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I'm thinking about getting an Apple as my next computer... - Dan

Nov. 19th, 2013

09:36 am - I'm thinking about getting an Apple as my next computer...

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I hate Windows 8.

And at work, every time Microsoft sends out an update for Internet Explorer, our parts catalog software needs to be tweaked.

Apples are pricey, but seem to have fewer issues like that.

Hmmm...

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Current Music: The Church - Under the milky Way

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From:sawguy
Date:November 19th, 2013 03:41 pm (UTC)

At my wrok

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we started with a UNIX based software system. which migrated thru the various versions of Windows starting with 95.

At no point ever was there a smooth seamless transition with the new operation system.

Now we have needs to use other peripherals which do not work on Windows 8. We only used Vista sparingly and most stable was XP.

no option so far with our work and Mac so feh.
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From:(Anonymous)
Date:November 19th, 2013 03:57 pm (UTC)
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I know XP is 12 years old. But it IS stable.

That's another reason for a possible change for me. My home PCs all have XP. And good ol' Microsoft is finally NOT going to support it starting in April 2014...so I have to do something.
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From:specificocean
Date:November 19th, 2013 03:58 pm (UTC)
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And that was MY reply...I forgot to log in!
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From:frostbyte
Date:November 20th, 2013 05:05 am (UTC)
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win8 is pretty useless for a business platform. Win8.1 shows a little promise in that it brings back the Start button, but I don't expect that to last either. Windows 7SP1 is functional for most stuff, and required for a fair amount more. XP is really a dead horse anymore, no matter how stable it is/was. As soon as Micro$oft quit supporting it with regular updates and tweaks, it became a lost cause. I'd say we have as many troubles with fun crud like Adobe and Sun Java updates as we do with M$, though.

No matter how badly a new update to software fouls up your internal applications and proprietary software, you know you have to fix that to adapt. And you have to adapt, or you get left behind. Especially when you work for a technology company, keeping up with the other kids isn't just a necessary evil, it's a matter of survival in the marketplace.

And no matter what they say, Mac OS is really not much more than a GUI front end for a unix platform. Even their hardware is Intel-based anymore - may as well call it an APC and be done with it.
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From:specificocean
Date:November 20th, 2013 01:22 pm (UTC)
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Good points, all.
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From:ranunculus
Date:November 20th, 2013 06:47 am (UTC)
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Just move to Linux.
I favor Magia. http://www.mageia.org/en/
Plug and play. Free. Complete offfice suite included. Should have good music apps too.
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From:specificocean
Date:November 20th, 2013 01:22 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! I had not considered that!
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From:ranunculus
Date:November 20th, 2013 04:38 pm (UTC)
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Try digging out an old computer and installing a Linux package to see if you like it.
The big distros, Mageia, Ubutu, Suse and so on should have software that will read pretty much any Microsoft generated content, which is mostly to say that I'm a huge fan of Libre Office.
Several distros, like Puppylinux will run off a CD or thumb drive.... but they don't have the same features that the bigger distros have.
Have fun!
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From:specificocean
Date:November 20th, 2013 08:16 pm (UTC)
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Thank you! I have at least 2 old PCs that I could do that on...
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