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User currently offlineCoal From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2345 posts, RR: 7
Posted (8 years 1 month 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3040 times:

I hate to admit it, but I was wrong to turn in my nearly-brand new MacBook last January for a Sony Vaio with Vista.

I had a few pet peeves with the Mac, such as the windows not maximizing to occupy the whole screen, not alt+tab between same program windows, etc.

However, after having had the Sony Vaio with Windows Vista Business and Office 2007, I am ready to find a buyer and go back to a MacBook, which now would come with Leopard.

Maybe some of the issues I have are related to hardware, but most are related to software. My embedded webcam does not work, the wireless hardly ever works (I need to restart many times to make it work), the keyboard has a very slow response time and I spend double the time that I would typing on the Mac. That is all in terms of hardware.

In terms of software, aside from a more aesthetically pleasing interface, I basically see Vista as Mac's Tiger. My computer freezes at least 3 times a week. Internet explorer tends to freeze if I open more than four tabs at a time. It's really hard to configure your computer with all the new interfaces (such as the network connections). And despite having a 2Ghz processor and 2GB RAM, it has a slower response than my ThinkPad at work which has Windows XP and is already 2 years old.

So now it's all about finding a buyer. However I've done wrong in getting people excited about Leopard...


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User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21615 posts, RR: 53
Reply 1, posted (8 years 1 month 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2987 times:

Quoting Coal (Thread starter):
I had a few pet peeves with the Mac, such as the windows not maximizing to occupy the whole screen

Safari resizes to fit the page, so you won't be missing anything. Other applications offer fullscreen modes but not really consistently, that much is true. Although since Mac applications generally remember window positions and sizes, full screen is actually much less useful than under Windows.

Quoting Coal (Thread starter):
not alt+tab between same program windows, etc.

What you're looking for is Witch!

Very nearly perfect as a companion to Exposé.

User currently offlineMcamargo From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 129 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 month 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 2960 times:

Get a MacBook and with Leopard now including Boot Camp (not the Beta) you can install vista and boot of of vista if you need to.

I use parallels, though, and run XP side by side on the Mac (though i must warn you, the less ram you have, the more sluggish your system will be if you do this)... though Boot Camp works great, even with only 512mb ram  Smile

I live for the day mainline returns to BRO...
User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21615 posts, RR: 53
Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 month 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2940 times:

You could do worse, anyway, than to get back to Mac. All your choices will remain open:

PC World - In Pictures: The Most Notable Notebooks of 2007

The fastest Windows Vista notebook we've tested this year is a Mac. Try that again: The fastest Windows Vista notebook we've tested this year--or for that matter, ever--is a Mac. Not a Dell, not a Toshiba, not even an Alienware. The $2419 (plus the price of a copy of Windows Vista, of course) MacBook Pro's PC WorldBench 6 Beta 2 score of 88 beats Gateway's E-265M by a single point, but the MacBook's score is far more impressive simply because Apple couldn't care less whether you run Windows.

User currently offlineSW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6489 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 month 21 hours ago) and read 2888 times:

I just got a new Macbook yesterday, and this is my first A.net post using it. It takes some getting used to, as I have never really used one much before, but so far so good.

They wanted to get me a new work computer with Vista...I said no, XP or a Mac. They gave me XP...thank gosh. That Vista is crap in my eyes...all my coworkers have it and it drives them nuts.

User currently offlineJetsGo From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 3116 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 month 20 hours ago) and read 2858 times:

I guess I am just lucky but... I bought a new HP notebook back in August with Vista and it runs flawlessly. 2.0Ghz processor, 2GB RAM, 120GB HD, and so on. Also, I find the user interface to be quite easy. I've never had it freeze, it's never slow, and does everything I need it to. All you have to do is take care of the machine and it will work. Despite that though, my next notebook will easily be a Mac. Just the idea of being able to run both operating systems on superior hardware gets me going. I guess as Klaus would say, why limit yourself?

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User currently offlineGoldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 6156 posts, RR: 13
Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 month 18 hours ago) and read 2841 times:

Quoting Klaus (Reply 3):
The fastest Windows Vista notebook we've tested this year is a Mac.

All the more reason for me to get the Macbook for my portable pleasure. I want a book that'll play WoW, Roller Coaster Tycoon, etc., securely while I'm on the road. I'm not into photography, or making movies (although, if I had art skills, perhaps computer animation) so those parts of iLife is out the window. But give me a few good games to play with, and I'll be sure to use it to its max potential (unless it crashes, which I've seen Quake Arena do on Youtube.)  Smile

Of course, I'm leery of Vista. Thankfully, XP will be available for a while still in OEM form. Plus, I can always throw on a Linux partition or two.

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User currently offlineSwiftski From Australia, joined Dec 2006, 2701 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (8 years 1 month 16 hours ago) and read 2817 times:

Quoting Klaus (Reply 1):
What you're looking for is Witch!

Quicksilver is also pretty good


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