6 posts • joined Thursday 3rd July 2008 15:12 GMT
Got both systems... considerations
I've got both systems and might say that Windows 7 improved a lot from Vista. I read recently about a "black screen of death" problem on Windows 7 but i still didn't see it. Windows 7 improves the user experience and it's visually more modern. It seems more stable in line with XP SP2.
Anyway i always read a lot of pros and cons about MacOS and decided to give a try on MacOS X Snow Leopard (bought a Macbook 13") and let me say i'm liking it a lot! It works well, very fast, great window manager and usability. It was indeed a good surprise for me. The price of the Macbook should be cheaper but paying only $28 for Mac OS X Snow Leopard OS is cheap.
Both are great products and each person should ideally try each and judge for her own. I don't think MacOS is that "scary monster and menace" that Microsoft people is afraid of and wants that 1% extra marketshare... it's greedy! But i also understand that with Windows 7 being a good product, Microsoft wants to payback and get revenge of all those Apple advertisements "Mac vs PC"! :-)
Regarding Linux, well i have also tried several recent distributions, it's OK, made a lot of progress on last years, it works really fine, a lot of FREE software available, it's closer to common consumer but without the commercial support from the main HW manufacturers it won't be a real business and won't reach the mass market.
Some other important considerations...
Petrol energy to replace wind energy when wind did not blow? I guess petrol energy won't disappear totally but the idea is to have several sources of energy especially clean ones. One thing to remember is that wind mills are dispersed geographically from north to south which means the wind don't stop blowing all at once. Another thing to remember is that a part of the energy produced no matter the source it is kept as a reserve.
Regarding the prices, well petrol will be more and more expensive also... and most comes from outside the EU but the factories need to produce the windmills employ many people in the EU...
The other side of these stories also....
Also to comment i assisted several times external power cutting situations (like some road works and a machine digging and cutting the power lines) and the Data Centre being kept running for 12+ hours with the diesel power generators and UPS, and later through the second external power line connected to a different sub-station.
5 hours to bring the systems up and running don't seem to be a catastrophic situation as probably the (business) data loss was minimal or nule and the true impact was stopping electronic business for some hours which also happens a lot with normal ATM debit payments with having these disruptions...
MS Windows emulator on z/OS...
i'm sure some company will come out one day with a MS Windows comercial emulator on z/OS!
That would be an interesting achievement and probably technically not so hard to do. But i'm not sure IBM is interested on that and neither Microsoft...
Tech diversity is good
For what i'm aware of, as any proprietary system, the risk is to control its market or disappear. I believe PSI+HP+Intel+MS tried to make the mainframe market disappear and be converted to Intel tech and i'm not sure this is a good thing in terms of technology options and diversity.
And HP has also it's own proprietary technology on Itanium and PA-RISC processors.
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