mac_shinobi (28th July 2013)
Should rtfm before I make daft posts and am wrong on all counts on that post. Apologies for that. Yes you're totally right regards to both having strengths and weaknesses
I think Im thinking of the hfs plus catalog file to allow for faster file / folder searching and still looking but not sure if os x ( hfs + ) writes data in a chronological order ( due to disk optimisation software being available such as Drive Genius )
I did find an article advising against disk optimisation( from what I understood although could be wrong ) as it would conflict with OS X 10.2 or laters routines that are in place to auto defrag etc as per below
Only way on windows to try and auto defrag / optimise is on windows 7 to schedule to do it daily or at set dates or times which isn't ideal as I prefer to defrag when
I have got no applications in use aside from the os and bacground services ie Anti-Virus etc
That ive also cleared temp files and the likes / disk cleanup etc
The better way on windows that ive found is an opensource util called ultra defrag which you can set to defrag / optimise on bootup which with rebooting quite often as I shut down at the end of each day I know it will do what it needs to do before I can use the pc so I personally prefer ultradefrag over the windows one
Last edited by mac_shinobi; 28th July 2013 at 08:51 PM.
There is only one fundamental reason for a school to buy a mac rather than a PC, and that is if you are planning to run mac only software. It's a big reason, it's a good reason, It's one I wouldn’t argue with.
If you are just using PC based software, then a MAC is a pointless waste of taxpayers money IMHO. Get a PC, save yourself 50%, and ease your support workload.
If your HOD wants mac's just "because" then he can fund the extra cost compared to a same spec PC from his capitation. See how much he "needs" a mac then.
For the record (as this is a bit of a necro now): I emailed off the PO this morning for all the machines going into the new Art & Drama block, with nary a Mac amongst them. The room in question is getting 27" 1440p IPS monitors attached to i5-4440 machines with 8GB RAM and Samsung 840 EVO SSDs for a combined cost of £635 (including five year warranty). Equivalent iMac would have been over £1300 - more than twice as much.
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Jwzg (26th March 2014)
We actually had an opposite situation at our school where we are 1-1 Mac. A coworker said we needed 15 Windows desktop computers to run our engineering academy software (Autodesk Inventor) as well as a switch and cables to outfit the room. This would have cost in the neighborhood of $15K. I simply suggested charging the students $100 a year over three years and bought them MacBook Pro's with 8GB of RAM and a BootCamp partition. Problem solved for no extra money (we already had licenses for Windows 7 installations). The co-worker wanted to go fisticuffs, LOL. I told him he could talk to my boss, and that was the end of it.
Brimstone (27th March 2014)
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