Ordered my first Mac today

Started May 16, 2008 | Discussions thread
Scott Weierich
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Re: It's not too often...
In reply to Pete Perry, May 19, 2008

I think you have some facts that are incorrect. Here is the system requirements for Vista:

System Requirements
Manufacturer/Publisher Name Microsoft
Minimum Processor Speed 1 GHz processor
Memory Required 1 GB of system memory
HardDisk Required 40GB hard drive with at least 15GB of available space
Display Support for DirectX 9 graphics with:
• WDDM Driver
• 128 MB of graphics memory (minimum)
• Pixel Shader 2.0 in hardware
• 32 bits per pixel

Note that it takes 15GB of available space for Vista. Now take a look at Mac OS X Leopard's system requirements:

Mac computer with an Intel, PowerPC G5, or PowerPC G4 (867MHz or faster) processor

512MB of memory
DVD drive for installation
9GB of available disk space
Some features require a compatible Internet service provider; fees may apply.
Some features require Apple's .Mac service; fees apply.

Note that Leopard only requires 9GB versus the 15GB for Vista. Now how about THAT for Bloatware?!

Pete Perry wrote:
It's not that it's all bad, it's just not all good...

We always here Windows is bloated and yet this base install is larger...

Then we hear how easy the system is to use but much like Canon vs.
Nikon that depends on what you've used as I miss my keyboard
shortcuts that I have in Windows.

I do like the install routine although I have to say the system
really goes out of it's way to keep the user isolated from the actual
OS files.

Overall, it isn't a horrible experience but I'm not ready to proclaim
that it is miles better than my Vista box (Vista on newer hardware
really is pretty cool) and it seems that Vista out of the box is
really way more configurable as is XP and Linux for that matter.

I will say thought I certainly see how similar OS X and Ubuntu are as
many things operate very much alike.

Mjs wrote:
Depends what you are looking at. Never used a mac mini. I have the
macbook pro and Mac Pro and will say my mac pro is better in 95% of
the items I performed on the pc. The ease of use with all the built
in, user friendly, features is what it is all about. People really
need to learn the shortcuts and personal features that the mac offers
over the pc. It is not a 1 day job

Pete Perry wrote:
I just bought a used Mini to try it out for photo editing (I didn't
want a huge investment in case I don't like it) and when I got the
thing home and plugged it in the only OS on it was Windows XP...
Needless to say, I thought that was pretty funny.

As for blowing Wintel away, I don't see that from where I'm sitting
right now and I've disappointed that a base install of OS X is
considerably larger than a base install of Vista Home Premium.

Ghozer wrote:
...that someone buys a Mac and says they'll primarily use Vista!

Enjoy the Mac. It blows wintel out of the water. Not. Even. Close.

TXNikonShooter wrote:

Just got my deal done, ordering a 2008 MacBook Pro 15" laptop today.
I've been a die-hard PC guy up until now, and will primarily use
Vista on the new hardware, but it will be nice to have OS X features
when I want them. I can't easily link to the servers at my job very
well with my Dell, so it was time to get the Mac.
I'm excited to have multi-touch and a back-lit keyboard- those are
the little touches I appreciate Apple for.
I'm sure I'll be asking for help around here once it gets here.

Cheers!

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