January 31, 2007

A $400 gaming OS

Filed under: Macs! — by lahar @ 6:21 am

Why Is Low End Mac Advocating Cheap Windows PCs?

This article does a good job at explaining when Windows might be a better fit than a Mac for some audiences, and where Windows has come a long way from the days of Windows 95 or (worse) Windows 3.1.

I do get a kick out of this passage near the end:

We also need to understand that you can’t just sit down a Windows user in front of the “superior” and “more intuitive” Mac OS and have them be productive. There is a learning curve, there are real differences, and there are areas where Windows is superior.

Yes, it hurts to say that, but it’s true. And truth be told, it’s not Windows itself that’s superior, but software written for Windows. Messaging software for Windows, such as Yahoo Messenger, tends to have features missing in Mac versions, such as voice chat. And Yahoo Mail on Windows with Internet Explorer is a much better email platform than it is on the Mac or on Windows with Firefox or Opera.

But overall, Apple builds the superior operating system and gives away an incredible bundle of free apps with every new Mac. We lose out to Windows on high-end gaming, Yahoo Mail, and messaging software.

I am reminded of an Email signature I saw a few times back in the late 90s:

Mac for productivity, Linux for programming, Palm for mobility, Windows for Solitaire

As if to drive this point home, here’s an Arsian commenting on Windows Vista:

One bright note is the games, they’re suprisingly fun and a departure from Microsoft’s typical bundled games. For Ultimate users, Hold ‘Em Poker is a good time. But the chess AI is almost embarassing to watch.


January 15, 2007

sshfs for Darwin

Filed under: Macs! — by lahar @ 7:04 am sshfs for Darwin (Mac OS X)

This certainly looks interesting: a utility based on the very cool FUSE doohickey to provide a universal disk and disk partition mounting utility which can mount remote drives through ssh. This would be really handy for doing some of my research remotely (read: at the coffee shop). That however would require the package to work: neither the kernel extension nor the binary utility install correctly, so I’m guessing that the package is currently Intel-only, and I don’t feel like going through and compiling the thing myself.

UPDATE: Well, duh. It says right on the web page that it’s Tiger only. I’ll probably have to turn to AFP’s package instead.

UPDATE #2: *&)*&. According to the MacFUSE homepage the system itself only works under 10.4. Looks like I’ll have to wait for Leopard since I never felt upgrading to Tiger is worth it.

December 23, 2006

Windows == IT Job Security

Filed under: Macs!,Tech Follies — by lahar @ 3:07 am

MacUser: Macs declared not “appropriate technology” for schools

Once again the awful “students need to be using the computers they will see in the real world” argument is trotted out by a hotshot high school IT director looking to flex his muscle. I notice that the same argument is never applied to labs in which many of the students hope to go into science or computer science, or else they’d be full of Linux PCs. I wonder why that is.

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