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MacBook Love

November 26, 2008 Leave a comment

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So I made a dive into the Mac world again. I was in the market for a new laptop and I looked at all the major brands, Dell, HP, etc. They all had one thing that was just wrong. They all look like crap! and feel the same way. The macbook is solid and sturdy and built very well. I got the 13.3″ macbook.

The other problem was the OS. As much as I like Windows Vista, it’s just not good enough for what I like, which is photography, music and video. Vista is a memory hog and it’s slow. The only good thing about Vista is that pretty much everything is now compatible with it. I also love MS Office 2007. It works well on Vista and for my day to day work, I would use a PC. For my own entertainment, I definitely prefer a mac and OS X.It really it really is a pleasure to use. The iLife application suite is a joy to use. Honestly, this is the main reason I bought a macbook. There is nothing on the windows platform that comes close.

Granted, there are laptops out there with a better feature set for less money, but as far as usability and stability. You really can’t beat a mac. God! I sound like a commercial.

The thing that amazes me is that when I went to the mac store to purchase my laptop, The store was jam packed when it opened. I mean there was a line outside of about 20 people waiting to get in. When I go in there and played witht eh different versions of macbooks, I was really impressed by the speed of the OS, the quality of the product and the ease of use.

This is just my opinion, but I would only recommend a mac if you are in the market for a laptop. I mean if you use Windows you can dual boot a mac with Windows XP or Vista and they work great on a mac.

One more thing…..The multi-touch trackpad is amazing!

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Windows Vista….Good, but could have been better!

March 17, 2008 2 comments

 

I am a technology junkie. I think of myself as a person who always likes to know what’s new in the technology world, so on January 29, 2007 I installed Windows Vista Ultimate on my PC. I performed a clean install on a new hard drive. I also made sure to upgrade any hardware that needed to be Vista compatible or at the very least had a Vista driver.

For the most part my upgrade went smoothly, it took about an hour to get up and running. Once my Vista PC was up, I did have to download a new driver for my video and sound card, which I expected. No biggie.

My first impressions were favorable, I liked the new UI, the search features and IE 7 was alot faster then in XP. Cool! However the issues with my sound card were a nightmare (Sound Blaster Audigy ZS). The driver that Creative put out sucked. It made the sound on the PC sound very weak and tin can-ish. I was very dissapointed. I waited for new drivers to be out, but they still sucked, so I suffered. I did not want to go and buy anything new until I read reviews and saw that it had a “good” Vista driver.

So 10 month later I purchased a Creative X-Fi Fatality sound card. Said on the box that it was Vista certified, so I took the plunge. I gotta say, it was like night and day. The sound was very good. I was pleased. So, finally my Vista PC is where I wanted it to be….after 10 months.

Could have Vista been better? YES!!!!

Microsoft should have focused more on making the product right and not stripping out features (e.g. WINFS, PC to PC Synch). They could have had more drivers readily available and the OS itself should have been less bloated and more streamlined. They could have also just made 3 editions:

  • Vista Ultimate (The whole thing, no shortcuts)
  • Vista Home (minus the office networking features)
  • Vista Business (minues the pretty home features)

DONE!! No guessing, no wondering what the hell you should buy. Also, price……..Ultimate should have been priced @ $249, Home $199 (for 3 licenses), Business, $199.

If you want the whole OS, I think that $249 is a reasonable price. Upgrades should be $100 bucks cheaper. For the home user, the majority have more than 1 PC, I should be able to use my Vista OS and install it on my kids PC without having to pay for an additional license. If I decide that I need to update the PC and change hardware, I should not need to activate all over again, find a better way for verification

Microsoft already has a 90% market share fore the OS, come on!! Microsoft show your customers you care about them, give them an OS with a good price and people will buy, you basically have a captive audience.

Now, I do not put all blame on Microsoft for Vista’s shortcomings. I also lay blame to the hardware and software manufacturer’s. They had over a year to prepare for Vista. Drivers and hardware should have been ready before launch. Just because they were pissed at Microsoft for all their changes to Vista, the consumer ended up getting the shaft.

Now that I have ranted……I must say that I am pleasede with Vista. It fits me fine for my uses, which are email, web, Photoshop and Dreamweaver. I’m patiently waiting for SP1 and hope that it does speed up my system, cause it is a tad slow.

Will I switch to a Mac? Probably not, I’ve used a MAC for about 2 years and found that I could not do alot of things that I could on a PC. Now saying that, I must say that Apple has a masterpiece with iLife, no pc suite of applications comes close. Also, I don’t like the fact that Apple makes the hardware and Software, granted for the novice user that may be fine, but I get alot of satisfaction when I build my own PC. I feel it gives me the power to choose what I want in it.

So, in conclusion I will stick to Vista…for now. I just hope Microsoft gets it right with Windows 7. If not I may be moving to a MAC, MAYBE!

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