“My fellow cheapskates, I feel for you. Really, I do. I know you want to upgrade to OS X but are racked with doubt. Is Apple’s stunning new operating system really worth its $130 price tag? After all, that’s enough to buy more than 10 different shareware versions of solitaire or keep yourself in beer and pizza for month.” Read the rest of the editorial at BusinessWeek.
The Dollars and Sense of MacOSX
2001-11-08 macOS 21 Comments
Trust me my fellow MacHeads, it is worth every penny, I can admit that the original release (Mac OS X 10.0) was a little too soon and not ready for the masses, but the 10.1 release is more than a home run, but a grand slam! I have not even put to mind about returning to Mac OS 9 and I don’t intend to either. Mac OS X 10.1 is super stable, intuitive, fast and very well designed inside and out and I just love it!! Apple never ceases to amaze me!!!
Brace for incoming mac-attacks someone will attack someone in this disscion almost deffinitly
Yeah, but who cares… most Mac attackers usually don’t know what they are talking about or say the usual “Apple is Dead” comment! Don’t sweat it anymore. I use what I use and they use what they use, and that is all that matters. I am not returning to Windows and I don’t expect Windows/Linux users to adopt Mac OS either. I actually hope that BeOS will survive after next week’s big meeting with Be Inc. and the share holders… good luck is all I have to say :-\
Yep.. BeOS was our OSX.. now if only Apple would take the plunge and provide OSX to us poor x86ers
>Brace for incoming mac-attacks someone will attack someone in this disscion almost deffinitly.
I don’t see why. If you actually read the whole editorial as linked, you will see that the author actually tries to persuade people to buy MacOSX, saying that it worths its money!
It’s not an update to MacOS…it’s NeXTStep 2001.
>It’s not an update to MacOS…it’s NeXTStep 2001.
Either way it’s still Steve Job’s dream NeXT and/or Apple Computers!
Eugenia, you of all people should know by now just how contrary and illogical people can and will be. Sounds almost like some law of Nature: “Given the opportunity, a person will achieve the maximum blind stubborness and stupidity for any given situation that allows an opinion.” (or something like that)
On a side note: Has anyone else noticed just how slow the commenting system here is, for displaying the messages? The top page is fine, snappy, etc.; the commenting just seems to crawl. This is *NOT* meant as a criticism on whoever coded this!!! I just want corroboration that I’m not imagining things And besides, I might actually be able to take a look at the code and see what’s going on, if there is a problem.
To Eugenia and Dave…
I don’t think ‘brad’ was commenting on the editorial, but was commenting on what type of comments would be flowing in by Pro-Microsoft/Anti-Apple types trolling the forums for any kind of bashing they can unleash… so Dave’s comment could have actually been more politically correct to Eugenia’s comment torwards ‘brad’!
Maybe there is something wrong with your connection. ALL the pages here on OSNews, including the comments, are rendering _extremely_ fast (and I have the cache turned off on all my browsers). And I am on a crappy 33.6 kbps (AOL) modem these days!
*Sometimes*, with my previous ISP (Telocity) I would get the messages displaying one by one and take some seconds. This was a DNS problem of some sort on my ISP and it only happened 10-15 times anyway (during a 2 month period). But with AOL, even on 33.6 kbps, pages are rendering extremely fast.
If you are reffering to the fact that the comments are rendering on IE (and other browsers) one by one, is because I have coded it this way. Each comment is in its own table.
If the comments were all inside another, bigger, hosting table (as it is the case with most of the other commenting systems on the internet), the browser has to wait to download the whole content of the external table and after doing that, it will render all the comment tables at once.
But, by having the comments in their own tables and not surrounded by a bigger table, they will display one by one, exactly as the modem receives them. In fact, this is a FASTER process for the reader than the process explained above.
The spinning beach ball is soooooo cute. Worth every dollar.
Every day I use OS X at home for coding and doing stuff on a 450MHz Cube loaded with Memory. At work I use a 1GHz Windows2000 laptop loaded with memory, and a 500MHz desktop loaded with memory. I will agree that the window drawing can get a little processor intensive, but nothing unusable. Other than that, I notice the same types of speed lags under W2K as I do on OS X. For my personal usage, I’m going all Mac again. For development, it is stupid to only develop for OS X, so I’ll keep a PC around to continue doing that.
The core OS and API may be NeXTStep, but the GUI system is all brand new. It is a sign of the future of OS graphics engines, and it rocks!
Mac-attacker are mac people, they run macs and they attack anyone who says anything non pro-mac
i just said this cause some how no matter what if anything mac gets mentioned people start attacking each other or Eugenia. I was just hoping for people maybe to think before everyone gets hostile over whos pro what or Eugenias grammar. Which I think people really need to get over. She writes just fine.
> Either way it’s still Steve Job’s dream NeXT and/or Apple Computers!
That’s one of my major problems with OS X…too much Steve Jobs in it. Luckily there are patches to replace the Auqa gumdrop look with reasonable designed widgets. Now if ony someone replaced the Dock with a deskbar clone…
> That’s one of my major problems with OS X…too much Steve Jobs in it.
> Luckily there are patches to replace the Auqa gumdrop look with reasonable
> designed widgets. Now if ony someone replaced the Dock with a deskbar
Sounds like you want windows?
> The core OS and API may be NeXTStep, but the GUI system is all brand new.
AFAIK NeXTStep used Postscript for its screen display, so I wouldn’t call the PDF-based Quartz ‘brand new’.
> Sounds like you want windows?
No, I want Quartz, CoreAudio, Cocoa and the menu bar on top of the screen. It’s just that I don’t like Aqua or the Dock. Luckily you can at least partially get rid of Aqua and the Dock became better in 10.1.
>Mac-attacker are mac people, they run macs and they attack anyone who says anything non pro-mac
Now I am confused, but no matter whatever you said I agree… I guess!@#$%^&*?
The article didn’t demonstrate in any way why it’s worth spending all that money on mac os X. Doesn’t crash? I heard that from win xp, too. We had this for years with linux, so I don’t see what the big fuss is.
THe costs are significantly higher to get same speed of os X that linux gives. And I have an aqua theme AND the start menu w/ a windows logo all on the same desktop. Cost nothing, and took little time to set up.
I get payed soon…. Mmmmm Titinan laptop…..
I’m happily running OS X on my powerbook G4 . . and even had it on iBook (the new – non-toliet seat one). Runs great . . sure it isn’t BeOS . . but it’s not a Microsoft product and it has all the happy unix command line tools without all the XWindows non-sense (of course you can run that too if you so desire – see XDarwin).
Anyway, I think OS 10.1 is worth every penny. The $130 I spent – has been recouped in productivity gained at work . . no question about that.
-no attacks from me .
Apple’s hardware (Motorola-Rocknrolla) well anyway,
now PowerPC Gx and stable quality has always been their mainstay.
-and now (xBSD unix) is running on Apple architecture. I love it.
The best (Free Unix) Networking OS is merged with the
best hardware architected personal computer (Apple).
$130 is not much considering what you get.
In fact, I think I’ll finally get a Mac ! that is, as soon as I
can afford one.