Psychic in Training
well what's an alternate spreadsheet? LibraOffice? OpenOffice? GoogleDocs? None of those are really in the same ballpark...
I have not worked in the field, but my dad has for 30 years. When he worked at Chase - they all used Windows. When he worked at Goldman Sachs - they all used Windows. When he was a project manager at B&H, all the programmers used Windows. The list goes on.where did you come up with this number? I mean have you done research to actually find out that there are 400000 programmers using windows? and if you did, from whom did you get the data from? How recent was this data? What type of programmers are they? What are they programming for?
what you don't like is the fact that Macs are sort of overprice in comparison with other manufacturers. Well, if people want to pay for them, that's they are own problem. In my experience, the machines are very good. Don't criticize the machine if your only issue is price.I do not hate Macs.
Apple OS I probably could live with. Its the hardware thats the real issue. Since Macs are sooo overhyped it is almost impossible to find one for a decent price. I have been through so many different laptops because I don't swear loyalty to any single brand. Whoever has the right hardware at the right cost wins. Point is Macs never have the right cost. They are always overpriced. If I ever found a Mac with the same hardware as a Sony for example at even the same price I might seriously consider giving it a shot.
Does that sound reasonable people?
windows is very present in all places but that doesn't make it better. It was a cost thing. Windows was very cheap in comparison with the alternatives. In the past it was way cheaper to buy 100 windows boxes are $1000 each instead of 100 Sun boxes at 10K+ or 100 SGI workstations and 6K+. You do the math.I have not worked in the field, but my dad has for 30 years. When he worked at Chase - they all used Windows. When he worked at Goldman Sachs - they all used Windows. When he was a project manager at B&H, all the programmers used Windows. The list goes on.
ok lyosha. it makes sense coming from you since you are a programmer and you are speaking in terms of development which makes sense. But people who only use it for every day ms word or excel can't say that a pc is better than a mac unless they are programmers. And we can also use virtual box and install microsoft in it right? so now it only becomes a hardware issue. Perhaps once I start writing some serious programs and encounter these issues that you had, I might come to the same conclusion as you. But right now, I can't make that conclusion. Also, I believe you said you had these problems couple of years ago. The macbook pro has undergone huge changes. So maybe you might like the macbook pro eventually?I haven't seen anything by lotus in ages...
Careful with your wording. Let me clarify:
Things I HATE:
1) What Mr. Obama is doing to our country
Microsoft does not force you to use a browser made by microsoft. It allows you choice. It also allows you to choose your JVM. It also allows you to choose whether or not your phone can view flash.
It's not microsoft's fault that apple also cannot make a competent browser that opens under windows properly (a.k.a. your counter gripe doesn't work)
So linux is good, windows is okay, mac os X is bad.
Advocates of the transition point out the potential for the new Intel Mac systems to run four classes of software at near native speeds: Mac OS X binaries, Java/.NET applications, Unix applications, and Win32/x86 applications.
Originally, emulation software such as DOSBox or Microsoft Virtual PC was required to run x86 software on the Macintosh. Such software could now enjoy much more success with near-native performance through virtualization, such as is currently being done by Parallels Desktop for Mac and VMware Fusion. For those customers wishing to achieve a more conventional environment, a dual, triple, or even quadruple boot solution is possible on an x86 Apple device using Boot Camp software (which includes Windows drivers for Mac hardware).
Although most games depend on the use of DirectX APIs not available on Mac OS X (on either processor type), it should be easier to port OS-independent code, such as OpenGL, now that developers no longer have to resolve endian, and other ISA dependency issues associated with moving from x86 to PowerPC.
I would like to stop you right here. you have no idea what obama has done for this country. you are nuts. If it weren't for him, I wouldn't have been able to get an insurance policy that would eventually cover my back problems. I recall when i first injured my back when i was 24, I had 0 coverage since I had no insurance at that time and if i wanted it, I wouldn't have been covered. Because my condition was labeled as preexisting condition. Because of him, I was, the other day, able to call an insurance company and got a quote and was told i would be covered for any preexisting conditions after 6 months once the policy began. This is a huge relief for me as medical treatment for back pain can surge to thousands of dollars. Yea sure the whole newspaper is attacking obama because unemployment rate is again all time high. First of all, you have to understand economics. America has had an history of corporate scandals that eventually brought down this economy. The housing bubble caused the collapse of lehman brothers, AIG, citigroup. American government had to bailout two federal mortgage agencies. Think about what would happen if they didn't? People who had millions of dollars saved in these banks would not have been able to withdraw money the next day, because first, where is the money? 2nd, due to unionization of workers in the north and the fall out of quotas, American car companies couldnt compete with their Japanese counterparts. You have any idea how much Union UAW workers were earning per hour? You can't compete with foreign companies who pay their employees in cents per hour. I dont' want to get into this, because it is time consuming, but there were a host of other factors that went into place that caused hte collapse of this economy. Obama had nothing to do with it.
Linux: Please tell me how many games can you play on Linux?
That list is for the mom and pop user. Again, I would like to think readers of this forum are what I would call power user. Most (if not all) the items on that list don't apply.I think I need to pot a link to keep you updated to biggest disadvantages of using Linux.
I agree with everything that you said. However, as I pointed out, these are the major reasons Linux sucks for pretty much every average computer user.
For 90% computer users on this planet (quants <1%), Mac OS or Windows is the best bet, with Mac catching up very fast (already expected to touch 18-20% of PC shipment in US this quarter). Linux doesn't even come into the picture.
Linux isn't the "holy grail", windows still is. I'm sorry, but it is the most user friendly operating system for joe average that gets him what he needs. If you deny this, you are in denial.
Until I came and found drivers for their printer online somewhere, they used linux to print stuff - it autodetected their printer and installed everything necessary automatically... while windows just couldn't.
Guess what? Google banned Window in its company's computers and asked their staffs to use OSX or Linux insteadHence, in this universe, the space of people that should be using OS X is... well, artists, musicians, film editors... those sorts of people.