Do you take your Mac for granted?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by HLdan, Dec 23, 2007.

  1. HLdan macrumors 603


    Aug 22, 2007
    I know at times we "all" yell and scream at our Macs when things seem to be getting all weird and something simple as a restart fixes it but we sometimes think even that is too much trouble. Sometimes we even complain about certain features Apple put in Leopard.
    Well today I realized that I do sometimes take my awesome Mac OS X computer for granted.
    I just downloaded a short film from the web and it was a zipped file so I unzipped it and it was a .EXE file. So I fired up VMware Fusion and started up XP and dragged the file over to Windows.
    I got an install screen for some reason:eek: and then it said, "YOUR GAME IS INSTALLING", what game?, it was a movie clip.
    Then when I declined the install another messaged popped up saying, "THANKS FOR INSTALLING OUR TOOLBAR". I couldn't do anything about that and then after all of this a message popped up in the bottom right corner saying, "You've just installed Spyware on your computer and your computer is no longer safe".

    I didn't realize how much I love Mac OS X for not giving me such a horrible experience as in Windows. People say Windows has gotten better but nothing has changed.
    Anyone else sometimes take their Mac for granted?
  2. ghall macrumors 68040


    Jun 27, 2006
    Rhode Island
    Sometimes I get really pissed off with OS X. When that happens I reboot in Vista and start getting those annoying 'cancel or allow' dialogs. I seriously thought that was an exaggeration, but I guess it's not.
  3. heatmiser macrumors 68020

    Dec 6, 2007
    You downloaded a strange file from the internet that turned out to be an executable, which you then chose to install to your computer. How is this anything besides your fault? When last did you need to install a movie file (on any operating system) for it to work? Or are you implying we need our Macs to protect us from ourselves?
  4. jwkicks macrumors newbie

    Jun 19, 2007
    I smell what your stepping in. I have had macs for years now and dont even think about windows but then I got the urge to install vista on my mac..... I had it on there about ohhhh... 1 day.
  5. HLdan thread starter macrumors 603


    Aug 22, 2007
    Wow, relax man, you totally are not getting me, it was just an example of what we have to through when using Windows. You can get self-installing toolbars by just visiting safe websites and acquiring spyware doing the same thing, it's not just about installing an executable file, I wasn't really complaining about it.
    I just realize how I tend to criticize my Mac for the spinning beachball that I hate and Stacks not being perfect when it's still a much safer and less maintenance experience then when using Windows.

    If you've been a Windows user in the past and then switch to a Mac and use it for years you tend to forget how retarded the experience is on Windows but this is not a Windows flame post so be cool. :p
  6. Mr Black macrumors member

    Mr Black

    Sep 6, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    I think his point is after seeing it was an executable you still opened it. Although OS X is amazing and more secure than some other os' the best defense to keep your system safe and running smoothly! The user using logic/common sense is the best safeguard possible, but in response to the original statement, yes im very happy I use os x especially when I spend any time on vista.:)
  7. iBlue macrumors Core


    Mar 17, 2005
    London, England
    Yes, but after I beat it and force it to make me dinner and other things I always buy it nice flowers and let it know that it just makes me so mad.
  8. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    Hell no. I spend 50+ hours a week at the office working on an XP box. I never take my Macs for granted.
  9. Markleshark macrumors 603


    Aug 15, 2006
    Carlisle, Up Norf!
    Ditto here. It's so good to go home to it after XP.

    We sound a touch sad, don't we? :eek:
  10. mpw Guest

    Jun 18, 2004
    :eek: You only used it for a day, wow expensive trial, or were you able to sell it/return it?
  11. Much Ado macrumors 68000

    Much Ado

    Sep 7, 2006
    "Just looking forward to going home, grabbing a nice cuppa tea, sticking on my recorded 'Cash In The Attic' and watching flurry on OSX." :eek:
  12. sushi Moderator emeritus


    Jul 19, 2002
    Yep, when you have no choice but to work with Windows XP or Vista, it really makes you appreciate the Mac OS. :)
  13. Father Jack macrumors 68020

    Father Jack

    Jan 1, 2007
    Yes, I'm afraid I take mine for granted all the time .. :)
  14. Slip macrumors 6502a


    Oct 16, 2007
    Wiltshire, England
    Just last night I suddenly realised that after months of wanting a MacBook, I finally had one. I think I got a little washed away in the Leopard/New Mac hoo-hah and it hadn't quite sunk in.
    Although, for some tasks I do miss XP (which courtesy of Fusion I can now do) ie, proper MSN, Paint.NET and the software required to transfer songs to my phone
  15. ::Lisa:: macrumors 6502a


    Oct 28, 2007
    Nottingham, UK
    EXACTLY! My husband and kids still use PC's and holy goodness. I have to check my husbands every week for viruses and Spyware and the like because of that. I think in that respect I don't take my Mac for granted, I'm still fresh with my Mac and I adore it, it's my baby :D

    Yep, I am a former Windows user. Couldn't agree with you more.
  16. deniser macrumors 6502


    Sep 14, 2007
    Cornwall, England
    Me too but not quite a day. I don't like sharing my Mac with Windows :D

    I'm always being asked to sort friends PC's and most of the time it's because one of the kids have installed malware etc. I ought to start charging !!!!
  17. Sijmen macrumors 6502a

    Sep 7, 2005
    I'm happy with it every time I use it. I do feel a bit vendor locked though. What if Apple would descend into a 90s like situation? Well of course with computers that's not really a big problem, as they generally last no longer than 3 years.
  18. mediumofmeaning macrumors member

    Sep 20, 2007
    not really, but i probably treat my life as such.
  19. Jiddick ExRex macrumors 65816

    Jiddick ExRex

    May 14, 2006
    Roskilde, DK
    Based on the OP's actions I think I will write a small sudo shellscript, mail it to him and ask him to run it.

    Your OS of choice is as safe as you allow it to be. Truth be told, you executed an unknown executable file that could just as well have been malware for the Mac as for Windows and you bash Windows for not being a secure OS. You were just lucky this time that not many root malware scripts have been written for the Mac yet.
  20. Hankster macrumors 68020


    Jan 30, 2008
    Washington DC
    Due to my extreme familiarity with Windows I don't take Mac for granted. I know what my Mac offers and what it does not. I think it's important to realize this to have a balanced view on certain topics.
  21. AndyK macrumors 65816


    Jan 10, 2008
    The fact you were stupid enough to run a .exe that appeared in a zip file that you thought contained a movie, tells me that you seem to take the mush between your ears for granted, let alone a mac.

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