And by setting up a SAMBA server, your laptop can even share files with Windows OSes!

I mean, really....what can you expect from DARWIN *Nix?!?

That's no lie...that is what they named the obscure version of Unix they based Panther upon! I about laughed myself into a cramp when I heard that one!!

"OS X - For A New Generation Of Darwin-Award-Winning Operating Systems!"

Sheeesh.

Good luck,

FastVFR
fastvfr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-28-2004, 21:55   #7
hypoluxo
Member
 
hypoluxo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: SW TN
Posts: 40
You guys aren't describing any Mac I'm familiar with. My background is Electrical Engineering. I've been using PCs for 20 years and Macs for about 10 years. I still use both on a daily basis (4 Macs, 2 PCs).

There is no way I would give up my Mac for a PC. The file system is more intuitive, the user interface is usually more obvious, and they have fewer hardware compatibility problems.

Each system has its kinks and peculiarities. It can be very difficult for a person who has been indoctrinated on one system to move to the other.

Nevertheless, it is extremely rare that I come across a situation where I wish I was using a PC instead of a Mac. Nearly every useful piece of software is available for a Mac or has an equivalent.

That being said, they are both tools - nothing more. Jeep or Explorer.
hypoluxo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-29-2004, 15:42   #8
T. Harless
Senior Member
 
T. Harless's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: WV
Posts: 6,985
I'm forced at times to work on a PC and I hate it every time. I'm a graphics pro and Mac is the only way to. I have four up and running at all times in my home office. Sit at a dual processor G5 and a 23" Cinema Display and say it doesn't kick some serious PhotoShop tail.

Laptop wise, My G4 Powerbook is a kicking machine. My G3 Powerbooks is pretty much an internet surfing machine but is a fine word processing laptop if need be. There was a time when software was an issue. It's just not the case anymore. I think MS Office is actually a better product on the Mac side. That's just me, being a Mac guy. Obviously, I vote for the Apple. Todd
__________________
ergo bibamus
T. Harless is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2004, 12:07   #9
BrianM_G21
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Manchester, GA
Posts: 77
Quote:
Originally posted by T. Harless
I'm a graphics pro and Mac is the only way to.
That's something I agree with... macs are better in dealing with visual media (movies, pictures, creating newsletters/magazines/newspapers/etc), things just work a little better even though I use the same programs on the PC (I'm just an amature hack with PS).

Quote:
Originally posted by hypoluxo
That being said, they are both tools - nothing more. Jeep or Explorer.
And that's the problem, both are crap... I want a Toyota. ;U
BrianM_G21 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2004, 12:26   #10
des2
Member
 
des2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Grand Rapids,MI
Posts: 87
I admit I am a mac addict. I love macs because that is what I am the most proficient with for my graphic design & have used them since the 80s. If you are not a designer & only plan to use the computer for average at home programs (word, excel, games, etc) then get a pc.
Pros:
-A pc is less expensive
-The programs are more available (& less expensive)

Cons:
-PCs are virus magnets. My mac has never had this issue
-PCs become outdated faster & seem to need more maintenance
-My mac has never (yes never) crashed or had the sniffles

This is all simply my opinion alone: & like bellybuttons we all have them! My name is Des2 & I approved this message.;f
__________________
Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

*G27
I would rather have it & not need it
than need it & not have it!
des2 is offline   Reply With Quote

 
  
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump




All times are GMT -6. The time now is 22:05.




Homepage
FAQ
Forums
Calendar
Advertise
Gallery
GT Wiki
GT Blogs
Social Groups
Classifieds


Users Currently Online: 1,249
332 Members
917 Guests

Most users ever online: 2,244
Nov 11, 2013 at 16:42