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astro tech: How Many Mudcatters using MACs? (175* d) RE: tech: How Many Mudcatters using MACs? 08 Nov 07

I have used both flavors (Mac and PC) and prefer Mac. Scientific computing using Macs current OS is well supported through the gnu project and Unix. There is a command line in the current Macs - just bring up a terminal and there it is - if you know Unix. There are many sites where freeware is available.

If I have a beef with Apple, it is that in the current machines they may have underpowered it and therefore they occasionally have problems with popping the capacitors in the power supplies which can fry the motherboard. It happened to mine, sent it back, Apple replaced everything excluding the hard drives and its been up and fine since (BTW, without charge).

I don't like many of the current PC brands. The machines are cranky and are not easy to use. Their processors are based on old designs and need upgrading. But, computer use and preferences are based on experience and what you are used to. So you will see loyalty to both, sometimes with great zeal!

Good computin...!

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