[rollei_list] Re: OT : modern computer systems (was : Wanted to Buy Macintosh SE/30)

System 8.x and 9.x were notoriously difficult to maintain.
As often with a system's last iterations.

Fred

On Sep 17, 2006, at 1:44 PM, Javier Perez wrote:

In just about every work environment, there's almost always one nut who must have a mac and needs it supported! I used to work the night shift as a supervisor in the computing center in a community college. I was in charge of 9 labs with about 30 machines and one mac lab. Because there were lesss users at night I also wound up doing most of the hardware and software suipport. The Macs were a nightmare, we had to have duplicates of virtually everything for them and even though they were reliable they were a pain to update because they were much slower than the PCs. I can understand how it that the computers everybody likes as a home user are the ones everybody hates on the job! I finally convinced the faculty to get rid of them. They were not missed !
Javier



From: Frederic Fichter <ffichter@xxxxxxx>
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Date: Sun, 17 Sep 2006 09:08:01 +0200


I'm an IT professional and as a result people around me seek my advice regarding their home or small business computer setup (don't have enough time to do *really* complex or critical setups on the side) Usually I tell people straight that I have very little time to do computer maintenance. And that I would be pleased to do it for free it they buy a mac.

I have quite a few Mac owners around me now. They might ask me to add some feature to their computer, or request a short training, but I almost never have to repair broken computers, at least on the software side (The hard drives also fail in Macs of course).

Recently some Linux distros became really user-friendly, so when Mrs Jones call me "My PC is so sloooooooow to boot, and I can't even launch Winword anymore since the kids did this or that" in many cases I can offer a competitive backup-convert-to-Linux- restore package. No more pirated software. Automatic updates. Ease of use. Peace of mind. Etc etc.

The most compelling reason to run Windows is relying on some %^&* piece of win32 software that doesn't like to run in an emulator (but if it's the case you should really think about a migration plan). I have a few customers locked-in by such software, they pay me good money as they have a hard time finding people who are willing/able to work with their crappy software. I will sacrifice a few rainy November weekends, and it will pay for the ski vacations.

I can offer "fixed price" system work on Mac OS X or Linux platforms. I could never do that on Windows, because of bad engineering and too many caveats.

Fred




On Sep 17, 2006, at 5:26 PM, Marvin Wallace wrote:

I too was a Macintosh user, and then I bought a P.C and found that there is
little difference between the two, the exception being Macs are stupidly
overpriced. P.C's are cheaper faster and have a whole lot more accessories
at a third of the price.



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