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 telns
by NeoX on Fri 17th Sep 2010 00:06 UTC in reply to "Comment by telns"
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Apple revolutionized networking?

I'm willing to be convinced, but I've never used any of the Air[fillinblank] products--or had trouble doing any of the things mentioned that they do with different products.

Could someone flesh it out a bit more? Hyperbolic praise of whichever Air[fillinblank] product while doing it is perfectly OK; I'm just looking for a summary version of why they are supposed to be so much better.

They included Gigabit ethernet as standard on the Mac line, long before most PC's even offered it. My G4 Power Mac 450mhz had a gigabit port on it. They also offered wireless as standard long before most PC makers did the same.

And don't forget about Apple's role in USB adoption and Firewire. The Original iMac had USB ports only for Keyboard and mouse and peripherals which is credited as helping to popularize USB and make it more widespread. I can't believe all the PC's that still include PS/2 ports on their computers today considering that you can hardly buy PS/2 keyboard/mouse models these days. Well some include adapters, I suppose.

Firewire was developed by Apple before it was released to the IEEE standards body for all to use. In some ways it is still superior to USB but has been more specialized these days.

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RE[2]: Comment by telns
by Morgan on Fri 17th Sep 2010 01:24 in reply to "RE: Comment by telns"
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I agree completely on Apple bringing USB, gigabit ethernet and firewire into the mainstream.

As to PS/2 on modern systems, I believe it goes to legacy support. After all, that quad-core i7 you just bought technically is capable of running something as old as DOS, and USB HID support in DOS is fully dependent on the BIOS. It makes sense to have a tried-and-true HID interface just in case your antiquated software requires it.

That's one of the huge differences between the Mac and PC universes; Macs are all about modern technology (with the curious exception of Blu-Ray and eSATA) and PCs are forever locked into as much legacy support as possible.

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RE[3]: Comment by telns
by NeoX on Fri 17th Sep 2010 02:44 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by telns"
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Yeah that is a good point. I guess sometimes we tend to forget about backwards compatibility. Of course they could always provide a USB solution with PS/2 ports on it. On my built PC's I still use the PS/2 Ports for keyboard and mouse just to free up the USB ports, even though my system has about 10 USB 2 ports. ;-) Of course I still use a MS keyboard pro from 10+ years ago! I can't help it I love it! But if that keyboard ever dies I guess it is back to USB.

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