Linked by mjhi11 on Thu 16th Sep 2010 20:13 UTC
Apple I love OSNews, but it does seem like some of its editors enjoy just a little too much taking a good natured jab at Apple upon occasion (well, more like every chance that particular editor can get). I thought it time for a little good news and analysis about Apple that critics often overlook.
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RE: Comment by Kasi
by mjhi11 on Fri 17th Sep 2010 16:37 UTC in reply to "Comment by Kasi"
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"An awesome side-effect of Apple's efforts is now many artists can release self-produced albums on iTunes"

Imogen Heap (highly recommended) is just one example. Kevin Arnold, founder and CEO of digital distributor Independent Online Distributor Alliance (IODA), said that legal online music has removed geographic and genre boundaries for music buyers.

"This, while a nice story of personal satisfaction, it doesn't really tell a great deal. What is your normal criteria for upgrading?"

I have no hard and fast rule, if anything it's based on the "frustration factor". My work requires travel so my system is a laptop.

It's really frustrating that despite treating a laptop carefully and investing in proper cases, the last two $2100+ PC laptops have developed a variety of anomalies. One keyboard failed requiring a swap out. Another required a wireless adapter swap out.

The closing latch broke on one of them and the screen hinge on the other became loose so I was constantly re-adjusting the screen throughout the day. Additional frustration having to constantly update Windows, then update anti-virus, then update anti-malware, then update system utilities was another source of frustration and the need to defragment the drive occasionally also became a chore.

It's also absurd the size of the power supplies that this particular PC laptop manufacturer ships with the laptops. They're almost as heavy as the laptop itself and half the size of the laptop, and the strain relief for the wires always seems to fail so we're often replacing power supplies.

To maintain peak performance I'd reinstall Windows from scratch and reinstall my applications, then copy data over approximately once a year.

I've just overhauled a few other laptops for my company and the wear and tear on them was much greater than any Apple I've ever owned. Scratches, broken plastic parts, broken strain reliefs on the power supplies, etc.

On the other hand, take my current MacBook Pro for example. It's almost 2 years old now and looks brand new. No broken plastic, no scratches, no chance of the the latch lid breaking as it's magnetic instead of plastic. Screen quality compared to the PC laptops is superior. The power supply is smaller than a bar of soap and includes a wire-wrap. The magnetic connector minimizes the chances that your laptop will fall to the floor if you trip over the power cable (something that happens pretty regular in business). I've not been compelled to reformat and reinstall OS X and my applications as there has been no noticeable degradation in performance from when it was new.

Fact is, my MacBook Pro is serving me so well that I don't anticipate replacing it for at least another couple of years. So while my associates are getting 2 years of life out of their systems, I'm getting three or four.

"I take issue with this comment. Yes, the transition to Intel processors is good thing for apple computers, it was time for Apple customers to get a processor from a vendor who was interested in the desktop."

Well, I take issue with the statement that Apple's prior choice of processors demonstrates a lack of interest in the desktop. The PowerPC was an exceptional processor for many years, superior to Intel processors for some of those years, comparable in performance for most of those years and like Apple products it's RISC based architecture was rather elegant in design.

"However, Parallels, VMware, Virtual Box, BootCamp (ie dual booting) have very little to do with Apple."

Well, Boot Camp has everything to do with Apple. They very well could have continued to "ignore" Windows and in fact, many feared that when Boot Camp was announced that Apple might lose developers once customers had the ability to run Windows applications so easily on a Mac.

But they did the "right thing" recognizing that it was in the best interests of their customers to take advantage of the Intel platform and allow their customers to run both Windows and OS X, a rather enlightened position in my view. And yes, while Fusion, Parallels and VirtualBox are independent programs from other companies, the fact that Apple customers have the "best of all worlds", PC, Linux, Unix, BSD OS X and other operating systems is a competitive advantage.

"Never before has networking been so restricted."

Let's be fair here, if any company can be accused of forcing proprietary technologies upon their customers, it's Microsoft. Every couple of years I'm tempted by the "low price" of a PC to set one up as a media server. Each time I've abandoned those efforts, either because of dissatisfaction with the complexity of getting Windows Media Center up and running, or DNLA issues getting my systems to recognize media on other machines, poorly written PVR software, video capture drivers and cheaply built hardware. And talk about the frustration factor, try going a day using your Media Center PC without a popup notifying you of a critical security update, a critical virus update, or the maintenance that you have to do regularly to keep the system performing well enough to serve up media.

While Linux addresses some of the "openness" concerns, let's face it, because of the content publishers much of the content you want to watch or listen to is wrapped up in proprietary DRM and you can't blame Apple or Microsoft for this fact. It was the content publishers that drove these decisions. So the fact is, if you have a pure, "open" system without proprietary technologies such as Flash, you won't be able to view or listen to much of the digital content that's available today.

I'm a proud "geek" and of course I could probably get a lot of this to work acceptably with some effort, but when I go home and turn on the tube after spending the day repurposing an older desktop, or setting up a new system for sales staff, or fielding technical support calls, the last thing I want to do is reboot routers, troubleshoot DNLA problems and interrupt my viewing to install the latest virus update.

Fact is, the general public far out number we geeks, and they just what things to work. For those who believe in open standards, etc. the beauty is we have options here too. 20 years ago we didn't. That's why it's great to see commercial companies and open source succeeding in parallel. We truly have the best of both worlds today and that hasn't always been the case.

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