I bought a MacBook.
No, I’m not kidding.
It’s Sony’s fault.
I couldn’t take it anymore.
Seriously, I started counting the amount of seconds-to-minutes of “waiting for Vista” I was spending every day. 30-120 seconds from sleeping to awake. 5+ minutes to dock/undock. 10-60 seconds to go to sleep. 5-10 minutes from hibernate. 2-3 minutes to connect to a new network. Utterly intolerable.
I don’t know if it’s Sony’s fault or Microsoft’s, but I don’t care. As Joe Wilcox stated so clearly, Vista is, for lack of a better word, broken. I’ve spent about 5 hours on the phone with Sony since purchasing the laptop, most calls ended up encouraging me to reinstall the OS (I did it once, which worked for a few hours).
As I debated what to buy next, I’d considered the new Dell M1330 laptop, but to really give it the specs I want, the price shot to about $2100, far more than I was willing to spend (again) on another risky proposition. So I bought the lowest-end MacBook.
When you see enough people you respect, from family to colleagues to coworkers to clients, you start to wonder. As I iChatted with Peter Semmelhack from Bug Labs then Michael Gartenberg today, it was clearly a better experience than MSN Messenger had to offer (not that I didn’t see numerous ways to make iChat better, but that’s not the point). I didn’t get to try iLife ’08 yet, as I apparently need to pay $10 to get it, but I guess I’ll have to give it a shot.
I haven’t drunk the Koolaid (yet).
I’m not in love (yet).
I don’t need to talk with my hands (yet).
As far as I can tell, I’m either moving into Mac-land, or will end up dropping about $100 to return it next week.
If you simply didn’t dock/undock, hibernate, or sleep the Sony, you’d be set. Of course, your computer would own you rather than the other way around.
That being said, I use both hardware and os’s daily, and the problem is vista. I have moved all my pc’s back to xp2 for the moment, waiting to see what rolls out in the fixes coming. Some companies DO DO a better implimentation IMHO, IBM is one of them, but DELL has now gone back to offering XP for those who want it. Sort of tells you something.
You might be interested in this news: Microsoft Fixes Vista’s Stand-by and Hibernation Bug
Ed – “in Soviet Russia, Vista owns you!”
Tivoboy – I have heard lots of issues with the once-undingable Thinkpads and Vista…
Alexander – already installed it, no big performance difference here…
Lemme tell you though, Apple’s advice when the Mac gets crufty? Reinstall the OS. It is infuriating. Funny how best-of-breed really means, least offensive pile of dung.
So, I make nice backups of my mac using a program called SUPERDUPER, I make a backup of the mac after OS install ,after I have removed the international and printer junk that I don’t need. Then, I do a backup after I get my apps loaded. Then, I do incrementals weekly just for a backup purpose, of the file structure related to users.
nice thing about this for the mac, it is now all automated, so when I ever get to the point of needing a new machine, or want to reinstall the OS (I have only really had to do it twice now, it just runs fine) It runs automatically and doesn’t take much user interaction.
YEah, I said better but not perfect. Hence, why I moved back to XP2 on all lappys. One of the major problems I had with VISTA is the UAC user access controll, which I basically just disabled. I personally don’t need it, and it confused the system a lot, I think
Welcome, but I think you need to give it more than a week to learn your way around.
As for Vista, I enjoy it more than XP, but not as much as OS X.
I really think you’ll like it after you get to know it, I know I’m happy I switched.
I’ve been a user since Feb and I’m still learning my way around. There are some things I miss and things I need in Windows, so I still have an XP desktop and Parallels. But the time I save not troubleshooting my primary device is priceless. Closing/opening the lid to snap in/out of Standby is quick and painless. Very un-PC like. Try it, you’ll like.
I made the switch in June to the 2.4Ghz MBP from a Dell 600M Inspiron. I think Windows XP is still a solid OS, but I didnt want to replace my Dell with a laptop with a deadend OS (Vista), or at least a crappy OS until Vista SP 2 comes out.
I’ve got XP running on the MBP, which boots far faster on my Mac then on any Dell machine I’ve seen lately.
There are a lot of things I dont like about the Mac OS and GUI, but overall it is far more stable and worry free. I miss the ability to tweak my settings, however.
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