tregasDo we really, honestly have so much pride in Microsoft and their products that we have to make fun of Apple and their decidedly better quality products? I find myself apologizing for Microsoft on an almost daily basis.
LmhansenFor my part, the issue isn't having pride in Microsofts products, but having little faith in Apples products. People keep complaining about the Microsoft monopoly, but take a look at Apple: they control all the hardware and the software for all their products. Anyone else try to do something gets slapped with a lawsuit so fast their head will spin.
LmhansenAlso, there's no "decidedly better quality" from Apple. Their hardware is just as prone to failure as everyone elses. Their software is patched for security issues as much as Windows is, if not even more. Apple is living on hype and a very (arrogant) crowd of followers, who will eat up everything that Master Jobs serves out.
LmhansenThere is nothing that can be done on an Apple machine that cannot be done cheaper, better and/or faster on a Windows machine.
LmhansenAs for making fun of? Well, I guess Apple set themselves up for this one by naming their product after a feminine hygene product. I expect Apple to start suing manufactorers of these products soon for "trademark infringement".
LmhansenWith the leaked info on the HP Slate device, I'm much more interesting in that than I ever will be in an oversized iPod. At least it comes with local storage and expandability. And multitasking. And actual applications, like Word and Excel.
tregasMicrosoft is considered a monopoly because it controls 90% of the market. You can't call Apple a monopoly because it controls is hardware and software. That is the legal right of any company. Let's say you created a device which could automatically cut people's hair, but if an untrained individual fiddled with the settings it would decapitate them. You lock it down, and you keep it locked down, despite the complaints.
You are correct. Even more so now, Apple's components are the same ones used by PC makers. Where you are wrong is that Apple doesn't jump around from supplier after supplier to get the cheapest parts. They spec a part, find someone who will make it their way or that meets their spec already, and they stick to it. That makes a system stable and predictable, something Microsoft-based systems will never be.
Damn right I'm arrogant. If Apple were "living on hype", as you say, it would have been dead a long time ago. Apple invented the market you work in. The only reason Microsoft is in the position its in now is because Bill Gates had no scruples and would do anything to make his products the only products. Just so you now, I don't grab up everything Apple dishes out. I do not have a recent Mac, an iPhone, or an iPad. My MacBook Pro is over 3 years old now, and that replaced one I had for nearly 7.
Actually, there is something you can do on a cheaper, slower, less stable, less reliable Windows-based PC which you can't do in Mac OS X; catch viruses. Don't even bother trotting out that line about how Mac OS X is either too obscure for malware coders to bother or that there are viruses for the Mac. It doesn't wash.
For Apple to sue the makers of feminine hygiene products would be illegal, and the idea that they would do it is ridiculous. Besides, how many people make fun on the PADD of Star Trek fame? ZERO. Since when did the word 'pad' become so juvenile.
I'm not surprised. Ignoring the fact that Microsoft has failed to break the tablet market in one form or another for the last decade, only the last iteration of which was Project Origami which miserably fell flat, is par for the course for unapologetic Windows phanboiz. The iPad comes in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB models, has wifi and a 3G option (non-contract, unlimited, GSM is unlocked), and handles Word and Excel documents just fine, and if multi-tasking is so important, why can't human's do it?
I will sum this up by saying that Microsoft deserves every last bit of vitriol I spew at it. They are lazy forgers who can't code themselves out of a paper bag. They make bad, insecure, unreliable software and deserve what they get. Apple has done nothing but make reliable, capable hardware and smart, powerful software. They don't always hit the mark and I get frustrated with my Mac on occasion, but I get far more done with a Mac in my life then I ever have whilst relying on Windows.
I will never apologize for that.
brendan.cosgroveIn terms of managing an iPad, ie. putting an agent on it...
tregasI'm no coder, but it seems to me it should be possible.