Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 28th Sep 2009 16:18 UTC
Apple If you have Apple's QuickTime media player and/or iTunes installed on your Windows machine, you might want to keep an eye on apple's Software Update tool. Apple is once again using the update tool to push unwanted software onto users' machines without asking for permission.
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RE[6]: what?
by JoostinOnline on Tue 29th Sep 2009 15:22 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: what?"
JoostinOnline
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2009-09-18

I am just curious, but given that you can run any Windows or Linux program on a Mac, what is the software that you say is unavailable? In my experience a Mac platform running on Intel chips (ie any Mac made in the last few years) is the most compatible platform I have ever used. I often have the Mac OS, Windows (XP, Vista or 7) and Linux all running at the same time on my Mac and I can switch between them with a click of the mouse. I am hard pushed to think of any program that won't run on a mac so please help me out by telling me what programs you think are unavailable.

Sorry, I should have been more specific. When I said Macs, I meant Macs OS's, not OS's in a VM. Notice that I did say that Apple isn't really responsible for all the applications that are only available for Windows; it's just that not all developers are willing to write a second version of a program for Mac users.

I wish that Apple would make it legal to install their OS's on PCs, because then you could buy good hardware for less money. Then again, they would probably jack the price up even higher.
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&source=hp&q=os+x+on+a+pc&aq=1&oq...

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RE[7]: what?
by Tony Swash on Tue 29th Sep 2009 18:38 in reply to "RE[6]: what?"
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2009-08-22


Sorry, I should have been more specific. When I said Macs, I meant Macs OS's, not OS's in a VM. Notice that I did say that Apple isn't really responsible for all the applications that are only available for Windows; it's just that not all developers are willing to write a second version of a program for Mac users.


I just don't understand what you are saying. You said a key thing you didn't like about Macs was that some software is not available on them. I asked what software is not available because I can't think of any software that won't run on a Mac.

Macs run far more software than Windows PCs. You can't run iPhoto, iMovie, iWeb, Garage Band, Pages, Keynote. Aperture or any of the Final Cut Studio suite on Windows PCs for example - all those programs are Mac only. Macs can also run all Windows PC software (and all Linux software).

So where is the disadvantage that you originally mentioned, the disadvantage of dealing with more limited software? I just don't see it.

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RE[8]: what?
by JoostinOnline on Tue 29th Sep 2009 19:33 in reply to "RE[7]: what?"
JoostinOnline Member since:
2009-09-18

" Sorry, I should have been more specific. When I said Macs, I meant Macs OS's, not OS's in a VM. Notice that I did say that Apple isn't really responsible for all the applications that are only available for Windows; it's just that not all developers are willing to write a second version of a program for Mac users.
I just don't understand what you are saying. You said a key thing you didn't like about Macs was that some software is not available on them. I asked what software is not available because I can't think of any software that won't run on a Mac. Macs run far more software than Windows PCs. You can't run iPhoto, iMovie, iWeb, Garage Band, Pages, Keynote. Aperture or any of the Final Cut Studio suite on Windows PCs for example - all those programs are Mac only. Macs can also run all Windows PC software (and all Linux software). So where is the disadvantage that you originally mentioned, the disadvantage of dealing with more limited software? I just don't see it. "

1) You really can't count programs built into an OS by Apple. That is like me saying "Well you can't run MS Paint so ha!" Get real examples.
2) Macs cannot run programs developed for Windows (like .exe files) without buying some sort of emulation/virtualization program first (and vice versa).
3) You can run the same kind of product (if it is developed), but it has to be programmed in a different format. Do you think the separate installation files for Windows, Linux, and Macs are just for kicks? ;)
4) Several programs (including the ones that come with my college books) only run on Windows. Most of them are homebrew or in the process of being developed.
5) Even if a Mac could run every program in the world, I would still get a PC, because then I don't have to pay tons of money for crappy hardware. Like I said before, hardware is much more important than software. It is the very base of the system.
6) When you talk about running several OS's on a computer, you seem to think that is something special. I could run the exact same thing, including OS X, on a PC (Google it), although it would be illegal. Microsoft made it legal to run Windows on any computer, but Apple makes you purchase everything from them.

Edited 2009-09-29 19:49 UTC

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