Mac OS X 'a real peach'

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Writing for USA Today , Edward C. Baig says Mac OS X is a real peach. While admitting he is "a fully committed, if often frustrated" Windows user, he said that he can understand why people love their Macs. He recently put Mac OS X through its paces, and calls the recent 10.1 upgrade a "polished revision" to the original release.

Testing the new operating system on a 128MB iBook, he said the 45-minute installation was a breeze compared with upgrading Windows. "The thing just worked, without any heart-wrenching crises and mysterious error codes," said Baig. He said the OS X interface is "full of razzle-dazzle."

Baig also says that Mac OS X "outplugged and outplayed Windows" with various peripherals, and he also likes iTunes -- especially its support for the MP3 format, which costs extra for users of Windows XP's Media Player software. iPod ranks as "the coolest MP3 portable I've seen," according to Baig, who also got a chance to put it through its paces. iMovie "was a pleasure" when used with a Canon digital camcorder.

Like so many Mac users, Baig's experience with Mac OS X wasn't totally without trouble -- he noted some preferences problems, and dinged AOL for not having a Mac OS X native version of its software. Baig also had some trouble with Quicken 2002 Deluxe (which does run natively on OS X).

In the end, Baig's still a Windows users, but he said that he "wouldn't mind a fling with the attractive and entertaining Mac -- and I can see how others would be as infatuated as I've become." (Thanks to MacCentral reader William Steil for info used in this article.)

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