New Mac Mini Goes After Frustrated Windows Users (but doesn...

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    Funny that, who would have thought huh... :rolleyes:
     
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    You can lead a horse to water, but you can't make him drink...
     
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    i like that quote...... i might just steal it, and oh so very true too
     
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    I wonder if he even checked if it worked before downloading the drivers. I wasn't aware that some logitech mouses were not supported by OS X right out of the box.
     
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    Basically guy tries something new, it isn't the same as what he is used to, so goes back, full stop. :rolleyes:
     
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    It's hell to deal with the viruses and spyware in Windows but you can really tweak the OS. I miss having the ability to change my start up and performance options just with a few checkboxes and a reboot. I'll admit OS X is sleek and idiot proof but I miss the insane customization.
     
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    Interesting article, seems like the PC mind set is what was stopping the reviewer from making more progress. It is like he is trying to compare an Apple with an Avocado and expecting the Apple to be more like the Avocado ( if that is a suitable comparison?) We have a few Mac users at work who are PC switchers and some who have moved up to OSX from OS9 and others who are just PC users who have to do occaisonal tasks on the Mac like stuff in Office. It is mostly the familiarty that slows them down rather than the fact that you can't do it. The biggest issue is for people who dont like change in their lives.
     
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    Ten days! That really isn't long enough time to get to know the Mac OS. Of course it didn't "feel like home."
     
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    My mom is a frustrated windows user who just ordered :) thats right a new MacMini ! its my first switcher :cool: guy who wrote this article is warped.
     
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    I'm surprised that he claimed about a lack of a good RSS reader on the Mac. I've been saying the same about Windows since I started full time employment developing Windows software over a year ago.
     
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    Please see: /Appilcations/Utilties/Terminal.app

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    He obviously hasn't checked out NetNewsWire.
     
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    You know, I don't think he is making an invalid "criticism" of the Mac. I use a mac at work, and two weeks ago I got my very first Powerbook for myself (and it rocks!). His point is that we have a comfort level with the things we are familiar with. I can still work much faster in a windows environment than a Mac environment. I know that will change with time, as I become more adept, and since I am now in a Mac-only world. But for many people, the frustration of learning a new system, even if it is simple, will prevent them from making that jump. Someone who is comfortable with their computers, be them Windows or Mac, is unlikely to change just for the heck of it.

    And as to the spyware and virus argument, it is true that Windows is far more susceptable to these problems. But a competent user will have anti-virus software and spyware software installed on their machine. Now obviously this is not a solution to the problem. A better solution would be a secure, stable OS like OS X which doesn't have those problems to begin with. But that being said, those people who claim that they spend all their time fighting viruses and removing spyware... well, most virus scanners run in the background without user intervention. And a good spyware program (spybot, adaware, etc) has scheduling built in to run automatic scans.

    The point is this: We all love the mac. I wouldn't trade it for the world. But perhaps we're more adventurous than the average Windows user, we're willing to make that plunge to the OS X side. Others will look at it and say "Why bother? I'm comfortable enough where I am that it's not worth it to switch."
     
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    You guys should back off a little bit.

    There's always people flaming Windows and Wintel boxes here.

    I own both, a Mac and a PC and I love both. They simply work so well together. I use my Mac all day long but when I need music or gaming, I power-up my PC to do this.

    Windows isn't bad, it has good things. Mac OSX is great, but it also has some things that are problematic.
     
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    I was astonished at his comments about wanting the freeware/shareware that he could get on Windows. I gave up installing Windows shareware on my old PC because getting rid of it again was so much effort if it proved unsatisfactory

    I've found shareware/freeware for virtually every small task I've thought about doing on the Mac on versiontracker - with the added benefit that I can generally try running it from the desktop to see if it's worthwhile before it makes its way into my Apps folder and the knowledge that there's very unlikely to be any malware inside it.

    I suspect that to get the most out of OS X or the Mini; you have to come to it accepting some things will be different and willing to play with it. I guess most purchasers will have this mindset unlike reviewers told to do so by their editor.
     
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    Note: Using checkboxes and a GUI not Terminal. I knew someone would bring Terminal up.
     
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    See [​IMG]

    The possibilities are endless.

    ;) :p
     
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    meh, there's a ton of people with kinkades and wylands on their walls too; no accounting for taste.
     
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    My criticism lies in the fact that this was essentially a vapid article. The author goes out to review OSX and comes back saying it's not the same as XP, so I gave up. I would be equally scathing if a Mac writer tried to pass off a similar review of XP as journalism.
     
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    ;)

    I'm on my windows box at work. Not spellcheck in firefox.
     
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    or grammar check i can see :p ;)
     
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    There are apps like ShapeShifter and Tinker Tool available to allow some customisation.

    I'm sure there are a lot more apps/themes available for XP (including a surprising number of OSX themes ;)) but I'm not a great fan of customisation so it doesn't really make a difference for me. I'm more interested in what an app will allow me to do ;)
     
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    A valid point. :p

    I think though, that he ended up not writing a review of the Mac Mini, but of his experience with it, an experience that I think many Windows users would be interested in hearing. These forums are full of people talking about their experience with the mac, and how they think it "feels" versus Windows.
     
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    dang... I look like a moron today ;)


    Its finals week at my university...
     

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