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MAC vs Windows

I've been using my MacBook Air laptop on and off for a couple of weeks now and I must say I'm suitably impressed with the Mac OS. It's turning out to be a surprisingly no-nonsense little workhorse. Though an avid Windows user for many years, I'm now finding myself wanting to reach for my MAC laptop far more often than my Windows laptop whenever I just want to just get some work done. The only thing I dislike about it is the built-in keyboard. A standard USB PC mouse (as opposed to an overpriced Apple mouse) seems to work fine for my limited needs as well.

It's not the first time I've used a MAC, but it's the first time I've actually seriously tried to use one productively. Frankly, I don't what the fuss is about with people who dislike this OS.
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by:serialband
I've found that anyone that has a strong BIAS is usually uninformed or have never really sat down and used it.  They just don't want to learn it.  Each OS has its strengths and weaknesses.
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by:Martin Nguyen
I really do love my MacBook Air. I have a mid-2013 with an i7 and its still going strong. It has been compatible with every peripheral I've needed and every app that is supported is well, supported!
There definitely is a walled garden regarding Apple's App Store and other services, but you are free to use other cloud back up and music services.
It definitely provides a great user experience for me.
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by:Brandon Lyon
There are pros and cons to OSX and Apple products.

My favorite part is that it's posix compliant. My second favorite part is that software is relatively easy to install and manage. Not as easy as Linux but easier than Windows.

The cons tend to show themselves anytime you want to do something that Apple doesn't want you to do. For example there is very little about the OS GUI which can be changed. Some things can't be disabled. Updating or fixing hardware internals is getting more and more difficult.
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by:Andrew Leniart
software is relatively easy to install and manage
I've noticed that too. Rather than having to concern yourself with how many files are dropped here and there, to remove a program is just dragging the thing to the bin and you're done. I've yet to need to restart the machine unless I've applied an OS update.

Coming from Windows, installations I didn't find particularly intuitive and it was a small learning curve to figure out when a program was actually installed as opposed to installing or sitting on my desktop ready to be installed, but the system prompts helped overcome that until I did a little googling and the penny dropped. The process is certainly different, but compared to Windows, I would have to say considerably easier as well.

The cons tend to show themselves anytime you want to do something that Apple doesn't want you to do.
Indeed. That's something I've definitely noticed. I'm used to being able to configure everything to my own personal tastes and have struck walls a couple of times. As I always suspected, an Apple OS is an "our way or the highway" type of deal, which as a power user I don't particularly like, but I suspect that is one of the core reasons the OS seems to be so stable too.

I doubt I'll ever move away from Windows completely and I'm typing this on one of my Windows boxes right now, but anyone who can't acknowledge the value of the Apple OS for giving you a platform which allows you to do most things with a minimum of fuss, is in my view, and as "serialband" mentioned earlier, overly biased and simply not willing to give it a serious go.

On the flip side, I've been an Apple iPhone user since way back and always shied away from Android devices. Fed up with not being able to get decent apps to do what I wanted to do, I eventually tried an Android device with the Samsung Galaxy S9+ phone and am now able to do things like effortlessly record my phone calls, something I'd been trying to do on my iPhones for years without success. App support seems to be so much better.

Different strokes for different folks - but my recent experiences with both the Apple OSX and iPhone vs Android supports that it always pays to keep an open mind :-)
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by:Andrew Leniart
Think I may have just found the solution to my keyboard issues on my MacBook Air. Anyone using a Windows keyboard with a MAC?

https://9to5mac.com/2016/03/17/how-to-remap-windows-keyboard-buttons-match-mac-layout/

The above article shows how to remap the modifier keys only. What are some other good resources you know about?
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