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Good for SFX. At UNBSJ this summer it was the same old 'we don't wnna know' crap... "Smart" theatres require a booster to get adequate audio, because audio inputs have to be protected from potential over-driving from some PC audio outputs, putting the socially responsible Apple levels at a disadvantage. I could not use the uni's line printers because the don't have the Novell client for Mac...
 

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From the point of view of 'academic freedom', all Mac is as bad as all PC. Whatever happened to the concept of the "best tool for the job"? At Carleton, on the academic side, we run a pretty much plain vanilla IP standards network. IT doesn't support Mac, but the who needs them? On the admin side, it is Windows all the way.
 

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From the point of view of 'academic freedom', all Mac is as bad as all PC. Whatever happened to the concept of the "best tool for the job"? At Carleton, on the academic side, we run a pretty much plain vanilla IP standards network. IT doesn't support Mac, but the who needs them? On the admin side, it is Windows all the way.
I wonder if the STFX IT dept. will permit those who are die-hard Wintel types to boot Windows-only on their Macs?
 

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First "X Rings." "X Men/Women" sports teams. Now OS X! How does this university get any better? :D
 

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From the point of view of 'academic freedom', all Mac is as bad as all PC. Whatever happened to the concept of the "best tool for the job"? At Carleton, on the academic side, we run a pretty much plain vanilla IP standards network. IT doesn't support Mac, but the who needs them? On the admin side, it is Windows all the way.
Re: Academic freedom, Simon Fraser University just upgraded some of its Mac labs to the new Intels. They're OSX by default, but with one double-click you're running Windows in Parallels. Choose your tool and use it without having to hunt for a specific computer. And, no; Linux isn't generally available because of issues of support and a lack of interest from all parties.

So they aren't the best for playing Windows games, but that's generally discouraged in the labs anyway... except solitaire. That just never get old :D
 

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Very scary indeed. Good luck to their IT department. Some things Macs just can't do, so their IT people will now have to deal with Windows on Mac issues.
I'm sure there are "things" a Mac can't do, but how relevant are they?

Our company of 40 000 employees at the time was all on Macs until some executive (no executive will admit to it now) decided to go with PCs and Windows.
The result was much lower productivity, a lot of unhappy employees and an increase in the IT department from 1 person (at a 1500 employee location) to 6 and even they can't keep up with the support demand.

The rationale at the time was that Windows was cheaper and less effort to maintain - that sure turned out to be dead wrong!
 
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