05-03-2012 01:00 PM
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  1. mYth's Avatar
    Right.... does the Macbook air have a touch screen? What does the Macbook air have anything to do with this discussion? It's a small laptop running OSX.

    And yeah, a portable tablet that can be taken around anywhere, easier than a laptop, dock and instantly turn into a full Windows 7 machine is a terrible idea. Why would anyone ever want such a piece of technology

    There's a reason Windows machines own a good 92% of the desktop/laptop marketshare, and it's because Apple's can't do squat besides run their pretty little apps and stupid gimmicks like photobooth.

    A windows 8 tablet is both a toy and a tool you can do real, limitless work on, given the hardware advances that will come eventually. An apple ipad, macbook, or whatever other product they have is nothing more than a toy (a very expensive one) unless you're in certain niche industries, like music and art.

    Oh wait, music and art? Can you run photoshop on an iPad? No. Can you run Ableton live on an iPad? No. Can you run anything of substance on an iPad? Not unless you mod it out.

    A Windows 8 tablet on intel architecture will be more useful than a full fledged iMac, let alone an iPad. El-oh-el. Most people would be willing to sacrifice a little battery life for that priveldge, I believe.

    I've been seeing a lot of my friend's Mac's with Windows 7 on them recently. Wonder why that is.
    You're comparing apples to oranges here.
    iPad isn't suppose to be a full blown computer OS
    Win8 tabs are.

    You completely forgot the movie industry in your list as well. Guess that's niche as well.
    05-02-2012 02:01 PM
  2. socialcarpet's Avatar
    You're comparing apples to oranges here.
    iPad isn't suppose to be a full blown computer OS
    Win8 tabs are.

    You completely forgot the movie industry in your list as well. Guess that's niche as well.
    Mac OS X is widely used in the movie industry, and popular in certain segments of scientific research.

    I used to work at the National Institutes of Health and they had the third largest Apple network in the world at the time (still do) The institute I worked in, the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), was over 80% Mac OS. About 10% were Linux/UNIX and 10% Windows. A lot of other institutes had a similar ratio.

    The over 200 users on Mac OS only required 3 Mac help desk people for support, while the 25 or so PC's had 4 help desk people assigned to them. Of course that was back in the Windows 98 and XP days when PC's more unreliable than Macs by a much wider margin.

    The NHGRI is the institute responsible for mapping the human genome btw. So the human genome was mapped using Mac OS, and I can assure c8m6p it wasn't done using Photo Booth or any "cute little apps".

    Incidentally, the number 2 largest Apple network in the world then was Apple Computer, and Lawerence Livermore Labs was #1.
    05-02-2012 02:44 PM
  3. GreenScrew's Avatar
    Wow that's such a load of horsesh*t I don't even know where to begin or if it's even worth it.

    I didn't realize there were still people this ignorant about Mac OS.

    I'll try and keep it brief.

    Windows has 92% of the desktop/laptop market because:

    1Pull your head out of your backside. Mac OS X isn't iOS. It's a UNIX based OS that is easily as capable or more capable than any form of Windows you've got and the interface still kicks the crap out of Windows. For the love of God, Windows is still using the registry, WinFS still hasn't been implemented (is it even being developed any more or has Microsoft given up on a modern file system?) and Windows STILL doesn't have multiple desktops after Linux has had it for more than 10 years and the Mac has had it for about 4+ years.

    :dry:
    While I agree that its very cool to run multiple desktops <the crowd roars - oooh, ahhh> I'm really not sure how practical it is? I expect very few people have this desire, let alone need. Most just want one desktop, that will do everything they need, cost effectively. And that, my friend, is why most people have Windows.

    I can tell you that in our very large global manufacturing business we use Windows because it is the only operating system that all of our applications (either vendor or internally developed) will run on. The IE browser is a large component of that as well. Blame it on poor development, but facts are facts. We have a very very small number of Mac's that are used for niche requirements mainly around graphics (not sure why they insist the same graphics packages on Windows aren't acceptable). Our primary need for virtual desktop is to accommodate our clients that insist they need Macs.
    05-03-2012 01:00 PM
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