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Frank Ippolito <[log in to unmask]>
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SciArt-L Discussion List-for Natural Science Illustration- <[log in to unmask]>
Mon, 22 Dec 1997 11:17:49 -0500
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>>I really think
the platform issue is a diminishing one, especially since companies with
foresight and savvy such as Adobe Systems have made cross platform files a
reality.  The tow sides will be blending so that by the millennium they will
be nigh indistinguishable.<<

I agree, Chris. It's a little scary to see how quick this is all falling
into place. SGI has aligned itself with a NT solution, and there was a
recent joint announcement that states that SGI and Microsoft will be
targeting the desktop together. The result will be extremely high end (by
today's standards) 3D graphics on each computer.

>>I know a few people who work (or have worked) at Apple, and a number of
people THERE use NT systems! <<

I believe there was an official announcement on this too stating that NT
will be used for all networks there.

>>I remember when all the Mac users on my team were going to
System 8.0<<

Well upgrading to NT is not exactly a picnic either. And until the
universal driver architecture becomes a reality with 5.0, there is plenty
of issues with printer drivers and such (the main reason for my dual boot
with 3.1). Computers are not yet the equivalent of home appliances. Amen.

>>Even the developers I work with say that they want to go
over to NT because Apple is so uncooperative and insouciant about their
customers' woes.<<

This is a valid gripe. It seems that slowly, the company is burning the
bridges that have been the foundation for its success for years. Too bad.

>>With NT you get more power for your buck--everything Windows is cheaper that

With recent price slashes, this is less so. But I have a suspicion that
prices alone will not be the driving factor in whether people will move
towards MAC or away. Outside of the graphics industry, there is continuing
erosion of confidence in the company. They have a lot of work ahead of them.


Frank Ippolito    [log in to unmask]
American Museum of Natural History

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