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Old 01-06-2017, 09:47 AM   #61
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Interesting discussion. In my experience as a software developer for 35 years, it really doesn't matter which platform you choose, as long as the platform delivers what you expect it to. In my lab at home I have Windows 7 and 10, Redhat Linux 4.6 and 7.0, z/OS, and z/VM. I think at last count I had between 5 and 6 IBM / Lenovo Thinkpads, 2 Macbook Pros, a Macbook Air, 2 Ipads an iPhone 6+ and a Galaxy 6 Edge. Add to that too many VMWare virtual machines to count. Of all of those, I use the Macbook Air every day and one of the Thinkpads occasionally. DW uses her iPad for most everything except for one application that has to run on her Windows 7 Thinkpad. Honestly, unless you do hardcore software development as I do, an iPad probably does 95% of everything most people need.

It is much more important to consider what goes into the platform than who actually makes it. I always recommend maxing out the memory and CPU. I can't count how many times a friend will ask me why their computer/ tablet/ phone is so slow and I find out they have 1GB or less of memory. CPU also makes a big difference. Except for some very special cases, faster is always better. More cores are always better. ie. a quad core processor is always better than a core 2 duo. A solid state storage device can make a HUGE difference when compared to a spinning disk. These days most network adapters aren't an issue, however, some of the older devices that still have 10MG adapters can be a bottleneck.

Truthfully, I could probably get by with a tablet. They are light weight and the late models are strong enough to do most everything you would need. For me, I don't think I will ever get rid of my Mac just because I like the keyboard and mouse.
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Old 01-06-2017, 09:57 AM   #62
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It was very expensive and didn't do anything better or different than a much less expensive laptop. Also, my wife likes to do crosswords on line and when she accesses most of the sites she uses, it would come up saying that there was a 'plug in' missing.
That is just setting up for your use. Just install plugins as required for programs you run.
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