Re: PAF program for Macintosh revisited
- --- In FHCNET@yahoogroups.com, it was written:
Please read with a softened heart to thwart the negative that can and often does halter this
> >>> While Mac offers the public access to both "worlds," PC does not. <<<Indeed. NOT to mention Apple's historical resistance to
> Factually correct, but I disagree with the implied fault. Apple won't
> support any hardware but their own. MS will sell to all brands of hardware.
open-code, which pretty much lock software development into
their own lab, which in turn pushes up software prices
>In response to these and other like comments submitted on this list:
Re: PAF program for Macintosh
There are several errors in these statements. Macintoshes are open to just about any USB
device. I use both Windows machines and Macintoshes and interchange almost every USB
device, i.e. scanners, flash drives, cameras (both still and video), USB hubs, Palm Pilots &
other PDAs, cell phones, hard drives, CD/DVD reader/writers, speakers, microphones,
headphones, etc. etc., and I (and millions of ther Mac users) have no problem switching
back and forth between the two systems. However, try to take a hard drive from a Dell
system and use it in a Gateway or other brand system and it won't work without major
As well, the internal components are the same in a Mac as well as a Windows PC. Hard
drives are SATA drives and can use any from a PC, The video cards are ATI or GeForce and
the memory is the same as on Windows machines. The only devices that are different are
the motherboards and other proprietary printed circuit boards.
So overall, I'm not sure what hardware is being referred to unless it is proprietary and then
that is very niche.
In reference to open-code, I'm not sure if the referrence is to open-source code. If so,
Apple has been a member of the open-source community since the introduction of OS X.
Most open-source code programs will at least run in the terminal window. If you are
referring to Apple not being open to it's code being freely released, then you are correct.
Apple does have a certification process which is one level of security that keeps problems
from arising, i.e. spyware, viruses, and non-conforming buggy software.
My question is; "what do most people attempting to do genealogy work need to have
access to code? Would they know what to do with it? Would they completly mess up their
systems trying to do something they are not schooled to do?" Not everyone is a mechanic
nor has mechanic ablilities but, most folks drive cars. They choose the cars they like the
look of, the feel of, etc. except in the cases of those who have mechanical backqround
which would bias their choices. We, as those who are attempting to aid others in doing
their Family History Research need to be open to assisting with the end results not in
trying to force everyone have our perspectives and opinions on technology. We have our
free agency and need not be "enforcers of free agency" tainted with our own take on
Secondly, regarding higher priced software, the last time I purchased software for Mac or
Windows machines it cost the same amount of money for both versions. This is in
reference to mainstream software from Microsoft, Adobe, etc., etc. When comparing
pricing of operating systems, I believe the base price for a version of OS X is $129 and a
version of Vista starts at about $160 and runs upward of $500, unless you are licensing.
It is actually the same when it comes to the hardware.
Comments like these have been one of the problems for years. Too many statements are
made based on myth without any investigation, thus misleading comments like these are
made. It is always best to research before you comment if you are not working in a
particular field. In my line of work it is best if an individual has experience on many
different machines because of the changes that come so quickly in technology. When
comparing prices of hardware, to compare oranges to oranges you need to consider the
base equipment and software that comes with a machine and make comparisons based on
like systems, not just those that are advertised.
Let me end by saying "amen and amen" to this response from our userlist....
How about if we just drop the bitterness and attempt to simply help
users. There are always ways to accomplish the task, but we must be
open to exploring the possibilities without prejudices. And believe
me, I have mine and they are based upon YEARS of developing/supporting
on all major platforms and seeing first hand their strengths and
However, if a user needs help on one platform, that is the help they
get from me without statements about the pros and cons of what they
Andy & Marilyn Howard