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post #1 of 12
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I am wondering, the existence of macs in the business word is almost zilch. So, I am wondering what you guys are doing with OSX at work.
post #2 of 12
Not until Photoshop comes out for OS X. Then I will.
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post #3 of 12
I am using OS X at work and have since the PB. I am in an academic enviroment and Macs still are use by a lot of academics. Office X is very important. In fact, the introduction of Office X will allow me to install 10.1 on all the rest of the Macs in the building.

Another interesting note: in Academia, the better the institution, the more macs!
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post #4 of 12
Just MAYA for now.
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post #5 of 12
I, like others, work in academia. My work computer is an iMac 500 (newest one) with 128MB of RAM and it happened to come with OS X. I have upgraded it along the way (software updates to 10.1.1). I also have my own personal PBG4 that I bring into work from time to time when I need the school's high speed connection to download software updates and MP3s. And I run OS X 10.1.1 on that too.

However, the tech director is afraid of Mac OS X and is *definitely* not ready to move there yet. Meanwhile I use it all the time on the PowerBook and more and more on my work iMac. Now, I'm not a UNIX head, so I don't know all of those intracies.

As soon as I receive some more OS X apps, like Office v.X, I'm going to introduce her to the friendly new world of OS X. <img src="graemlins/smokin.gif" border="0" alt="[Chilling]" /> It's definitely the way to go!!! My lab has 25 iMacs and I'd just love to have them all run OS X, but it may be slightly slower than students are patient for, and A LOT of the software would have to run in Classic. I think administratively, it should be highly considered.
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post #6 of 12
I've been using some version of X at work (also a University) since early-March.

Our IT people hate Macs, but most people don't really care what they think. I'd guess 25% of the faculty and secretaries use Macs.

Ironically, I've got much more freedom with a Mac at work. The Windows 2000 people are held on a very tight leash - nothing on their machine without permission, all log-in and net-boot crap. They can't even install little shareware type programs without approval. The IT department has gotten super-paranoid about copyright issues and piracy.

Funny, because I've been using Office X for over a month.

I don't think the Windows people would get away with something like that, at least not the average users.

I have a Dual 800 at work - not that I need it. Really, 90% of what I do is Office, email, statistics (in Classic mode), and simple programming.

Office X was the kicker, but before that I used AppleWorks, Office in classic, and TextEdit. I don't think I've booted into 9 once since March.
post #7 of 12
[quote]Originally posted by BRussell:
<strong>Our IT people hate Macs</strong><hr></blockquote>It's probably because they're a bunch of MSE cert. techs that have been brainwashed by "the Microsoft way."
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post #8 of 12
I shouldn't go into the details but I run a small office for a larger corporation and I use a QS 867 with cinema display. I have been using OS X since 10.1 came out. It is great. Corporate mostly sends excel, word and pdf files so compatibility is not a problem.
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post #9 of 12
I asked my IT dept here (work for big US corporation abroad) and we have global deal with Dell. But I asked them if I could bring a MacOS laptop and they said it shouldnt be a problem to just stick it on the network. I REALLY want to get an iBook for Christmas (and finally have a Mac again) and if I do get one, I'll try and remember this thread (or start a new one) and say how it goes.
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post #10 of 12
We use Macs in an industrial/scientific setting. We sell simulators that include a DP Quicksilver with every system, as well as optional TiBooks and iBooks for remote control.

The product uses OS X, OS X's Java capabilities, and Airport quite extensively. It's quite the Apple tech showcase.

On top of that, OS X's UNIX heritage allows us to talk to a Linux machine that is also a part of the sold system.

The developers use a variety of Macs, and PC's. It's a mixed setting but there is no doubt which we prefer for a specific task.
post #11 of 12
[quote]Originally posted by Dave Hagan:
<strong>It's probably because they're a bunch of MSE cert. techs that have been brainwashed by "the Microsoft way."</strong><hr></blockquote>Could very well be. I'm not sure what (if any) training they've had. I do know the CIO is an engineering PhD, and he's pretty neutral, but the lower-downs are the ones that are hostile, so you're probably right.
post #12 of 12
At my last job I was a programmer in a Linux shop working on web-based applications. I used my Ti and OS X every day!

I used X-Windows and the command line tools to work with the network. I could test sites in OS X and Windows using VPC. And I had my usual office and graphics apps, which aren't available for Linux. And let's not talk about iTunes and having all my MP3s with me...

Anyhow, it was very nice...
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