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Old 03-25-09, 04:18 PM   #1
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why I decided to keep my Mac (long)

A year I bought a Dell XPS M1330 running Vista. It crashed occasionally and done funny things. Years ago I would have obliterated the partition and re-installed what I needed but I can't be bothered with that any more. SP1 came out, it was installed, then it started crashing more frequently. I sold it and promptly purchased an iMac. I was supposed to use it as heavily as I used my Dell but due to circumstances, the only work I could do would be on a laptop.

2 days ago I bought a Macbook.

Today as I was researching software to buy, it was reinforced that macs don't have a whole bunch of software. There IS every piece of software you need but there is possibly somethng lacking in it. Eg no chrome, no latest version of photoshop elements, no flight sim x, no .net, no premiere elements and so on. Ps there are equivalents (x plane, java, fnal cut express etc but they're either not as good or I'm not familiar with those pieces of software.

So I started thinking of returning my MB - afterall what's the point of running an OS if you don't like using the apps? Then I started thinking back to all those crashes (on XPS) and I got home to listen to my wife's Dell humming loudly in the background (probably the fans kicked in due to some rogue process ahem anti virus software).

I'll keep the mac: it's UI is more responsive, it doesn't crash (as often as windows), I don't need AV software. The compromise will have to be either older software (pse6) or unfamiliar software (fce). I'll get to be re-acquainted with unix and I'll have a nice looking machine to too.

Atleast that's how I'm convincing myself right now.

EDIT: corrected spelling mistakes (I was using iPhone) and took out silly joke (it was funny at the time )

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Old 03-25-09, 04:24 PM   #2
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It'll work out, Mustang. Don't worry.

I get by just fine with what I have on my Mac.

Fewer apps means more bike time...
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muahaha welcome to the mac side. you'll never go back....
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You can run all your familiar PC software on your Mac as well. There are some programs I like that are PC-only, like ThumbsPlus, VirtualDub or Solidworks, so I run them on my Mac with some help. Check out:

Crossover for Mac - I like this one because it's slim and fast (only requires 10-20mb). Not 100% compatible because it uses a reversed-engineered Windows-API, but will work 95-99% of the time.

Parallels Desktop - Runs a full copy of Windows in background and displays just the display windows of the applications (Windows apps look like they're running natively on Mac).

VMware Fusion - Similar to Parallels, runs full copy of Windows in background and shows just the running apps screens. Or you can display a full Windows desktop as well. Used to be free, but they realized they were giving away too much value.
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Thanks guys.

Danno, when running Parallels or Fusion, am I not limited to 32GB Windows partition and also if I want to copy files from Windows partition to OSX parition (and vice versa) I think I have to keep the Windows partition as FAT32. Or can I use NTFS-3G with an NTFS partition?

Another thing that puts me off using VMs is dedicating some RAM to Windows, and some to OSX. I want all my memory dedicated to one or the other. I could use Bootcamp, but then I may as well have bought a Windows laptop, and had the (potential) problems I had with my original XPS laptop.

PS: sorry for spelling errors in op, I was on a mobile browser.
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