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Mac OS X Versus Windows Vista, The Rematch

coderpath One Word: Games (709 comments)

Why has Windows beat out Mac over the years? One word: Games

Now before you discount what I'm saying just hear me out. Unix was arguably the first real operating system. Why was it created? To play Space War. Not so it could do enterprisy things like databasing and spreadsheets, but to play a game. Over the years people drop huge wads of cash on new hardware not so they can do better word processing, but so they can play the latest game.

Apple didn't embrace the gamers the way Microsoft did. People bought computers at home for playing with, and as a trickle-down effect wanted the same machine at work as the did at home. Oh sure all the big money is in the enterprise with big iron and lots of expensive licensing, but it's been games that drew people into computers in the first place and it's games that keep them there.

What do I think Apple should do? Buy or partner with Nintendo and start hooking the Mac to a game platform. Until I can go to my local Staples and buy the latest cool title for my Mac, it ain't gonna unseat Windows, no matter how much better it is.

By the way, I'm a Mac user. I'm also not a gamer :)

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coderpath coderpath writes  |  more than 7 years ago

coderpath writes "At a recent Seattle Ruby Brigade hack night someone asked how many people type using the DVORAK keyboard layout. Out of 9 people 7 use DVORAK and only 2 are using QWERTY. I personally made the switch last Christmas after 25 years of typing with QWERTY. What do you the slashdot audience use? Have you switched to DVORAK? Have you been wanting to make the switch? Has anyone else noticed an increase in adoption of DVORAK lately?"
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coderpath coderpath writes  |  more than 7 years ago

coderpath writes "Are you an Asian gamer? Have you bought your XBox 360 yet? Well Microsoft wants to know Whats Wrong With U?. Targeted at Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea and Singapore (not sure why they excluded Japan) it seems Microsoft is fed up with poor sales in Asian markets and is out to find out why. Is this a clever marketing ploy, or will it backfire?"
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coderpath coderpath writes  |  more than 7 years ago

coderpath writes "For the ninth year in a row, the editors at LWN.net have put together a timeline highlighting the most important events of the last twelve months. It has been an active and interesting year — just like the ones before. The GPLv3 process was launched — and threatened to split our community over differing views of freedom. Software patent issues came and went. The Linux desktop went 3D. Large companies became more involved with Linux and free software — and not everybody is pleased with the result. Distributors reevaluated and reworked their dealings with the community. And, while all this was happening, the community continued to produce great code which made all of our systems better."

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