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Time to move.
« on: July 21, 2009, 06:09:24 AM »

OK so, it's been 2 years now in the role of technicial support for Toshiba.
I have enjoyed the role and have been presented with the ability to take on a group of companies including HP, DELL, Toshiba, ACER, SONY and APPLE.

I took the interview today regarding APPLE MAC and one question baffled me. [As I have no experiacve with MAC]

Name 5 differences between a MAC and PC.
I put the following.

Filestructure, hardware, appllication language.

And then lost it.

Your thoughts please.......
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Re: Time to move.
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2009, 07:23:54 AM »

A Mac is a PC (personal computer) and their hardware is the same (x86 architecture).  Assuming they mean OSX vs Windows though:

NT kernel vs the BSD kernel
Safari vs IE default browsers
Default installed packages
File system
Time to fix critical software issues
Various GUI differences
And many more
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Re: Time to move.
« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2009, 09:06:56 PM »

Mac has unkempt hair, casual attire, and is in his early to mid twenties.  Also has a happy-go-lucky attitude.
PC has glasses, wears kakhis, has a bit more weight packed on him and is a bit "nerdier".

really though....

Mac is Unix based vs NT based, so the software is completely different.  Hardware wise...they're not really much different any more.  Along with that software, you've got a completely different mindset about what a computer should include, and how it should be presented to the consumer.

Mac = simplicity
PC = versatility

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Re: Time to move.
« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2009, 04:41:42 AM »

Ah, shows how much I know about the architecture. But time will tell over this.
They did not ask if it was an x86 system, hence me writing this as I know that much :D
But to be honest, this is where it stops as I have not touched one on my life.

Name a few things that I can do with a MAC that I can not do with windows.


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Re: Time to move.
« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2009, 07:55:29 AM »

You can be smug with a Mac, not with Windows.

You can't run apps natively compiled for OSX under Windows, but are there any without an equivalent?

The opposite question is actually quite easy to answer though.
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Re: Time to move.
« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2009, 03:13:43 PM »

You can be smug with a Mac, not with Windows.

You can't run apps natively compiled for OSX under Windows, but are there any without an equivalent?

The opposite question is actually quite easy to answer though.

If you broaden the question to application types vs. applications, then they're about equal.  MS Access is something that doesn't seem to have an equivalent in Mac but I don't really know many people who use Access anymore with MySQL and web guis being all the rage (despite my fondness for Access, and I'm a linux guy).

games, graphics, CAD/CAM, utilities, etc. Available for both.

One difference which is a big one for me, due to the work I do, is that Macs have a native UNIX terminal.  And for notebooks, the multitouch trackpad is indespensible for me.  Much better than the windows trackpads.
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