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Columnist dubs Vista a "shameless imitator"

updated 03:25 pm EST, Mon January 29, 2007

Vista dubbed "imitator"

Microsoft's new Windows Vista operating system boasts translucent images and "groovy" 3D effects, but is a "shameless Mac OS X imitator," according to one columnist. "After waiting five years -- as in half a decade -- for this thing, I think I should get something revolutionary, a PC operating system so astonishing it makes the competition look laughably primitive," wrote Pioneer Press columnist Julio Ojeda-Zapata. "Vista hardly rocked my world during weeks of testing. It's a fine Windows upgrade, but it's also a shameless rip-off (and not quite the equal) of another major operating system, [Apple Inc's] Mac OS X." Ojeda-Zapata asks why users wouldn't consider Mac OS X as an alternative to upgrading from Windows XP since Windows Vista won't work properly on most older hardware anyway.

What's more, Vista's only superior feature over Mac OS X aside from small tweaks to the user interface is Media Center, according to the columnist.

"Get a Mac with OS X unless your home-computer needs are Windows-specific, or if the fine Media Center is a must for you," he said. "You likely won't regret a Vista-PC purchase, but I'm betting you'll enjoy a Mac much more."




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  1. jpaluh

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Wow!

    Bill Gates is quoted as saying "There are chances for wows all over the product." Ok, us Mac users have been WOWED ever since OS X came out 6 years ago!

  1. tony_se1

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Imitation ?

    Can you please name me one (1) innovation of mac os x ?

  1. gambit23

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Silly tony

    You don't take an OS and try to come up with the one killer feature. The OS isn't an app, it's the foundation for apps.

    OS X's innovation lies in how it all works together and tries to stay out of your way. It's about having a solid foundation for apps, and how the apps all work together, no matter who wrote it.

    But, you asked for one innovation and I'll try my hand at this (knowing full well any response will be hotly debated.): I was super-impressed by "Cores" when I first saw it. Core audio, core image, core video, and now core animation. These built-in frameworks will make applications pretty cool to use in the future, and now.

    I also like how easily portable the OS is, and can't wait to see these technologies brought out in a way not confined by the computer itself. (The iPhone is an example of this.)

    Anyone else?

  1. Feynman

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: tony_se1

    How bout the fact that's based on UNIX, superior networking, superior graphics engine, not to mention many of the other "Core" technologies in Mac OS X. So what you ask? These features bring productivity to a whole new level. Dare I ask what your platform of choice is now? If it's a Mac, try utilizing any of the features I mentioned above and let's see how far you get....

  1. jarod

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re:tony_se1

    Why do you guys even bother answer this twit? He obviously doesn't know his head from his a** so why waste time on bandwidth on him. Let him stay in his winshit world; it's where he fits best along with everyone else that think and speak the same way.

  1. gambit23

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: jarod

    You know, flame-bait as that obviously was, I was curious as to some of your answers out there, that's why I replied. I was trying to get the ball rolling on some participation. You know, conversation?

    What is YOUR favorite OSX feature?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: tony_se1

    Um, you all list some great features of OS X, but I notice that every one of them are suited to the geeks and the programmers. If you were reviewing OS X as a user, what exactly about the Core pieces would "Wow" you? Nothing, since you wouldn't even see it (without running some other software, like iMovie, GarageBand, etc).

    How bout the fact that's based on UNIX, superior networking, superior graphics engine, not to mention many of the other "Core" technologies in Mac OS X. So what you ask? These features bring productivity to a whole new level. Dare I ask what your platform of choice is now? If it's a Mac, try utilizing any of the features I mentioned above and let's see how far you get.... Unix? Superior graphics engine? Networking? Please, share us your insights into how tony and the rest of us can utilize the above? It helps if you have apps that take advantage of it, but not something the normal user can do just by saying they can.

    So, if you all could just step out from under the hood and look at OS X up-front (like I'm sure the reviewer did with Vista), and then share the grand revolutionary features of OS X (you know, stuff like Expose, Dashboard - although it doesn't count, since they stole the existing idea from Konfabulator, etc. Me, I love how the Finder keeps changing my window dimensions, column widths, forgetting my "Calculate all sizes" settings, etc. Sure, any OS can be consistent, but Apple built a UI that keeps you guessing!

  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: imitation

    I'll answer the obvious troll. Exposť - that has changed the way I use my computer. I can't stand using a computer without it. The desktop key is by far the most useful.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Stupid question

    Ojeda-Zapata asks why users wouldn't consider Mac OS X as an alternative to upgrading from Windows XP since Windows Vista won't work properly on most older hardware anyway.

    I don't know, Julio, maybe its because (a) the computer would be cheaper (b) all their apps are windows apps, so they wouldn't have to buy all new ones to work on the Mac (c) avoiding all the trouble of having to convert files to their Mac brethern, or trying to convert files to their Mac equivalent, since there probably isn't a Mac version of most of their software.

    Or they could just save a boat-load of money and just keep their PCs running XP, since it does all they need to anyway.

    I personally don't know anyone dying for Vista. But, then again, I don't know anyone chomping at the bit for Leopard (well, not until we find out what all those killer new features that Steve promised are, of course).

  1. pascalpp

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    testudo is funny

    kind of like a g** republican

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