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New study shows that Apple's 13" MacBook Pro running Boot Camp is the most reliable Windows notebook

Apple vs. Microsoft, OS X vs. Windows -- these are comparisons that pit fanboys from each side against each other with little middle ground. The two sides have bickered for years with Windows fans bragging about lower prices and larger market share, while OS X backers cite high quality, reliable machines and the lack of significant malware penetration.
Today, however, an Israeli PC management firm has added a slight twist in the age-old Mac vs. PC debate. Between January 1st, 2013 and April 1st, 2013, Soluto monitored 150,000 notebook computers running Windows and analyzed the data from:
224,144 crashes
250,791 hangs
84,251 BSoDs
1,346,000 boot cycles
62,476 hours spent on boot
After analyzing the above data and giving each machine a "Soluto Score", the results of the study were quite surprising. The results showed that the most reliable "PC" was the 13" MacBook Pro (mid-2012 model) running Boot Camp.
Soluto attributes this victory to the fact that a MacBook Pro running a copy of Windows via Boot Camp is free of the typical bloatware that comes with a brand new Windows machine. To this point, Soluto opines, "PC makers should look at this data and aspire to ship PCs that perform just as well as a cleanly installed MacBook Pro."

To those that say that a clean install of Windows on a MacBook Pro isn't a fair comparison, Soluto offers this consolation, "One could argue that we should not compare a cleanly installed MacBook Pro with an OEM-imaged PC from Acer or Dell… But – for this first report we simply compared the real PCs in the field, some with original images and some reinstalled by their users. We believe it’s more representative of reality."
Rounding out the top five entries were the Acer Aspire E1-571, Dell XPS 13, Dell Vostro 3560, and the Acer Aspire V3-771. The 15” Retina MacBook Pro, three more Dells, and a single Lenovo entry fleshed out the top 10. Notebooks from ASUS, Samsung, Toshiba, and Samsung were nowhere to be found on the list.
ZDNET's Ed Bott reckons that the reason for the strong showings by Acer and Dell in the study is the companies’ relatively bloat-free installs, with very few third-party utilities to muck with users' computers. On the other hand, Samsung, which didn't make the list, is notorious for filling machines with needless third-party software junk.

Sources: Soluto, ZDNet

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RE: uh, what?
By nikon133 on 4/25/2013 6:43:08 PM , Rating: 2
I cannot discuss programming part as I am not programmer.

However, my wife is senior lecturer and research fellow (physical chemistry), so I have a bit on insight re that topic.

Academics are rarely DTP experts, and rarely are really good in Office apps (use of styles, for example). As such, all of them (that my wife has frequent collaboration with, that is) use MS Word for their articles and books. Apparently Word's built-in equation editor, tables, graphs etc. are enough for them to put paper together.

After Word come Excel and PowerPoint. Parallel to those, they will use specific apps like Sigma Plot and Chem Window.

There is also a bit of CorelDraw, which seems to be much easier than Illustrator for whatever drawings they cannot achieve in specialised chemical structure drawing apps.

Of course, when their files end up with actual publisher, they will be processed with whatever desktop publishing software (and hardware) being used by that publisher, but that part of work is not done by academic staff themselves, not in her environment at least.

Their lab equipment - NMR Spectroscopy, EPR... is all rigged to Windows machines.

They also use Windows network infrastructure for collaboration - Exchange, SharePoint...

My wife's PhD thesis was done on modest Toshiba Satellite 1000 (at home) and Dell desktop at Uni, between 2002 and 2005. Research gave around 600 A4 pages of text, tables, graphs. It seems to have been reasonably serious research, as part of it ended up in patented IP with good commercial potential (according to Uni's lawyers).

I'm not saying that all that could not be done on Macs. I'm just saying that all that you consider serious office work can be done (and is being done) on Windows too, as well at least.

RE: uh, what?
By chemist1 on 4/26/2013 8:55:49 PM , Rating: 2
Academics are rarely DTP experts, and rarely are really good in Office apps (use of styles, for example). As such, all of them (that my wife has frequent collaboration with, that is) use MS Word for their articles and books. Apparently Word's built-in equation editor, tables, graphs etc. are enough for them to put paper together.....

I'm not saying that all that could not be done on Macs. I'm just saying that all that you consider serious office work can be done (and is being done) on Windows too, as well at least.

Thanks for your comments. First, I should mention that while almost all of us academics do use Word, many physical scientists prefer and use LaTek for producing large technical documents. While I myself use Word extensively for simpler documents, I personally found LaTek much more powerful and stable than Word my thesis. It's also much better at handling complex equations (that's a large part of what it was originally designed for) than Equation Editor.

Also, I think you may have misunderstood my point no. 3 (and that may have been partly my fault, for not being more explicit). It certainly wasn't my intention to say you couldn't do office productivity work in Windows. Indeed, in an earlier job my colleagues and I used Word+Excel in Windows to put together three publication-ready books, and it worked fine.

What I should have said is that OSX is the most suitable OS I've found if you are doing serious office productivity tasks, where by "serious" I mean those that push the core functions of the OS's UI (which are navigation and windows management) to their limit. For the book-publishing task I mention above, at any one time it was not necessary to have more a than ~ 10 windows open. Windows is fine for this.

Now as regards my thesis, I needed to combine text, tables, equations, vectorized graphics, bibliographic cross-references, etc., into a very large (225 pages) LaTeX document. And I could have done this in Windows, if my preferred work style was to do the graphics in one session, the tables in another, the text in another, etc. However, I personally found it most efficient to do it straight through, rapidly switching back and forth as needed from graphics to calculations to text, etc. Thus I wanted to be able to rapidly access all needed material and programs as I was typing. This meant having perhaps a dozen windows open, simultaneously, in each of the following programs: Adobe Illustrator, Word, Entourage, Mathematica, Adobe Acrobat, Excel, and Safari -- plus a few Windows in each of LaTex, BibDesk (bibliographic software), and XCode (source code editor). This meant nearly 100 windows total. Ever tried to easily keep track of, and move among, 100 different windows in Windows? In OSX, however, it was easy: Using OSX's Spaces, I created four virtual desktops: I. Writing Desktop (LaTeX, BibDesk, and Word); II. Graphics/Papers Desktop (Adobe Illustrator and Acrobat); III. Calculation/Spreadsheet/Coding Desktop (Mathematica, Excel, and XCode); and IV. Internet and Email Search Desktop (Safari and Entourage). Each virtual desktop contained all windows for its assigned programs, and no others. Then, within each virtual desktop, I used OSX's Expose to explode all windows for a given program, or all windows in the virtual Desktop. Thus whenever I needed to, say, modify a vectorized graphic in my document, I'd just toggle from Desktop I to Desktop II, click the middle button on my five button mouse (yes, you don't have to use the silly Apple 1-button mouse!) to pull up a dock of the (two) programs open in Desktop II, select Illustrator, move my mouse to the upper left corner to simultaneously display all dozen or so graphics I had open in Illustrator (on a 24” monitor, they’re easily distinguishable), click on the one I wanted, modify and save it, then switch back to Desktop I.

I don't know this for certain, of course, but my guess is that your wife didn't write her thesis the way I did -- with about 100 windows open simultaneously -- which is why Windows was adequate for her purposes. And note I'm not saying my approach is any better than anyone else's -- I'm simply saying that my approach to technical writing (which is dictated by my personal preference in work style) necessitated a UI that could allow me to easily and efficiently navigate among an enormous number of open program windows. And in my experience, there's only one OS that offers this capability -- OSX.

As to the contention, by another commenter, that there are add-ons to Windows that allow it to work as well as OSX in this regard, I would need to see that demonstrated.

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