It can't be done. I lasted 24hours (Tried Windows. Going to Mac)

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by RolledUp20s, Apr 11, 2013.

  1. RolledUp20s, Apr 11, 2013
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    RolledUp20s macrumors regular

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    I sold my mac air, thinking I only want a cheap media player for my TV I bought a lenovo q190. First impressions were great, like the windows 8 layout etc..
    It's when you start transferring your stuff over...
    #1 - iPhoto ..maybe I didn't copy right, I just thought copy library to external HDD, plug in and send to lenovo would be fine. It doesn't see the photos...but kind of does.
    #2. - music. All my files are apples lossless, full cd rips. ...windows doesn't like that..not even VLC.

    ..then the little things, that I didn't mind too much but after tonight's episode it's going back. The fan was kinda noisey but TV over the top it didn't stand out much. Navigating around folders etc..started to miss the ease of Mac OS.

    Tomorrow I go and get the Mac mini & pretend this never happend.

    :apple:

    ..stupid Msoft
     
  2. blueroom macrumors 603

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    You could just add an ATV3 to your TV, play ALAC through iTunes. As for iPhoto don't you have to export your library to jpg first?
     
  3. TedM macrumors 6502

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    I feel like if you installed itunes you would have no issues.
     
  4. oldhifi macrumors 6502a

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    I just got a Mac Mini and its great..everything works..and no constant downloads for MS
     
  5. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    The iPhoto library is a proprietary Apple format, as is the Apple lossless. Next time just make sure you aren't using files that lock you into any single OS and you should fare better.
     
  6. marzer macrumors 65816

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    Not really. Not a proprietary format, simply a special top-level folder, similar to a program package. The photos are stored in JPEG format. Right click iPhoto Library, select Show Package Contents. The JPEG photos are stored in a chronological folder structure which can be copied elsewhere for direct access.
     
  7. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    I can't just drag the library to a Windows Share and use Windows Photo Viewer on it, which I think is what the OP tried to do (or something similar). I'd call that a proprietary format, just with data that's stored in a shared format.
     
  8. marzer macrumors 65816

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    Yes, you can just drag and drop it, see my previous post, its in a standard file structure format. And JPEG is not a shared format or proprietary, its one of the most widely used digital photo formats in the world.
     
  9. joe-h2o, Apr 11, 2013
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    joe-h2o macrumors 6502a

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    Neither of these things is true. The iPhoto library is just a folder full of jpg files. The actual xml that keeps it all up to date in the app itself (like originals/copies/edits etc) is specific to iPhoto, but the library itself can be opened on any system that can read jpg files.

    Apple Lossless is also open source and royalty free, the total opposite of proprietary.
     
  10. 53kyle macrumors 65816

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    download itunes for windows :p
     
  11. urkel macrumors 68030

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    There's nothing wrong with locking yourself into A specific ecosystem (I'm happily entrenched in Apples world). You just have to be aware that moving between different OS's are going to require a bit more foresight and research before you go around throwing blame. In your case it seems like most if the issues you're complaining about are user error and not the OS.
     
  12. RolledUp20s thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ye..well, I guess I realise apple is just easy to use.

    Is there anything like windows 8 start screen for mac? ..coz that is pretty neat and useful.

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    Lol, didn't think to do that. I'll be happier back on mac though anyway. Just broke at the same time
     
  13. darksource666 macrumors newbie

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    I think you did it wrong to be honest. Whenever i get any photos, i make sure i can see/find the file, otherwise it's going to do nothing but run on mac hardware. I do have a htpc and it's going brilliantly.
     

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