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Thirty days with the Mac.

For the uninitiated, just ended the cloistered month of the ZDnet journalist, David Coursey, Wintel user, who set himself to use only Mac computers for thirty days in order to see if possible survive among all work and non-working needs everyday.

The good Coursey stepped into the shoes of a Tom Hanks who, as in "Cast Away", finds himself in spite of himself on a desert island forced to keep going with the means that the environment could make available to him. Or, let's see it as a transposition of the hugely successful reality show "Survivor" (only on CBS in the United States, here, was a total failure during his first season of life on Italia Uno in Bocas del Toro, off Panama), where Coursey must try to overcome arduous tests such as seeing movies on the web in standards other than QuickTime, trying to avoid all EXEs and trying to understand what SITs are, finding updates for the Mac versions of its applications, etc.The Mac computers considered were a PowerMac G3 desktop and an iBook laptop with Mac OS X and Mac OS 9.x.Coursey then turned off his Wintel PC and daily updated his audience from the radio of his editorial group. here is his account, which begins with a question: "what happens to transform from Mac voyeur to Mac user?" With Office for Mac he had no problem exchanging files with his colleagues with PC; Access doesn't exist for Mac but on the other hand has discovered that FileMaker Pro is much better; he missed FrontPage (perhaps because he didn't look for alternatives, editor's note); for the exchange of files the best solutions were Apple's iDisk (also accessible from a PC) and CD-R or Zip, but the simple creation of PDFs in Mac OS X was much appreciated; as far as e-mail is concerned, Outlook exists on Mac but Entourage liked it even more. In short, a Mac much easier to use than a Wintel for many types of use, Coursey finds that if someone is intensely involved in finance or games, a PC is still the best choice.For those who need to connect in various networks, Mac OS X is the definitive choice, also because all the necessary hardware included and integrated. As for the costs, Macs seem even higher than PCs but given the standard equipment they are absolutely competitive.Mac OS X needs a bit of training but then it is appreciated.AirPort from Apple incredibly well functioning also with other WiFi products of different brands.There are not a number of equivalent applications on Mac to those that are on PC but we also ask ourselves how many are really needed, in any case, if obliged there are Windows emulators that make up for it, of course it is an additional expense. mme a definitive answer of what is better, Coursey reserves the right to give it after long meditation. We wait impatiently.