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Operating systems. In this article, we are going to make a comparison between Mac and the Windows operating systems. First, lets us see that how a common user can differentiate these two operating systems.

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Operating systems can be compared on the basis of their various features. In this article, we are going to make a comparison between Mac and the Windows operating systems. First, lets us see that how a common user can differentiate these two operating systems. What Windows has and Mac doesn't have: � Larger software directory � Best for custom built computers � Lower cost when used with customized pc Shortfalls of Windows over Mac � More prone to viruses, bugs, malwares, spywares and spam wares with low stability as compared to Mac � Costs more in the long run as certain hardware updates cost more money � Poor GUI and productivity. Mac can perform twice or thrice faster than Windows as it does not require you to wait for a process to end for an infinite period of time What Mac has and Windows does not have: � Better GUI � It costs just $129 to upgrade Leopard with all features available for use. ...read more.

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A file system performs several jobs. They manages the hard drive for file type support, file storage, assignment of blocks of disk space and organization of these blocks, and insuring the integrity of the data stored on the disk. For instance, when a hard drive is formatted by a file system, every part of drive is assigned with sections of hard drive and at least one block is allowed for a file to be used i.e. every block is one of 2^32nd power block, and the file system supports up to 8 exabytes of file volume of the file. HFS+ is also known as jounraled FS. Before making changes to any file or part of file, it writes those changes to a special file called journel. This makes the recovery of lost file easier e.g. if a file is lost due to a sudden change such as power failure, the system just returns to the journel and reads the previous status to recover the file. ...read more.

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Windows uses the NTFS file system which is a security-oriented and journaled file system. This file system has many specialized features like Disk Quotas (the administrator can allocate limited disk space to individual users), Alternate Data Streams (in which a file can be associated with other files without mentioning in the original file) and file shadowing (in which a file is copied whenever new replacement is saved). Windows also makes use of the POSIX file system calls. This system of system calls helps the operating system to manage the threads under processing. But as there are other mechanisms for application management working side by side, Windows become more prone to system hands due to the deadlocks among the threads under processing. To facilitate the user and make its use easier, Windows provides the user with a greater degree of control over the processes and applications running on the computer. For that reason, user find this operating system more convenient to use and learn and this is also the main reason of its popularity particularly in the countries where English is not a native language. ...read more.

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The article starts off well with the use of the bullet pointed list explaining the various benefits and shortfalls of both Windows and Mac OS. This is a really good way of presenting comparisons and had this been extended, ...

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The article starts off well with the use of the bullet pointed list explaining the various benefits and shortfalls of both Windows and Mac OS. This is a really good way of presenting comparisons and had this been extended, the article would be much better.

There are some assumptions made without evidence to back up the claims. For example, the comment about Mac OS being faster could have been improved by mentioning benchmarks for both operating systems. Adding references in areas such as this would make the article stronger. Some of the information given seems biased and is based on assumptions rather than facts.

The descriptions of each of the operating systems without further comparison adds little to the question being asked but does add background; giving a little more comparison throughout this section would improve it and would make it fit better into the article.

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The question has been approached but the level of analysis is quite odd. The article starts with vague bullet points without clarification or further details and then moves into quite detailed descriptions of the operating systems.

Finding a balanced middle ground between both of these areas is vital to avoid offering too many superficial details or overly technical waffle.

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The writing style is quite simple and it’s quite clunky with limited flow between sentences. Some of the language is quite informal, the use of the word ‘peep’ doesn’t fit the tone of the rest of the article and there are sentences that could be improved by rewording slightly. Paragraphs would also make the article easier to read.

The article uses technical terms correctly but there is the danger of adding too many acronyms to the point of making the article too complex to read. Explaining acronyms and technical terms would have broken up the article, making it easier to read while better demonstrating the author's level of understanding.


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