I too started will personal computers in the early 1980's. I had experience with main frames prior to that. What blew me away was the Mac when it was introduced in 1984. It was over a decade before the PC even had the Mac level of use in 84. Mac has always been several years ahead of the PC. I use Windows Pro XP on a couple of Dell Laptops. THey work well, but still not as smooth or friendly as the Mac. I use a Mac G4 with OS 9.2.2 for most of my work. It has been working great for many years and I have all the software I need on it. I have a Mac Mini coming next week that with OSX that I plan to set up to replace my G3 with OS 8.6 that has been my web server for over a decade and has worked very well. For spectroscopy processing I use a couple of freeware programs on Windows, because they are Windows only. All my single channel photometry is processed on my Mac. I like the Dells because I bought them used for under $500 (TigerDirect) so if they get damaged it's not a big deal. I'm used to the Mac and get very frustrated with the PC when what I do on the Mac with ease is a pain in Windows. Also, there are several ways to use a Mac with Windows. Jeff At 09:35 -0700 03/29/2009, Dan Heim wrote: >I use a PC. The only reason for this (in the face of many claims that MACs >are superior) is that I started out on PCs way back in the 80s, and now have >so much time and money invested in PC-specific software that it wouldn't be >efficient to change. While I was learning the PC, I also got a chance to >play around with an Apple IIe, which at the time had far less apps >available. For me, based on available apps at the time, it was an obvious >choice. > >Although you asked about OS, I'd also like to note that I've been able to do >anything I needed in terms of image processing using Corel PhotoPaint rather >than the usual Adobe PhotoShop. And the open-source GIMP is just about as >powerful an image processor. Again, Corel was available long before >PhotoShop, so I just stuck with what I knew. > >Dan Heim >President >Desert Foothills Astronomy Club >http://www.dfacaz.org -- Jeff Hopkins HPO SOFT Counting Photons http://www.hposoft.com/Astro/astro.html Hopkins Phoenix Observatory 7812 West Clayton Drive Phoenix, Arizona 85033-2439 U.S.A. (623)849-5889 (623) 247-1190 (Fax) www.hposoft.com -- See message header for info on list archives or unsubscribing, and please send personal replies to the author, not the list.