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PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 2005 12:05 pm    Post subject: Just got my Mini Reply with quote

I am new to the Mac World. Just got my mini on Thursday and really like it. I am now using it to control a WinXp Pro box with Microsoft's free Remote Desktop Client.

It cranks. The issue with the screen being dark WAS the DVI to VGA interface and how it fits to the mac.. Snug it up and works great.

Anyway. I like the board and look forward to finding additional help here.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 2005 12:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It may take a few days to get into the swing of things with OS X but you'll never look back to Windoze. I never have!
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 2005 2:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you're switching from windows, anything is going to be an improvement! Smile
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2005 12:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mavherzog wrote:
If you're switching from windows, anything is going to be an improvement! Smile



When I'm forced to use a Windows machine it's like going back in time. OS X is like a Cadillac and XP is like a Yugo.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2005 1:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

devo wrote:
mavherzog wrote:
If you're switching from windows, anything is going to be an improvement! Smile


When I'm forced to use a Windows machine it's like going back in time. OS X is like a Cadillac and XP is like a Yugo.

The UI is "ok"...however, spyware and adware have gotten out of control. And with, seemingly, everone insisting on browsing the web with administrative privledges, it's just going to get worse.

Of course, you also have the issues of instability, Windows being spyware in and of itself, constant security patching, etc, etc... no THANKS!
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2005 9:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wierd, I've run stable, virus free, adware free Windows boxes for years. Perhaps the sterotype has more to do with the numbers of less that savy computer users.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 06, 2005 10:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Wierd, I've run stable, virus free, adware free Windows boxes for years. Perhaps the sterotype has more to do with the numbers of less that savy computer users.

It has a lot to do with the sites you visit coupled with whether you browse day to day with an administer account. This year is going to be worse than ever. If you haven't gotten infected yet, you WILL BE (if you are using an admin account, that is).

Check here to see how malware free you truly are. Smile

OS X gets it right in regards to admin accounts.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2005 7:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, of course I run as an admin account. I have a virus checker installed and I run adaware frequently (which turns up nothing). We have a firewall and we never open email attachments. We visit good solid sites only (yahoo, google, amazon, etc). I really think the hype of adware and viri for Windows is way overblown. I know lots of people that have never been infected and have no adware. As far as usage, I'm a developer so I'm always on my machine and I'm always tracking stuff down on the net.

That's not to say I don't like my new Mini or I don't think it's better than XP in certain areas, I just don't find the gap that wide in my personal experience.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2005 7:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

adware and spyware IS a big deal. You are the exception, not the rule. I see it every day.

The best thing to do is, if you have to run windows, don't use an admin account for normal use (this is like running as root all the time under unix) and don't use IE. This is ESPECIALLY true for those "less than savvy" users.

There is money to be made in adware...that is why it is definitely going to get worse this year.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2005 8:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Adware and spyware is an absolutely huge issue, and like mavherzog says, it's only going to get worse.

The amount of spyware I have to deal with at work is just staggering. We've got about 1500 pcs running Win2K. XP isn't an option for the time being. It's a never-ending battle. Clean a machine up, and it's a cess pit again within a week.
Hopefully we'll license and roll out an anti-spyware app this year, but someone's got to budget for it.

I'm glad I'm not a Desktop Support tech, or I'd be feeling pretty hopeless. They're fighting a losing battle.

OS X and Linux have an opportunity to make huge gains over the next couple of years while Microsoft struggles with the spyware issue.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2005 8:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nalenb wrote:
Yeah, of course I run as an admin account. I have a virus checker installed and I run adaware frequently (which turns up nothing). We have a firewall and we never open email attachments. We visit good solid sites only (yahoo, google, amazon, etc). I really think the hype of adware and viri for Windows is way overblown. I know lots of people that have never been infected and have no adware. As far as usage, I'm a developer so I'm always on my machine and I'm always tracking stuff down on the net.

That's not to say I don't like my new Mini or I don't think it's better than XP in certain areas, I just don't find the gap that wide in my personal experience.


The fact that u have to have spyware and virus checkers installed and running on ur machine is bull shit enough.

I had to format my windows xp machine once a month because i like a clean comp without spyware and viruses ruining my computing experience. I switched from xp to os x by buying a mac mini and it is a helluva lot better than windows.

Im probably not going to go back to windows for my main computer.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2005 10:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice reply.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 07, 2005 11:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BTW, I'm finally playing with MY mini (previously was only working on my kids' as mine hadn't shipped). Doing a fresh install right now.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2005 12:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What's the reason for the fresh install? I used mine as it came. Are there other options I could have had?
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 08, 2005 1:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

nalenb wrote:
What's the reason for the fresh install? I used mine as it came. Are there other options I could have had?

Curious as to how long the process would take. Also didn't want all of the software that was installed (and also wanted to install X11)...so I figured I'd go ahead and do a clean install...
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