Distance (Online) Learning Opportunities...

Discussion in 'Mac Programming' started by ThunderLounge, Sep 30, 2006.

  1. ThunderLounge macrumors 6502


    Sep 20, 2006
    I'm so p***ed off right now I can barely think.

    It's time to get another degree, and due to my schedule the best alternative to sitting in a classroom is online classes. However, of the two dozen places I've spoke to today, it seems there isn't anyone out there that is Mac friendly. They expect you to have a PC with XP. Ridiculous, and complete BS. I'm sick of hearing about how "industry standards dictate using a PC". Like hell they do. Not in the field I'm looking at. Which happens to be programming, btw, hence why I posted it here. :(

    Does anyone know of an accredited university in the U.S. that offers online degree's, that is also Mac compatible?

    It's extremely frustrating to me to even think that the educational world, one that has been Mac friendly since the IIe days, no longer recognizes it as a usable platform.
  2. zwida macrumors 6502a


    Jan 5, 2001
    I THINK that the New School's online program works with a Mac.

    Try them at dialnsa.edu
  3. Sayer macrumors 6502a


    Jan 4, 2002
    Austin, TX
    The problem is that all these schools contract or buy pre-made software for specific markets that are very narrow, and as such do not have any Mac support.

    Why not Mac support? Small marketshare for one. Small developer community for another.

    Then there are the IT departments that ensure their viability by requiring complex, hard to set up and use systems that require dedicated IT staff to keep things barely working. Also the schools must meet the requirement that systems are available to the widest number of users, which is not the Mac market by any stretch.

    Lets lay some blame on Apple, too. Apple typically shipped Macs with a very bare minimum amount of RAM, which made performance (esp. in Mac OS X) really suffer. Schools and businesses often *never* upgrade the RAM in any new computer they buy (and won't buy build-to-order RAM with Apple's outrageously high prices despite having large volume multi-year price-locking contracts ensuring insanely *low* RAM prices).

    So all the shiny original iMacs looked nice, but choked when you tried to actually do anything with only 32 MB of RAM (and OS X 10.0 which barely worked itself). Hence Macs have poor performance myths.

    I could go on, but I am hungry and need to get to taco bell.

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