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gone to the dark side - May 3, 2009, 10:56 AM

Ok.. So after 25 years of using PC's I've finally done it... I bought a MacBook yesterday!! Its hard to get used to.. all the control are different and not intuitively obvious to me (AT ALL).. So I am really stumbling around.. But OTOH its working amazingly well.. I put parallels and XP on it first thing. Next comes Vista and Ubunto Linux as well as Solaris and possibly even Trusted Solaris (ugh).. Gonna bump the ram up to 4 gig (looking into 6 gig but its WAY expensive for a 4gig chip) and pop a 500 gig drive in it.. It is wonderful how I can mix the windows from different OSs together on the same screen and cut-n-paste between them..

Plan to do some iPhone dev with this thing as well as use it for my main work (which usually involves 3-4 OS's at a time)...

Just had to rave..
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We'll forgive you for the XP...


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We'll forgive you for the XP...
lol.. Sorry.. HAVE to have XP.. Job requirement.. I have a number of low level network apps (streaming text and audio) that run only under XP that I use and maintain.


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At face valve, they seem to have excellent build quality and some of the best screens I've seen. Unfortunately for me, the sub-$1000 range MacBooks didn't compare favorably with the Lenovo, HP, Toshiba, and Dell offerings back in November anyway.

That said, I still have a bone for a MacBook Pro running some parallels. The dark side is becoming very attractive since the Intel chips. Not sure how I'll get used to having a single mouse button.
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I prefer and use a standard wireless logitech mouse with my mac. You don't have to stick with the one-button deal. Welcome to the darkside. In the days, weeks and months to come, you'll discover features that will make your life much easier. Have fun. It's a great machine and OS. iLife rules too. I can't recommend the Apple Wireless Keyboard enough. It's tiny, sleek, with all the dedicated buttons you'll need.
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I prefer and use a standard wireless logitech mouse with my mac. You don't have to stick with the one-button deal. Welcome to the darkside. In the days, weeks and months to come, you'll discover features that will make your life much easier. Have fun. It's a great machine and OS. iLife rules too. I can't recommend the Apple Wireless Keyboard enough. It's tiny, sleek, with all the dedicated buttons you'll need.
so just wtf *is* iLife? I see a disk that came with it and I know its installed.. But I really have no clue what it is... Will look closer later..


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so just wtf *is* iLife? I see a disk that came with it and I know its installed.. But I really have no clue what it is... Will look closer later..
iLife is a suite of programs that come with every Mac. It's iTunes, iMovie, iPhoto, iDVD, Garage Band and iWeb. It's everything you need to manage your music, photos and movies. The programs are designed to work with each other so you can mix media, ie, put music in your video project.

With iTunes, you can manage an iPod, rip music from CDs, download podcasts, listen to music, etc.

With iPhoto, you can upload all your pictures, crop, print and email from within the program. You can make a slideshow with music, titles and effects and burn it to a DVD.

With iMovie, you can upload and edit video, adding music, special effects and transitions, titles, pics from iTunes and iPhoto, and compress it for the web and upload it to youtube or any other website, and send the project to iDVD, where you can burn a DVD with a customized menu.

With Garage Band, you can make songs, using included software instruments or even plug in real instruments or microphones. You can use your qwerty keyboard to play the software instruments and there are a bunch of effects you can layer to make any kind of sound you want. You can even put the Auto-Tune effect on your voice to make you sound like T-Pain.

I haven't messed with or even opened iWeb, but I believe you can make your own website with it.

Using only iLife programs, you can do as little or as much as you want, limited only by your imagination and investment in time. You can just keep all your family pics and listen to music, or you can go hardcore and create pro-quality video projects.

To get the most out of the programs, since they come with no manual and there are so many features and capabilities, check out the Missing Manual series of reference books, which you can find on Amazon or in Borders/Barnes and Noble book stores.

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For vm's I would get vmware fusion; this way you can swap your vm's on any arch.
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For vm's I would get vmware fusion; this way you can swap your vm's on any arch.
well, already got parallels installed.. I gotta say one thing.. Its BRAIN DEAD EASY to install multiple OSs using parallels.. I was really STUNNED at just how easy it was..


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Aye, welcome aboard.

Let me know if you have any questions about Cocoa/Objective-C and iPhone development in general. I develop iPhone/iTouch apps as my main source of income.
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Windowsblinds and Object Desktop will "Macify" XP and Vista for ya, just a heads up. My Xp looks and feels like a mac but I still got right click
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Windowsblinds and Object Desktop will "Macify" XP and Vista for ya, just a heads up. My Xp looks and feels like a mac but I still got right click
You can right click a mac too. all u need is a standard mouse.
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