Date: Tue, 04 May 2004 20:21:47 GMT
From: Paul Halliday <>
Subject: Re: OT- Heads Up - Sasser plug

in article c78b1k$tiaq$, Dave Hinz at wrote on 04/05/2004 15:57: >> I haven't been able cost justify a Mac infrastructure personally - I have >> a NG SAAB to maintain - but I must say that it's current operating system >> is pretty interesting. > > It's Unix. FreeBSD, specifically, with a nice GUI on top of it. I use it > to prototype stuff for work fairly frequently, even though the systems > there are mostly Solaris or Linux - same compilers, same tools, same > procedures for nearly everything. I never considered Mac before it > went to a Unix core, but they did that right about the time my 'doze98 > box was being _particularly_ annoying, and my kid was just starting to > get interested in computers, so we abandoned windows in favor of > something that didn't involve frequent 3-finger salutes and scandisk > sessions. Someone say Mac OS? I overheard some sniffings from our network manager today about some virus or other. I turned to my Mac OS colleague and had a giggle and a gloat. I do often think Mac OS is the undiscovered OS - it offers a very high standard operating system with all the under the hood fun of UNIX ... If you want ... In car terms, Mac OS is a SAAB. Mind you, my Mac OS colleague is an Audi driver, but he's very quick to point out that his is a real Audi, rather than some VAG hybrid thing. I've owned a Mac since OS 8.5. This was when I was looking at building my own PC (having never actually bought one ... And still haven't!) and all the cases and setups looked like iMacs - so, I bought one. Yes, I struggled ... Until I found out that it's actually easy ... And then OS X came along and it all got so much cleaner. I never had much against OS 8/9 - they worked; they ran MS Office ... OS X runs all the good open source stuff from Mozilla through Open Office without crashing. Heck, even L**nix crashes :) Paul

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