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Old Feb 25, 2008, 9:10am   #17
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A computer professional friend of mine says, "Thank god for Windows PCs - they keep those of us who fix computers for a living in business. If the world ran on Macs we'd be bankrupt in no time!" QED
I've been known to utter the same quote from time to time
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Old Feb 25, 2008, 10:00am   #18
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To me a Mac just does what it's supposed to do and does it well. Here's a small example: With a Windows machine you want to remove a program. You go to the start menu, open 'control box', go to 'add/remove programs' wait for the '...list to populate' then click remove. And then very often you get an error message saying that 'Windows could not remove all of the components' and that the rest will have to be done manually'! How pants is that? With a Mac you just grab the program icon and drag it to the trash - program gone! I could give many other similar examples but I don't want to bore everyone to death.
That is SO true...

I am really pretty clueless about software etc, but a MAc is SO simple and totally intuitive that even I have never ever had to check the manual, lol.

Quite simply, it's so well thought out, user friendly and elegant that questions just do not arise.
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Old Feb 25, 2008, 1:59pm   #19
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The only thing that really p!sses me off is that all of the trading software I've found is Windows based! The only option I'm left with is to use a web based system and the ones I've seen aren't that good. Hopefully someone someday soon will wake up to the fact that there are an increasing number of Mac users out here who could profitably be catered for, but until then I guess we'll just have to put up with Windoze and it's bloody viruses for our trading... Sorry, rant over...
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Why are there no viruses for Mac? Virus writers just the sort who hate Macs? I've learnt in life that nothing is perfect...

And why are PCs so popular? It's not like you can't buy Macs in every shop selling PCs (Dixons, John Lewis, Harrods...)?
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Old Feb 25, 2008, 2:42pm   #21
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Why are there no viruses for Mac? Virus writers just the sort who hate Macs? I've learnt in life that nothing is perfect...

And why are PCs so popular? It's not like you can't buy Macs in every shop selling PCs (Dixons, John Lewis, Harrods...)?
I've explained why there are no viruses for Mac above - it's to do with the fundamental architecture of the operating system which is much more robust than Windows. To date I believe there have been over 7000 viruses written for Windows with just 1 for Mac and that was written as a test by the developers to see if it was possible - it wasn't. That's not to say that some bright spark in the future might not achieve it of course...

Why are PCs so popular? Marketing? A very strong reason in my opinion is that most games are written for PCs - very few for Mac (but that means I can spend my time doing useful stuff instead of playing Doom 3).
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Sorry, yes, I read that but was wondering if anyone else had any info.
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Old Feb 25, 2008, 4:01pm   #23
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Sorry, yes, I read that but was wondering if anyone else had any info.
MS Office and the dominance of Exchange for email/scheduling etc within an organization. MS use of closed file formats in Office documents to protect their monoply.

In years gone by, Visual Basic which allowed any idiot to knock together an application that looked like it might work.
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Old Feb 25, 2008, 4:18pm   #24
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Sorry, yes, I read that but was wondering if anyone else had any info.
If you want some more reasons, try the ineptitude of some MS's competitors eg the Unix wars with the fragmentation of Unix into several different flavours and the lack of any real cooperation amongst Unix vendors to produced a decent desktop to work on top of the fundamentally sound X Window System.

This at a time when OS offerings from microsoft (or Apple) were simply laughable compared to Unix.
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