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Just me being a geek

So, I found a really interesting story online today. New Macs: Intel Inside and More here Yep, it's true, it's public knowledge. After 30 years, Macintosh is moving away from IBM's PowerPC chips, and going to Intel.

So, now what this means is that in-theory, and this is only my theory, but you could put Mac's OS X & or Tiger on a Dell, or HP PC computer, and have it work just as if it was on running on Mac hardware. So, what I'm saying here is that Mac is at a point now (or very soon) to try and take on Microsoft in the Operating System playing field. If you could just run out to CompUSA, or your favorite computer store of choice and grab a copy of OS X. You could format your PC computer and convert really quick and easy. Now granted, being that OS X and beyond are all UNIX based system, finding App's that will run could still be an issue. But with the ever growing number of company’s that are building Mac versions of their PC based software (even Microsoft does this), the heat could be building on Microsoft.

Now more of my theory here, but if you could run OS X on a PC, then why not run Windows XP on a Mac? With Mac switching to Intel chip's, there is a chance that one could run Windows on a Mini-Mac. So, if you are a fan of the hardware that Mac puts out, but not there OS, your time may come. There have also been rumors floating around that the Microsoft Camp is working on their own version of Windows that will run on a Mac. Part of me says, I would so not put it past them to do that, but another part of me is skeptical on that rumor.

So, granted, Yes, I love my start bar as much as the next Windows IT person, but I have had a opportunity to use OS X back when it was new, and I loved it. It has to be one of the best GUI's for a UNIX system in years, and has perks that Windows & Microsoft are getting rid of by them second. One thing that I loved is the command-line interface. It's like typing "CMD" on any windows box, but it opens up a UNIX command line box, that can run any command on the OS. Not like windows, where only something can be run from CMD, anything can run from the UNIX command line. Also, over the years, Mac has figured out what makes a good interface, and I must saw they are getting very tempting.

When the mini-Mac came out a little while back, I was temped to drop 600 dollars, and get one. For now, I have not, but to have something that is only 6.5x6.5x2 inches would be great. The features they packed into are also great, and hell, it would be smaller then (not to mention crap load cheaper) my laptop. So, if my Theory is correct, then I could just jump out and buy a copy of OS X, for 129.99 (at CompUSA.com) and load it on one of the extra computers I got laying around my place. I mean 129.99 for a OS is great. I just checked, and a new copy of Windows XP is 299.99 (at CompUSA.com). So in the future, if you hear of me jumping ship, and moving to OS X, you now know why. But I mean just think of the savings.

Well, that’s more then enough Geek Speak for now.


PS, also now with Microsoft moving Office's file formats to XML(more here)and not their own crap, it's getting better and better to move away from Microsoft products.


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Jun. 7th, 2005 05:43 pm (UTC)
Why would anyone want to put a Macintosh operating system on a PC?
Jun. 7th, 2005 09:25 pm (UTC)
Well, for one, I have lots of PC's that sit around, and could be put to good use. Also, the OS X is a very stable, very fast OS. It has to be the best OS that is built off of UNIX I have seen. It provides a interface that noraml people can use, but has the stability of UNIX behind it. Also, since it has UNIX behind it, it is very secure, prob more so then Windows (which I know is not hard to do).

So there are my reasons.
Plus, I just want to laugh when I can put a Mac OS on a PC and Windows on a Mac, and not be using any emulators.

Jun. 10th, 2005 08:05 pm (UTC)
Yay for Mac OS
I like the stability of the Mac OS, it's always been tons more stable than any of Microshaft's stuff, but my problems have been (1) you can't upgrade the hardware of a Mac very easily and if you do it's almost surely going to be an external something or other and (2) the list of applications is much shorter for a Mac than for a PC. Honestly, the second reason is the real reason why I'm not running Linux. I love UNIX, it's awesome. I used it all the time in my former life when I worked at Philips and I thought it was great.

Anyway, I think we're definitely moving in the direction where Microsoft will have less power and domination in the market but I don't think anybody will ever overtake them. It does mean that there will be more options out there and that will be good for some of us. =)

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