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I've been terribly discouraged to write anything in this thread due the collection of long-winded computer stories, but I'm bored, so here it goes:

 

To start, I've been using Linux since Slackware 1.0, and owned a //e. I used to have a huge distaste for Macintosh in the 90's due to compatibility / programming limitations on their Motorola processors. But, once I read that they're updating their image, using Intel, and basing their new OS on UNIX, I was sold. So this network engineer decided to dive in head first with the Mac extravaganza. It took three months for mine and my friend's MBP 15" (Which were purchased at the same time) to stop functioning due to failed fans and constant overheating. It took six months for the logic board in my iPhone 3G to overheat and completely fail beyond repair. And finally, it took a whopping year and a half for the hard drive in my 500GB time capsule to start clicking.

 

My Tandy 1000RLX still operates and functions perfectly to this day. The //e I decided to use as a stress management tool, and destroyed. Now, was this some freak accident in which all three Apple products were seriously lacking in quality for a single customer? I think not.

 

I agree that the stylish approach to electronics, and the super pretty and user-friendly environment of OSX is great. I also agree that you can't polish a turd, no matter how expensive the polish.


Edited by onef - 7/20/10 at 5:04pm
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I guess I have been fortunate with all my Apple gear only had one failure the vram on a 2006 MacBook Pro and since

it had been superseded so many times decided on a new one rather than have it repaired but all electronics fail at some

point if they don't become obsoleted first . Some of the reasons for more failures in all new brands no matter who made them are

due to the fact processors are a lot faster and hotter running than 5 or 6 years ago and crammed into tighter spaces.

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Originally Posted by onef View Post

I've been terribly discouraged to write anything in this thread due the collection of long-winded computer stories, but I'm bored, so here it goes:

 

To start, I've been using Linux since Slackware 1.0, and owned a //e. I used to have a huge distaste for Macintosh in the 90's due to compatibility / programming limitations on their Motorola processors. But, once I read that they're updating their image, using Intel, and basing their new OS on UNIX, I was sold. So this network engineer decided to dive in head first with the Mac extravaganza. It took three months for mine and my friend's MBP 15" (Which were purchased at the same time) to stop functioning due to failed fans and constant overheating. It took six months for the logic board in my iPhone 3G to overheat and completely fail beyond repair. And finally, it took a whopping year and a half for the hard drive in my 500GB time capsule to start clicking.

 

My Tandy 1000RLX still operates and functions perfectly to this day. The //e I decided to use as a stress management tool, and destroyed. Now, was this some freak accident in which all three Apple products were seriously lacking in quality for a single customer? I think not.

 

I agree that the stylish approach to electronics, and the super pretty and user-friendly environment of OSX is great. I also agree that you can't polish a turd, no matter how expensive the polish.

 

To keep things short:

 

My friends family have experienced a few Apple catastrophic failures in the past.  What's funny is his father's company makes most of the Apple products you find and he recommends avoiding them.
 

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Some of the reasons for more failures in all new brands no matter who made them are

due to the fact processors are a lot faster and hotter running than 5 or 6 years ago and crammed into tighter spaces.


Hmm, my 3 year old Thinkpad w/ a Core2 Duo and workstation Nvidia graphics card handled 110 degree weather and desert sand being sucked in through the fans for more than a year and still runs great.  Whats even funnier, or perhaps sad, is it still has Vista on it.    

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A friend of mine, a diehard Apple fan, wont buy anything they make that uses Intel, as he reckons, reasonably enough, that they are rubbish.  I told him that I'd just bought a new MacBook Pro 2010 version, and the engineering was far better internally than my previous 2006 model.  Apparently SJ had told HonHai engineers to go shove it and had Apple's in-house engineers do the design.  It shows.  Yes and yes about vintage electronics being better.  However, any vintage stuff that has died is long gone, so all that is left are the ones that didn't.  I point this out to said friend (and others) who reckon the G3 Powerbooks were the best they ever made.  I used to sell them, and sure as hell, they weren't.  But, like I said, the ones that are still around now aren't the ones that died.

 

Now I could get into PC manufacturers...but lets not.  Whenever friends wanted to buy non-Apple laptops, I would take them into a mate in a store I knew well, and ask him what he has been selling lately that hasn't been coming back faulty or dead, and is on sale or going on sale soon. The only sucky thing is, setting up Windows not to be a load of fail for the friend.  That's a huge pain that isn't required with Mac OS X.

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I think people get the wrong impression on how long something should last if you use your computer everyday from sun up to sun down then obviously it will not last

as long as someone who may only use it an hour or two each day and depending on how hard you tax said computer there are so many variables it would be impossible to confirm which brand holds up better because so far I have never seen to like scenarios. Its a tool buy the one you feel comfortable with quit bashing

the other brand who ever it is they obviously got what they wanted we all use a computer deferentially there is no one size fits all.


Edited by ozz - 7/22/10 at 3:33pm
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That's funny about the G3 powerbooks.  At the time Steve Jobs was at NeXT he was using Thinkpads and even called powerbooks crap when his daughter wanted one for college.  He bought her a Thinkpad and even brought one w/ him when he went back to Apple telling everbody that was the quality standard they should be shooting for.

 

While there is no one size fits all, it's naive to think you should just pick whatever you 'feel' comfortable with.  There are serious differences in how some companies select components and engineer their products.  Obviously this thread isn't concerned w/ people happy to dump money on crap products (Dell) or those that don't care.  I think consumer education is better for the marketplace and better for me if I get a better product from the competition.  Sadly, most consumers are divided into two camps (Cheap vs Cool/Pretty) and quality suffers for it.  IMO

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I thought of one thing I wish OSX had.  In windows you can just copy and paste the absolute path location into a "save as" field or any explorer window for that matter.    Anybody know a quick way to do this in OSX?


Edited by elbuzzard - 7/30/10 at 3:08pm
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Just to elaborate, Macs ARE PCs. You can install Windows on it too, so I wouldn't ever write Mac versus Windows. OSX versus Windows makes more sense. IMO OSX should go die a fiery death. If you don't want to use Windows go install Xubuntu or something like that. Windows 7 is fantastic. Don't blame Microsoft if you are installing every application you find, not uninstalling anything, downloading everything, have no anti-virus, don't take care of what applications boot on start, etc.... Computers don't maintain themselves.

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Just to elaborate, Macs ARE PCs. You can install Windows on it too, so I wouldn't ever write Mac versus Windows. OSX versus Windows makes more sense. IMO OSX should go die a fiery death. If you don't want to use Windows go install Xubuntu or something like that. Windows 7 is fantastic. Don't blame Microsoft if you are installing every application you find, not uninstalling anything, downloading everything, have no anti-virus, don't take care of what applications boot on start, etc.... Computers don't maintain themselves.


Snow Leopard comes close enough to maintaining itself that I'm glad to not have to worry about it.  I'll leave maintaining systems to the ones I'm paid to work on.  My free time is too filled with fun things to want to worry about the computers too.

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I have fun maintaining my PCs. XD

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That's obviously your choice.  When I was younger, I spent more time tinkering with things for fun as well.  

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Microsoft sponsored Windows 7 promo video:  http://gawker.com/5366070/host-your-own-awful-party-for-windows-7

 

Sad.


Edited by sphinxvc - 10/10/10 at 9:08pm
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Microsoft sponsored Windows 7 promo video:  http://gawker.com/5366070/host-your-own-awful-party-for-windows-7

 

Sad.


Ewwww.  Fail.  Who approved that trainwreck?

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MS ruined Windows Mobile.  Enjoy your journey into FAIL MS, you and everyone else that follows the Apple model deserves it.

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What the world needs. Another thread of people telling everyone else how they couldn't do something. 

 

Inspiring stuff. 

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