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jawspinkid

I've always been a windows user. In taking Photoshop classes at the local community college, I was forced to use a Mac. Took me a while to get used to it. The one feature about Macs that I grew to like was the dock- one click and it launches the program or opens a document. Keep all your shortcuts
on the dock and clean up all that clutter on the desktop. Minimize windows to the dock, and see a thumbnail.....etc. So I came home one day and did a search and found Rocketdock. It's great.
It's customizable. Performs much the same as the Mac dock. Nearly everyone that I've introduced it to, uses it. 

I've worked in windows so long, it'd be too hard to switch, but I have nothing against using free apps that enhance or help your productivity or help you customize your windows experience.

With windows 7, the new taskbar has some features that are similar, but I still use it.

If I've peaked your interest, check it out.

http://rocketdock.com/

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Jamesyboy

With all the ranting aside, and a day to just chill out, i'd like to say one more thing before i leave you alone...likely forever:

Murph, i <3 u. But think about what you say publicly. Not only were your responses extremely unprofessional and  far from being borderline in terms of inappropriateness, but they were extremely opinionated, they made you look goofy as hell to say the least, and they were nothing like what we should hear from an unbiased, respectable, and lovely magazine. You just argued with a bunch of your readers, and you belittled them. Theres no other word for it. You did just talk down to your peeps. No matter how much you disagree with your readers (your fans....MPC's fans) you should never stoop this low, and your disappointment shouldn't show. You don't need to hear this from me...but for the sake of making sure it gets said at least once, i said it.

You should show some respect and have your comments deleted.

Nevertheless, i love your work, so keep doing what you do best: writing articles. If you want to comment, make yourself a maximum pc account, and do so anonymously.

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JDorfler

Please remember this is MaximumPC, not MaximumWindows. A PC is a personal computer. This has little to nothing to do with the OS (Operating System). Guess what? If it has a processor and performs a task for you personally, it's a PC. A Mac is a PC, your cellphone is a PC, your digital watch is a PC, your microwave is a PC. It's really not that hard of a concept to grasp.

Now, if you don't like OSX, which I don't either, don't install the above applications. I know I'm not. However, I'm not going to complain when MaximumPC writes articles about other OSes besides Windows. I for one am a Linux user as well and greatly enjoy their articles about other OSes besides Windows. The FreeNAS article was a great example.

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Jamesyboy

Good morning (it's morning here.)

While it's a growing trend--seeing apple on all news sites-- i don't blame max pc for it. I blame the moron who clicked on the big fucking apple logo on the home page. I'm a windows user...flat out, no qualifications, no justifications--im a windows user. I really don't care about an apple article and neither should you. If, for instance, Maximum PC starts to devote its journalists time to reporting on apple instead of the pc, then i'd be pissed. But to be honest, when theres nothing to report for the day...i crave for some news. any news. any platform. Idc whats in the article. It's better to have some news than none. Even if it is an article that allows us to get what we want out of OSX--the looks. Even if it is in a geeky way--which i happen to prefer anyway. If you're denying that OS X looks good (even if it's only some of the time...and maybe it only does appeal to you once a year) ,  than you've stooped ever-so-low, and you're only lying to yourself. If this is the case, you've become a subjective, biased, apple-hater.

 

I dont like the people who use macs (most just wanna be different)...but i wont hate.

 

Peace

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Cruzg10

hey! stop trying to confuse us with "facts" and "logic".

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singularity

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wizardsc8

Good job on the article Murhy. When I come to MaximumPc I do expect to read anything and everything about whats going on in the computer world. Having a story or two about whats going on in the A*ple world is just par for the course. I do admit, some of the features that Macs have I do like on my system. Although I myself would never get an A*ple myself, I just want my system to look good and run the best it can. 

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dmonkyking

I thought I'd add my 2 cents.  First I'd like to say that I appreciate your articles Murph and I think you are a valued writer on MaxPC and I don’t think people should be throwing their frustration at you like they have been.  But anyway, I think I can understand the frustration on both sides of this argument.  I think the majority of people that come to this sight don't hate the mentioned of the word Apple or Mac on here, but I think the outcry of this article has been the result of a long standing trend of Apple related news on MaxPC lately and peoples’ growing frustration.  It's all about knowing your user base and why people come here.  I've been a fan of MaxPC since they were called Boot and I've always come here as a hardcore PC enthusiast.  Now the occasional articles of other tech is fine and I appreciate some of the diversity of MaxPC’s articles.  For example, I love Android and it’s nice to see them mentioned here, but I usually don’t come to MaxPC for Android news, because there are many great sites such as AndroidAndMe and AndroidGuys that focus on Android news and articles and that’s their forte.  Just like a Mac user doesn’t usually come to MaxPC for the latest Apple news, they go to MacLife or whatever.  Now when MaxPC floods their site with Apple related news and articles every week it tends to alienate your user base.  It has very little to do with people hating Apple, but more to do with finding it inappropriate, for one; having many Apple articles on a PC enthusiasts site, and two; assuming the users who are tired of these articles just hate Apple and things different.  Now I know people can argue the Mac vs PC debate and whether a Mac is considered a PC, but with Apple and their fans making certain they isolate themselves from us, then I think we have the right to make some form of stance as well.  But lastly, mainly focus on what people come here for and leave the Mac sites to focus on what people may want to know about Apple.  There, that’s my 2 cents. 

Also, sorry for the bold, all my articles seem to default to bold

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leadtrombone

Well..    I use a mac.  I prefer a mac in many situations.   I use windows based and linux based computers.  I still read Maximum PC online and occasionally purchase paper copies as well.

 

Hmm.  I don't have a problem with this article,  or any other article on the site for that matter... 

 

----:)I'm leaving now to go find myself. If I should return before I getback, please ask me to wait

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Cruzg10

By gosh hes right!

Murph i'm going to by you a beer! 

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paschal

I just do not understand why this article is so controversial. Murph just put some stuff out there people could use or not use. For some it may enhance their PC experience, and for others may be a waste of their time. The apps are just a way of breaking some of the monotony of the same ol, same ol.

A lot of the polish from Windows 7 came from the rip-roaring backlash from the rough edges of Vista via the consumer market that gave them a mandate on how to properly release an OS, as was much the case with Millinium not being XP ten years ago. Companies have to make money to keep and hire employees, and when they do not give the consumer what they want, they do not sell product and so goes the balance sheet. When we try different (and stable) third party add on's to Win 7, some will bomb with us and some will be a hit with us to the point a campaign starts as a gotta have for the next OS release. Maybe Microsoft will have to buy a patent or a company to deliver it. Somebody gets paid for their work developing it.

Don't get ticked off just because it may smell like OSX. Seems to me Windows used to smell like a cheap imitation of a Mac. Maybe Murph has a few things for Win 7 that smells like Ubuntu or other Linux interface that could turn out to be the next gotta have for Windows 8.

IMHO Mac type, Linux type articles are minimal yet just enough to let us know what goes on outside of the MS Windows world. Nice to know that there could be an app or a function that could enhance the MS Windows experience. If we do not know what it is without that exposure, it makes it hard to request MS to make it a feature.

Give Murph a break!

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AntiHero

I totally agree with you. I use other operating systems to avoid Windows as much as I can so I can have an understanding of what goes on outside the windows community. Honestly, I think Microsoft is doing a good job, Apple is doing ok, considering Jobs is a total moron, which I won't begin with today, and that is all fine and dandy, but what about Unix? People use it...it has good real time applications, in fact, I'll bet this website is on a Unix based server, somewhere around 70% of the worlds servers are on it. My cell phone is android, and really, I get grinded on it daily by iPhone users, why? because it's not an iPhone, which I happen to find ok, but I like the total google synchronization, that was my defining factor. Some people don't have the knowhow to use these new things but would like to experience something like that interface for a change, that's why there's android skins for iPhone, and vice versa, which is the same case for windows, osx and linux. There are skins to make windows look like either, same for ubuntu to look like either of the others...it's just fun.

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Keith E. Whisman

Hey Murph that FlyAKite total XP conversion of Mac OS is actually pretty old. I used it back in 2005 and it does what it says it does. Very interesting. I used it for about 6months before I reverted back to stock Windows XP.

That total conversion is really good and I'm sure the Vista total conversion is even better because of the rich environment Vista offers.

I did think about converting Win7 last week when I read a similar article at WWW.Tested.Com where Will Smith Went. 

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Zallomallo

Sorry for the unrelated comment, but you guys should seriously do that $500 crap PC thing again, it was one of my fave features!

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m31337

I second this idea!

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Cruzg10

i was just over at MACworld and i couldnt find a single PC article. WHAT THE HELL!!! how come i can go to maxPC to read about apple related stuff but i cant go to MACworld to read about PC related stuff. Where am i to find PC related articles?

*sigh*

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TheMurph

Maclife?

But I digress.  If you don't like the coverage on Maximum PC, email the editors.  I write about Windows freeware and open-source software in these roundups.  In fact, 5 of the 5 programs listed in this very roundup are Windows-only.  Ain't no Apple stuff here. 

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Cruzg10

I stand corrected. my apologies. i dont think i was refering to the article specifically but more of the prominence of apple articles that pop up in the website. i understand that apple is part of the tech universe that also encompass the pc but this site is niche specific. Would you go to pizza hut to get mexican food? probably not anymore so than you would go to El pollo loco to try and get a medium pepperoni pizza.
most users feel slithed because We arent really expecting Apple anything on a PC site. Its nothing personal on you. you just happened to be in the way at the moment of everyone rage.
Good article overall, but just know where we as PC enthuastists are coming from.

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talz13

Macs are apparently "impersonal computers" then...

Oh, and by the way, stop reviewing MP3 players, set top boxes, cameras, headphones and speakers too.  Those aren't PCs either.

 

 

*rolls eyes*

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Cruzg10

the occasional MP3 player review or phone review is fine, but if all of a sudden the majority of the articles are about MP3 players and cameras and what not, then i would be just as upset as this is not a primary website for such content. while adding extra value with reviews of other tech related products is fine, this is still first and foremost a PC website

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Keith E. Whisman

I wonder if a Mac User that has Windows 7 installed on his Mac using Boot Camp finds this useful? Would a Mac Power User that dual boots Windows 7 and OSX modify his Windows to look like OSX?

Or is it the other way around? Are there any Mac Power Users that modify their Mac OSX to look and act like Windows 7 and modify their Windows 7 to look like Mac OSX?

Or or are there any Mac Users that modify their OSX and Windows 7 installs to look like OS2 Warp or Google OS?

;) 

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TheMurph

"Are there any Mac Power Users that modify their Mac OSX to look and act like Windows 7?"

Well, no.  They just virtualize it.  *shakes fist*  ; ) 

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deadsenator

lol, no - no OS2 look-alike attempts. 

I use W7 for doing Windows based programs or a game if I like.  I use OSX for everything else.  I surf on both sides, but as a UNIX admin, I am fond of opening a terminal window and having the familiarity of BSD readily available.  Compiling code or nosing around a network are far easier in OSX than W7.  Yes, you can load tools into Windows, but it is still not "native".  Each OS has it's benefits and faults and I like both for different reasons.  I will say that my MBP has been booted into OSX for months now, but I use W7 on my desktop exclusively.  <cough> gaming <cough>

 

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Airheadq

I don't care for Macs/OS X that much. There are some nice things about and, and then ther aren't.

But I'd like to thank Murph for this article since if your using Windows, you can mod it to your hearts content. This article just reminds of what Window users CAN do with their system. I mean of all the Mac/OS X screens I've seen before, they all have the exact same default wallpaper/background. Its iconic to the brand, but come on.

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TheMurph

"This article just reminds of what Window users CAN do with their system."

You know, there just might be an opening  for you as a freeware columnist with that attitude.  I think I know a spot...  ; )

 

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Airheadq

Sounds interesting, please tell me more. :D

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Michael Ellis

Some of you people need to chill out. All this guy was trying to do is point out the massive barrier between Mac and Windows users. I'm willing to bet that at least seventy percent of Windows users don't have Macs and, in terms of personal computers, vice versa. THIS CAN BE BAD. I too think that Steve Jobs is a controll freak who designs overpriced overrated software and hardware. This does not mean that Apple hasn't come up with some good things. The writer of this article was just trying to point this out and allow users to benefit from some of Apple's good ideas without having to go broke buying a new computer.

All this writer was trying to say was that it is a "shame" that people are not able to experience the benefits of both operating systems. Furthermore, even if he was complaining about the close-mindedness of some readers, YOU PROVED HIS POINT. 

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PawBear

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"Either we conform the Truth to our desires or we conform our desires to the Truth."

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TheMurph

:D

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Muerte

Here's some clarity for you all.  Apple/Mac is a PC and Windows is an operating system that runs on a PC, NOT a PC.

I guess I don't see what the fuss is all about.

Its not like this site doesn't get updated like 3 times a day so one article that some of you take offense to won't be replaced by pages of articles in the next few hours/days.

 

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Keith E. Whisman

That's not the whole truth. It is a fact that Max OS is installed on a PC and you can install Windows on a Mac but what keeps Macs from being true PC's is that they make it nearly impossible to install Mac OSX on any PC like I can do with pretty much any Version of Windows. 

I can't install OSX on my laptop because OSX doesn't support ATI on the PC. And even if you could it's near impossible to do without a lot of work. Windows 7 installs in minutes. Mac OSX you have to install special Kexts and stuff like that what ever it is. Just too much work for the normal everyday PC user. And if you follow the Mac License you can't install Mac OS on anything other than a Mac Product.

So technically a Mac is a PC but it's extremely closed and you can't install the OS on just any computer legally.

Because of these facts I don't take Mac OS as a legitimate PC OS. And since this is a PC website and Mac Users go out of their way to pick on us Windows users I feel it is fair to scream when our PC website even mentions something positive about a Mac.

So once Apple gets it's head out of it's ass and makes Mac OS available to everyone to install on any PC I don't think it's a legitimate and comparable OS to Windows.

If you want to write articles on Linux go ahead, if you want to write articles about Windows go ahead but if you write an article about Mac OS then there is a problem because everyone here can install Windows and Linux on their machines. But you have to actually own a Mac to install Mac OS. So how is that fair and equal? So it's really not a PC. 

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TheMurph

"what keeps Macs from being true PC's is that they make it nearly impossible to install Mac OSX on any PC like I can do with pretty much any Version of Windows. "

Er...  I'm confused.  Are you defining a PC by its hardware or its operating system?  I would envision that something can be a "PC" without it having to have gone through a Windows baptism first.  You can't install OSX on your laptop because Apple won't let you; it's a tactical marketing decision, not much of a technical challenge for those smart ol' Apple engineers.

And, to the point, I'm not writing an article about OSX per se -- because all of these tricks can be installed on your very own PC.  That's kind of the whole point. 

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Keith E. Whisman

Actually here I was commenting on the general hatred of Apple. But have you forgotten that you can't build a Mac as well? You see although a Mac uses PC parts it's actually all Mac parts because they are all pretty much built for the Mac. You can't exactly purchase a high end video card and install it in your Mac. You have to buy a high end Mac video card designed for a Mac. The two are not compatible. You have to use a Mac keyboard but you can use any ole USB mouse I guess. You see it's the whole closed architecture of a Mac that I find offensive and the shear snobbishness of Mac Users really pisses people off. 

Don't forget that for a long time now Apple TV commercials have gone out of their way to point out that PC's suck and Macs are great. They even say I'm a Mac and I'm a PC. Most everyone here is going with that. Even Apple thinks it's not a PC so why try to argue the point?  

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Caboose

 Well, you can't LEGALLY build a Mac...

 

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highsidednb

sorry

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__me

dave, here's the deal... you cant show yourself as an open-minded or educated or whatever you are trying to do by insulting PC users! if you think PC fans are shameful, you can do what you know with yourself and f*** off! What is "a shame" in my mind, is that some d-bag writing a stupid article on a semi-respectable website insulting the exact readers for whom the article is supposedly written! oh btw, did u even happen to see the domain name for which you were writing the article? maximum PC idiot, why is it so surprising to see why the audience are PC fans! only if you had an IQ higher than your smelly sucks!

 To the other readers: in the unlikely event that my comment didnt get filtered out, i suggest instead of arguing with this dumb a** and trying to persuade him how insulted you are and him doing the "so-cool" <shrug> thing that he must have recently learned, do what im doing right now: delete the maximum pc from your favourite lists on whatever browser you're using and switch to a better PC news site (there are plenty out there)! that way the site will put more effort in not publishing some retard articles like this who are blatently disrespectful and d-bags like this dave guy will learn to talk from their mouth!

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TheMurph

"did u even happen to see the domain name for which you were writing the article"

You must be new here.

...*shrug!* 

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popstop785

Since you are so keen to the PC and nothing else, try using MS Word... the grammar and spelling correction tool is something you would benefit from. 

Oh and... You're weird, dude. 

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Muerte

DO NOT FEED THE HORRIBLE TROLL!!!!!

 LOL!!!!

This whole thing has taken a turn toward the ludicrous and you sir have become the head loon.

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JonPhillips

I will repeat what I've written before: Our coverage of Apple products has no bearing whatsoever on the number or frequency of PC-focused stories we run. Not a single PC-focused story was harmed in the creation of Murph's article! I'm sorry if having to not click on an Apple-related story is a hassle for anyone, but I'll just ask everyone to react to our occasional Apple coverage with less rabid furor. Because you know what some of you are beginning to sound like? Apple fanboys. (Except instead of railing against PCs, you're doing it against Apple gear.)

Now, as for the question of whether "we've hired the wrong people," I am absolutely confident that we have the right writers and editors. Some of us use iPhones, and I have an iPad (but would gladly toss it for any ucpoming Android- or Win7-based competitor; read my upcoming review). But none of us run MacOS as our main OS, and most of us don't even use MacOS ever. Part of being a tech enthusiast -- and part of being a journalist -- is having a complete understanding of the entire product universe. Because only then can we cover the products we're most interested in with utmost nuance and criticism.

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Jamesyboy

+1...you could've quoted me instead tho. =D

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Jamesyboy

+1...you could've quoted me instead tho. =D

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Atomike

I'm sorry, but when a writer at Maximum PC says that it's "a shame" that we don't love Mac stuff as much as our PC's, that's just insulting on every level. I don't mind the idea behind this article - I'm not at all opposed to the idea of re-skinning Windows any way you want. But I am sicker than sick of the idea that a PC-centric magazine should be written by people who aren't as PC-centric as 99% of their readers. You can't deny that this is the case. And this is why some more PC-centric folks should be brought in to cater to the actual demographic of the magazine. I don't see how anyone could disagree with this, except the ones losing their jobs.

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TheMurph

You must have really hated Will then.  You know, that guy who ran this very magazine for the last many years.

"I also am a big fan of OS X. I have a deep and abiding respect for the folks that develop apps and user interfaces at Apple, and think that they're among the best in that business."

-- http://www.maximumpc.com/article/the_iphone_still_doesnt_excite_me 

 

Anyway, here's the deal: I've written 434 (trackable) articles for Maximum PC, and undoubtedly many more if you factor the actual print product into the equation.  I write freeware roundups every week and, to be honest, I get bored just writing about RocketDock and Handbrake.  That's why these roundups can get a little esoteric and, at times, downright crazy in their themes... but that's because I think it's important to show you all the different things you can do with freeware or open-source software.  

If you don't want to transform your system into an OSX lookalike, that's fine.  It won't hurt my feelings.  Come back next week, and I'll have another batch of applications for your Windows-based system that will surely make you jump for digital joy.  Or, for that matter, surf the archives for any of the aforementioned articles I've written and you'll probably find a ton of awesome Windows-only stuff that you've never even heard about.

But to suggest that I'm otherwise not as "hardcore" about PCs as you, well, that's kind of lame.  I think I've put my time and effort where my mouth is (minus the cardboard system I built that one time), and while I should know better than to feed this blatant trolling, well, there you are.  An answer! 

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Atomike

You are, of course, correct. For me to in any way characterize you as not hard core for the PC was not accurate. Let me say something different that's more accurate. You are hardcore for PC stuff. You also are mildly interested in Mac stuff. No one here cares even a littel bit about the Mac stuff you like a little, and it makes us upset that we pay for a magazine that features such drivel, and must listen to podcasters talk about iPhones even briefly. Because they're not interesting at all.

I will try to be more accurate in the future.

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deadsenator

Bring on the Mac stuff, bring on the Linux stuff, and bring on the Windows stuff.  Whatever.  But give me a hearty dose of hardware stuff ...all...the...time.

I cannot change my MBP very much except for dual-booting.  I can add harware to my other Macs, but they already run great.  I enjoy nerding around with Linux, but this is sometimes a very esoteric experiance and not for the casual computer folk ( I am an admin), besides gaming support stinks.  I can, and do, mess with all my Intel/ASUS/AMD/ATI/NVIDIA gaming systems constantly.  Most of them run just fine, but I am always upgrading and looking at rolling hardware around.  Sometimes because there is a problem, but mostly because of an upgrade that rolls things down the line.  It is nearly always a fun, interesting and educational experience.  I am constantly learning from my experiences with computers. Even after 15+ years at it.

This is why I subscribe to MaxPC.  It augments this experience in a positive manner.  Keep it up.

 

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TheMurph

"This is why I subscribe to MaxPC.  It augments this experience in a positive manner.  Keep it up."

You, sir, win the "sanest comment of the day" award. 

Unfortunately, the prize is a Hackintosh netbook. 

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deadsenator

Pretty sad to know that folks get so riled having been forced to click on an article that may not interest them. 

Keep up the good work.

 

 

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HeartBurnKid

I don't use a Mac, I don't have an iPhone, and I probably never will... but there is nothing wrong with the people who do (except that, IMHO, they may be a little misguided), and I certainly don't mind hearing their POV once in a while.

Seriously, man, stop being such a fanboy.  That's supposed to be the Macheads' domain.

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Muerte

That's actually pretty arrogant.  I'm sure there are a lot of us that don't give two hoots if there is Mac stuff printed here or in the magazine.  If it doesn't interest me whether its Mac or PC, I don't read it.

By the way when did Mac/apple stop being a PC?  Last I recall they both have the same components, just different OS's and business philosophies.  Hell if its the OS there are a lot of non PC, get it?, articles here.  why don't we complain about them also?

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