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Old 09-12-2010   #1
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difference between Windows and Mac OS

I was just wondering if there's much of a difference between Microsoft's Windows OS and whatever OS Macs use.
I know that you can't get viruses on MACs and Windows is better for games but I wanna know what else the difference is
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Old 10-12-2010   #2
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I've had Mac's and PC's.

There are several differences, Ill lay it out as briefly and to the point as I can.

-PC's benefit from being compatible with a wide array of parts
The downside being that they do not always work together harmoniously

-Mac's benefit from all their parts being designed to work as a whole in harmony
The downside being that upgrading your mac is a more involved process

-PC's benefit from being the target of most software developers
The downside being that it also became the target of most spyware and virus developers

-Mac's have the luxury of being able to run windows natively via bootcamp and
parallels, allowing mac owners to run windows apps and games
No perceivable downside to this

-Installing and removing apps on a Mac is a much more streamlined process than on a PC

-Windows is generally a more tweakable operating system than OSX allowing more
flexibility in some areas but also running the risk of instability.

-A PC is generally a more affordable and powerful system than a Mac
in regards to entry level machines.As you journey into more powerful
machines Mac's are generally still more expensive but the price difference is
less pronounced.

I've owned a Mac since about august and I personally prefer it owning a PC.
I've yet to have to do a involuntary hard reset of the system for any reason and it's
Snow Leopard has proven to be pretty unshakable in terms of performance.

I have windows installed on a VM for the times I need it but thats generally far and few
between.


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I gotta use macs everyday because they are suposedly better at video editing. yet my professor admitted Adobe is beginning to edge Apple software and I always take my laptop in to use that instead.

That being said PC is more "familar" to a massive audience and is more adaptive. Mac is more user friendly I guess and Apple restricts or makes you do everything a certain way. With Windows 7 out now, both are about the same though.
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJ5-LBhdDIM

Heres a clip showing off what you can do in parallels, any jittery video is due to the screen
recorder capturing the action, in person it is very smooth
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From my experience, Windows PCs are usually better in terms of price, and ease of use, because most people will have grown up using Windows at schools now.

Macs have got a pretty good and fairly simple OS, but I really hate the file management, because I'm so used to Windows it feels wrong. Still, Macs have a certain air of quality to them, and they are quite rugged compared to standard PCs/laptops.
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I'm actually liking the file management on Windows 7.
would you mind explaining file management on Mac though?
easy file management is something I've come to appreciate now
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Old 13-12-2010   #7
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can you be a bit more specific, im not sure what you are referring to
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I'm referring to the file management shak was talking about, which I'm guessing like how you can control and organizng the files on your computer
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Old 14-12-2010   #9
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Heres a demo of I guess what you're asking about

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSfi7..._embedded&hd=1
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that helped a bit, I found more that explained what i was wondering.
the way files are organized on macs looks a bit more confusing to me, but I guess that's cause I'm more used to windows
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Old 14-12-2010   #11
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its more or less the same between the os's , the real differences I feel show up in terms of the bells and whistles they try to add, coverflow is pretty much only useful in very
specific scenarios but in those scenarios it works very well.

Overall I would say that how files are managed between the os's isnt a big enough difference to warrant a switch between one os to the other.

QuickLook however is something I find myself using super often to just preview something or get a bit more info on it.
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