Wake up and try an Apple Mac – it’s safer and it’s compatible with the rest of the world

“A few days ago, I read that Apple is supplying 30,000 iBooks, the company’s consumer-level laptop computer, to the Broward County public school system in Florida’s Fort Lauderdale area,” Al Fasoldt writes for The Syracuse Post-Standard in an article entitled, “Wake up and try an Apple! It’s safer.” “A day later, an upset parent showed me a note from a Central New York college official discouraging the use of Macintoshes on campus.”

Here’s what the college official told the parents of a prospective student who wanted to bring her iBook to college:

“The problems a student will encounter using the Apple system are the result of incompatibility. Since none of the faculty in the business school (that I know of) use the Apple system, we really do not know the extent of the difficulties a student will encounter using an Apple. In her freshman year class she’ll be expected to use the classroom computer to create presentation visuals. Sometime students need to e-mail papers to professors or other students and not all such work can be interpreted by the Windows system.”

MacDailyNews Take: Obviously, if they are using an “Apple,” there might be problems, but if they’re using a Mac, trust us: email works, MS Office files are interchangeable between Mac and Windows, etc.

Fasoldt continues, “Windows is so pervasive that many of us, institutions and individuals alike, assign some sort of vital force to it. It doesn’t matter that Windows is badly designed from the standpoint of safety. All too often, the alternatives to Windows are simply dismissed. So what should Mac users do? Grin and bear it, maybe. Apple’s Mac sales are up by more than 30 percent, and many of those sales are going to former Windows users – maybe even in the offices of college officials.”

Full article, give Al the hits, here.

MacDailyNews Take: Compared to Apple’s Mac OS X, Windows is badly designed from the standpoint of usability, too.

22 Comments

  1. If I might enquire .. how many of us in here already use PCs too and anyway? I myself don’t even know how to turn a PC on, let alone use one .. My point is that we all seem to act in here as if it were the case that most Mac users never used PCs. But I know better. Truth is, most Mac users also seem to have a PC hovering somewhere in the background for those times when it’s the only thing that will work. As I said, I don’t .. and the grim reality is that when push comes to shove .. I end up walking away from the task rather than temporarily walking away from Mac to briefly use a PC. But I’m betting that’s not the case for most folks posting here.

    So, am I right? Or not? Just curious. You know, it’s going to be a noticably different Mac community and a noticably different Mac web once Mac market share climbs into significant double digits. I’m not clear how it will all pan out attitude wise, but I’m pretty sure that we current Mac fanatics (real or imagined) might continue to find ourselves in a similar minority to that which we have always known if we keep up with the ‘Mac is the only computer you should to own’ line of rhetoric. For me .. that part is true, but I strongly suspect it’s pretty much hot air from most other folks. But we’ll see, I guess.

  2. How can people be that stupid when it comes to technology? Do people really not understand that when a software company creates a product for multiple operating systems, the inforamtion to read the file is contained within the product – not the OS…

    I hope that student told the offical to “stuff it”…

  3. I will say tho that in my experience some Microsoft Office materials such as Power Point Presentation can get messed up when you give one made on a Mac to a Windows User or visa versa. I think it might have to do with fonts or something. It is not totally unusable – things are just a little bit out of place usually and you can fix it pretty quickly. At any rate, what do you expect from a Microsoft product? I think they get screwed up sometimes just going from windoze computer to windoze computer too.

    I had to give a copy of my presentation to my windoze using boss and the problem was easy to get around in my case. I just saved it as a PDF and the appearance was locked in.

  4. The “college official” is most likely wrong, but possibly right. In any case, they obviously haven’t bothered to actually find out if there is a problem.

    In “business school”, there are actually other applications that you may need to use besides e-mail, spreadsheet, and presentation software. I know that I used statistical software extensively for both my undergraduate degree and my MBA. Undergrad we used SAS, and in the New York University MBA program we used Minitab. Neither one has a Mac client or seems to have any support from the respective companies (maybe there is an open source port of the Linux SAS product, but I don’t know)

    Just as the people on this and other Mac sites criticise anyone who makes blanket staetments about Macs not being compatible with Windows, it is just as stupid to tell someone that they will not have ANY problems with compatability.

    Apple faces a real battle against the pinheads that write technology recommendations (and news stories) without doing any fact finding. If there are non-Mac compatible products used, tell people exactly what they are, how extensively they are used, and whether those applications are available in a university computer lab (as they inevitably are). Let the user make the choice of whether all the benefits of using a Mac are worth having to go to the computer lab every one in a while.

    From the Mac side, don’t tell someone that they’ll never have a problem. It does more harm than good once that person actually does have problem. Then they will really be pissed

  5. on your PowerPoint, have you set the DPI to 96? Try that next time you start building a presentation, and use Windows friendly fonts [I know they’re ugly, but what can you do]. Less work getting a presentation to work on Windows then…

    I have been on the Mac platform since 1990, and prior to that used Apple an ][gs from 1986 to 1990 as my primary computer. I use XP and Win2k at work, because of the fiscal short-sightedness of one of my firm’s partners a few years back when it was time to replace the aging Macs the firm had previously used (they were all PPC603s running OS7 or OS8, I can’t recall which).

    I always tell people that OSX and Windows allow you to do 85-90% of the same stuff, platform agnostic — it’s that 10-15% of software that is esoteric and platform specific (i.e. Visio, Logic, Minitab, Final Cut Pro, AutoCAD, etc.) that makes it hard for SOME users to switch.

    And I’m fine with that — use the right tool for the right job, I always say. But if you’re just doing what 85-90% of all the users are doing (email, web, word processing, etc.), you might as well enjoy the experience!!

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