Time Out for a little Geeking

Despite what I just wrote about working with computers, I confess to be as giddy as any fan-boy about the new tech coming down the various pipelines. Last week I got to configure Apple’s new Macbook for a client. She wanted an attractive laptop, very stylish, but due to having a Windows Exchange server at work, needed Windows. I suggested the Macbook on the day that it came out.

I have to say that this Mac is the best Windows machine I have ever used.  When I first ran Boot Camp (the Apple-sanctioned utility that allows you to partition your hard drive to make room for a Windows installation) I admit that it was a strange and somewhat disconcerting sight to see an Apple product boot into Windows. I felt a little funny about it. But I went about my business, and found that this was one of the fastest machines I’ve ever gotten to work with; very responsive and well-put together. It’s due to the dual-core Intel chip in all the new Macs, and I’m sure that a similar, PC-branded, computer would run just as fast or faster. But since I doubt I’ll ever actually buy a Windows machine for myself or anyone else, I think that this is a fantastic workaround in situations such as this client’s.

It’s not a perfect solution, though, for someone that just needs a Windows PC. First and foremost, the keyboard mapping, at least on the notebooks, is a real problem. I found a way to hack the keyboard to get me “CTRL-ALT-DEL” on the Windows side, but it was a not-that-much-fun task in the installation process.  And it’s sad that the iSight doesn’t work in Windows (yet?). I’m thinking that Apple will fix these little quirks, but until then if I were a full-time Windows person I wouldn’t make the switch.
My more Mac-Nazi friends don’t agree, but there are plenty of reasons why it’d be nice for to have a computer that ran Windows and Mac OS X at the same time. Personally, I could use it to check web-browser compatibility in design, to use audio programs still only for Windows. And in the two years I’ve been dabbling in networking and repair of computers, I have never once gotten a call from a Mac user here in Charleston. I still take my laptop to test networks and the like, and can network pretty much anything (albeit with some heavy swearing and gnashing of teeth), but I admit it’s just easier to get Windows to talk to Windows.

I’m excited about this opportunity Apple has given it’s followers, and love the results. I now spend about 80% of my computing time with Windows, and yet still prefer using my Mac, which speaks volumes, I think. I’d say that if you’re thinking of buying a better computer, and would consider switching, this Macbook is such a nice piece of work.