Friday, 15 June 2012

Finally, how to make a Mac useful!

About 12 months ago I brought myself a 13" MacBook Pro to replace the Sony TZ 21 that I ruined by dropping a sheet of metal on the screen (DOH!).

For the last 6 months or so it's been languishing in the spare room, unused and unloved as I have come to hate the thing.  And hate OSX even more.

What's more Mrs Stace hates it even more than I do so I couldn't even give it to her.

What to do then...  Well after trying it again this week and wanting to throw it through a window within 20 seconds of starting it I decided I had to give boot camp another go.

So...  I'm typing this on a Windows 7 MacBook Pro :)

And...  First impressions are not bad.  Performance is acceptable (actually better than it did under Lion) and I can live with the screen (though it's still not great - why people rave about the non-retina Apple screens I don't know).

But...  It does feel like a workhorse again, rather than toy.  Now for the Visual Studio and SQL Server tools and I'll be ready to go!

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  1. Funny how some OSs just don't feel right. I guess it's just a personal preference! Well, unless we're talking about Windows 8 :-)

    So you didn't fancy a turn with Mint or Ubuntu then? :-P

    Lynn 'Windows Admin' Jones x

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    1. Yes, both Mrs Stace and I really can't see what all the fuss about OSX actually is.

      Windows 8 - I still have to have a try of it, though I'm not impressed with what I have seen so far...

      I've tried Linux a few times, but to be honest it's just not what I need from an OS...

      Stace '.Net Developer' Cash

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    2. Win8? It as if someone's taken the best parts of Win7 (for those of us who like the OS ;-) ), sped them up a bit and then plonked the rather tedious Metro interface on top. There are lots of reviews and I've tried it twice. Each time, it last a few days on a test machine and I went back to Windows 7. My main issue is that it seems to be a tablet OS, not a multi-monitor + mouse working office system. Shame. I had hoped that MS had learned from the Vista fiasco, but it seems the MarketingBorg have steamrolled through the company once again. :-(

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    1. Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahha!

      No, I started with OSX and get that annoyed with it that the machine sat unused for months.

      Nope, I installed windows, and have reduced the OSX partition to the smallest I thought I could get away with. The rest is all for Windows!

      St Jobs the Profit? Not quite my idea of a saviour...

      Stace

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  3. Welcome to The Dark Side (EZ Access Edition)... :-D

    Oh, little do you know! They all start with Bootcamp, but all eventually welcome the Venus, the Eve of the Apple! It won't be long before you're praising the Prophet Steve and condemning The Gated William as a messenger from the evil Cthulhu!

    Oh, wait... Is that right? I can't remember if it's him or The Linus who comes from Cthulhu? Or was The Linus the serpent? Or was he a Womble? Dang. Oh I do hate it when I can't remember my religious fervor! :-D

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    1. Oops! :-)

      I thought I'd get cute with the Womble thing - and didn't bother refreshing first... :-)

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    2. Cute Womble thing? Oh, you mean Red?!

      :)

      Stace

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  4. LOL I did the same thing at work since I was not allowed to use my own hardware anymore. That and the windows laptop were awful. Best part Windows 7 can boot a macbook without the need for OSX or Bootcamp to even be installed.

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    1. Without boot camp? That would be even better - there is 100GB of the disk that is still in use for the OSx partition that I would love to get rid of.

      As luck would have it someone has shown an interest in the MacBook this week. If they want to give me what I am asking for it then it may be replaced with either an Asus Zenbook with the 3rd gen i7 processor and Full HD screen, or a Vaio with the same similar specs.

      Of course if they don't then the Mac will remain a Windows machine - since installing Windows I haven't booted into OSx and except for the thunderbolt port not working as a mini-display port (so I can't use external monitors) it's been fine to use.

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