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  • Brent 08:22 on May 16, 2011 Permalink |
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    Dearest Mom! 

    I heard that your old computer made it to its judgment day. Because buying a new computer can be a great fresh start for you, why not change your operating system as well, because that was the cause of the failure for your last computer.
    Right now, there are only two possible alternatives to windows. One is Mac OS X from Apple and the other is Ubuntu (Linux). The popular opinion would suggest that you should Mac because of its reputation and that it’s just fancy looking. Because I am quite a hipster I
    would actually advise you to get Linux. Why should you trust my judgment you ask, well cause I am you son and I actually have some good points, which prove why getting Ubuntu is better.One of the best things about Ubuntu is, that you can actually get it for free and put it in any PC that you choose. Though Mac OS is not so expensive itself, it requires an Apple computer and those things are very expensive and if anything was to happen to Apple (evil)corporation then this would make Apple and thus Mac OS users’ life really hard. Ubuntu is also easy to install, just like an ordinary program, you just download it and install, it itself takes care of the rest.
    Also I understand, that moving from one OS to another is difficult and that is why Ubuntu can be downloaded onto a Windows and work parallel with it, so you can switch from Windows to Ubunutu whenever you like and if you then notice that you don’t like it, you can just delete Ubuntu and keep Windows. This is something that you cannot do with a Mac, cause if you have a Mac you are stuck with it.

    • Paavo Viilup 11:01 on May 16, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      What are you actually suggesting then?

      Windows can also run on Macs via Bootcamp. Ubuntu can’t really run parallel (in real-time) to Windows. Also, there would be no point in doing that.

      Ironically enough, most mothers buy computers based on their sons’ opinions just because it’s their sons’ opinion (no logic required).

  • alex 19:48 on May 15, 2011 Permalink |
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    Windows over Linux 

    As I understand the temptation of buying a Linux seems to be exceedingly great but do not make the decision yet. There are other operating systems that are far better than a Linux. I would like to take this opportunity and talk about the magical world that is Windows. I will cover all the points why Windows is better so that the decision will not be a horrible one.

    The first reason why it is not wise to choose Linux is the different distributions. Meaning that Linux has very many different versions with various options created for specific purposes. So if you are not sure what you want to do with the OS then installing a Windows will save you a lot of time and headaches. Secondly configuring the desktop and overall settings is quite difficult on it if a person is not well educated on the Linux OS. Again to avoid any problems and misunderstandings the safest choice would be Windows. Another factor that may confuse a beginner Linux user is software installation. Namely the Linux system functions on the principle that it has sources instead of setup files. This always astounds new Linux users that they cannot find the setup files and ask for help on forums. The lack of suitable hardware drivers is also a source of migraines for most users. This is a problem which does not occur on a Windows. I believe that the worst thing on Linux is that it does not have codec’s automatically installed to listen to music file formats such as MP3, WMA and others. To install these codec’s manually is a real pain best to avoid. As I mentioned above the difficulty of installing software then there is also a obstacle in getting the software. As cruel fate would have it then most new software are only available to Windows platforms which means that Linux users have to spend their time on finding replacement programs for those that are not available. If you run into any of these problems and are hoping to get help from your acquaintances who maybe know something about Linux then it may happen that they don’t know anything about it. On the other hand if you had a Windows OS you would get immediate help because most people are familiar with the features of Windows. If the aim is to have a OS up in a flash without any vast amounts of research then the best option would be to get a Windows. This prevents any problems in understanding how things work and is easy to use.

    In conclusion I think that these points should be taken into consideration in making this sort of important decision. In my opinion the only right choice would be to go with a Windows. It is more user-friendly and more common nowadays.

    • Paavo Viilup 10:49 on May 16, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Ironically enough, you don’t have to buy Linux, just the computer, whereas you essentially have to buy Windows in case you wish to use it with your new computer.

      As far as argumentation goes, you hit the jackpot with the distro and update shenanigans.

      Yet, grammar is a bit off, unfortunately.

  • Erik-Silver Toomere 14:16 on May 15, 2011 Permalink |
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    Letter from: High Officer Michael, to: parental Unit no. 1 

    Dear Mother,

    I have acquired intelligence material from trusted sources that inform me of a rather worrying fact. Indeed, I am talking about your current operation to aqcuire a new personal computer – and I know you want a Windows-based Operating System. As your son I have to reprimand you for even coming up with the mental capacity to perform such an erroneous thought-crime. Luckily I have not let the scandal reach mass media nor higher echelons of power. It also hurts me that you have refused all means of verbal communication and thus I now have to spend my valuable time to write this letter. As a High Officer of the Skeleton-Formerly-Known-As-Steve-Jobs Local Authority Station 7 it is my great pride to introduce you to the cause that I follow.

    I have done some research on your daily habbits and have decided on a computer that will suit your needs: the MacBook Pro. The MacBook Pro with a 17-inch screen. Excellent for reading your email and playing Facebook games. It is also neatly designed and I have managed to get the cost down to only 999.99 Steve-Jobsian-Credits. A bargain! Refrain from similar future mistakes or I am afraid the worst may happen.

    You have found this letter highly informative,
    Your Son

    • Paavo Viilup 10:44 on May 16, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Less flash fiction, more actual content, please. For creative writing, you get a 7, for an ITGS essay much less.

      Indeed, it hard to find any actual content, because a 17-inch Macbook Pro is hardly something a regular mother would need.

  • Silver 19:25 on May 12, 2011 Permalink |
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    Windows OS, adverisements for mothers 

    For centuries, the noble mind of the fragile human has wondered: is the Windows operating system better than the Linux operating system? In the following piece of writing, uncoordinated streams of light shall be shed upon the question.
    As this is the age of technology and this is why mothers of various ages are becoming more aware of the wonders that wait beyond the humming and rather mysterious box that sits firmly under the desk. So from this moment on, I declare it my duty to inform all mothers, why the Windows operating system is best for taking the first steps in the world of computer technology.

    Firstly, mothers, as newcomers, will find it fairly to get started by following a few simple steps that lead them through the installation process of Windows OS. This is achieved by a guiding and user friendly interface, that compared to the level of difficulty of Linux, is like comparing a carefully polished glass sphere with a rough rock. No research is required, Windows comes packed and ready.
    Secondly, since Windows OS is the most popular operating system used today, mothers will find it easy to get help, if any is required, from more experienced friends and relatives. This kind of peer help, is something that will make it easy for moms to tackle easy problems. If any serious problems occur, contradictory to Linux, Windows OS has a Customer Service that will kindly aid any mothers in need.
    Thirdly, should an active mother of the computer age be confused with various software malfunctions, such as programs not working or music not recognised? No, that is why Windows dominates over Linux, as it has, on top of frequent updates, all the supported software and drivers, that one could need for work of any kind.
    Furthermore, as we are thankful to our mothers, we wish them the best in everything. This also applies to interactive media and text editing. As the Windows OS supports ,genuine, top of the line games and text editing software such as “Microsoft Office”, it has a sure advantage over Linux, which has to deal with cheap rip-offs of the originals such as “Open Office”.

    So, if you love yourself and others, get Windows OS. Because it may or may not save a puppy every time you do so.

    • Paavo Viilup 10:42 on May 16, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Interesting prose, but surely many Linux distros have a neat graphical installation wizard by now. Also, most desktop distros take care of critical updates in the background.

      In the end, what remains is the prose with some tidbits of information thrown in.

  • Sander 15:04 on May 12, 2011 Permalink |
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    Dearest mother… 

    You told me about your decision to buy a new PC. Please read the following and consider repenting. You have a brilliant chance to try out something new. You haven’t seemed to opposed to the idea of using a Mac, so I’m going to run down some points you should consider before buying a new computer.
    First is simplicity. You really can’t find a simpler computer than a mac. Mac computers are known world wide for their ease of use and simple GUI. There just aren’t as many things to worry about. Also, there are instructional videos for just about everything on the Apple website.Based purely on videos alone, you’ll have to use the customer support line much much less. Aside from that, pretty much everything works out of the box, including a good web browser. In addition, most other necessities are packed in with iLife and iWork. These two handle pretty much everything concerned with work and media browsing. There will be pretty much everything from making spreadsheets to editing photos, all simply accessible from the toolbar. This means no more messing around with tedious third party software.

    Second, there are no viruses. Macs are well known for not having to deal with viruses, which are a menace on normal PC computers. Macs have a simple and non-intrusive defense system, which protects the computer from almost all viruses there are. Additionally, it will keep you safe while browsing the web. That includes making sure you’re logged out of everywhere, and even helping you think up better passwords. Another important thing to keep in mind, is that it doesn’t pester the user to update one’s software or regularly perform scans which slow the computer down to a crawl. A  PC simply can’t compete with a Mac on this front.

    Thirdly, customer service. Your reason for even buying a new computer is probably that the stingy customer support at Lenovo has sent you  away. Now, if it were a Mac, you’d probably have the problem fixed by now. The word renowned Apple customer support service is world renowned for a reason. Aside from the top-notch customer support lines, an Apple retailer will most probably take in a broken Mac and repair or replace it, no questions asked. So, even if you DO have some issue that can’t be fixed by using the Internet, the customer support at Apple will most certainly help you out of a pinch.

    From a mother’s point of view, a Mac would most definitely be  a better choice. Overall it is a reliable computer, with the simplest operating system, and even if there is anything you can’t figure out, there are always video guides on the Apple site. Aside from that, there aren’t as many safety issues as there are on a PC. The defense software is reliable and non-intrusive. And if that is not enough, the award winning customer service should certainly help you decide whether your new computer  should be a Mac.

    • Silver 19:28 on May 12, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      “Macs are well known for not having to deal with viruses, which are a menace on normal PC computers.”
      – are you refering that Macs are ABNORMAL ? 😀 Hmmm….

      • Sander 19:32 on May 12, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Nope, I’m referring* to* Macs NOT being PCs

        • Silver 19:33 on May 12, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Pc = normal
          -INF < Mac <normal

          • Silver 19:34 on May 12, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            I KEED

          • Sander 19:36 on May 12, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Normal :according with, constituting, or not deviating from a norm, rule, or principle.
            PC= normal= it has viruses.
            Nice try, kiddo

            • Silver 20:02 on May 12, 2011 Permalink

              So when Mac has less viruses and viruses = normal
              Mac < normal ? 😀
              I’m getting it right, right?

              & do mind the comment above

      • Sander 20:12 on May 12, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        What are you even saying?

      • Sander 20:15 on May 12, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Also, you realize that the world “abnormal” doesn’t mean that it is below normal, right?

    • Paavo Viilup 10:39 on May 16, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      They say the customer service for Macs in Estonia is pretty bad sometimes, so I’m not certain the renowned part is true for us. Then again, neither is it true for Lenovo.

  • Taavi 19:29 on May 11, 2011 Permalink |
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    mac in tosh vs. personal computer with Linux 

    When computers cross with mothers then there is no doubt what operating system to choose. It is because mother’s use computer for searching info, communicating and paying bills online. As can be seen from the last word these all are ONLINE thus platform independent meaning there is no difference what OS to choose. Though there is only one thing that makes the difference for an ordinary mom. It is the fact that the only platform based application they use is a document editing software which does not require much computing power. So when it comes to choosing between Mac and PC with Linux, then there is no essential difference between them for mothers as they do not use the fancy extra properties that each of them might include. As it comes down to word processors then Linux has an advantage of the software called Wine which allows to run Windows applications thus allowing the mother use her favoured MS Office. There is though a native version of MS Office for Macs but it does not have all the capabilities of the one available on Windows and Linux through Wine. So Linux has the head start.
    Though Linux has better usability for mother’s there is the design that comes to the rescue for Mac. We all know that Mac’s are considered to be the best looking computers available. But when it comes to looks there is also money involved. So one must ask the question: do you need an accessory that has no actual purpose? Or is it really worth the pointless waste of money just to show off to your friends that you have someone’s bitten apple on your computer. The answer is NO, as the mother with a regular PC with Linux can buy jewellery for the money they saved by doing the right decision. So as you might have just understood from the hints that it is MONEY that makes the difference between a Mac and a PC with Linux. Linux is free and is constantly updated whereas Mac OS X costs a fortune and the only update you get is when you upgrade to a newer version which also costs a fortune. So by choosing Linux you get better for free. And what is even better is that PCs are on sale all the time, and what is better for a mother than a red label stating 30% off. It is an immediate magnet for moms, so when it comes to choosing between Mac and PC with Linux you should first check your purse then the jewellery then the Mac then the PC then the jewellery again then the Mac then the jewellery again and make your decision: SMALL & STUNNING or BIG & FANCY.

    • Paavo Viilup 09:58 on May 12, 2011 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Macs vs Mac’s? The first is in the plural, the second in the possessive case.

      Also: So one must ask the question do you need an accessory that has no actual purpose. -> So one must ask the question: do you need an accessory that has no actual purpose?

      Other minor language things as well.

      Additionally, Mac OS X is not THAT expensive, the computer is though, although you always have to consider what you actually get with it and so on, but the basic idea of cost is certainly valid when comparing Macs with Linux-based PCs.

      And the jewellery argument would actually work on moms, I guess. Although a Mac is also a great giant jewel, in a way 😀

  • Paavo Viilup 07:01 on May 9, 2011 Permalink |
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    Monday task 2 

    Yesterday, your Mom announced that she is going to get a new computer. Also, a reality lapse occurred and there are now three possible strains of the future:

    1) Your Mom wants to get a Mac and you have to convince her to get a PC with Linux. (Brent, Taavi)
    2) Your Mom wants to get a PC with Windows and you have to convince her to get a Mac. (Sander, Erik)
    3) Your Mom wants to get a PC with Linux and you have to convince her to get a PC with Windows. (Alex, Silver

    (we’ll randomly divide the topics in class, two people per topic)

    Because your Mom won’t listen to verbal reasoning, you have to write an essay-ish text to convince her.

    Please tag it mondaytask2.

    Due date is May 12 (Thursday).

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