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My dad asks: buy mom Windows 8 laptop or Mac laptop?


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Poll: My dad asks: buy mom Windows 8 laptop or Mac laptop? (5 member(s) have cast votes)

Is switching to Windows 8 harder than switching to a Mac?

  1. Yes (2 votes [40.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 40.00%

  2. No (3 votes [60.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 60.00%

Is OS X / iOS synergy good enough it makes switching worthwhile?

  1. Yes (3 votes [60.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 60.00%

  2. No (2 votes [40.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 40.00%

What should my mom should get next?

  1. Windows 8 Laptop (2 votes [40.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 40.00%

  2. Mac Laptop (3 votes [60.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 60.00%

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#21 of 31 Sam Posten

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Posted July 09 2014 - 05:50 AM

Did you not see the 30 page "Windows 8 usability disaster" thread?

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#22 of 31 Gary Seven

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Posted July 09 2014 - 01:47 PM

Windows 8.1 is a fine OS.  While initially it had problems, it is faster and more efficient than Windows 7.  That being said, I went out and got a Mac... not because of the OS but simply, ANY Windows laptap I found online had some kind of problem that consumers complained about.  I could not find one that was universally accepted. 

 

The beauty of Macs is they are now Intel based.  So using Boot manager I partitioned the HD on the Mac and installed Windows 8.1.  So now I can switch back and forth between OS depending on development need.

 

So you can provide both if need be.

 

If the user is used to Windows, going to a Mac will be a learning curve and vice versa. 



#23 of 31 DaveF

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Posted July 09 2014 - 02:32 PM

Did you not see the 30 page "Windows 8 usability disaster" thread?

I've seen the thread. everyone likes to rant about windows. But asked directly here, no one thinks it's so horrible that switching to OS X is easy peasy in comparison. And that's what matters.

Put another way: Windows 8 is weird. But to a windows user so, so is OS X. :)

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Posted July 10 2014 - 07:17 PM

Mom bought a 13" MacBook Air tonight. Did not see that coming!
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#25 of 31 Mike Frezon

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Posted July 10 2014 - 08:26 PM

And now you've got your work cut out for you!  :biggrin:


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#26 of 31 Sam Posten

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Posted July 11 2014 - 07:18 AM

As they say in Jurassic Park, Nature finds a way!
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"Sam, you are the biggest nutter we have here."

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#27 of 31 DaveF

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Posted July 14 2014 - 03:44 AM

Now to figure out how to do remote screen sharing. My mom was having troubles getting her aol email to work on the Mac. So my dad helpfully leaves the house to wash his motorcycle.

Oh boy.

I really wish family would listen to my whole recommendation when I say "buy Apple...from the Apple store and have them set up the computer. "


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#28 of 31 Mike Frezon

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Posted July 14 2014 - 08:31 AM

:laugh:

 

And it begins!

 

 

And now you've got your work cut out for you!  :biggrin:


There's Jessie the yodeling cowgirl. Bullseye, he's Woody's horse. Pete the old prospector. And, Woody, the man himself.Of course, it's time for Woody's RoundUp. He's the very best! He's the rootinest, tootinest cowboy in the wild, wild west!


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#29 of 31 schan1269

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Posted July 14 2014 - 09:05 AM

I just bought a Windows 8.1 HP. Man, 4 days old and I thought Vista and 7 had shitloads of updates...

(Unless I don't know what I'm doing yet...likely. you can't update the OS and apps at the same time. PITA)
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#30 of 31 DaveF

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Posted July 14 2014 - 03:55 PM

Everytime I reinstall Win7 on my Mac, I grind my teeth. it's 48 hours and dozens of rebooting updates. Hostile user experience.



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Posted July 14 2014 - 07:02 PM

I think I wish she'd bought a Windows 8 machine. Then this would be dad's problem :)






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