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post #1 of 11
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Hi
I'm writing an article for a small project in English for tomorrow, on the pros and cons of MacBooks and PC laptops. Unfortunately, I've run into a LOT of problems as it needs to be understandable by noobs (no offense, but seriously, it sucks having to say "they're fast" without justifying because they wouldn't understand what a Core 2 Duo is capable of).

Right now I'm on the OS comparison... no idea where to start... as I don't have OSX and Vista to compare... so if you could give your personal experience on both OSs, it would be helpful. (please, no "vista still doesn't beat OSX" with no explanation).
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... just my opinion but go the other way and show how both these OS's have evolved into the user friendly beasts they are rather than trying to show how "different" they are... let's face it 2007 vs 1992 is radically different
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To be honest, the nailedone is right...

You should maybe focus on how the operatings systems are both matured working environments. State about how Microsoft is the far more widely adopted and more compatible of the two, but that most people who use OS X have no problem doing anything that can be done onf Vista, apart from most 3D gaming (there's some).

EDIT: Oh ya, include a list of included software.
Apple has iLife '06 which includes iTunes, iMovie, iDVD, iCal, Garageband...maybe something else, but I know it's got that stuff...

And Microsoft....
Notepad, calculator, Solitaire...(movie maker?)
Ok...I think you ge the point...
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post #4 of 11
...lol... notepad rocks...

but a good point... you might even comment on how the platforms themselves have changed (Mac on an Intel o.0) and if I was you (which I'm not) I would even throw in some Linux in the mix... Software is like sex, it is always better when it's free (ok, silly Linux propaganda... I can't play HL2 on Linux )

Good luck with your assignment thingy!
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OMG, if you have to take apart a Mac... get ready to curse obsenities and punch something.
    
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Jeez. That's hard. (even though I have to do one too )

Good luck on yours. I'm working on giving history lessons through games (Medieval 2 : Total War)
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Here is what I would say (in more words, obviosly, these are just the subjects ):

Macs and propriatary computers that are made by the same compony that makes the operating system and much of the software you run. When you buy a Mac, you are buying the whole package (Computer, OS and Primary applications (iLife, iChat, etc). Macs are generaly very well made, and as such sell at a premium price. It should be noted that there is no such thing as a "low-end" Mac, since even their cheepest comptuers are at the same level of hardware as a mid-range PC.

PC's on the other hand are a mish-mash of hardware and software. A PC laptop might by made by Dell, with a Microsoft Windows operating system, and use applications made by many other componies. The quality of a PC also may very greatly based on who makes the PC and even what devision (Dell Latitude notebooks are much better made then the Inspirons).

I would also say that since the switch to Intel chips, applications that are coded for the Intel-based Macs run very quickly, however "Universal" applications that run on both the Intel Macs and the older Power-PC take a bit longer to load. As such, Macs seem slower for many things right now, however as more applications are coded nativly for the Intel based Macs, that problem should go away.
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Thank you everyone.
I didn't have the space to write so many things, and the readers wouldn't understand a lot of things (and it would take too long to explain some things), so I couldn't use some of the advice you gave me.
IMO, my article really wasn't satisfying (as I hadn't explained many concepts, and didn't have OSX or Vista on hand to try out) but my teacher's and her husband (who use both platforms) said the article was good...
So it's ok...
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Originally Posted by SoaDMTGguy View Post
Here is what I would say (in more words, obviosly, these are just the subjects ):

Macs and propriatary computers that are made by the same compony that makes the operating system and much of the software you run. When you buy a Mac, you are buying the whole package (Computer, OS and Primary applications (iLife, iChat, etc). Macs are generaly very well made, and as such sell at a premium price. It should be noted that there is no such thing as a "low-end" Mac, since even their cheepest comptuers are at the same level of hardware as a mid-range PC.

PC's on the other hand are a mish-mash of hardware and software. A PC laptop might by made by Dell, with a Microsoft Windows operating system, and use applications made by many other componies. The quality of a PC also may very greatly based on who makes the PC and even what devision (Dell Latitude notebooks are much better made then the Inspirons).

I would also say that since the switch to Intel chips, applications that are coded for the Intel-based Macs run very quickly, however "Universal" applications that run on both the Intel Macs and the older Power-PC take a bit longer to load. As such, Macs seem slower for many things right now, however as more applications are coded nativly for the Intel based Macs, that problem should go away.
Universal Binaries ARE coded natively for Intel. They're coded natively for both, and the OS calls for whichever code it requires. This just makes the app bigger...so hopefully soon we can download some Intel only stuff...

Congrats on the article...glad they liked it.
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Thank you everyone.
I didn't have the space to write so many things, and the readers wouldn't understand a lot of things (and it would take too long to explain some things), so I couldn't use some of the advice you gave me.
IMO, my article really wasn't satisfying (as I hadn't explained many concepts, and didn't have OSX or Vista on hand to try out) but my teacher's and her husband (who use both platforms) said the article was good...
So it's ok...
Well clearly your teachers husband is an expert as he uses both so if it was good enough for him it is good enough for us

PS - Next time try and get the school to sponsor you both (and a Mac to run OSX or a pc for Vista depending what you got) so you can right a more in depth report
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