My co-workers say macs are not configurable help me out!!

Discussion in 'macOS' started by jc0481, Nov 16, 2008.

  1. jc0481 macrumors regular

    Mar 16, 2005
    First off I did a search for a similar post on these forums but could not find anything close to it. I work with a guy that is very good with Windows OS and a little bit on the mac. He set up a mac mini for his mother. Last week he stated that macs are good machines but can't configure them to the extreme like you can with Windows in general. That's pretty much long story short. I know he is wrong but have no ammo to back it up with. He did say one positive thing. He says that macs are very intuitive. I really hope you guys can help me out with this issue. Thank you.

  2. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    He's right about the mini. Internally there's not a great deal that can be done, you can add a boat load of external storage though.

    The Mac Pro is a different story though you are limited to a certain few graphic cards.
  3. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    Generic $500 Brand X PC minitower is infinity more configurable then any Mac short of the Mac Pro.
  4. Cerebrus' Maw macrumors 6502

    Mar 9, 2008
    Brisbane, Australia
    Configurable? Configurable as in what? Hardware, software? Compatibilty?

    If he's talking about the OS (eg Leopard V Vista) I dont see how you can say one is far more configurable then the other. Hundreds of tabs, with loads of little checkbox does not make a machine more configurable, just less intuitive.
    Ask him to give a few examples, of what he considerd superior on the Windows machine...

    I'm glad I was able to reply nearly first to this thread, cause now I can sit back and wait for the extreme Mac hadcore fans to come and basically flame your friend to oblivion :p

    To be that little boat in an ocean of insanity....
  5. NT1440 macrumors G4


    May 18, 2008
    Yea if hes talking OS's which clearly he is otherwise he wouldnt be talking about Windows, hes a dolt.
  6. jc0481 thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 16, 2005

    Yeah I missed that part. When I meant configurable I meant software wise. He was talking about the Windows operating system vs the Mac operating system. He never mentioned the hardware itself. I should ask him to elaborate next time I see him.
  7. Matek macrumors 6502a

    Jun 6, 2007
    I'm a MacBook owner, not a windows zealot, but I must say I simply agree with him, no point in arguing about it. OS X has some clear advantages over windows, but it also has some clear disadvantages. It's not absolutely superior, so you shouldn't try to defend it at all times ;).
    Erm, actually, having a lot of checkboxes and sliders that change settings DOES make the machine more configurable. I agree it's less intuitive, but that's what Apple is going for. If you give less options to the user, he has less chances to mess things up. Everything in OS X is designed to be very simple and straightforward. Unfortunately that sometime means less room for tinkering for advanced users.
  8. gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    You don't actually want to "configure" your computer, you want it to just work. Again and again I have been asked by friends to fix their Windows PCs, and the first thing you have to do is undoing all the "configuring" that turned their computer into an unusable mess.

    Ask him to show you some of the "configuring" that he can do on his PC. Then ask yourself: Why would I want to configure this? Wouldn't I just want the computer to come set up in the best possible way, or pick itself whatever is best?

    Oh, he is right that Windows is more configurable. However, that is not a Good Thing.
  9. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    It is unix, you can hack it to the extreme of non-usability.
  10. Matek macrumors 6502a

    Jun 6, 2007
    I agree to an extent, but this isn't a fact for everyone. What you said is true for a number of users, but there are still people who know what they're doing and want to be in control. What's good for most people isn't necessarily best for everyone.
  11. kaiwai macrumors 6502a


    Oct 21, 2007
    Mate, I'm the most boring person on the planet. I don't tweak my OS one bit - and when I mean that, I mean, I don't mess around with the operating system installing hacks and other things. I'm not a computer engineer - I know a bit about computers but I'm not going to leap to the conclusion as some on here do that they are smarter than Apple engineers.

    I tend to believe that Apple engineers know alot more than I do about things, especially the operating system they've designed and written - so therefore, I'm not going to turn around tweaking and in the same breath, claiming I know more than them.

    As for the original post - why is he even configuring it for his mother? his mother just wants a computer that works - the guy who bought the mini-Mac is just an idiot looking to justify his hatred of Mac's. He hates them because he needs to prove he is an expert - not through the acquiring of knowledge but throw how much crap they can tweak on an operating system.
  12. belvdr macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2005
    No longer logging into MR
    That's debatable. Each person has their own idea of what the perfect computer and OS is. You expect an OS to just pick whatever is best for the user? What if the user is in the enterprise; is it going to know that? Seems like a joke to me.

    Also, OS X doesn't always "just work". People keep fanning that flame, but if it just worked, we would have a forum-load of users having problems.

    How do you get that point of view? If the guy hated Mac's, I think he most certainly wouldn't have bought one and especially not complimented the OS as being intuitive.

    Come on, you're just looking for something to argue about.
  13. portent macrumors 6502a

    Feb 17, 2004
    OS X is Unix. You can configure the bejeezus out of it, if you're comfortable with the command line. It is orders of magnitude more configurable than Windows.

    However, if you're the typical Windows junkie, you'll be lost on a Mac. That's not a lack of configurability, it's a lack of knowledge.
  14. mason.kramer macrumors 6502


    Apr 16, 2007
    Watertown, MA
    You can't install your n30 matr1x hacker theme
    You can't skin your winamp with 50 cent posters
    Umm.. what else? You don't get a transparency slider for your menus

    Anything that's important usually just works. I see a lot of problems with Mac, but I don't see this one.
  15. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    Not true. A very large percentage of the problems reported on this and other forums were caused by users messing-up their systems. If they just setup their accounts and then allowed their computers to "just work," then most of these people would have been fine.

    You assume that buying the Mac was his idea. Do you have any evidence to support this point of view?
  16. belvdr macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2005
    No longer logging into MR
    True, but the claim they always just work is just downright false. I mean, even Apple's Time Machine has issues with speed right out of the box.

    Also, that same statement would apply to Windows as well. It seems users cause most of their problems no matter what they use.

    The guy complimented OS X. If someone hates something, why would they compliment it? Besides, why read negative into the person's motives initially? Nobody responding knows nothing of this guy's motives, so we shouldn't be getting defensive about his alleged hatred for Macintosh computers.
  17. BobZune macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2007
    Issue? Sounds more like a religious discussion. :)

    For subjective matters, it is better let people think what they want to think. Does his grandma want configurability or ease of use? Any OS is sufficiently configurable given the right configuration tools (and OS X has enough of them to suit most peoples' needs). Like others pointed out, you can spend customizing infinitely and not get any work done.

    If he or you or his grandma have *specific* problems, I am pretty sure you can help here. Have fun!
  18. DaveF macrumors 6502a

    Aug 29, 2007
    What matters is whether you care: do you want to configure your computer "to the extreme"?

    Mac's have a variety of settings to adjust the Dock and icons and backgrounds and hot keys and screen hot spots, etc. And there are theme tools to change all your windows.

    But maybe OS X can't be tweaked as much as Windows. But do you care? If so, then dig deeper and see if OS X gets Xtreme enough for you. If not, ignore your friend :)
  19. No1451 macrumors 6502

    Oct 20, 2008
    Ottawa, ON
    You sir, are an idiot. We all have different needs from our computers, and the idea that any one setup is perfect is wrong. OS X can be customized and altered, just the same as Windows, and YES IT IS A GOOD THING. Some of us like tuning our computer to display/play a certain way and not having that option is just catering to people who want a carbon copy of everyone else's machine.
  20. synth3tik macrumors 68040


    Oct 11, 2006
    Minneapolis, MN
    I don't see why you bother. I would just tell them "good for you" and leave it at that.

    If you must though, just show him a copy of Apple's level three UNIX certificate. I am sure you can find a copy of it on the internets.
  21. Aea macrumors 6502a


    May 23, 2007
    Denver, Colorado
    Most of the "configurability" you have on a Windows machine pretty much revolves around trying to get the damn thing to work again. Tweaking under the hood all the time signifies a lot more then options the user has, but a severe deficiency in the engine.
  22. TH-Gunner macrumors regular

    Mar 28, 2008
    Windows is about as configurable as OSX when it comes to the desktop... Unless you're talking about the masks that you can put on the windows GUI to change the look, like windows blinds. Windozers call that "customization." UNIX/Linux users laugh.
  23. dotdotdot macrumors 68020

    Jan 23, 2005
    Actually, most of the "configurability" is that you can have a machine that is so customized that even windows experts would need to take a step back to see all the changes someone made.

    You can completely replace explorer (equivalent to finder except when you shut down explorer the entire GUI is shut down) in the most extreme customizations. You could never change OS X as much, ever. Not that that's a bad thing, but its a fact.
  24. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    You infer a lot based on the sketchiest of evidence.
    Who read negative into the man's motives? Despite the fact that he came here to complain about the Mac's lack of configurability, I read nothing into his motives. By way of contrast, you read positive motives into his rants.
  25. belvdr macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2005
    No longer logging into MR
    Infer? Sketchy evidence? It's a pointed statement the OP made. How am I inferring anything based on this:

    Kaiwai said he had a hatred for Macs. I didn't read anything other than what was written originally. The guy complimented Mac/OS X. If someone compliments something, I believe anyone would be hard-pressed to say they hated it.

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