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Comment: Re:Flat UI Design (Score 1, Troll) 132

by macs4all (#47524181) Attached to: Mac OS X Yosemite Beta Opens

If 10.3 (or was it 10.4) was not so buggy I would even consider to buy an old PowerPC and run that. iOS 7 is such a pain, I did not even repair my broken screen on my iPad. My next tablet is an e-ink Linux/Android, either a Kobo or a Nook. Good bye Apple, I was 'trustfull' customer of you the last 30 years and bought hardware worth 50,000 Euro over that time ... but thats it.


If you have actually spent 50k Euros on Mac hardware over the last 30 years, you would almost certainly still HAVE a PPC-based Mac that still worked just lying around. You wouldn't have to buy one.

And if you spent that amount on Mac H/W, you would have known about 10.5 (Leopard) (the last PPC-based OS X), which wasn't particularly buggy (certainly not nearly so much as Lion (10.7)). And 10.4 (Tiger) was actually a pretty nice OS; so, what "bugs" was it that you found so offensive?

Good luck with those Linux tablets. Enjoy you OS-that-never-gets-updated, laggy UI, and malware/spyware galore.

You'll be back.

Comment: Re:I can fix any current Mac OS. (Score 0) 132

by macs4all (#47524061) Attached to: Mac OS X Yosemite Beta Opens

I can fix any current Mac OS. Just go into the apps folder (flower-shift-a is the shortcut), then into utilities, then run shell application. Enlarge the window to full screen. Bingo, you're in a bash shell where you can talk to a proper unixy command line interface.

First off, it's "COMMAND", not "FLOWER", FFS. Name hasn't changed since Mac OS 1.0 in 1984.

Second, it's the "Terminal" app, not the "Shell Application".

Third, let's see you drive Photoshop from that "Proper Unixy[sic] command line interface".

What a 'tard.

Comment: Speaking of McCarthyism... (Score 3, Insightful) 233

by macs4all (#47518495) Attached to: The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist
I for one am glad they are continuing their rampant overreach.

The more they delve into the land of ridiculousness, like the McCarthy era "Un-American Activities" Lists, the quicker we will have those Congressional Hearings where it all blows up in their faces.

At least I hope history repeats itself...

Comment: Re: Pairing? (Score 1) 236

by macs4all (#47482133) Attached to: Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

This old-time Mac user who was forced to do tech support for Microsoft Word 6.0 for Mac (blech!) in college doesn't know whether to laugh or cry over your innocence. Don't worry, kid, you'll have your own set of trauma to deal with as you grow older. More recently, though, you may remember that Microsoft conveniently forgot to implement VBA in Office 2008 for Mac, rendering it nearly useless for enterprise applications. So much for "on-parity."

I wondered of someone would remember Word 6.0... ;-).

That was actually MS' only attempt to actually "Port" MS Word from Windows to Mac. And yes, it sucked. Badly. That is why, At all other times before or since, all the Office Apps are actually a completely separate codebase from the Windows versions. This is why there are minor differences, such as the lack of forcing ONLY the "Ribbon" UI (which is a Good Thing, IMO), and the VBA debacle you speak of.

. Speaking of VBA, do you know that what became "Visual BASIC" actually started out FIRST as "Microsoft BASIC for Macintosh". Then one day, rather than make the changes necessary to make it work under System 7, MS abruptly killed it off.

. Then about a year later, "Visual BASIC" for Windows appeared, looking almost EXACTLY like their Mac BASIC. Bit sadly, they never brought it back to the Mac. And because of this, Mac Office has had a sordid history when it comes to VBA support., you are correct.

. However, for the 99.5% of MS office users who never touch VBA, it matters not a whit. And for those who do need Macro capability, the Mac Business Unit has tried to provide same, even going so far as licensing and embedding a version of third-party "Real BASIC" at one point.

. And BTW, I am 58 years old.

Comment: Re:Pairing? (Score 0) 236

by macs4all (#47478157) Attached to: Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

No memory protection. No virtual memory. The switcher. Sad Mac Icon. Things were not perfect.

No memory Protection: Neither did Windows.

No virtual memory. Actually, starting with System 7.0, which was released in May, 1991, MacOS had a virtual memory system. And unlike Windows' version, the Mac version almost never made you feel like you were trapped in Swap-File Hell....

The Switcher: The Switcher was really only released as a "toy", and was fairly irrelevant after about 1987, when Macs could have more than 256K (yes, that's KILObytes) of RAM, and since System 7 supported Virtual Memory, it was REALLY irrelevant then. Heck, I wrote a floppy-based "Switcher" for my Apple ][. Took about 4 seconds to swap-out 48K of RAM (pretty much every single byte of it!). Was cool to be able to run Magic Window (for documentation) and your Software Development "IDE" (in my case, usually my specially-modified version of the TED][ Editor/Assembler) and be able to flip back and forth.

As far as "stability" goes, I never had that much problem with MacOS, as long as I stayed out of Aldus Freehand or Photoshop. Those apps were pretty much guaranteed to elicit at least one "bomb" per hour... ;-) Windows, on the other hand...

The tradeoff is that is it a government and corporate portal into your home and life.

Citation, please.

Comment: Re:From what I've read: (Score 0) 236

by macs4all (#47477035) Attached to: Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

along with peripherals for their 'proprietary' (Nu)bus)

NuBus was not a "proprietary" Apple bus.

NuBus was supposed to be "the next big thing", and was actually created by MIT, and was used by Apple and Texas Instruments, among a few others.

According to this article, it is still being used in some high-end embedded applications.

It just lost out to PCI bus, mostly because of connector-cost and cost of the host interface.

Comment: Re:PPC macs were awful (Score 0) 236

by macs4all (#47476915) Attached to: Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

In the meantime, USB was everywhere on PCs. It just wasn't forced down everyone's throats.

USB CONNECTORS were everywhere on PC MOTHERBOARDS and even though the Windows OS theoretically had USB support since Windows 95 R2 ("OSR2") Service Release 2.1 came out in 8/96, virtually NOTHING was available to use it, and when someone named Bill Gates stood up at COMDEX in 1998 and tried to actually USE the USB support in Windows 98... well, we all know how THAT turned out...

While it is true that Apple didn't "invent" USB (that prize goes mostly to Intel, which is why the CONNECTORS appeared on Wintel mobos for nearly FOUR years before Windows users could actually do anything with them), but the instantaneous and huge popularity of the iMac certainly catapulted USB into the mainstream in a helluva hurry!

Comment: Re:PPC macs were awful (Score 0) 236

by macs4all (#47476731) Attached to: Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

When Macs didnt just needed a restart every 24 hours (like windows did) but would outright ruin there system install every other week?

You MUST be confusing MacOS and Windows.

I have been using Macs since they were called Lisas (yeah, yeah, I know. Different OS (sort of)), and using Windows since at least version 3.1, and in all those years, I have only had to resort to an OS Reinstall ONCE on a Mac (68k or PPC). I cannot even begin to count the times I had to do a reinstall on Windows. That stuff didn't even BEGIN to abate until Windows 2000.

As far as having to restart, both OSes had their fair share of memory leaks. But when it comes to "outright ruin there[sic] system install[ation]", there is simply no comparison.

Comment: Re:Intel (Score 1) 236

by macs4all (#47476569) Attached to: Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

I was always surprised that software emulation of x86 was not significantly attempted on the other RISC platforms given the success shown by Apple.

Actually, I believe that was thanks to Apple's bitchin' JiT Cross-Compiler, not actual "emulation".

If you want to see i86 Emulation on the PPC, look at something like Connectix' VirtualPC (part of which lives on in Windows as Hyper-V).

Let me tell you, the performance was not wonderful in that product...

Comment: Re:Pairing? (Score 0) 236

by macs4all (#47476317) Attached to: Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

Also, MacOS was horrible in 1991.

Horrible in what way?

Windows didn't even have a Hierarchical filing structure at the GUI level until W 95.

And let's talk about FAT vs. HFS...

Plus, no Multi-Monitor support, Y2K issues, peripheral driver nightmares, severe memory limitations, complicated application installs... the list goes on and on...

MacOS definitely had its flaws, but as user of both since version 1.0 of both, I will take a Macintosh CS (current in 1991) running MacOS 6.8 or 7.0 ANYTIME over a Windows 3.11 386 machine.

I know my Username will get me unnecessarily bashed and down-modded for this; but can anyone disagree on a FACTUAL basis?

Comment: Re:Pairing? (Score 0) 236

by macs4all (#47476153) Attached to: Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

Too bad the PowerPC machines *couldn't run the damn games* or the requisite MS Office suites for students and business people to use them.

Your comment about "games" was a matter of most developers not caring enough to write for a platform with only about 2% marketshare (one of the reasons there aren't more Linux games right now).

However, your comment regarding MS Office is completely off-base.

Other than Access (which MS refused to port to MacOS) and (much more importantly!) MS Outlook and Exchange Server (which MS refused to port to MacOS), Macs have always been "on-Parity" (or even ahead-of) Windows systems as regards to MS Office capability.

You do know that both MS Word and MS Excel were Mac-ONLY at first (MS Word existed, but didn't have a GUI for at least 2 years after it was available on MacOS). I don't know about PowerPoint, but that might have been Mac-Only too for awhile.

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