Tech writer tries to propagate ‘no software for Mac’ myth

“A standard is supposed to be what everyone agrees on, but getting people to agree on anything isn

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  1. hey iNewt– if you use Safari, all you need to do is highlight the word you can’t spell and then right click or control click. It will provide spelling suggestions.

  2. I think you are over reacting just a bit. The article is not even about Apple. It just made one reference to the fact that there are more applications available for the PC than for the Mac. That is true, though meaningless in itself. In the end, standards are just those devices, processes, materials etc, that a perponderance of any population decide to use. It says nothing about quality, usability, performance or anything that is truly meaningfull. I don’t see any value in this article.

  3. There is one area that the Mac is really hurting in…full-fledged, robust, multi-user accounting software with all the bells/whistles. All you have are the lower end, personal/small business packages.
    Had a manufacturer that was more then willing to switch everything over to Macs (desktops/servers) but couldn’t get an accounting package that as robust as they were used to. All were either Windows or Linux.
    So, the Mac lost out. 🙁

  4. Sheesh…..have you ever checked into the quality of some of those applications on PC? Some of them are horrible! Ugggh…and they CHARGE for this crap?

    Help these people!

    I absolutely love some of the high quality app’s the shareware people put out on OSX and they do a better job than some of the PC app’s out there. It amazes me to no end.

  5. My charting programs don’t run on macs. I need lots of monitors. VPC isn’t available for g5’s yet (I guess). There could be 36,000 mac apps and it wouldn’t help me. So in fact a mac cannot do everything a pc can everytime. Does it matter? Naw, I don’t get those virus things anyway and use Firefox.

    Windows sufferers might have a crutch, but mac devotees are equipped with cane and walker, always willing to wave one and lean on the other when their ox is gored, even when just imagined.

  6. > So in fact a mac cannot do everything a pc can everytime.

    Well neither can a PC run UNIX apps well if it’s OS is from Microsoft, which is pretty limiting in a lot of ways, since there’s tons of specialized software that only runs on UNIX os’s, especially programming-related and server-related stuff. Cygwin and such emulators try to fill this gap, but if you rely on them long enough you’re going to hit a showstopper snag, especially if you use their X windows support.
    So that’s one thing Macs can do that Windows PC’s can’t, as well.

  7. George:

    I have been exposed to two of those “full-fledged, robust, multi-user accounting software with all the bells/whistles” packages. Absolute crap. Actually, they were fine for the accountants (go figure) but for everyone else (counter sales, sales staff, maintenance, etc.) they were unusable. They needed to do stuff their way, and then transfer it over to the “full-fledged, robust, multi-user accounting software with all the bells/whistles” accounting package at the end of the period.

    Very compelling.

    Which is not to say that someone shouldn’t write a proper “full-fledged, robust, multi-user accounting software with all the bells/whistles” package for the Mac. I think it would sell like hotcakes.

    Mike

  8. I love this quote..”…that generally makes crossing the road an anxious moment because you don�t know which way to look first,” Ed Sperling writes..”

    You know, when I was growing up, you looked BOTH WAYS before crossing…and it didn’t matter which direction you chose first.

    Moron.

  9. “Had a manufacturer that was more then willing to switch everything over to Macs (desktops/servers) but couldn’t get an accounting package that as robust as they were used to. All were either Windows or Linux.”

    Linux? Accounting?

    I’m curious, what package did they end up choosing?

    “My charting programs don’t run on macs. I need lots of monitors.”

    I’m a bit confused, Joe. By “monitors”, I assume you mean lots of little devices which monitor things and not “displays.” The reason I bring it up is just that I know the Mac supports as many displays as you can fit graphics cards. I’ve run Macs with four displays (Hey, I had a bunch of leftover graphics cards) just fine. I know Windows will handle multiple displays, too, as long as you don’t remove Internet Explorer from the Operating System… :^)

    I agree, though, that one of those areas where third-party application support for Macintosh sucks is with external hardware devices.

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