Mac: A Personal Computer, but NOT a PC…

  • Posted: 06 July 2001 05:19 PM #16

    I have an update on the status of my friend’s Compaq.  According to an authorized Compaq repair specialist, the computer is dead and “doesn’t know that it’s a computer” anymore.  They’re going to send him a new one for free under warranty.

         
  • Posted: 06 July 2001 07:24 PM #17

    I have a friend who refers to my iMac as my “PC”. Macs are perhaps the most personal of all computers, yet they are a far cry from PCs. Reinstalling drivers for your “A” drive? Safe Mode?

    No offense David, but do “extensions” make the Mac more personal?  And you’re right…lettered names are silly for designating drives on an OS.  But, are you aware that on a FreeBSD system (i.e. MacOS X), your floppy drive (should you have one) would be designated as /dev/fd0?

    As for Safe Mode…well…boot up the Mac with certain extensions disabled.  There’s your “Safe Mode”.

    I’m not trying to flame…just trying to correct some misconceptions.

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  • Posted: 07 July 2001 01:43 PM #18

    If the PC is generally taken to mean a Wintel machine, then the Mac would have to be a +PC, Positive Personal Computer, for the positive user experience and powerful, productive-to-use applications.

    Or, the Mac is a AAA+PC, for Always Amazingly Adaptable Positive PC, given the ingenuity of the programmers who have extended the old OS into realms that were never imagined originally. I’m also looking for some amazing leaps as OS X is further developed and implemented, and many of them will come from outside of Apple. The future is bright, buy as much Apple stock as you can afford is my opinion.

         
  • Posted: 07 July 2001 02:41 PM #19

    On 2001-07-07 16:43, lesls wrote:
    Or, the Mac is a AAA+PC, for Always Amazingly Adaptable Positive PC, given the ingenuity of the programmers who have extended the old OS into realms that were never imagined originally.

    The MacOS was an amazing feat of technology in 1984.  I spent way more time than I should have on my family’s two Apple Lisas.  But that was 1984…and times have changed.  Putting band-aids on a 17 year old OS isn’t necessarily a sign of ingenuity.  Also, coopting an already well established OS (FreeBSD for MacOS X) isn’t a great example either.

    But, the PC side definitely isn’t free from scrutiny here either.  As most everyone knows, Microsoft bought DOS from another company, and Win95 was just a glorified shell on top of DOS.

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  • Posted: 08 July 2001 09:19 PM #20

    No offense David, but do “extensions” make the Mac more personal?

    I think Extensions make perfect sense.  They are basically little plugins that add functionality to the OS.  They are generally named in ways that makes it clear what functions they are related to.  If you have trouble with a certain area of the OS or a program, you can go in to the Extensions manager and simply disable the related extensions.

    And you’re right…lettered names are silly for designating drives on an OS.  But, are you aware that on a FreeBSD system (i.e. MacOS X), your floppy drive (should you have one) would be designated as /dev/fd0?

    In fact, I am aware of that.  Howerver, will Mac users ever refer to thier floppies as thier “/dev/fd0” drives, or their CD/DVD drives are “/dev/cd0” (or whatever it is called)?  No, and there’s the difference.  On Mac OS X, the computer may internally have these names but if you insert a CD it does not show up as “E”, etc., or “/dev/cd0”, and that’s where it counts.

    As for Safe Mode…well…boot up the Mac with certain extensions disabled.  There’s your “Safe Mode”.

    Understood… that’s a good point.

    I’m not trying to flame…just trying to correct some misconceptions.

    Sure, thanks for the comments!

    BTW, it has been implied earlier in this thread (not by you, but by an Anonymous user as I recall) that I was bashing PCs.  However, I want to make it clear that it is possible to talk about your preference for one thing by comapring it to the alternative, and that does not instantly indicate “bashing”.

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