You may remember that I am not a fan of Apple. I dislike their business practices, I dislike that their rabid fanbois refuse to accept that they make shiny toys in sweatshops and that their kit does in fact also break.
I dislike that when I asked for help fixing my father in laws MacBook Pro I was told "It can't be the mac, the router must be broken. Macs just work." You now what, they don't. They are a computer and they are just as annoying as any other computer! And believe me I have tried a number of them over the few decades! And now I feel old!
Anyway, getting back to my subject a little. After all that I say I dislike them (you could even say hate...) I am also not a Linux or MS fangirl. Linux annoys me, it's fine for my geek side - but I don't want a geek machine at home, I want a machine I can easily use. MS is just MS. Windows 7 is great, as long as you have a blank install without the standard bloatware you get when you buy a new machine. XP wasn't bad. 2000 was good for the time and the less said about ME the better!
Every time I have looked at machines I have given some thought to trying a Mac, but the sheer cost of them to other machines (for no benefit other than an Apple logo) has sent me back to either Asus or Sony Vaio machines. For example when I replaced my DTR earlier this year it would have been 800 euros more for the Apple for something with a generation older processor, less memory, a smaller slower drive and no BluRay writer.
Well, this is being written on a MacBook Pro 13.3" entry level machine. The reason - cost! It is +/- the same price as the Sony or the Asus equivalent and has a metal case. The specs are slightly less - but it's close enough for me to take the plunge. Especially with 100 euros off :)
So far my feelings of boot up and upgrading the OS to Lion are that of this is indeed another computer. We'll see how I feel later, but for now it's nice. But just as nice as my other machines.
Oh one last thing... Mac minutes are the same as MS minutes it seems :) Installing Lion was going to take 33 minutes. I don't know how long it took but the minutes went up and down like a yoyo. 14 minutes stayed on the screen for a few seconds and 'Less than a minute' for about 5 :)
Here is the new, same as the old ;p