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    What's so bad about Macintosh comps?

    I've asked a lot of people why people dislikes mac so much, and the worst thing they came up with, was that some guy had a hard time networking them ( :| ), and that macs don't have a trillion games; like the PC does.


    I have been spending past few weeks thinking about mac, and the worst thing I could think of, is that it doesn't have 80 rows of games at the computer store.

    I might get a mac some day, and before I buy one, can some one please post list all of the good & bad thing about it?

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    Sorry! I thought this was in computer disscusion!

    Can the mods please move this?

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    Nothing, it's a matter of familiararity for me. They are nice systems. They especially have a 1 up cosmetically.

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    I haven't had any more difficulty networking my mac than I have my windows or linux machines.

    I only play games like Warcraft 3 or WoW or Jedi Academy, so the Mac platform doesn't make a difference.

    And in reality, I prefer OSX to Windows XP. So, I don't consider it an inferior platform. It's not substantially greater than Windows though, it's just another platform that works.

    Consider the thread moved, btw.

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    My biggest issues with them are that they are too expensive. Also all the Macs I have had to work with in the past crashed alot and the way they designed the inside of the desktop macs was horrible. On an older one I had to practically disassemble everything inside of it just to get to the memory cards to add another one. Overall I found the OS to be too much of a pain. Even worse than working with some of the Microsoft pre-WinXP OSs.

    As far as networking we had quite a bit of problems trying to get that appletalk crud to work well on windows domain networks. When it did work it had a tendency to cause the Mac to crash and lock up.
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    Yeah, I've always found Macs far too expensive. I'm a 15 year old student, and I want a Mac. I heard from Geoffers that you only get something like 9% off every Mac purchase under a student licence. For 600 I could build myself a much higher spec Windows PC than I could purchase from Apple.

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    Powerbooks are discounted $200 off the base price and every extra component is 10% off, using a student discount.

    Apple before OSX was crap, I'll fully agree. OS9 locked up more than Windows 95, and ones before that even more. But they really did something right with OSX.

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    Something like that...is it true that if you purchase under an academic licence you get around 9% off *and* you don't pay VAT?

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    MACINTOSH = Most Applications Crash, If Not, The Operating System Hangs.

    Ok, all joking aside, to me the biggest problems with Macs are their price. I just can't justify spending $1500+ on a home computer when I can get a Dell for $500. I mean really, I could get one PC computer for everyone in my family for a little more than the price of 1 Mac.

    But, a BIG (and I mean big) plus is that it's not going to run windows. I've got three computers at home now, one running WinXP Home and the other 2 are Linux / Unix boxen. My windows box is a POS. Crashes about every 3 days, and constantly needs to be rebooted. Although, it may be partly my fault, I actually install the "security updates" from microsoft and everytime I do, the system gets more and more hosed.

    Funny, I run a security update on my Mandrake box (which doubles as my mail, web, file and print server) restart some services and I'm done. In fact, I just checked my uptime:

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     08:07:07 up 101 days, 18:14,  2 users,  load average: 0.08, 0.02, 0.01
    Not bad - 101 days!

    Where was I, oh yeah Macs. Another benefits that Macs have over PCs is their system architecture, which is more stable than a PCs architecture. They also have fantastic graphic rendering capabilities.

    My thoughts.

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    Apart from the price, the only other thing I don't really like about macs is the amount of freeware around for it. I think there is a higher amount of freeware around for windows as it is *easier* to write than Mac software.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bcarl314
    But, a BIG (and I mean big) plus is that it's not going to run windows. I've got three computers at home now, one running WinXP Home and the other 2 are Linux / Unix boxen. My windows box is a POS. Crashes about every 3 days, and constantly needs to be rebooted. Although, it may be partly my fault, I actually install the "security updates" from microsoft and everytime I do, the system gets more and more hosed.
    I dunno, my main computer running XP, I just rebooted for some reason, forget what but it had been up without a reboot for 31 days.

    Where was I, oh yeah Macs. Another benefits that Macs have over PCs is their system architecture, which is more stable than a PCs architecture. They also have fantastic graphic rendering capabilities.
    That is because of the sheer fact that Apple refuses to let anyone else build the components for their computers, because if they did, they couldn't sell you a 500 dollar computer for 1500. So a result from this is that all the components are designed to work together, now obviously the PC components are too but each company might make subtle differences that can potentially impact the system stability. Plus then the OS has to use a bunch of different drivers for everything.
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    the only barrier to my future mac is money. other than that i'm more than impatient to try OSX
    photoshop too expensive? use the GIMP! www.gimp.org

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    Geeks like me dislike Macs because we find their simplicity offensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rynox
    Geeks like me dislike Macs because we find their simplicity offensive.
    Lol! I want a new mac...I have one but it doesn't work :|

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    Quote Originally Posted by rynox
    Geeks like me dislike Macs because we find their simplicity offensive.
    you must have removed all the keys from your keyboard except 1 and 0 then
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