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Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Metro Detroit
01-02-2010, 04:09 PM
Join Date: Nov 2009
01-07-2010, 05:20 AM
Late 2008 I bought my first Mac, a 13" unibody MacBook. You could say that I was a windows power user at that time, and had been for several years, both for fun, and at points in my career path. Buying the Mac was an expensive experiment at that time, and I knew that I would be able to put XP on it using bootcamp if I didn't like OSX.
Windows XP was good, very good, but was getting old, and Vista was truly horrible, despite repeated trials on various hardware, I kept going back to XP. The main thing that I noticed in XP was it just wasn't keeping up with new networking hardware. I could only get throughput of around 15 MB/s on a Gbit LAN, and I move very large files between computers a lot.
When I tried OSX, the obvious transition issues aside, I was extremely impressed. I rarely find that I can't get software for OSX, and support is actually easier to find on the internet from the Mac community, than it is for Windows.
About 6 months later I bought a Mac mini to use as a media center using Plex - Plex Media Center for OS X (Very very good!), so it was obvious that I was starting to get hooked. I also was now able to get an average of 65 MB/s LAN speed between my machines - a huge improvement over XP!
As you can see... it was clear by now, that I was becoming a bit of an Apple fan boy, and I'm not ashamed to say it either.
The Video function of iChat is so much better than anything else out there right now, including MSN and Skype. I live as a British ex-pat in Korea, but have many business trips, and wanted to keep in touch with my girlfriend while I'm away, leaving the MacBook at home for her, so this was the excuse that I needed to buy a netbook and hackintosh it. The 10v wasn't easy to get hold of in Korea, but I managed it and have been very happy with it.
I bought my parents an iMac for Christmas this year as well, for them to keep in touch with me, and also because iLife is great for the kind of things that they use computers for.
I should make three points however before I finish this story...
1. In Korea, Windows is essential for daily computing life, as most Korean websites require ActiveX security downloads before you can use them. As a result, I run Windows in a VM, initially with Fusion, and latterly with Parallels. I prefer to use OSX though.
2. Windows 7 is a massive improvement over XP, and it is a very good OS. It may even be better than OSX, but I've switched now, and still have slightly negative feelings towards MS because of Vista. Windows 7 has some features that I would love to see in OSX, and I like the Aero theme and new task bar - Good work MS. I'm now running Windows 7 in my VM on the Macbook and Mac mini, but not on the 10v as it is painfully slow.
3. OSX has a serious feature missing for me, that will mean that I always run Windows... Remote access. The MS Remote Desktop / Terminal Services function is wonderful, working over low bandwidth connections, and fitting to your screen size perfectly. File transfers work great and so do printers and audio. OSX's method is based on VNC, which used to be good... a long time ago, but it's missing so much, and is very slow. The result of this is, that when I want to remotely access my Macs, I remote desktop first to the VM running windows, then VNC from the VM to the host OS because it's the fastest way.
I realise that I've written an essay, but I hope this gives an honest view of a switcher and not just an un-educated fan boy.
MacBook | 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo | Unibody | 4GB RAM | 320GB 7200rpm HDD | OS X 10.6.2
Mac mini | 2.0GHz Core 2 Duo | 4GB RAM | 500GB HDD | OS X 10.6.2 | PLEX Media Center
iMac | 2.8GHz Core i7 | 4GB RAM | 500GB HDD | OS X 10.6.2 | Belongs to work
Join Date: Jan 2009
01-07-2010, 12:21 PM
I bought my Mini 9 because Apple don't make a netbook. I was getting fed up of carrying around my MacBook and wanted something smaller. Originally, I was thinking of getting a netbook with Ubuntu on it. Then I found this forum and the Type11 install. ordered my Mini9 pretty much straight away after that. That was over a year ago and it's performed amazingly well for me ever since.
Join Date: Aug 2009
01-08-2010, 04:13 PM
Only now that I have the Mini am I ok with buying a 13, otherwise I'd be running a used G4 forever!! Hey Cupertino, get your heads around that!
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