Stupid questions.

Discussion in 'macOS' started by novetan, Sep 20, 2010.

  1. novetan macrumors 6502

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    I'm a little confused over these terms which may have already discussed somewhere else. I like to get the right answer.

    1) Generally people said Mac vs PC. I find strange as Pc refers to Personal computers. Mac is not?

    2) It seems like PC or windows are used interchangably. Which is correct?

    3) Isn't OS X also uses windows? I mean the format or style (whatever you call it) also has individual windows that can open, minimise and close? Why they are not called windows?

    Sorry, I only know how to on/off a laptop.
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    1. "PC" has become a marketing colloquialism for any machine that runs windows. In the general sense "personal computer" can refer to pretty much anything with a CPU in it these days.

    2. Neither is correct or incorrect, it depends on the context.

    3. Windows is a brand name. A "window" is a general term describing a viewing pane that displays information.
     
  3. novetan thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Somewhere I read that mentioned more correctly to say would be "OS X vs Windows (meaning microsoft)"

    As I see it, OS X also uses window principle, so how now to phase it more correctly and yet people will not misunderstand you without embarassing oneself.
     
  4. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    You are missing the point. Everyone knows that if you say "Windows" in a conversation about operating systems, it's understood that you're talking about the Windows operating system and not a "window" in OS X.

    How a graphical user interface is implemented has nothing to do with "OS X vs Windows" because yes- they share various features.
     
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Mac = An Apple Macintosh computer
    Mac OS X = The operating system used by Mac computers. (also known as OS X)
    PC = Personal Computer, which, in the strictest definition, would include Macs
    PC = More commonly used in a Mac vs PC discussion to refer to a PC that runs Windows
    Windows = Brand name of Microsoft's operating system for PCs (excluding Macs)
    windows = Application windows that appear on most operating systems.
    Stupid Question = A question that isn't asked.
     
  6. novetan thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thank you. Now at least I can speak with more confidence
     

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