Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Building with Rock

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Building with Rock

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As the parable goes, a wise man once built his house upon a rock, and a foolish man built his house upon the sand.

When the rains came down, the wise man's house stood firm, and the foolish man's house went "splat!"

The same theory applies to computers. If you build your computer on a firm base -- a firm operating system -- then the more stable the computer will be. Basically, there are eight standard operating systems: MS-DOS, Windows 3.1, Windows 95, Windows NT, MacOS, UNIX, OS/2 Warp and the UNIX-flavors. The first four, the Microsoft operating systems, are the most used and marketed of them all. DOS was the beginning of the Microsoft realm. From there it went to Windows and Windows 95. Windows NT is the administration and server operating system of Microsoft. It is quickly becoming a contender in the Web-server business. MacOS is the ever-changing operating system for the Macintosh computers and the Mac clones. OS/2 Warp is an up-and-coming competitor in the OS wars, produced by IBM. And then there is Unix. Unix is one of the first operating systems ever built, and 80 percent of the Web servers are Unix or Unix-flavors. Unix-flavors denotes a clone of Unix, but these are freeware and may be downloaded from specific Internet sites, or purchased at a minimal cost from a few distributors. Unix is a complex OS, with its own "window" environment called "X- Windows," a C-compiler, and true multi-tasking. Now that we know the names of the players, let's look at a few of the contenders. The big three The MacOS is the easiest operating system out there. Point and click. The problem with Macs is that they have been grossly outmarketed in the personal computing world by Microsoft. There is also the problem that Macs have been more expensive than a PC. The reason is Macs give you a full system. On a PC, you have to keep adding components until you have the perfect system. …

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