Apple V.S. PC, Operating Systems

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When you buy either an Apple computer or a PC, you will have a different operating system (OS) on each. These two operating systems are good for different tasks. When you buy an Apple computer, you will get many cool programs like imovie, iphoto, garage band, and many more. You will be able to edit and make movies with imovie. Imovie has good special effects, music, and is easy to use.  You will be able to edit sound files, record, and mix different music, with garage band. If you have a lot of pictures, you can store them in iphoto. Iphoto makes your pictures easy to find and edit. Apple computers also have their own E-mail program, internet browser, and photo booth. These are very helpful programs used for editing and making media projects. Apple computers have a feature that lets you share your creations with other programs. If you choose to share, you will be able to convert your movie or creation into many different formats. You can convert it to ipod format, quick time, and many other programs or formats without installing any 3rd party software. There is also a program called dashboard, which has different widgets. These widgets have different features, such as showing the stocks or the weather. Now with Windows, you will notice its lack of features and programs. When you buy a windows computer, you will not have Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, or any other software. You will just have windows movie maker and windows media player. So since there are no programs with a PC you will have to go out and buy programs or buy them included with your PC. This will cost you extra! A good thing about PC's is that their operating system is very familiar to everyone. You will be able to get right on your computer and have fun. Where as when you get an Apple computer, you might have to learn a few things, but I don't think this will be a big deal. Windows has just started to incorporate widgets into there OS. Where do you think they got them from? Well Apple's OS has had them for a long time. Another thing in windows, that is really annoying is that when you set up your internet connection, you have to do a lot of work. If you are new to computers this can take a really long time. When you have an Apple computer, it sets up your internet connection immediately! This saves a lot of work for you. One very good thing about Windows is that most programs made for computers are for PC's. So most of the software out there is for PC's and not for Apple computers. These are just some of the high points and low points of these operating systems.

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Static IP and Dynamic IP

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An IP addresses is an identification number for your computer given to you by your internet service provider(ISP). There are two types of IP addresses. One is static and one is dynamic. A static IP address is a permanent address and it never changes. There are only a certain amount of static IP addresses that an ISP gives out. When they run out of these addresses, they have a pool of other IP addresses that aren't static. When someone logs onto the internet the ISP picks a random IP address and gives it to that person. This IP address lasts only for a certain amount of time or for the time that they are online. This is called a Dynamic IP, and if you have this kind of IP address you will have a different address every time you log onto the internet.  A static IP address is good because you will always have the same IP address and you will always know which IP is yours. It is also good to have a static IP address, because if you want to become a host for an online game you will need a static IP. This is because your IP address will keep changing if it is dynamic. This is a problem because other people or players will not know which IP address to use to get into your server. If you want to check which type of IP address you have, click on start. Then click on "run" in the menu. Then a box will come up that asks what to run. Then type in: cmd. Then a black screen will come up, then you will need to type: ipconfig/all. After typing this, information will show up telling you your IP address. Now all you have to do is go on and off of the internet and check your IP address. If it changes you have a dynamic IP address. If your IP stays the same you have a static IP address.

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Apple Hardware V.S. PC Hardware

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Apple computers and PC's use some of the same hardware such as their processors, but they have mostly different hardware. When using a PC you can only run windows on it. On an Apple computer you can run Windows and OSX. (OSX is an Apple computers OS) This is because of their hardware. Apple's hardware can support both operating systems if you use their boot camp program. This lets you choose which operating system (OS) you want to use when it boots up. This is a very nice feature. On the other hand windows doesn't make a program for this. This is one of the downfalls of PC hardware. A good thing about PC hardware is that you can change parts and customize it yourself... If you know what you are doing! On the other hand with Apple computers you don't have a choice. This is a very nice thing for PC's because you can make your computer really fast and customize it for your needs. Also if one of your parts dies in your Apple computer you can't just buy a new one and swap them. You will need to send it into the shop for them to repair. This can cost more money than if you just fixed it yourself. I have had a Macbook for a while now and it has overheated more than once, the hard drive got broken, the keyboard broke, and the Ram also had to be replaced. From these experiences I can begin to think that Apple's hardware has some kinks in it! This is another strong point for PC's because it seems their hardware doesn't die so easily. Another problem is that when you buy an Apple computer they are so much more expensive than regular PC's. If you were to customize your PC you could make it as good or better for a lower price. You can't do this with an Apple computer. This is bad because an Apple computer has so many good features but they are really expensive. I have played games on Apple computers and their laptops are really bad for gaming. They have a low frame per second (FPS). This is how many frames are shown in a game per second. If this is low then the game seems as if it is skipping. With a PC if you have a decent video card you can get a much higher fps. Another thing to note is that if you plan on over-clocking with you computer don't use an Apple computer. Over-clocking is when you make you video card, ram, or processor work faster than normal. You shouldn't do it with an Apple computer because there aren't many programs or guides on how to do this. Also Apple doesn't want you to over-clock. On a PC you can do this a lot easier. Also if you change settings on your Apple laptop or computer you could void the warranty! On an Apple computer the thing I like the best is that they are a lot faster than PC's! They boot up really quick and are just really fast. So if you plan on getting a computer that is good for gaming, is low priced, and that can be customized you should stick with a PC. If you a computer with multiple OS's and cool features you should get an Apple computer. Share you opinion on this article by leaving a comment!

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