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    “It is a fact of life that application vendors have first, second, and third tier platforms for the software they write. The differences in bugs, performance, and features/revision levels need to be considered when choosing the HARDWARE platform. Also the same application can run quite differently on different platforms, even though they [the platforms] have the same speeds & feeds on performance. That is because optimization levels differ, and sometimes hardware vendors assist software vendors in tuning applications for their particular environments.” —David A. Lethee70

    Cyrus Shiva [vice president of sales for CorpNet Information Systems, Burlingame, CA] says he often deals with small companies that “don’t know which OS they want,” even though they may already be using one or the other. In these cases, he says the first thing he asks customers is “what type of applications are you running? It’s the most important thing.
     “For instance, if you're using a (Windows-based) accounting package, which doesn’t support UNIX, you either have to change accounting or go with NT,” he says. “And NT has a lot of compatible applications, while UNIX does not [with the exception of Macintosh OS X, Mac OS X Server, and Rhapsody, which run mostMacintosh software]. On the other hand, UNIX can take advantage of big, big databases [such as WebObjects].” —Jim Carr, MicroTimes; Oct 30, 1998m1

     “After two decades of supplying boring beige boxes, PC makers have begun to add a bit of color and style to their lines, following the runaway success of Apple’s iMac line, a candy-colored machine designed for consumers that was not simply a repackaged business box. Industrial design isn’t the only selling point. A fundamental shift in computing has occurred. For business users and consumers alike, what matters is being connected to the Web, not the raw processing power of the desktop computer. The most intriguing new technologies aren’t spreadsheets or word-processing programs, or the latest updates to Windows. Digital photography, digital music, desktop video editing, and high speed internet access are where the action is. A top-flight desktop computer or notebook is nice to have, but what makes that technology really rock is all the gear that goes with it. Computer manufacturers have altered their product lines in recognition of that trend. Apple’s top-end consumer model, the iMac DV Special Edition, comes with a stellar sound system, high-speed FireWire ports for transferring video, and the company’s iMovie software for editing movies. Sony has a similar strategy with VAIO desktop models configured for video editing that sport a huge hard drive, high-speed i.LINK [FireWire] ports, and dual CD/DVD drives.” —Fortune Technology Guidem2

     “The existence of such alliances as mentioned in the article Andreessen Sees Mozilla-Linux Upset of Windows clearly shows that Linux is strengthening its presence in commercial environments. (For newcomers to this arena, Mozilla is the name of the Netscape/Communicator code and Marc Andreessen is Cofounder and Executive VP of Products at Netscape).” —“Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 versus UNIX”w51

     “…Corel, which has already announced plans to build a Linux-based network computer, said it will next month post free Linux-based development tools to its Web site, joining a number of software companies supporting the Linux open source movement.” —Erich Luening, “Corel joins Linux fest”, CNET News.Com, 8 May 1998w51

In the Box

     “Plenty of software accompanies the iMac … and most new Windows PCs.
    “The iMac includes Apple-Works for word processing and business tasks. There’s also Apple’s suite of “digital hub” programs: iTunes for playing music and burning CDs, iPhoto for managing digital pictures, iMovie for editing video and, on the $1,799 iMac I tested, iDVD for designing and burning DVDs. These programs share a similar, straightforward design.
    “[Windows XP’s] digital hub includes Microsoft’s Windows Media Player and Windows Movie Maker …. These programs lack the features and elegance of Apple’s i-ware. Windows Media Player can’t play MP3 tracks. Windows Movie Maker can’t record finished videos to tape.…
    “The iMac wins for music, movie editing, and DVD creation.

Software Selection

    “More software os available for Windows than for the Mac. But all mainstream programs, including Microsoft Office, are available for both platforms.
    “Windows has the edge in games and so-called vertical applications (programs created for specific business niches). And you often can run the latter on a Mac using Connectix Corp.’s VirtualPC software, which lets Macs run Windows.” —Jim Heid, “A Study in Contrasts”, Los Angeles Times, March 2002n4

geek humor

    “I’m told there are better programs [than WordStar], but I’m also told there are better alphabets.” —William F. Buckley Jr.

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