Good reasons to buy a Mac - TRUE Multitasking

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by slooksterPSV, May 30, 2006.

  1. slooksterPSV macrumors 68030


    Apr 17, 2004
    Mac's are probably one of the best computers in the world (compared to Windows, they are the best). Here's what you can do with a Mac that you can't or barely can do on a PC. Here's the example:
    You work for a design company and need to print some posters from your Insert Printer Here (HP DesignJet 120nr). You also need to burn them a DVD of the original files (Large PSD's) to a DVD of course. You need to download your latest emails and you're trying to download some updates for your Mac OS X system. Among that you're chatting with people on Adium and typing an email. - Among all these things you have only 30 minutes to do all this. - On A PC this is basically/almost impossible to do all at once.

    With a Mac you can do this + more w/out any extreme slow downs. If you'd like to try this, then do this:
    Now the designer is doing all these things w/o any hiccups or slow downs:
    Printing - A poster
    Burning - A DVD
    Emails - Downloading and Typing
    Downloading - Updates for your computer
    Chatting - On Adium

    Yes you can do all this on a G4 or a G5 and not have to worry about your computer operating like a 386 using Windows XP. Try it some time, I did and I told people about it and they're like - oh don't do that, you'll freeze your system, but HA, I didn't so there!

    If that helps any of you who need a computer to work like a computer.
  2. amholl macrumors 6502

    Dec 21, 2004
    I had the same expirience today. I was at my friends yesterday on his dell with good specs (2.5 GHz P4, 768 RAM, GForce 6200 128MB) and we were playing UT2k4 and we were playing online and i have the sn of another frined who plays so we were gonna ask him 2 get on and play with us and when i opened IM, his comp stopped responding. Today, i tried the same on my iBook (1.2 GHz G4,768 RAM, RAD 9200 32 MB) while ripping music and it just seamlessly worked and didntdrop frames @ pretty good settings.
  3. wako macrumors 65816

    Jun 6, 2005
    slookster, you either have a terrible PC or you use a terrible software to burn your DVDs
  4. risc macrumors 68030


    Jul 23, 2004
    Melbourne, Australia
    Indeed I can do all of what the OP mentions on any of the OSes I have here RHEL4, XP, OS X.

    BTW to the OP you are preaching to the converted was there any real point to this thread other than to spread FUD?
  5. Ranma13 macrumors newbie

    Apr 12, 2006
    I've ran Photoshop, Maya, Dreamweaver, Premiere, and Trillian all at once before and it worked perfectly fine on an X2 4200+ with 2 GB RAM. Before you got spouting off your mouth, make sure what you say is actually fact instead of opinion.
  6. jive macrumors 6502a

    Apr 14, 2006
    Also, if you have 30 minutes to do all of these things the why are you chatting on Adium? Wouldn't it be closed if you were so busy?
  7. netdog macrumors 603


    Feb 6, 2006
    I don't understand why Windows must be put down to feel good about the Mac. Windows, in moderately capable hands, works well. Macs, like Windows machines, are not without their share of problems in the real world. That said, I love the way my Mac works. Lovely machine. Lovely OS. Lovely environment to work in. I don't use a Mac now because Windows doesn't work. I use a Mac because I personally prefer it as a tool, an environment, and an experience.
  8. topgunn macrumors 65816


    Nov 5, 2004
    I don't know about the OP but "chatting" IS an intergral part of my job. It saves a long distance phone call and its much faster than email.

    But I do not agree with the OP's premis. Why do you HAVE to download updates in the next 30 minutes as you are trying to get a job done?

    Windows is not as bad as too many of the posters around here would lead you to believe.

    Very well put.
  9. edesignuk Moderator emeritus


    Mar 25, 2002
    London, England
  10. JFreak macrumors 68040


    Jul 11, 2003
    Tampere, Finland
    Yep, but what you said negates itself. Preferences do not come from nothing, and the most common reason why people dislike Windows is that it doesn't work as a computer should; therefore, because Macs generally work just like expected, that's a reason for a preference. Also, another common reason why people dislike Windows is the un-intuitive eXPerience; therefore, because Macs have intuitive experience, that's a reason for a preference.

    You might not realize it, but whenever you prefer using something that has features A, B and C, you also simultaneously prefer not to use such tools that don't have these features --in this case, preference of using Macs because "it's nice" is just the same than a preference of not using Windows because "it's not nice".

    People who dislike Windows have same preferences than people who like Mac. Like it or not. It's just that in my opinion it is more rewarding to think and speak about positive things (Mac) than fighting and ranting about negative things (Windows), so that's why my preferences have manifested in such actions that have converted my whole computing environment to Mac-only. I only hope more Windows-disliking people would do the same and begin to not even talk about Windows ever again. If it's so much trouble, why not leave the trouble behind ;)

    Ok, I should stop talking now.
  11. codo macrumors 6502

    May 17, 2006
    England, United Kingdom
    What the hell are you talking about? Seriously, I love Macs as must as the next guy on here, but if you cant do that stuff on Windows (Even my 10 year old sister can) then you have issues...

    Just absurd comments.
  12. Platform macrumors 68030


    Dec 30, 2004
    Trying to be pro mac :confused:
  13. Shaddow825 macrumors 6502

    Mar 13, 2006
    Windows had this kind of preemptive multitasking long before the mac did. Even as early as windows95, if you had 32bit apps, they were preemptively multitasked.
  14. bigandy macrumors G3


    Apr 30, 2004
    yeah, but on windows 95, multitasking was about as useful as a kick in the teeth. i never saw it work properly, not once. :rolleyes:
  15. matthew24 macrumors 6502


    May 30, 2002
    I agree with the starter of this thread that if there is one area where the Mac is completely superior to XP it is multitasking, XP does a very poor job in sharing processor time among the apps. This was the first thing I noticed after switching. Most of the time one process is completely consuming most of the processor time, I was always anxious to do something besides burning, I just could not rely on the OS, I am glad those days have passed.;)
  16. MRU macrumors demi-god


    Aug 23, 2005
    And not much has changed on windows since.

    Yeah i multitasks all the time, itunes always open. Then a combination of Freeway Pro, Photoshop, Illustrator and Corel Draw always open to some extent, and printing and emails open too....

    It's fantastic how Mac OS X handles multitasking, to the point where you dont even think about it...
  17. Xephian macrumors 6502a


    May 2, 2005
    United States
    Both PC and Mac hardware are very capable of multi-tasking, but OS X is IMO, easier to do it with it's GUI, interface, and features like Expose'.
  18. sintaxi macrumors member

    Dec 15, 2005
    multitasking is one of the first things I noticed when I switched to Mac. Im not going to bash xp because it has been very good to me but I must say it happens often when Im working away on my mac and I Alt-Tab and see how many apps Im running, I am always impressed with how OSX is smooth as can be.
  19. slooksterPSV thread starter macrumors 68030


    Apr 17, 2004
    Hyper-threading was Intels way of trying to fully complete the true multitasking process, now I'm not saying you can't burn a CD play a high end game etc. on a PC with the right processor, I'm just saying Mac's are built for that kind of workload whereas a PC really isn't perfect for doing those kinds of tasks all at once. I can understand I know what you guys are saying and maybe I should have clearly stated things a bit better, sorry about that, but seriously Macs can do all those things listed without a hicccup. PC's probably can too, but not to the greater extent that Macs can do it. That's all I'm saying.

    EDIT: Yes the hardware has considerably gotten better to TRY and handle doing all those tasks at once, but XP needs to be revised with its coding to fully complete and comprehend those tasks. The processors ARE built for it, but XP doesn't use the full extent of the processor like Mac OS X does.
  20. x86 macrumors regular


    May 25, 2006
    Dearborn, MI

    I think this is a good place to use a word that I recently learned on this message board.

    This post is a load of cack.
  21. slooksterPSV thread starter macrumors 68030


    Apr 17, 2004
    Someone who has a good pc try printing a document - full color full page
    Download a large file - Linux distro's are good
    Burn a CD - Music, files, whatever (if you have Roxio, use that one)
    Reading through email or chatting on what is it... Trillian? or surf the internet
    And... listen to music
    Tell me how well it runs, if you have a Mac, do the same thing.
    If you have the same relative amount of RAM that'd be great. G4 vs AMD/Intel would be preferred.
  22. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    Yes you can do all that on a Mac. but given a powerfull enough computer you can do that with other OSes too. Also Macs aren't that powerfull. The fastest ne (so far) is only an Intel Core Duel. People are running four-core Opertons with Windows, Linux or Solaris. Actually if you want scalability in multi-processing right now Solaris/SPARC is the king
  23. slooksterPSV thread starter macrumors 68030


    Apr 17, 2004
    I'd love to have a SPARC computer just bc of the scalability
  24. Kaiser Phoenix macrumors 6502

    May 12, 2005

    I sincerely dont mean to be a troll or anything like that. I love macs and that is why I am here. However I do love gaming also and therefore built my PC just for gaming and Cubase but I have a Macbook for all the other stuff when Im on the road.

    I would just like to comment that my PC on my sig can play HL2, virus scan, have Skype open with video chat on a multi-monitor all at the same time.

    I mean I obviously spent a hell of a lot of money on the PC and maybe a Macintosh with all the same hardware may perform better, but for now, no matter how bad windows may be, it does do multi-tasking well if you have the right hardware I think.
  25. Saluki Alex macrumors 6502

    Feb 26, 2006
    I tend to agree with many of the posts, in that, you can multitask on any OS so long as your pc has comparable specs. But at the same time, I'd also be inclined to say that with OS X, you're much less likely to have an app (or the whole OS) lock-up when you're doing so. But to me, the feature in OS X that puts it head and shoulders above the rest when it comes to multitasking is Exposé.

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