[LINK] Apple Users -- Not so good, good, great, perfect etc?
Mon, 4 Mar 2002 11:03:37 +1100
To replace Excel under OSX have a look at Mesa. Some very
interesting functions. And seems to be more productive than Excel at
the bases tasks. The 80/20 rule would imply this is where most people
spend most of their time anyway. Charts look good too.
.At 11:17 AM +1200 4/3/02, Carl Makin wrote:
>On Sat, 2002-03-02 at 01:27, Patrick Corliss wrote:
>> I know all you nice people use Linux and stuff unlike my M$
>>Windows 98, but I
>> wonder do we have any Apple users here and if so, what are their thoughts?
>I run MacOS and FreeBSD as my two main OSes. I use FreeBSD as a server
>and unix workstation both at work and at home. My family use Powermacs
>at home although I'm having a tough time weaning my wife off Word. :)
>About the only Microsoft application I'll support is Excel, and then
>only for it's graphing functions which neither Appleworks nor any of the
>open sources efforts have been able to replicate yet. When they do I'll
>I have a Powermac 6100 that the kids use. I installed it 12 months ago
>for them and haven't had to touch it since. My kids are 4 and 6 yrs old
>and are quite able to navigate between the various kids cds, KidPix and
>Clarisworks (they like the drawing package in Clarisworks).
>There are one or two windows applications that I occasionally have to
>run, however fortunately WINE under FreeBSD runs them quite well. The
>last time I booted windows on my pc workstation was so the Telstra guy
>could install the ADSL line. As soon as he left I copied the parameters
>across to my FreeBSD firewall and rebooted the workstation back into
>So the answer is "insanely great". I run MacOS X on my G3 laptop and
>MacOS 9 and 8.5 on the other macs in the place and wouldn't change over
>to a windows based system for any money. The only virus I've had to deal
>with in the past 6 years was a word macro virus on my wife's machine.
>Unfortunately it's not so enlightened at work. They are locking
>themselves, like most government departments, deeper and deeper into the
>windows desktop and microsoft dependence. It's viewed as "just doing
>what the rest of the industry is doing" and "best practice", and worst
>of all "because we only have windows it is ok to write applications that
>only work with windows" which, unfortunately, becomes the norm for our
>client applications as well. Government online is mostly "online if you
>are running internet explorer, too bad if you're not".
>Well, that's my whinge for the day. :)
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