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January 14, 2008


I guess Mac works faster than windows and it's more reliable too.

I like both PC's and Mac. As recently published the fastest machine running windows vista is an imac.....Believe it or not. We recently implemented (with the help of our Apple engineer) a few test bed machines. Let me tell you it's almost an instant on. So maybe you should get mac hardware (which doesnt have the x86 memory limitations) and try Vista on it. Otherwise you can try disabling all the little bells and whistles that come with Vista. You can check out some how to videos here to see how if it helps. www.myvistatutor.com

hello Mark, apple have had a wonderful few years haven't they! The Security of Unix, with the Beauty of Apple.

There's a couple of (keyboard-related) things keeping me from being a full-time apple user, but i really want one of these new macbook machines. (And maybe i'll discover a mac equivalent for the Alt/ Win keys.)

The thought of a machine that can run multiple operating systems at the same time is just too appealing.

cheers, michael

I've been using my macBook for about a year now and it has become my dominant computer.

Its main competition has been my Linux desktops, which I maintain for various reasons.

I haven't even considered the possibility of returning to Windows.

The MacBooks are expensive, but they're so much better than any computer running Windows.

This is indeed a phenomenon in the making.

Mark, it was interesting to hear Bill Gates keynote at CES, talking about provably correct software. However, 'til then their current stuff demonstrates a lack of software process. I've been a Mac user on principle since I was a Don Norman grad student and got a Mac II to write my dissertation. NO regrets.

And I run a two-button mouse on my MacBook Pro when I'm at home, you can get them from a number of vendors. Two finger scrolling on the trackpad is nice, too.

Lots of my clients want me to use a Mac, but it's seldom been a problem (ok, I have a PC in the kitchen for the kids to play on, and on that once every 6 months when they give me some hardware thing or something). Hey, I've got Office, can use Safari or Firefox to almost all web-based things like web-confs. No, I see no barrier to switch; Apple even makes it easy with guidelines on their site for the ex-Windows folks.

As I once had yelled at me (long story): "Ditch the bitch and make the switch".

(I have to say that MacAir looks sweet, cf Jobs keynote today!)

I'll be converting to Mac, myself, after similar experiences with Vista. I should not have to go out and buy additional RAM to run a brand new computer's preinstalled operating system, inexpensive or not. It's the principle of the thing.

You can sort of get around the whole lack of 2 buttons with Sidetrack. Then you can assign tap on the pad as one button, click on the button as another. Been using it on my 'books for a dogs age and it's become so second nature I config my pc trackpads the same way.


Steve - I hear ya bro...RAM upgrade is in the works but and I am all about the memory upgrade but I think its still pretty damn sloppy engineering when we have to talk about 4 GBs of RAM just to be happy with your OS.

Karyn - Try the smaller giant out (Apple)...I promise you that you'll be able to do everything you can do on you Windows machine and you'll bother your local tech support guy less (even if you are sleeping with him!)


I've avoided Vista, but wonder if you would be happy with its performance with 4 GBs of memory.

You can pick up a couple of 2 GB SIMMs very inexpensively.

Now, if after upgrading it still stinks...


I've never even used a Mac - it's been Windows since its inception (and DOS before that!), and, being not-particularly-clever about these matters, I am at the mercy of the giants. I am stuck with whatever they dish up to me, because I lack the knowledge to (a) identify and (b) install suitable alternatives without totally destroying my system. Fortunately I've been sleeping with my tech support guy for the past 20 years, but then again, he hasn't got the apetite to fight with it at home when he fights with systems all day for work (and since his systems are spread from New York to Hong Kong, with several places in between, it makes for a long day!), so the path of least resistance is often the order of the day.

I think the giants rely on this and take advantage of the position in which ignorance or lack of motivation place most of their consumers. It's a bit like the bully who relies on the complicity-of-silence of his/her victims.

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