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“You can always tell whether you’re on a Mac or on a PC…Just stick your applications in there and see whether they’ll run.” Bill Gates in a chat with Dawn Chmieleski, of San Jose Mercury News. How about if we change it to: “You can always […]

“You can always tell whether you’re on a Mac or on a PC…Just stick your applications in there and see whether they’ll run.” Bill Gates in a chat with Dawn Chmieleski, of San Jose Mercury News. How about if we change it to: “You can always tell whether you’re on a Mac or on a PC…. just check for a spyware clean-up program…. oh wait you don’t need to do that on a Mac.”

  1. Your mac bias shows…. There are so few Mac attacks…. aaaaa…. because too few people use them….

    I love Firefox, oh, wait… I need to apply that security patch (to Firefox??, what has the world come too.), before i proceed.

    Every software is hackable, breakable, and if you think otherwise, you are just being naive. If you think that your software is not, then it just hasnt reached a ‘critcial mass’ yet…..

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  2. Ah, yes…“just stick your applications in there and see whether they’ll run.”

    So I take it this means that Windows Server 2003 SP1 and Windows XP SP2 were secret Apple releases, then?

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  3. Another way to know you’re using a Mac? You don’t have any money left to buy apps anyway!

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  4. Haha. My distaste for Windows aside, you have to admit, that was pretty funny!

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  5. my mac bias … there is a reason… about three years ago i was writing my book, thinkpad and windows xp. nicely going along, and then along comes a virus, which i had no clue about, and then boom, the system goes down, and with that a lot of work. my mistake that i backed up stuff only once a week, i admit, but i learnt my lesson and switched to mac. mac bias, absolutely.

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  6. Gates’ comment pertains to the overwhelming number of applications available on the Windows platform. Can we not agree that this is shooting ducks in a pond? Having 90 odd percent of the market, doesn’t that translate into 90 odd percent of applications? What an impressive BB-gun he’s holding. Let’s take another pot shot!!

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  7. The only applications missing from mac are the el-cheapo ones in the $5 rack at the supermarket. Those are PC only. Also, there is a lack of overpriced shareware.

    Your comment about windoze having 90% of the hardware market is true, but they don’t have anywhere near 90% of the software market. I don’t want ALL the applications I can get, I just want the best ones. Even MS Office was Mac first (original PC versions were character based, nothing like today’s versions) and most reviewers agree they are still better on Mac today than on Windows. (We have features in our OS that make it better and MS probably won’t add those to Windows for a few more years at least.

    Finally, the biggest problem with Mac software is there are no viruses. (Well, not unless you install virtual PC.

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  8. I have a problem with Bill Gates comment, by using Virtual PC (now made by Microsoft), doesn’t the Macintosh OS have the most “potential” apps? As I see it, Windows Apps on Virtual PC, Linux on VPC and OSX native, and OS X Apps native…

    Or is my thinking flawed?

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  9. ..Every software is hackable, breakable, and if you think otherwise, you are just being naive. If you think that your software is not, then it just hasnt reached a ‘critcial mass’ yet…

    oh sure…that’s not a moot point. but in the PCs, hackers have a free pass to do it. in the mac, it depends on the users, as the sole administrator of their computers, whether to give the hackers a free pass or not. do you see the difference?

    and that’s why viruses, worms, spams..name them all..thrive well in the PCs because Mr Gates hasn’t done his job well. may be with Longhorn, the lives of PC users will improve but that’s more than a year away dealing with miseries.

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  10. “You can always tell whether you’re on a Mac or on a PC…Just stick your applications in there and see whether they’ll run.’’

    Did he mean Office for Mac?

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