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Monday, February 4, 2008

Mac or PC? Leopard OS X or Vista?

Mackintosh or Pentium Computer
Many computer users have strong opinions regarding Apple, or Microsoft, or open source operating systems. This controversy often sparks heated arguments to say the least.
The plain truth of the matter is that both are about the same. All they are, are different GUIs; slightly different ways of opening applications. Once the application is open, the only differences might be whether you use a single button mouse or a multi-button mouse, and even that difference vanishes with third party hardware.Both Microsoft and Apple share a good deal of technology. Both Windows and MacOS use hundreds of patents shared between the two. Also remember that Microsoft makes a lot of software for the Mac including Microsoft Office which was created by a separate department for the Mac.Learn the pros and cons of the Macintosh and Windows platforms.We'll see how this plays into which might be better suited for Web design.

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Typography - Mac's support of typography is a result of years and years involvement with the pre-press industry. Type-styles rendered with a Mac just plain transfer better when submitted to a service bureau. You get what you saw. If you're into pre-press Mac is the clear winner here.

Video Subsystem - Windows open architecture and PCI bus allow a wide non-saturated video subsystem. Video cards are made which exceed 6 Gigaflops of geometric rendering. Mac, though PCI, has a severely bottle-necked video subsystem so if you're into advanced 3-D rendering, Windows is the clear winner here.

Postscript Support - Mac natively supports both postscipt and PDF formats making them the clear winning here. Again, if you're into pre-press, Mac makes a lot of sense.

Back to Resources Raw Speed - Windows PCs have a serious edge here. Where time is money, processor speed can be very important. Regardless of how hard Mac advertising attempts to claim that the slower clock speed Macs are really just as fast as a PC, it just ain't so and proven so by every bench test out there. If you have the "need for speed" in gaming, software development, 3D rendering and other applications, Windows is the clear winner here.

Color Matching - Apple is the only OS and hardware which supports Colorsync™, the industry standard for "what you see is what you get" color matching. If you want your advertising copy of an egg to come out of the press with the same yellow you saw on the screen, Mac is for you.

Web Design - Now this will be a hot one. In my opinion the clear choice here is Windows. I say this for two reasons.

* First, 95% of the people surfing the Web use Windows on PCs. If you want to be able to design in an atmosphere where you see pretty much what that 95% sees, then Windows just plain makes sense.
* Secondly, though many technologies are available for the Mac, Windows technology isn't and much of the Web uses this technology. If you want to take advantage of .NET technology or ASP, it's just way easier to implement from a Windows platform.

Ease of Use - I give Mac the edge here, though the difference is pretty small with the release of Windows XP. Windows binary Plug-in-Play is no longer "Plug-n-Pray" and though technologically superior to Mac doesn't get the job done as nicely. By using nearly draconian messures and monopolistic threats, Apple has been able to maintain tight control over makers of third party hardware. What this means to you is an easier to use system, but with much less choice in add-ons.

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Software Availability - Though many might argue that anything you might need is available for Mac, and though almost all generic task software is, industry specific software is not. For example, if you own.. say a lawnmower repair shop, you might want software written exclusively to run lawn mower repair shops. You just won't find it on the shelf or by mail order for the Mac, while you have several to choose from for Windows, maybe even for free or cheap as shareware downloads.

You might argue that you can adapt database and spreadsheet software to need, but it's just not as easy. Advantage to Windows.

Coolness Factor - What can I say? Mac wins. Look at that new i-Mac or the i-Pod. It beats a biege box.

Geek Factor (I'm one) - Windows wins (Linux beats that and BSD might beat Linux

Thinking about upgrading to Vista? Even more reasons to get a Mac.

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Thinking about upgrading to Vista? Even more reasons to get a Mac.
1. No upgrade nightmares.

Before you can even think about Vista, you’ll likely need a new PC. Or upgrades for memory, hard disk, and graphics card. Why go through all that hassle, when you can just get a Mac? More
2. You can even run Windows.

The Mac gives you choices. With the latest software options, an Intel-powered Mac can easily run Vista or Windows XP applications. Not that you’ll want to... More
3. It’s simpler.

No need to choose from the many (and expensive) flavors of Vista. Every Mac runs the same Mac OS X — with the full set of industry-leading features. More
4. You don’t have to buy new stuff.

Your existing printer, camera, keyboard, and mouse will work with a Mac. PCs and Macs can usually share peripherals if they connect via USB, FireWire, or Bluetooth, three industry standards available on most Macs. More
5. Know iTunes? You know Mac.

You’ll recognize features like the library collection, playlist arrangement, and instant search in many Mac applications. So you’re something of a Mac expert already. More
6. Macs run Microsoft Office.

Microsoft Office for Mac OS X gives you Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, all with familiar features and shortcut commands. For collaborative work, Office for Mac connects to Microsoft Exchange servers. More
7. You can take it with you.

Most popular applications for Mac and PC use the same file formats, making it simple to exchange documents with friends and coworkers or move existing files from a PC to a Mac. More

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This peice of software will allow you to run several Operating Systems on your computer, without affecting your main OS!

If you want to use linux, but you are unsure about what it may do to your system, or just want to get used to the commands, without installing it on your PC, this is your option.

If you want to use MAC, but you are unsure about what it might do to your system, or just want to get used to the commands, without installing it on your PC, this is your option!

Again, you may copies of XP/VISTA, and you don't want to mess your system up. This is the options for you.

Have multiple Operating Systems running at the same time! You can network them all together, with your host too. This enables you to communicate from one virtual machine, to another!

Also, if you set the options to go through your Internet enabled network connection, you can then access the Internet through these Virtual Machines!

Both 32Bit, and 64Bit editions of Virtual PC are included.

Works on: Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows VISTA. All versions of each!

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