Get the heads up on Mac’s sleek and stealthy operating system, Snow Leopard.
Happy New Year everyone.
A few weeks ago, amidst the pre-Christmas frenzy, Apple sent me a rather tantalizing offer. Uni students would receive an iPod Touch if they bought a qualifying Apple Mac computer.
I’m halfway through my Masters at the mo so I’m actually considered a Uni student! Software discounts and student deals are, I find, one of the best reasons to pursue continuing education
I didn’t take the offer up but it’s the closest I’ve come to buying a Mac in the last 15 years (and that’s saying something for a sworn Windows girl).
As Mac lovers will tell you, there are quite a few reasons to buy a Mac over a Windows-based computer. See Australian Personal Computer’s November 2008 article for example.
Perhaps the biggest draw card is no need for additional anti-virus software on the Mac (and the associated costs) that is vital to running a Windows PC. Additionally, the Mac operating system, Mac OS X, will now handle Windows applications. Through the magic of virtualization (I’ll write about that more in a couple of weeks) Mac users can also run Windows operating systems as well.
Gone are the days when Windows and Mac users struggled to communicate with each other, fighting to cross that cultural and social gulf that is Mac versus Windows, which now seems as age-old as the argument about cats versus dogs.
You’d think that a cat person like me would be drawn to a Mac, which includes operating system software called ‘Snow Leopard’. In fact, the last few incarnations of the Mac operating system software have been given feline-inspired codenames i.e. Cheetah, Puma, Jaguar, Tiger, Leopard.
Mac OS X v10.6 “Snow Leopard” was released on August 28, 2009.
Like the Windows 7 operating system, in relation to its forerunner Windows Vista, Apple’s Snow Leopard is a refinement rather than a major overhaul of previous operating systems.
As my Nan would say “the devil is in the detail” and it’s the little details and tweaks under the hood of Snow Leopard that have led Apple to tout it as “the world’s most advanced OS”.
I can’t vouch for Mac’s operating system in practice but on paper I’d have to concede it looks quite fabulous. But is it fabulous enough for me to cave and buy a Mac Book Pro? Let’s just say the foundations of my monogamy with Windows have been shaken.
Stay tuned …
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