Disproportionate Apple Mac use from foreigners in Japan

13 years ago
Eric Vanderburg

It is really interesting to see how many people have Apple computers here. Apple Macintosh computers are really popular among the foreign ex-patriots, students, and teachers in Japan. I figured after I met the first one that I would not meet many more but there are actually a number of people living in my apartment complex who brought Macs with them rather than PCs. One of my students saw that I had a Mac and asked me if Macs were more popular than PCs in the US because he noticed so many people from the US with Macs. I told him that they only made up about 2-3% of computer sales and that I was just as confused about it as he is.

Apple Browser support

I was sad because Gmail does not support the old version of Safari (the web browser for Mac) and the new version of Safari requires a newer version of the Macintosh operating system. Internet Explorer: Mac is not supported either. I heard that Mozilla Firefox supported Gmail but I wondered if the Mac version did so I downloaded it and tried it last night. Sure enough, it worked just find and now I can check my Gmail account using wireless networks near my building. The latest version of Firefox is rather nice too. It has tabbed browsing. This is where multiple browsing windows can be condensed to a series of tabs at the top of the program. It was a feature that made me use the Opera browser for a while. You can even get mouse gestures another feature I liked in Opera through a downloadable extension. I think I may switch to Firefox on my PC too.

*Justin: you might want to try it out.* Click to download it for PC. DOWNLOAD

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