June 13, 2007
Dear CNET members,
Set your alarm clocks, because I have some great news! Starting tomorrow, each Thursday from 11 a.m. to noon PT, we will host a CNET live chat event right here in the forums called "CNET Ask the Editors Live!"--where you'll have the opportunity to ask our CNET editors your burning tech questions. We'll cover a new topic each week, from cell phones to TVs. So get those tech questions ready and join us! First up for June 14 at 11 a.m. is CNET Senior Editor Donald Bell, who will answer all your MP3 player and audio questions. Have fun and see you during the live event! Now let's hit on this week's hot topic. Earlier this week Apple released a beta version of its Safari Web browser for Windows. Now, you're either pumping your fist with excitement or you're rolling your eyes, saying, "Who cares?" Whichever your position is on this announcement, I wanted to bring your attention to a Daily Download blog entry by CNET Editor Rafe Needleman titled "Mac apps on Windows suck. Here's why." Rafe goes on to explain why he thinks Mac apps like iTunes and now Safari are a good marketing platform to sell more Macs, but less-than-desired Windows apps. I know what Rafe has to say, but what do you think? This blog entry has our members lined up to give Rafe either a piece of their mind or to praise him for such a post. So check out what our members are saying. And when you're ready, post your opinions. I know he's reading your comments. This topic is getting pretty heated, but please, folks, keep your opinions civil and explain exactly why you agree or disagree with Rafe. Thanks!
This week's hot topic:
What do you think of Mac apps on Windows?
In one of CNET Editor Rafe Needleman's latest blog entries, he brings to our attention the reasons why he thinks Mac apps on Windows stink. When this entry was published, a number of members were quick to get on the saddle to speak their minds with him.
"Yet another post about Apple products..."
"I would like to thank you, Rafe Needleman, for pointing out the obvious flaws of a program that is still in BETA, which I am currently using to type this post. Now I know you are relatively informed on a diverse array of subject matter due to your appearances on the Real Deal podcast, but I still don't understand why you are so 'upset' with the shortcomings of Apple..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member GPcorey25"Precisions..."
"First of all, there's something which seems to have been forgotten here: There's no need to insult each other. So, the problem submitted here is (to my humble opinion) quite a global problem. I've rarely seen any port of software run half as well as the core version. Now, I don't say there aren't any, just not many. This is true for any release, as much for Apple..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member erelwin"Don't fight"
"Honestly, being exposed to both OS for over 5 years now, I find it that both platforms have their own advantages and disadvantages, and sometimes these things do overlap. With some exceptions like the iPod, the PC requires iTunes since it's the only efficient way to sync the iPod with the computer. If ever Windows gets to produce a similar Windows..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member alvansonsoSpeak up!
Now it's your turn to voice your agreement or disagreement with Rafe. Do you think Mac apps on Windows are pure junk, or do you think they are great and give you another reason to consider moving to Mac in the near future? Whatever your reasoning, share it with us in this discussion. (Please keep your opinions civil. Thanks!)
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