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Comment: This really is not new (Score 1) 845 845

http://www.ifixit.com/iPhone-Parts/iPhone-4-Liberation-Kit/IF182-019

There is always a tool for the job.

Yeah, the size may be, but anybody that has ever done a lick of hardware work on a Mac knows that these screws date all the way back to the original Macintosh. They were hexalobular, but at the time, it was just as hard to find the drivers for them. Apple has been pulling this kind of stuff for years. I used to turn a blind eye to it, but I have just gotten tired of the creeping amount of control they exert over every new iteration of their products. I honestly see them as the biggest threat to free and open computing out there, bigger than Microsoft ever was.

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How Famous OS Logos Got Started 103 103

Shane O'Neill writes "Ronald McDonald and the NBC Peacock may get more TV air time, but today's operating systems have cool logos, too. Google, Apple, Microsoft and the Linux crowd crafted mascots ranging from cute lizards to circles of life. In this slideshow, we look at the origins of the logos and look ahead to their future."

Comment: Re:Games (Score 1) 1365 1365

I just set them up with a reliable AV program, and educate them on how viruses are transmitted. They generally prefer that than taking time out of their lives to learn even more IT type stuff that they weren't interested in in the first place to fit some ideology that they could care less about.

There is no all encompassing "Best" solution. Each user is unique. My mother loves her Macbook Pro. My dad is totally enamored with his EEE PC (running Linux). My brother cannot go without his Windows XP based Dell. What I install is based on what I need the system for. I need a server? Linux, in a heartbeat. Gaming system? Windows 7 is whatI am preferring. I would like a Mac for just day to day internet type stuff. Each OS has strengths and weaknesses, and each user prefers different things.

That being said, Unless Macs get cheaper or Linux gets more compatible and easy to use, Windows will continue to dominate the marketplace. Rarely does the technologically superior win, but the easy to use and best marketed.

Comment: Re:Games (Score 2, Interesting) 1365 1365

It is funny you mention this. I brought up dual booting to my wife once. Her reply was "Why should I have to reboot to run my knitting software, that is stupid."

She would rather play "hunt the driver" to make windows work, and KNOW it will work with the software she wants it to work with, than have the hassle of launching a virtualized session or dual booting. I cannot say I blame her.

Excessive login or logout messages are a sure sign of senility.

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