General Discussion: Windows XP on a MAC


Uncle bulgaria
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1476 posts since 3/7/05

18 Mar 2006 00:39
It had to happen:

Hackers get Mac running Windows
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/4816520.stm

Now all those posers in coffee shops can finally get their MAC doing something more useful than looking pretty Eye-wink

thanks

Iain
popguncork
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1960 posts since 26/5/05

18 Mar 2006 00:45
Uncle bulgaria wrote: It had to happen:

Hackers get Mac running Windows
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/4816520.stm

Now all those posers in coffee shops can finally get their MAC doing something more useful than looking pretty Eye-wink

thanks

Iain

That's nice, can't wait for them to figure out flawless booting.

It's only time…
Luke
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5711 posts since 21/1/03

18 Mar 2006 01:20
but why…. when osx is so much nicer to use?? Puzzled
Uncle bulgaria
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1476 posts since 3/7/05

18 Mar 2006 01:26
Luke wrote: but why…. when osx is so much nicer to use?? Puzzled

Flexibility for using applications. For all MAC officionados go on about how great the OS is, there are still many fewer apps available than for Windows.

I think the hackers here were simply showing proof of principle but in the real world it is best to use a dual boot config rather than just accept the products available for the MAC.

thanks

Iain
nightofjoy
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470 posts since 8/2/06

18 Mar 2006 13:05
Uncle bulgaria wrote: It had to happen:

Hackers get Mac running Windows
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/4816520.stm

Now all those posers in coffee shops can finally get their MAC doing something more useful than looking pretty Eye-wink

thanks

Iain

Utterly pointless. Macs are a league superior to Windows ops in every way. You can make a Mac behave like a PC, but you can't make a PC behave like a Mac……

And you almost never get someone who's changed to Mac from PC changing back.

My Mac has never crashed in 14 months. A guy at work told me his crashed the other day after 3 years, and he was so surprised, he laughed….

And as for apps, you might not always be able to get the exact same software as you do on PC, but 99% of the time there's an…
equivalent

I use a Mac at home, but often a PC at work…..
Uncle bulgaria
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1476 posts since 3/7/05

18 Mar 2006 13:44
nightofjoy wrote: Utterly pointless. Macs are a league superior to Windows ops in every way. You can make a Mac behave like a PC, but you can't make a PC behave like a Mac……

What a silly, elitist thing to say.

What about companies that have to spend loads of cash to have a MAC and a PC side by side on the same desk for users to use apps on one and also on the other? Not your commerical apps, at least not the bigger ones, but all the in-house written ones or ones that only run on PCs? Every company I have worked in has had anything from a dozen to hundreds of apps that were not MAC compatible.

In the real world a MAC is a good tool with a good operating system - not as good as you would have us believe (I know, I used to support them and there were as many faults per user hour as PCs had).

Companies may now have the choice of only using a MAC for these people and with time they will proabably be able to get PCs running MAC OSX. This should save them thousands of pounds per year per user in the Totcal Cost of Ownership.

Just puting a realistic perspective on it.

thanks

Iain
Rirawin
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9235 posts since 17/7/05

18 Mar 2006 13:53
Not being funny but the reason why PC's crash 99% of the time is down to user error. Another reason why MACs don't have any problems is because there isn't hundreds of different of combinations of hardware you can have in the machine. You're quite limited. With PC's there's loads of different manufacturers producing differing components, people buy different branded components, so a PC could be made out of a different combination of hardware pieces from different manufacturers.

The fact that a PC can run with different combinations, with drivers of the hardware installed is pretty good in the first place.

I've had Windows XP installed for a year and a half now, not once, not once has it crashed. Nor have I caught any spyware or viruses. Hell. I don't even have a proper firewall running apart from the inbuilt windows XP one and I don't even have a virus scanner installed, I just use web based ones.

Oh and you can put OSX on the PC too. But if we're talking stable and secure OS's? I'd choose Linux above OSX and Windows.
popguncork
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1960 posts since 26/5/05

18 Mar 2006 14:21
Rirawin wrote: Not being funny but the reason why PC's crash 99% of the time is down to user error. Another reason why MACs don't have any problems is because there isn't hundreds of different of combinations of hardware you can have in the machine. You're quite limited. With PC's there's loads of different manufacturers producing differing components, people buy different branded components, so a PC could be made out of a different combination of hardware pieces from different manufacturers.

The fact that a PC can run with different combinations, with drivers of the hardware installed is pretty good in the first place.

I've had Windows XP installed for a year and a half now, not once, not once has it crashed. Nor have I caught any spyware or viruses. Hell. I don't even have a proper firewall running apart from the inbuilt windows XP one and I don't even have a virus scanner installed, I just use web based ones.

Oh and you can put OSX on the PC too. But if we're talking stable and secure OS's? I'd choose Linux above OSX and Windows.

That's quite a generalised statement, which distribution?

I only ask because I'm unsure which to test for my own benefit.
Rirawin
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9235 posts since 17/7/05

18 Mar 2006 14:27
Well if you haven't used Linux before I'd use Mandriva (Mandrake), Fedora (I'd advised not using it if you're going for a dual boot), or Suse.

I'd also recommend getting Knoppix livecd to see whether your hardware is compatible or not.
jplxx
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1218 posts since 3/11/09

6 Nov 2019 17:07
anyone know how to edit excel documents on a mac for free? cheers.
jplxx
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1218 posts since 3/11/09

6 Nov 2019 17:15
macbook is running 10.10.5 think i'm fucked
Razorlight123
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4460 posts since 13/1/10

posted 6 Nov 2019 17:36, edited 6 Nov 2019 17:36
jplxx wrote: anyone know how to edit excel documents on a mac for free? cheers.

Open using Google drive…

Depends on the level of functionality you need I guess… And whether you want your docs in the cloud.
MrW
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2535 posts since 1/8/11

posted 6 Nov 2019 17:48, edited 6 Nov 2019 17:48
OpenOffice

https://www.openoffice.org/
andymakesglasses
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20206 posts since 26/1/06

7 Nov 2019 07:46
I find LibreOffice better than OpenOffice.
Jake Unkutt
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2845 posts since 2/3/04

7 Nov 2019 11:14
Agreed, been using libre office and liking it