If your Mac shipped with Lion, it will only work on that Mac, but if your Mac was upgraded from Snow Leopard then it can be used on other Macs upgraded from Snow Leopard too. See here for making a general OS X Lion install and upgrade drive. The Lion Recovery Disk Assistant lets you create Lion Recovery on an external drive that has all of the same capabilities as the built-in Lion Recovery: reinstall Lion, repair the disk using Disk Utility, restore from a Time Machine backup, or browse the web with Safari.
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You download the App, to reset your password, but you have to put your password in to use the app. But it seems not possible to use this method via a wireless keyboard. Apple store does not sell any wired keyboard anymore. So do we have to stuck with a non-Apple wired keyboard??? Question; should you re-create the recovery disk after Lion is updated such as after the recent Is any idea that using i can create second user id.
Please reply me. Interesting issue and I wonder if anyone has a possible solution to this? Hey, this recovery disk thing actually wipes out the contents in my external drive??? I could not see the drive in my finder anymore?! I like writing apps for people like you! Have you read ALL the instructions carefully? Even the red ones with a nice yellow mark in front of them? So I presume this is literally something that does the same job as the built in recovery on the the HD partition — it is just for situations when your disk mechanically fails?
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You aren't starting to wear all black clothes yet are you? Ben, Thanks for the post, I've been thinking about getting a mac for a while, but I'm not sure if it's really worth the money, I've been searching around for posts about it, and I'm glad to hear you really like it. Bruno Lopes. Ben, did you really have and use a Windows 7 laptop for very long, or is that 2nd hand information?
One thing you didn't mention is how elderly-dog-on-his-last-leg-slow OS X is. Going into and out of sleep and restarting are pretty quick but those are trivial, intermittent time savings compared to the gigantic, terrible latency of launching applications, opening new tabs, waiting for Spotlight to serve you your desired application, and even just opening new terminal windows. I have a 2. That hypnotic beach ball comes up so often that I just sit here and long for the instantaneity of Windows 7 at every footstep.
But if you've really explored Windows 7 then I just don't get it. Not to mention all of the innovation Windows 7 brought to windowing, probably the number 2 contributor of an operating system to experience and usability. Although Lion looks pretty effing awesome, especially now that they're a decade or so late copying most of the important parts of windowing from Windows XP Lion will let you resize from any window border, use fullscreen in applications without the developer having to go to leaps and bounds to add it manually, etc.
My MacBook is dying. Actually, it's growling versus mooing. The circa Oct '06 fan is failing. So I went and bought a new Mini on Saturday to make use of an expiring Groupon. I'm on my 2nd MagSafe adapter. Don't pull it out too frequently. Agree about Spaces and Expose.
I still use the widgets. I do use one corner to "Show All Windows" but that's it. I'm tired of the iTax. Laptops make it sound like you can use them on your lap -- and be burned by them, thus they are now all called NOTEbooks instead. I am not sure what issues you are having, but launching apps and slow speed is not common on my Mac running OS X.
Mine runs very fast. There are times with all of those running that one program may pause a bit, but I would expect that with all that I have running and would not believe that a Win 7 machine on its own would handle it any better. And to all: I am in no way an Apple Fan Boy. I do not own an iPod, iPhone or iPad and don't anticipate owning one anytime soon. But given a choice of a laptop computer that does what I need here at home and when I am on the road, my choice is a MacBook Pro.
I did buy a neat pad with a little USB-driven fan that helps a lot. I would suggest that. In all fairness, it was Windows 7 installed on my 3-year-old Lenovo that had died and had Windows Vista restored back on to it over Windows XP. So, in the end, it was Windows 7 installed on top of Vista, on top of XP. I don't know if that has anything to do with it I don't know how jumbled the Hard Disk gets or if that's completely emotional. And, in further fairness, I had the Windows 7 installed for about a week before I actually got a totally new computer another store altogether.
So, now that I think about it, you might be right - what I may be remember is more of my XP experience than my Windows 7 experience. It all gets a bit jumbled in my mind. I've had no problems installing ColdFusion on the Mac.
The one thing that made me nervous in the beginning was that there's no "Services" list like there is the Windows UI. So that made me feel comfortable. I'm still a Logitech Mouse person, myself; but, I know that people love the track pad. And with Mac Lion, it looks like they're really taking gestures to the next level with complete system-level integration.
I never gave the Magic Mouse much of chance. It just sits there collecting dust. It always felt way too small for my hand. And, I didn't like the "fluidity" with which it scrolled. Honestly, I have been really happy with it! I know they are definitely more expensive than Windows machines, though. Had my Windows machine not actually died, not sure if I would have ever switched.
Paul, if you're running an operating system in a virtual machine what it does is use a small portion of the actual system's hardware to virtualize it. Even the fact that your impression is that Windows 7 is fast within the virtualization is a testament to how speedy it is.
Even things like navigating Finder versus Windows Explorer let you see the performance difference. If you're not the type of user that gets frustrated by little pauses here and there then it may be a non issue. But for developers like myself that view every single second of waiting as productivity or stride killers it becomes a huge deal. I just don't get it. I was really excited for Spaces before I realized that it's pure, unadulterated, fruitless overhead. Very buggy feeling. One of the biggest reasons I like the Mac platform? I don't care whether you're on a PC or Mac, your hard drive will fail at some point or you'll lose your laptop.
And if you have a Mac with Time Machine, you'll be able to restore to a new drive or machine exactly the way it was before, something that is nearly impossible in Windows. Also, to all of the mac gesture and trackpad lovers. I added an "Update" at the bottom of my post to reflect the possible mis-memory of Windows machines. Also, we find at the office that Spaces doesn't play well with Skype. It doesn't seem to enjoy the concept of multiple desktops. And, I'm with you - even small delays are noticeable to people like us who are jumping in and out of apps all day. Hence why Spaces lasted about 30 seconds in my life :.
I agree with the Notebook vs. Laptop concept. I use my "laptop" with an external keyboard, mouse, and monitor. The only time I ever actually use it directly is when I am traveling. And at that point, I'm just a casual user email mostly. I don't think I could type all day without my ergonomic keyboard. I'll look into Time Machine. I've been backing stuff up with Jungle Disk a hold over from my Window's days. Another thing no one ever talks about is how frighteningly hot MacBook Pros get if you stress them in any grown up way whatsoever.
The automatic graphics switching is also buggy as crud, using dedicated graphics for things as trivial as browsing the web. Then there's battery life. Without the hack I get about 3. Then there's stability. That's just silly. If I had a nickel for every time I've had to force quit I'd be a rich rich man. There are 3rd party solutions you can pay a few hundred dollars more for to let you do something that my Dell laptop could out of the box, use multiple monitors, but none of them support native performance, you'll hit visual lag and delay at any resolution above p. Can't carry extra battries, because the laptop can't use extra batteries.
Those 3 technologies are the biggest innovations in laptops right now, and mac can't hang. Or even play BluRay discs. I agree with you that sometimes you want Cmd-Tab to take you to a specific window, not a specific app. Macs are app centric, Windows is window centric. For Doesn't hurt to ask, right? Spaces is useful if you use System Preferences to map apps to specific Spaces.
Then you can use Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, etc, to switch directly to a specific app. Pretty soon you'll like having one app per Space, and working faster that way. Expose is also a heck of a lot more useful if you use the 4-finger-swipe gestures on the trackpad. Try them, you'll like them. Do the opposite to undo them. The Mac has true preemptive multitasking. Once, on a Windows machine, I started a long, intensive task indexing I think but then realized that wouldn't be able to go home until I sent an e-mail.
The indexing was so impacting everything else, it took me over a half hour to write a three sentence e-mail. I'd type, nothing would appear, wait and wait and wait, text would appear, made sure no dropped characters, typed more, etc. But on a Mac, I initiated a similarly long, intense process copying , files from another Mac. I got bored and decided to watch a DVD of Dune. The DVD played without any visual or audio glitches at all. And, when the DVD was done, so were the files. It didn't simply allocate priority to the DVD and not copy the files. The thing I love most about my desktop Mac is PhoneValet.
It's a telephone voice-menu, voice-mail system that runs in background. When a call comes in, it reads the Caller-ID and runs profile-specific scripts. Family gets one behavior, friends get another, coworkers another and telemarketers another. Everyone I personally know gets an outgoing message that begins "Hello [firstname]".
It took a while to set up a bunch of profiles, but it's fun to pleasantly surprise people. And when someone leaves a message, I can optionally forward the message as a sound file via e-mail. As another dev frustrated with OSX window management, I've tried a bunch of alternatives.
Witch, as mentioned above, came in a close second. David my experience has definitely been different from yours. My MBP rarely overheats, and apps crash much less frequently than during my Windows days. That said, some of the hardware-based limitations are annoying Bluray, external monitor support, etc , but my day-to-day dev experience is defined more by the software. If I couldn't have my dual external monitors I would want to shoot myself. I can't see virtually anything that would make me give up a good docking dell laptop with dual monitors.
Doing web development with the editor on one screen and the browser on the other is pure brilliance, and with its windowing issues I just don't see a mac being able to duplicate that level of intuitive usability. I have had my Macbook Pro for home PC for about three months now and enjoyed using it, but it has caused problems when using my work systems, especially notebook.
I am always pushing down on the trackpad to click and my Lenova doesn't respond. I am not sure if Apple has this patented or not, but it is one feature that once you get used to, you don't want to go back to tapping to click. I too recently switched to a MacBook Pro. I've been pretty happy, but I agree that the windowing is terrible. Works pretty well for the most part. I really dislike the Finder, I don't like the way keys behave, the way directories aren't all shown before files, among other things. And one glaring thing missing: cut and paste of files. You can copy and paste, but you can't cut and paste.
Why not? I haven't a clue. It's such a simple thing, and yet they don't add it. TotalFinder fixes a number of these problems, but I kind of refuse to pay for things that should be built-in on general principle. Like you, I have no use for Expose or Spaces. Also, anything running Flash can cause the fan to go on overdrive and make the machine hang a bit, which I guess I was all too aware of before getting the laptop. Other than that, performance is great, I love multitouch trackpad, Dashboard, and Spotlight built-in, among other things.
Can't say I regret the change, though if it wasn't for iOS development, I would have stuck with Windows. Optimal Layout looks cool, at first glance it looks like a slightly less awesome copy of Divvy though. I'll have to check it out. And I'm glad you don't have issues using your MacBook Pro on your lap.
Honestly, I can't use mine even on integrated graphics on my lap without some kind of laptop buffer accessory because it's just too hot, but with dedicated graphics on it gets so hot that it will literally burn you. Granted I have the model with the highest end graphic card available, and it may be an issue exclusive to those models. But the point is it's just out of control hot all of the time until you hack it, and even then it's too hot. I'd gladly accept another. I've definitely noticed that my MacBook Pro gets pretty hot; but my primary means of use is basically as a desktop, so it didn't occur to me to list it out as an issue.
I have used it a few times on long train commutes and have felt the heat :. As far as battery life, I never believe anyone about anything! I've never had a battery life be predictable for any device. I watched parts of the Apple Keynote this morning had it on in the background. Looks like they are really going hardcore with the gestures. I wonder how I'll integrate that more into my life. I think we even have one in the office somewhere. Could be nice just to have off to the side. Of course not having it front and center might defeat the purpose.
What Apple really needs to do is come out with a beasty ergonomic keyboard with a track pad. For real - how is it that Apple doesn't make any good keyboards? When they put so much thought into everything else. That Optimal Layout app looks interesting. Though, I have to say I spend more time trying to make window take up the entire screen than I do making multiple windows fit nicely together. I think its a byproduct of the fact that I only ever had one-monitor.
I never figured how to mentally model more than one window :. I've tried multiple monitors before. Something about it I just can't get into. People rave about their 2 or 3 monitor setups; it's not for me. Then again, I rave about ergonomic keyboard and people think I'm crazy It's funny you mention that - the buttonless trackpad is something that always throws me off when I go to use my laptop as a "lap" top. No matter what I am doing, I always click on the bottom of the trackpad when I want to click.
Then I realize there are no buttons there. I think it's all just a matter of what you get used to. I am sure if I used the laptop directly more often, it would be pretty cool. Especially since the trackpad is freaking HUGE on these new computers. I always just assumed that was a browser issue. As someone who has Grooveshark or Pandora on a lot of the time, that can be annoying. But, it doesn't always happen; it seems to only be set off some of the time. On Windows, one folder would be in "thumbs" view; another would be in list view; another would be in details view.
There was no continuity. On the Mac, the Finder is always the same. You view in Thumbs on one folder and it stays in Thumbs everywhere until you change it to another view. To me, this approach feels much more intuitive. Also, Spotlight is one of those things that I need to get into. People always tell me how awesome it is and I've yet to ever actually use it other than accidentally prompting from time to time. If yours was taking a minute then something was wrong or it was sick My new Core i7 notebook blows the doors off of the Macbook Pro in terms of speed,versatility and features I just like its options for "command-tab" behavior better than Witch's.
Not by much though. You toggle a software switch just like you would your wifi if you wanted to turn it off, it picks up any enabled devices monitors that support it adapterlessly or anything with an adapter in the back and you just click on the ones you want to broadcast to and you're good to go. It's pretty futuristic and supports up to p right now, and is only getting better.
WiMax is just a 4G data connection inside of your laptop. I mean you get Mbps on the go with no adapter or hotspot necessary and fantastic coverage in most major cities I'd care about going to! What could be more elegant. MyWifi just lets you push a button to share that 4G connection with your girlfriend on the go complete with encryption choices and passwording like a router.
Actually, it lets you share any connection, including your wireless connection. It's pretty slick and I'd expect to see it in something touted as the best laptop on the market. What's this? It is weird that I am the only Windows user in the local Clojure meetup. Everyone else either has MBPs or Linux machines. Many are also young and mostly Ruby people. I understand that the Ruby dev community is almost exclusively Apple oriented from what I have observed.
I come from a completely different background where the corporate datacenter tells you what to use so I have always bought Windows boxes personally. I thought about a MBP for personal use, but would need something to push me to go that direction due to the ridiculous price. Ben: Spaces is my number on productivity tool.
Success at Spaces requires learning new habits, assigning applications to specific Spaces, and mastering what I call "adjacencies", or putting supporting applications adjacent to main applications. Confessions Of A Space-oholic More Confessions Of A Space-oholic That gives me NINE 17" screens in which to work.
And sometimes even I normally share when tethered via bluetooth which is very simple. That, good sir, is actually the cuff to a nice shirt I had to get one for work for client meetings since tee-shirts aren't all the rage in the business world. But it turns out, most of our meetings are virtual. It's quite possible that the re-waken slowness on my PCs was due to problems.
I'd be moving along fine and then, out of nowhere, everything would come to a halt. I could never figure out what it was. Luckily, that's never happened on any of my other computers since. I don't know what the Core i7 is - I'm not much of a hardware guy. I assume that's the latest and greatest. I've never even heard of such a thing. That's ridiculously cool! The MyWiFi stuff sounds cool too. On the Mac, you can "share your internet"; but it sounds much more limited than what you're describing. Maybe there's patents or something that are getting in the way?
There are definitely things that would appear to be no-brainers for inclusion. Though, I was watching the "Welcome to Macintosh" documentary on Netflix the other day and I believe that one of the guys being interviewed in the film said that, in fact, most Mac users are over the age of 30 if not over Who know if he was just pulling that number out of the air he definitely wasn't citing any sources ; but, he was saying that to contrast the reality with the perception.
I think part of what he meant to imply was that Mac has always had a very loyal fan base; and, many of the people who use Macs today were also using Macs waaay back in the day hence the older bell curve. As far as Linux - that's way too intimidating for me : I like that I can "baby-step" into the command line on the Mac.
This is probably why I feel more empowered on the Mac than I did on the PC - it allows me sometimes forces me to get into the command line without feeling like its an all-or-nothing approach. Ha ha, 9 virtual screens :D That's bananas! Ok, I'll take a look at the blog posts. Hey, if it can improve the way I do things, I want to be open to checking it out.
Apple won't adopt BluRay because they want you to purchase their p content through iTunes. Because unfortunately they don't get money for every BluRay disc you rent. My 3 three-year-old 27 inch Dell monitors all support display port by the way, but curiously there's no Apple mini displayport to displayport adapter or cable at all on Apple.
Kind of entertaining. That kind of bold, blatant wallet rape. To hook my Mac Pro desktop up to those 3 monitors before I returned it I had to buy a 2nd graphics card AND mini display port adapter. Those were Radeon cards. What a disgrace. When I asked the Apple store employee supposedly most knowledgeable about Mac Pros, he couldn't find an answer. It must be a limitation with Or something.
Apple doesn't add multi-monitor support to their laptops because guess what? Then we get that money instead of no one getting that money. Apple may not embed 4G chips because they make money off of iPhone tethering plan partnerships, god only knows. Who knows why the iPhone 4 doesn't have 4G either. Or why macs got the i7s 6 months after the rest of the world. My guess would be scams so amazing that I can't even guess at them. I hope that when Steve Jobs dies whoever takes over completely overhauls the company's strategy to really live up to their claims and make the best products ever.
And start to put people and consumers first and pruning every last dollar out of every last consumer second. That would be a company I could root for. The end. Totally forgot to mention, also hate the keyboard shortcuts and positioning of the keys on the Macbook Pro keyboard. Too much splitting of things between Ctrl and Apple key. For example, managing tabs in Chrome. In OS X, you use the apple key instead for most of those operations, except for cycling between tabs, where you also use Ctrl.
Hate it. The position of the keys is also annoying. The fn key sits where I'd want the Ctrl key to be. I switched to Mac about 2 years ago. I'll never look back. Having the Unix filesystem under the hood is a huge plus in my book, Unix-based systems have always been better performing for me than Windows systems ever have.
All my production servers are Unix, and will be as long as I am in charge of it.
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I will say that Win7 is a huge step up from past Windows experiences, and I was a beta tester for Windows 95 back in the day so I have a ton of experience with Windows. It also has never been as polished to me as OS X is. It just works better for me. Simple, easy, and comfortable. As for dual monitors, I've never found a time where using my 15" Macbook screen as a second monitor to my 26" HD primary has left me wanting more. I can routinely get almost 4 hours on my Macbook running CF 9.
My wife's Samsung i5 Win7 laptop maxes out at 3 hours with only light usage. Maybe I'm lucky there, but when I got my new dual-core i7 about 5 months ago it's been even better than my first MBP. You don't have to be stuck with any keyboard shortcut. QuicKeys will let you assign whatever keys you want to whatever actions you want.
And it's not just a keyboard mapping utility. It's also a scripting language that can script GUI actions. In ye olden days, they used to say "a Mac without QuicKeys isn't really a Mac". Currently sold by Startly Technologies. You can make your Mac keyboard shortcuts the same as Windows or vice-versa, because they make a Windows version now too.
Thanks for taking the time to post your review. My laptop died last December and I too looked around for a while to find a replacement. I came so close to buying a Mac but in the end I bought a 13" Sony Vaio for these reasons: 1 I didn't want to buy and run two OS's - just one.
As usual your posts are awesome. I've been looking at an excuse to by a macbook pro for long now, and your post convinced me My question would be, would this machine be a better tool for a front-end web developer like me, or should I stick to my Win7 machine for this. Is something like this possible with the favoured text editors on the mac, i. I don't use Space or Expose. I find that Space just gets in my way, the way they've set it up. I used to use Expose in the past, but not so much now.
I've found that I never, ever use Dashboard widgets. I think that is one of the OS X features that just don't really work out so well in practice. Too "out of sight, out of mind". I may be in the minority, but I find the trackpad irritating. It makes me feel like I'm cramping my hands I have some stiffness and a bit of nerve issues in my right hand and use my mouse most of the time.
I have a fairly cheap Win laptop just so that I can see what Win users see in browsers there. I find it really excruciatingly slow on the startup. All those constant system updates. I've always felt like I'm bumbling around when I use Windows. Lola Well I've just heard good things about textmate, and to be honest that was one of the reasons I've started looking at the macbook. On a side note, my buddy wants to sell his macbook pro.
It's a MacBookPro5,3. Intel Core 2 Duo 2. How long will typically would that one be fine for web development? That way I can set my [My] Pictures folder to show thumbnails without affecting the rest of my system. But, I feel slightly more frustrated with my Android Depending on the price, I'd be okay with it. I've got Snow Leopard on a 2. It's okay. Randall Thanks for the reply. I think I might just take my buddy up on his offer. Now I'll stop spamming this post :.
I have used a Macbook for only a few hours. I hate to say it but you just confirmed what I found out in just that time which is the productivity of this machine when lots of apps and web pages open is woeful. I bought a second hand Macbook to find out more about macs as I service PCs already and want to service apple products also. My assumption from what I heard was that macs are very stable and excellent multimedia machines.
I also heard that the W7 taskbar and ability to track open applications and web pages was better than mac.
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What I didn't expect was just how damned primitive the mac is in this respect. IMHO it renders it much less useful for serious business use where I often have open a dozen applications and probably six web pages when I am busy. It would be a right pain to switch to where you want to be on a mac. I'm still exploring the machine and I have been quite impressed by the setup and use.
Windows 7 is such a sweet product. I admit though using something like Outlook to send pictures for example is much harder than it should be and it is a shitty bit of software and no credit to microsoft.
Microsoft though seem to be putting a lot of work into developing their interface unlike Apple and it shows. It seems like mac is surviving on unreasonable hype and it had better get it's act together as W7 has already kicked it arse in basic usage and my bet is W8 will finish it off. For some reason it seems to have a charmed life and people have almost religious faith in it. Well, rant finished.
I have a lot to explore and I'm sure in the world of multimedia it has some pretty flash stuff under the hood. I have already had a play with DVD and pictures. Pretty good stuff and much more thought has gone into software supplied with the OS than Microsoft. Microsoft though have not been idle and programs like windows live mail and windows picture gallery are very well thought out programs. Traditionally microsoft have just supplied the OS and left third parties to do all the hard work but with Vista this started to change and with W7 it is in full swing with them starting supply nice multimedia software and I expect this trend will continue.
I have had W7 since before it was released using the beta and it has performed very well with pretty well no crashes in spite of extensive usage and using loads of different software. Viruses and malware aren't the scourge that people make out provided you take at least some care as to the web sites you visit and yes you do need security software too, to be safe.
Overall though W7 is uncommonly good and well thought out, not so the basic usage of mac. Yes, do have the latest You're spot-on with your dislike of the Alt-Tab feature. I regularly use Linux for development and it has a vastly-superior system for moving between tasks, windows, apps, etc. I'd have to say the same about Expose and Spaces -- using the equivalent features in Linux is much more productive. On the positive side, Apple hardware is amazing! Which is why I often run Linux on my Mac hardware I only understand the hardware stuff abstractly, but I have to say, you make some pretty persuasive arguments.
From what it sounds like, there's definitely some shady decisions being made. But, to be fair, my Lenovo has this same poor layout as well. I typically type of on an external keyboard Logitech and thankfully it doesn't even have a FN key since it has F1-F12 keys at the top.
Every time I have to actually type on laptop itself, it takes me many mistakes to remember where my pinky should go. Also, since I have a Windows-based external key board, I have the "Start" button instead of a Command key which causes a whole other set of mental gymnastics :. Mac's do have a polished feel. There is definitely a unifying thread that seems to pull everything together and I'm not just talking about iTunes :P. In fact, one of my co-workers will often refer to "junky" Apple software as not having the "Apple look".
It seems to be something the Mac world prioritizes. A few weekends ago, I participated in the TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon; one thing that really surprised me was the large diversity of computers. It was pretty surprising! Word up - testing on IE is definitely more of a hassle on the Mac. The SQL Server issue is also a big one. We use MySQL at work for most things, so it hasn't been a big deal. I'm glad you like the post; and with any "product review", nothing will leave you more unsettled that the comments :D I feel the same way whenever I go to buy electronics off of Amazon or New Egg.
To be honest, I wouldn't necessarily try to convince anyone to switch one way or the other. I started using a Mac because my Lenovo happen to have died. And, since switching, I have felt a lot of benefit from it and some friction. Other than that, I have very little experience with how this machine might be better or worse for any particular type of work. Even when it comes to something like Builder based on Eclipse , I can't even talk about integrated FTP since I use other apps for other functions.
I've never gotten into the idea of integrating functionality. Not to say that it's not great - if I started, it might rock my world; I've just never really tried it as having multiple apps has never really been a point of pain for me. I wish I could give you more concrete advice. I can only say that I really do enjoy my Mac. And, that when this one dies, I'll probably get another Mac. Ha ha, yeah, Dashboard is always one of those things that I forget even exists.
When they mentioned it in the Lion Keynote the other day, I kid you not, my immediate reaction was: "You're still building that into the OS? The problem is, you can switch back and forth between the calculator and anything else such as to copy a number - the dashboard disappears. I realized, at that moment, the Dashboard and myself were not going to jive well together.
I promptly removed it from my Dock and forgot about it. I've definitely used that approach before "Apply to all folders" for view types. But, I could swear that I always mess that up at some point. It might be me, but it just never felt like it stuck. I also used to immediately go into the computer properties and set it to "Optimize for best performance". This would turn off all the themeing and anti-aliasing and what-not. Yeah, I have the latest And, yeah, it took me a few month to stop hating the windowing that Mac users.
Like you said, if you're doing business and are in web development, you probably have multiple instances of web browsers open. This leaves the windowing approach less than desirable. That said, I've never really experienced the performance issues with the machine itself that other people are talking about. On my Windows machine, it was the most brilliant piece of software. On the Mac, it's seems much much slower. I don't know if that's an issue with the app itself or, the underlying MySQL engine. I just know, as a hard comparison, Navicat was much better on Windows. The hardware has been sufficient for me.
I don't do anything too intense with it other than having ColdFusion 8 and 9 running all the time in the background.
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With that comment, you bring me to another disadvantage of the Mac. Disclaimer: this is not me having a feeling of entitlement or whining about something, just pointing out a practical disadvantage. It's become obvious that there is very little free software for Mac. Every time I look for some simple utility for Mac, it's always a pay app. I checked for alternatives to QuickKeys, every other program I find is a pay program.
For QuickKeys it's not as bad because what I want is down to preference, not a real flaw, but for things like cutting and pasting files in the Finder, I think it's ridiculous to have to pay for something that should work out of the box. All I want is to be able to cut and paste file and I think if we have to pay for that along with all the other stuff that Apple charges for that David McGuigan so eloquently pointed out , it's just wrong.
On that note, anybody know of any small program that would allow for mapping a keyboard shortcut to another keyboard shortcut? That's all I want to do. My pinky is just used to reaching for that last key on the bottom left. I thought BetterTouchTool was going to allow me to do it because it has a Keyboard section, but that one only allows you to map to predefined functions, unlike the gestures which you can map to shortcuts. Regarding wake up time on windows 7. I now have an Asrock motherboard with an ik on it and it wakes up in about 2 seconds, basically as fast as a mac OSX.
It makes you wonder what is going on but the wake up time is very good. Total bootup time for Windows 7 for both my desktop and laptop is about 30 seconds in total, not just into the desktop but everything up and running. I am planning on taking the leap and buying some sort of a mac I simply don't have the money at this time. I know people say, the COST is less if you factor in how much time it takes to open apps, the frustration factor, etc.
It's really basic math. And I know people say you pay for quality, you get what you pay for, etc. And I say laptops, because I do use mine on my lap quite a bit, and don't have a problem with the burning. Nor do I really have to worry all that much about being able to procreate, as I don't think it really affects that with women. Plus, you know, they could use that as a means of advertising, you know? It could be considered a feature, not a bug. It could get you more play We won't have to worry about the usual things that cause anxiety with this, because, as I said, I have a macBook, and I frequently use it on my lap.
That brings us to a slightly more serious note, that which also Randall brought up I don't really care if the thing looks sexy, I just want it to function. Maybe that's because I am a girl and less concerned with that which is visually stimulating, but I really just want something I can use. And, leading to yet another point of mine I like to go 10, miles in the car and then realize I haven't changed the oil yet and take it in for an oil change and the thing still run.
I like to be going down the road on a rainy day, miss my turn, jerk the wheel a little to the left, and do a degree u-turn right in the middle of the road without the thing totally crapping out on me in the middle of the whole thing. If I find out I have pulled out a little sooner in front of someone than I meant to, I like to really gun it, gain in speed, and get ahead without being run into and also without the freaking transmission falling out of it and into the middle of the road where it can cause other people to run over it and wreck, or just give out on me completely.
This may seem not to relate, but it does I am getting to it. I like to be able to use and abuse them, and at the end of the day, they still work. I like to open up 18 windows Not to mention the other 15 or 20 programs I have open. I like to have Flash, Photoshop, Eclipse or Dreamweaver, or whatever code editing program I use , im, and several im windows, my email program if it is separate from the web browser , excel, adobe acrobat, and several others I have heard that hardware-wise, that you can drop an apple machine out of the window of your car, have several people run over it, drop kick it over a goal post and have it land on concrete, body slam it to the ground and do an elbow drop on it, and the thing still work.
I would LOVE something that could take that much abuse and still live and work after that. I have dropped my laptop on the ground at least a few times, and it still works fine. I have a few that I have dropped a few times on the ground, and after awhile, they just quit working. I have a friend who has a mac. After about a year or so it's coming around to the time you have had yours, Ben, but his is a desktop, so it may be a slightly different thing , the thing just locked up and quit working completely. So, Randall, he and I would agree with you that a lot of computers these days, mac or pc or whatever, are just crap in general, and none are free from completely crapping out on you, especially not eventually.
But anyway, he had his about a year or so, and it just totally locked up on him. He had to take it back to the apple store to get it worked on, and he finally got it fixed and was able to bring it back on. Not long after that, a few months or so, the same thing happened.
Just the other day, I heard him beating on it and cussing at it, because it had locked up again. I think it does that quite a bit I have been on it when it has locked up, and I also noticed at that time, it did seem to take an awful long time doing things in different programs on it. My laptops work fine, so I am just sticking with them for now. And David, I have heard this rant about Apple several times, and there are many people in the same camp, I am sure.
That brings me back to my original point Doesn't apply to me, I'm not rich, but if you consider that, maybe it's just a smart business decision that we end up having to pay for in the long run. Honestly, if someone just gave me one out of thin air, I would accept it, I wouldn't just throw it back in their face. Well, what if I can't wait? Almost all of my money now goes to paying back school loans Maybe once I get those things paid off, I will be able to afford the mac, but I'm actually thankful to have this time to think about it and think if it end up really actually being worth it in the end.
Because it may not be. I was going to suggest getting a laptop and putting linux on it if you were really enjoying playing with the command line, and really wanted to play with it, but you beat me to it when you said it was beyond your desire to play command line. As far as durability, I'm sure 30 mac enthusiasts will start spouting about how durable and amazingly sturdy the unibody construction is I got into an impromptu tickle fight with some friends on my bed one time and one girl's foot tipped my MacBook Pro off of it literally feet onto the floor.
The entire CD slot part of the metal just caved and bent warping it so badly that I then had to sell it for an insane price just to not have to look at it anymore. On top of that I've had 3 separate mac laptops with dead pixels, luckily they were purchased from Best Buy so I was able to exchange them.
But yeah. The laptops at least the Pros definitely feel and look very solid, which is actually great. But as far as real durability, no ma'am. To me it doesn't. I had an iMac practiacally in hand it was used, needed to be reboxed -- until I asked if I could change out the internal hard drive. Nope, requires a technician. Are you serious? Macs are Unix. There's a metric TON of free open source software out there:. All you need is Xcode. It's a complete IDE, with interface builder, source-level debugger, etc. If that's too much to pay, I give up. Or, if you're not a programmer, here's more stuff that doesn't even require compilation, much of it free:.
David: Thank you for your input. Right now, I simply have other things to pay for. My college loan is absolutely going to top priority right now obviously after the things I HAVE to pay for, including basic living expenses, food, gas, rent, etc. Durability is a top decision-maker for me. I love the fact that my laptop still works after it was kicked off the bed by someone in the last month or so. I could be like some women I know and resort to using and abusing men, but I don't have the energy for it, and it just isn't as fun as using and abusing things like laptops, cars, etc.
The only things about a MBP I like are the magnetic power plug of course, and the color calibration of the display. Color is important in the web design world, and too many craptops simply have bad color, or display off colors if you are sitting just 30 degrees off perpendicular. MBP has good color - not the best, but good. You'd live to tell about it Just saying. Sorry Ben That's what I was under the impression of, but I could be wrong. People with completely crappy computers and monitors should be able to view your work without wanting to scratch their eyes out by the horible contrast and clashing of colors also, correct?
Furthermore, to address the comment about spinning a man around degrees on a wet road, etc. So, yes, I might want to do it again, although the next time I might want to use a different technique and rip connective tissue instead as I separate two joints from each other in some fancy torque operation involving the rotation at a degree angle, however, I don't think the man would want me doing it to him again. Seems to me that would be like painting pictures for incorrect eyes like those suffering with monochromacity. In my opinion, designing with a display showing you as correct of colors as can be asked for would help yield the best possible color designs.
The MBP has a very decent display. Actually Aaron, I think you're off base there. Anna, you can take me for a spin any day. Er, I mean, to stay on topic, my MacBook. Yeah, that's it. I don't believe I am too off-base. I don't know much about recent reviews, but gloss or no gloss, color is color and in the past the Apple displays have been a good choice for proper color calibration.
Some monitors are really terrible with color, contrast, brightness But, I don't recommend Apple products of any kind. I have an iPod video that I could do without. I have an iPad2 that really irritates the crap out of me; not to mention the first one I got came with a dead power button. I'm done with buying Apple products, I think. I wouldn't refuse an MBP or an Apple display, but I probably wouldn't buy either for personal use. As you can see, on the various color benchmarks the newest Apple display 27 gets mediocre scores at best, in league with some cheap if not generic ASUS and Scepter models in may of the benchmarks.
I'm definitely not defending Apple, but there is a clear distinction between the displays in that review that should separate them in tests. CCFL is simply better than LED when it comes to contrast and promotes a more even lighting enabling a larger range of colors to be precisely calibrated. Apple isn't too far off base in that market. However, again, I am no fan. I just can't justify the cost for what you get when you can choose a little smaller monitor like the 23" ASUS you referred to and get the color accuracy needed.