I take the flames well.
First of all, I am not a geek, so I don't reload operating systems, that's something the people in the factories at Dell and HP and Apple do. If I EVER have to reload an operating system, the computer goes in the trash. This is a geek forum, I"m trying to give you all a view of what it is like to not spend 100% of my time trying to figure out technology, but 100% of my time USING technology. You already lose when you say Boot Camp is good enough, or the websites that don't work on Safari are stupid. They are NOT stupid, they optimize for a standard that hits 80-95% of us, and that standard is IE 6 & 7. What's stupid is if you think Apples work when you try to bastardize them with Office for Macs or IE for Macs. It's shaky stuff at best. However, putting Windows onto a Mac in the box shouldn't be shaky, and would address 80% of the market, just as iTunes did when they wrote the software for Windows. This isn't rocket science, but perhaps to a tech geek it is. Engineers get paid less than salesmen, because engineers don't listen to salesmen when they are told what the general public wants. THE GENERAL PUBLIC WILL NEVER LEARN WHAT YOU WANT THEM TO LEARN, STOP TRYING. This is the whole idea behind user-friendliness. Any ass can operate an iPod having never touched one before. The same must be true of the dual-OS Mac.
The bottom line is, Apple won't win the war until it "joins them". Without cuddling the general public by making a machine they can buy and not worry about all the Apple incompatibilities, Apple will stay at around 5% market share in computers. Eventually, MSFT will design hardware and software and services that work well, and that will be the end of Apple's run. But right now there's a wide open window for Apple to make a killing. But it must try to appeal to people like me, who refuse to buy a Mac until a Mac has no downside, i represent that 80%.
I was in an internet cafe and tried using the Mac to do some transactions on a website I use a lot. The pages wouldn't load properly. I couldn't complete my task, Apple and Safari left me high and dry. The website I was using was used by millions, and this was only a year ago. End of story people, I'd never buy a Mac for that reason alone. Who writes software for Mac first and then Windows, almost no one. Windows first, then Apple OS if your product is really killing it. Heck, even Google knows this. Everything comes out Windows first, Apple maybe later, MUCH later. The general public doesn't have the patience of an APPostLE. We want stupid simple, and we vote with our wallet. We buy iPods, and we connect them to Windows and we have no reason (right now) of changing. It's a shame really, cuz Apple makes a better looking machine, and maybe even it operates better, but if you allow me to buy both, run both at will, quickly, then I'll pay the extra $100 or $200 for a 2nd OS so that I can be the cool guy that has it all with no downside.
This whole thing reminds me of the band "The Cure". Tons of wierdos loved the Cure in the early 80s. Then the Cure created some pop music that the general public really liked. This was viewed as a sellout for the Cure devoted. However, the members of the Cure made a LOT of money, and made some really great "pop" songs that people love, and the guys/gals that were on the bandwagon early moved on to something else (probably U2, or the Grateful Dead). Apple is the Cure in the early 80s right now. They just need to right the pop music that the masses want. If the APPolytes want Apple to remain a 5-10% market share rogue state, that's great. But somehow I would think Jobs & Co would like to hit the big time one day, so they don't have to be so bitter towards Steve Ballmer.
Originally Posted by Celemourn
Microsoft makes IE for Mac. Also there are FireFox and Opera available. Of those three, Safari has been found to be the most compatible with web pages which use web standards. Only the rogue pages who do stupid customized stuff tend to not work.... there was a post somewhere around here about that.... Go wiki Acid_2 test.
One of the wonderful aspects of BootCamp is that it walks us right through the process. It's really (no, I mean REALLY. Like, literally) just as easy as installing a fresh copy of windows. Oh, right. Ok, never mind then.
BTW, the more opinionated a post is around here, the more the writer gets flamed.
Just thought I'd give ya a heads up.