Which Operating System

Discussion in 'The Watering Hole' started by Herman, Oct 4, 2017.

  1. Herman

    Herman The Image Stimulator

    Jul 11, 2010
    The Netherlands
    Herman
    you like / use most?
    For phone, pc, wearable, tablet, etc.
    I got an i7 laptop computer (asus) running windows 10, using a 13 inch chromebook (toshiba) most.
    Looking forward to a pencil supported device for creating notes and sketches.
     
  2. theoldsmithy

    theoldsmithy SC All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jan 7, 2013
    Herefordshire, England
    Martin Connolly
    I seem to have moved in the last couple of years from Windows/Android to solid Apple (MacOS + iOS). No doubt helped by my employers’ strategic partnership with Apple, but I must say I find the Apple stuff a whole lot easier to use.
     
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  3. Herman

    Herman The Image Stimulator

    Jul 11, 2010
    The Netherlands
    Herman
    Thanks Martin for your reply.
    I never experienced iOS so far, maybe I should.
    Windows is a very time consuming software system,
    updating, restarting, scanning.
    Chrome OS has proven to me to be very reliable.
     
  4. theoldsmithy

    theoldsmithy SC All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Jan 7, 2013
    Herefordshire, England
    Martin Connolly
    MacOS needs hardly any effort to maintain. Get an all-purpose cleaner tool like Onyx, and run that once a month. Updates seem to be every couple of months at most. Restart and shutdown are very quick (especially if you have an SSD drive).
    iOS is more locked down that Android but at least nothing seems to freeze it.
     
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  5. bartjeej

    bartjeej SC Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Nov 12, 2010
    bart
    I'm not a fan of Google's privacy policies. Apple is somewhat better in that regard. Don't know about windows.
     
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  6. Herman

    Herman The Image Stimulator

    Jul 11, 2010
    The Netherlands
    Herman
    Hi Bart, which OS runs your computer?
     
  7. davidzvi

    davidzvi SC Veteran

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    Apr 18, 2014
    David
    Windows / Android. I've never been a fan of Apple / iOS and that goes back decades. I've always been a tech and tinkerer so the proprietary nature of the hardware is a big part of it.
     
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  8. Herman

    Herman The Image Stimulator

    Jul 11, 2010
    The Netherlands
    Herman
    Hi David, I am familiar to Windows and Chrome OS.
    Just wondering is it hard to get used to Android?
    I like the Lenovo Yoga Book, pencil included, halo keyboard, price tag okay.
     
  9. drd1135

    drd1135 SC Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Lexington, Virginia
    Steve
    Windows (work)/MacOS(laptop)/iOS(iStuff).
     
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  10. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    MacOS/iOS/WatchOS. They all work together very well for me, though I am not necessarily a fan of the most recent upgrades. I’m happy to keep my computers on the old file system and not have several needed apps break.

    I was a Windows user until 2003 at which point I realised I was spending more time making sure I would never get a virus, as well as getting various friends and rellies sorted... than actually using and enjoying the computer. I bought an eMac at that time and sold the Windows computer 6 months later when I hadnt even turned it on for 3-4 months. Been Mac ever since.
     
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  11. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    I vaguely remember when "using computers" was fun. If they weren't an integral part of work, I'd gladly never use one again....even though it would mean not seeing you fine folks. I'm tired of sitting hunched over a computer screen.
     
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  13. davidzvi

    davidzvi SC Veteran

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    Apr 18, 2014
    David
    Android is just on my phone and tablet.
     
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  14. john m flores

    john m flores SC All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2012
    All of them.

    Desktop/Laptop: Windows 10
    Kitchen: MacOS
    Phone: Android
    Tablet: iOS
    Watch: Wear
     
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  15. MiguelATF

    MiguelATF SC All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Aug 27, 2013
    Talent, Oregon (far from the madding crowd)
    Miguel Tejada-Flores
    MacOS for multiple desktop computers and laptops.
    Being a writer, the multiplicity of brilliant writing and outlining software for Mac OS has simply made this a no-brainer for...well, for decades.
    iOS for iPad (obviously) and iPhone. Here again, the Mac ecosystem in my experience tends to be simple, organic, and never 'gets in the way' of what I need to do or want to do.
    In terms of power and flexibility, the MacOS systems run circles around iOS but that's another story.
    Being an ancient (early adopter) Nerd from the dark ages, I have also used Windows PC's (mainly for computer and video games, which for a long time were superior on Windows machines than Macs), but finally gave up because of the endless viruses which always seemed to periodically infect and or destroy whatever Windows machine I was running. Macs are not completely immune to viruses etc. but in simple real-world terms they are superior in my experience in the sense that they almost never get infected the way my ancient PC's once did.

    I actually used MS-DOS and CP-M operating system machines before my first Mac back in the 80's which I think dates me. At the time, both CP-M and MS-DOS were so much more technically oriented and (for technophobes) daunting than the early Mac systems that it was like different universes. Today, the latest iterations of Windows OS's are actually very similar to the Mac OS's of the last decade or two, so, honestly, the differences today aren't what they once were.

    As an ancient and brilliant friend once advised me - the best computer and OS to get ... is the one which does the most things you want or need it to.

    Words to live by...even decades later.
     
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  16. davidzvi

    davidzvi SC Veteran

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    Apr 18, 2014
    David
    We had a DEC Rainbow running CP-M in the early '80s and I just sold off an old original IBM PC a few weeks ago.
     
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  17. john m flores

    john m flores SC All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2012
    What are you writing with, Miguel? I've been using Scrivener for a decade and like it a lot. I try to choose tools that are cross platform so that switching from Mac to PC is not an issue.
     
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  18. drd1135

    drd1135 SC Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Lexington, Virginia
    Steve
    I forgot WatchOS.
     
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  19. MiguelATF

    MiguelATF SC All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Aug 27, 2013
    Talent, Oregon (far from the madding crowd)
    Miguel Tejada-Flores
    I write with a few Apps that I use over and over. Scrivener for creative (story) outlining. MS Word because I pretty much have to use it to make comments on other Word files that many colleagues or business contacts use, but personally I have never liked Word (it's too bloated, with too many obscure and weird commands that are impossible to keep track of). For ordinary document writing on my Macs, almost nothing beats Nisus Writer (or the upgraded version I have: Nisus Writer Pro) - which is a combination of simple, organic, but also astoundingly powerful. It does 95% of the important stuff that Word does, and does it far better and far more enjoyably IMHO. For screenwriting, my bread-and-butter, I use both Final Draft (which seems ubiquitous) but also Movie Magic Screenwriter, which I enjoy in many ways. Those are the main ones. But unlike you, John, I don't need to worry about cross-platform switching since I'm using MacOS exclusively. Scrivener finally came out with a Windows version which I hear was eagerly awaited by scores of PC Users. Most everyone gets stuck with Word for one reason or another. And the dedicated screenwriting programs are necessary if that's what one does.
     
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  20. donlaw

    donlaw SC All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Sep 14, 2012
    Texas
    Don
    Mac user since college, now iOS with iPad and iPhone. Simple and elegant as long as you don't mind paying a bit more for the integration/hardware.
    Still tied to windows at work, but try to use it a little as possible. Personally find windows 10 to be rather bloated and non-intuitive. The office cloud system still runs on windows 7.
     
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