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On Wed, 05 Apr 2006 08:45:08 -0400, "Micheal H. McCabe" Well, for one thing, they mostly *do...
I'm a Mac guy myself, so I hate to have to agree with this. The user base seems to have a rather steep learning curve when it comes to moving from PC to Macintosh. The saving grace for me has been the stability of the system once they get away from all the nasty PC habits and develop the Mac mindset.
As far as the "five" operating systems in five years, I'm not sure that's a fair buttessment. The underlying BSD kernal hasn't really changed much since Y2K. The user interface hasn't had any significant changes in years. Even the switch to Intel processors has been pretty transparent to the end-user.
I still manage to keep a network of old 68030-68040 machines online while talking to early PowerPC machines and a couple of "Modern" systems. The most reliable machines seem to be the G3-G4 machines running either OS 9.1 or the OSX 2.x vintage systems. The 68040's tend to crash a little more often and the OSX "Tiger" systems seem to require some handholding for the users.
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posted something that included: Most of them use generators to recharge their batteries. If they have a cash register, it's run off an inverter. Amish are NOT Luddites...
Still, nothing that I do with the Macintosh is as horrible as the trials and tribulations of the PC world.
Speaking of Amish Hosting: Our public library (Springboro, PA Pop. 800) just installed a couple of generic PC's with DSL for the mbuttes to play with. They've got them locked down pretty good with the buttorted "security" and "net-nanny" applications, so they're actually working about 40% of the time. Some of the biggest users turn out to be the youngsters of the local "plain people." Turns out that email really is a person app for the folks around here with "no phone, no lights, no motor cars."
-- Micheal H. McCabe
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On Thu, 06 Apr 2006 07:31:04 -0400, Donald Tees TWIAVBP You don't need electricity in order to have refrigeration. There are at least 17 different plain sects here...