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Is Using A MBP AND!!!  A PC The Ultimate Approach?

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Jun 15, 2011 6:20 AM

Why do I automatically  think that I have to be

on one type of machine

or the other when it comes to technology?

Why not both for different tasks?

Do many people already do this?

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.7)
  • chrisfromhopewell Level 4 Level 4 (1,085 points)
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    Jun 15, 2011 6:29 AM (in response to Status P)

    You can use both if you want. It's a free country. I personally find macs much more useful and more powerful than pcs. I don't like the operating system setup.

  • Keith Barkley Level 5 Level 5 (5,140 points)
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    Jun 15, 2011 6:31 AM (in response to Status P)

    If the PC does stuff the Mac can't, then it is.  If the Mac takes care of all your needs, than no need for a PC.  (I think that a MBP and BootCamp is the ultimate, but YMMV.)

  • Allan Eckert Level 8 Level 8 (39,445 points)
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    Jun 15, 2011 6:47 AM (in response to Status P)

    Personally after being forced to use a Windows laptop during my years in IT, I was glad to totally do away with anything from M$ with my retirement. I have not felt like I have missed anything by outlawing everything from M$. For this reason a Mac is perfectly fine for me.

     

    Allan

    tiger

  • Ronda Wilson Level 8 Level 8 (40,560 points)
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    Jun 15, 2011 6:47 AM (in response to Status P)

    I don't think it's very hard to set up a PC volume on the Mac (from what I've heard), and there are experienced users here who would help you through it, but it's really whatever you prefer.

     

    I haven't tried to use Windows, myself, in nine years.

  • JoeyR Level 6 Level 6 (8,275 points)
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    Jun 15, 2011 6:52 AM (in response to Status P)
    Why do I automatically  think that I have to be on one type of machine or the other when it comes to technology?

    There really isn't anything different between PCs and Macs with respect to technology.  They both use essentially the same components.  About the only difference at this point is Thunderbolt and we'll just have to wait and see if the PC industry adopts it. 

     

    Other than that, if you run Windows on a Mac, it's no different than running it on any other hardware.  You do, of course, have the added benefit of being able to run OS X on a Mac.  While Apple's hardware is pretty, it's really the OS that makes it stand out. 

  • Allan Eckert Level 8 Level 8 (39,445 points)
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    Jun 15, 2011 6:54 AM (in response to JoeyR)

    One other slight difference is that PC still use the archaic BIOS whereas Mac use EFI.

     

    Allan

  • JoeyR Level 6 Level 6 (8,275 points)

    Actually, a number of PC manufacturers have moved to EFI as well.  Granted, Apple made the move years ago, but EFI is a standard and like most things in the PC world... the move is slow. 

  • Phoney Calculating status...
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    Jun 16, 2011 6:37 AM (in response to Status P)

    If you want to have two machines, that's fine. Let me give you an example of what I set up for my wife: She needs to use Windows for work. They have specialized applications that are Windows-only. She is also supposed to keep all of her work information confidential.

     

    I bought her a MacBook Pro, and installed VMWare. With this software, she can run MS Windows as an application. When she switches to Windows, everything runs exactly like Windows, because it is Windows.  She uses Windows strictly for work. All of her personal stuff: Pictures, web browsing, personal e-mail, etc is done using the Mac OS.

     

    The advantage of this approach is that the Windows installation remains very lean, fast, uncluttered and secure. When you set up VMWare this way, you can share the Documents folder between Mac and Windows, so the see all of the same files. It is easy to set up and it works very well.

  • ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,305 points)
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    Jun 16, 2011 6:46 AM (in response to Status P)

    Status P wrote:

     

    Why do I automatically  think that I have to be

    on one type of machine

    or the other when it comes to technology?

    Why not both for different tasks?

    Do many people already do this?

     

    I use Windows, OS X and Linux on my MacBook Pro.

     

    All at once sometimes.

     

    Screen shot 2011-06-10 at 8.46.06 PM.jpg

     

    Even 3D Game in Windows

     

    Screen shot 2011-06-04 at 10.40.02 PM.jpg

     

    Ubuntu Linux 11.04

     

    Screen shot 2011-06-16 at 9.44.49 AM.jpg

     

    So on a powerful Mac, one can have it all.

  • Allan Eckert Level 8 Level 8 (39,445 points)
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    Jun 16, 2011 6:43 AM (in response to JoeyR)

    I think if you check you will find that what some of the PC are migrating over to is UEFI and EFI.

     

    Allan

    tiger

  • Phoney Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Jun 16, 2011 9:18 AM (in response to Status P)

    Also, using VMWare is very easy. You run the installer, and it asks you a few simple questions, such as the OS you want (Windows) and how much disk space you want to give it. Then you insert a Windows installer disc and it will install Windows and ask you for a Windows license key (yes, you have to pay for Windows).

     

    That's it! It installs device drivers that let Windows see your Mac network and other hardware; you don't install any drivers in Windows or configure the Windows network. It just works. Then you launch VMWare as an application, and it runs in a window or full-screen. Performance is excellent.

     

    I'm not trying to sound like a commercial for them, but from what you wrote, it looks like you're a little apprehensive about the complexity. It's not difficult. My computer-illiterate wife uses it with no problem.

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