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next purchase will be a Mac, not a PC
Authored by: jwoolson on Apr 15, '06 06:57:15AM

I have a current iMac G5/2.1GHz and an older HP PC, but when it comes time to replace the PC, I will buy an Intel Mac, not another PC.

Jonathan Woolson

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When to get an Intel Mac
Authored by: CajunLuke on Apr 15, '06 07:04:07AM

I'm still going to buy one whenever my iBook craps out on me, or the summer of '07, whichever comes first. Same as when they came out, same as when I decided on that course in October, when my iBook all but crapped out.

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indirect impact
Authored by: ChrisRyland on Apr 15, '06 07:05:12AM

I didn't buy my MacBook Pro any sooner, but I did buy it with an eye to replacing a fairly late-model ThinkPad I'm resenting carrying around for the occasional Windows build/test of our products.


--Chris Ryland, Em Software

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School and PCs
Authored by: xSmurf on Apr 15, '06 07:09:44AM

We use PCs at school and mine is really getting too slow (AMD K6 500). It's ok for testing pages in IE, but nothing else. On top of that the G4 (Dual 800 Quicksilver) is not as killer of a machine as it was back then. I would have probably upgraded the PC first out of school priority. But now, I can get the best of both world :D

PM G4 DP 800 / 1.25gb / 120Gb+80Gb / CD/DVD±RW/RAM/DL
- The only APP Smurf

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I don't do Windows at home.
Authored by: Jailer Joe on Apr 15, '06 07:10:02AM

I have neither the desire nor the need to ever run any version of Windows at home on my Mac so my choice was "no impact".

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Missing my poll option
Authored by: dan55304 on Apr 15, '06 07:46:19AM

I was expecting a poll option for changing my PC purchasing plans. XP on Mac doesn't impact my Mac purchasing, already have Macintel. It DOES impact my future Windows PC plans. I will no longer need to purchase a windows PC for the few times I need one.

Sheesh, what's the right term now? We used to say Windows PC or Intel PC for a Microsoft OS based PC. Now, it can mean a Mac too 8-)

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What's in a name?
Authored by: JackRepenning on Apr 28, '06 10:50:00AM
We used to say Windows PC or Intel PC for a Microsoft OS based PC

Well, that wasn't very clear of you, was it? You're forgetting Linux-based Intel PCs and FreeBSD-based Intel PCs and even Solaris Intel PCs!

We, over in my neighborhood, used to say "Wintel" for Windows-based Intel PCs, and "Lintel" for Linux-based Intel PCs, so these are, it would seem "Mintel PCs"!

Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?
-- T. S. Eliot, "Choruses from 'The Rock'"

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Not very soon, but sooner
Authored by: kL on Apr 15, '06 08:00:02AM

When ibooks and leopard come out I'll have good excuse to get rid of my dell.

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Wrong question
Authored by: adrianm on Apr 15, '06 08:06:51AM

I have an Intel Mac Mini, but prob won't ever use it for running Windows (although I am keen to do some evaluation of Solaris x86 in Parallels).

I also have a 2xG5 and that runs VPC for my Windows needs.

No, the question is wrong because it should consider a persons decision to buy a Windows PC. Will I buy a Windows PC, knowing I can dual boot the mini? or run slower in VPC on the G5?

Yes. Probably. With Dell and PC World selling genuine XP PCs for £399 or less it seems mad to dirty the Mac.

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wrong question!
Authored by: GerryA on Apr 15, '06 08:13:53AM

The question should have been 'how will the XP on Mac solutions impact your PC purchase plans?' - in my case, I was going to buy a PC for home for the kids to use (We've 3 Macs at home, and countless at work), seeing as the games all their friends play are Windows-based (and their school is Windows-based). But now I don't have to do that. And I can confirm that Boot Camp works as advertised... unlike Windows!

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Intel Mac purchasing plans
Authored by: FlyBoy on Apr 15, '06 08:48:14AM

I had already purchased a MacBook Pro before either the XP Hack, BootCamp or Parallels was announced. I had anticipated being able to run Windows eventually at native or near-native speed. I installed BootCamp the first day, and find it useful for the few programs that I need to run, although it is very inconvenient to have to reboot. I am waiting on Parallels to get USB support, as one of the things I need to be able to do under Windows is update device firmware for things like my Blackberry and GPS that don't have OS X ways to do so. Once USB is supported and perhaps some sort of shared drive mechanism, I think a virtualization solution makes the most sense.

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Intel Mac purchasing plans
Authored by: sheppy on Apr 15, '06 08:59:54AM

Polls that ask about your plans for purchasing Intel Macs keep forgetting to include the "I already have one (or more)" option.

I already have both a MacBook Pro and an iMac Core Duo, along with two PowerPC Macs. So Boot Camp didn't affect my purchasing plans, but I am glad to have it as an option now!

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Intel Mac purchasing plans
Authored by: gxw on Apr 15, '06 10:09:21AM


My mom said wanted a computer. I said you can have my old Mac (imac g5 17"). I purchased a 20" iMac for my uses. Did not want to give her a windows pc as I support these for a living. I do not want to do PC support in my off hours too. I bought the intel imac before Bootcamp and parallels were announced. Being able to run windows was not a consideration when buying the intel imac. Now, thanks to Parallels, I may be able to get rid on one of my windows PCs here at home.

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Intel Mac purchasing plans
Authored by: robg on Apr 15, '06 06:35:17PM

I left it out on purpose; I was more interested in finding out about those who had not yet purchased! :)


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Waiting for good virtualization
Authored by: djdawson on Apr 15, '06 09:22:20AM

I've already got access to both Windows PC's and Macs, so being able to dual-boot is a non-issue for me. What I'm waiting for is a good virtualization solution that will allow a guest operating system to run at close to native speed and allow convenient access on my Mac to the few Windows-only apps I sometimes need, such as Visio. The fact that the Merom processor should be out later this year and provide a nice performance boost is another reason I'm waiting. Finally, and it's unrelated to the virtualization thing, it looks like new higher speed wireless technology is finally coming out, such as the new 802.11n. I'm hoping the next gen of Apple's machines will include it.

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It just helps...
Authored by: sulo28 on Apr 15, '06 09:26:03AM

Anyone who works in a technical related field (engineering, telecom, etc) knows that its quite difficult to alleviate your exposure to Windows. At least now we can have a single computer to run that one crappy Windows program and OSX to run everything else that life demands!

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No impact, but positive.
Authored by: MtnBiker on Apr 15, '06 09:27:24AM

I checked no impact, because I'm still going to wait for a virtualization type solution (simultaneous booting). I "knew" they would come, so not sure no impact is the right answer. It's not sooner or later, because I assumed a year. I "need" simultaneous booting to run some GPS programs. The solution has to work better than Virtual PC, which is too fussy about USB (it may be the programs which usually aren't the most fully developed).

Probably an iMac (hopefully second generation, although from what I see the first is solid enough) when Leopard comes out. By then there should be some solid virtualization and also I can confirm that I can live with an iMac and not a PowerMac, which I currently use.

Boot Camp has almost no affect on my decision, although it would probably make firmware upgrades to GPSr better and maybe similar uses for cell phones although I can probably live without messing with my phone. Maybe Boot Camp for a concentrated GPS analysis effort, but then how would I watch my mail, etc.?

Hermosa Beach, CA USA

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Only the beginning
Authored by: deh2k on Apr 15, '06 09:46:39AM

I think Windows compatibility was one of the main reasons for Apple's switch to x86 CPUs. Bootcamp lets you use your Mac as a PC. Parallels/VMWare/Virtual PC let you run a virtual PC inside MacOS. WINE/Crossover let you run Windows applications without any Windows at all. Each succeeding technology is more Mac-like and less PC-like, and I think that most here will agree that the more Mac-like the better. Apple wants all types of solutions to be available so the user can choose which they need. They all make it so that a potential Mac purchaser does not have to be concerned about compatibility with the rest of the world.

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A more interesting question...
Authored by: ChiefTypist on Apr 15, '06 09:48:43AM

How does Boot Camp/Parallels affect my PC buying plans?

This is the greatest impact on the industry -- I have several PCs for development/testing. Now that I can do that on an Intel Mac, I don't plan on ever buying another PC from Dell/HP/IBM/whoever.


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XP on Mac, Yahoo!
Authored by: levonbragg on Apr 15, '06 09:49:21AM

As much as I hate winblows, I still have to support it. I am half owner of a VAR/Tech Support company in southern california. I currently have all macs at home, and a windows laptop for work.
Now, i can finallly ditch my windows laptop, get a MacBook Pro, and boot to windows when I need to for work.
This is GREAT news for me.

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Its vital to be able to install windows!
Authored by: latenightmac on Apr 15, '06 09:50:48AM

When I wanted a new computer late in 2005, I'd had a PowerBook G4 400mhz since about 6 months after they came out (was it 1991?) I forget, but I was'nt sure about the software and knew that an Intel mac was going to be out soon like summer 2006. I had more reservations about the software i use not beeing native (photoshop especially) but when they announced early that the MacBook Pro was out I really wanted windows on it.
The thing is XP is native, it run s fast, it runs cool games, and I can check out website designs in Explorer no problem, and it even looks like Vista will now boot on the Mac.

I had taken a whole day to get the original XOM solution to work on my mac, after the disc wouldn't boot, (one I made from a PC) I made one on the mac and it would boot, but when it came to which partition to boot on the keyboard wasn't working I spent all day on it, finally have to install everything twice for some reason to get it working but it worked without drivers but it worked.

When I found out from Digg that Apple had released a version (I was early on Diggs web site about 350, it got crazy later on) I though it was like the reserve of parting the red sea! Apple had made and will be proved top have made the best choice to secuing the mac platfom for years to come. I installed the software after having to splice the HD back together, and from that point it took less than 5 mins to get to a place that had taken me a day. I had to laugh at downloading the firmware upgrade, a little 256kb file that took over 1 hour as every man and his dog where needing the file, it felt like being on the verge of something big - it was now no one has a reason not to own a mac because of the software, the thought I have is like when i first booted up my MacBook Pro - no Intel inside sticker, no change from the outside it just worked like any other mac I'd ever had if you'd not know it had intel in side then no difference.

So I think windows on mac smart move if you want it - it just works like any thing mac before hand easy simple and just gets the work done.

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i'm done buying macs
Authored by: marc k on Apr 15, '06 11:58:18AM

5 of us in Soft Eng school, we're gonna simply install OS X on PCs, so many people are doing it already and it seems to be working well.

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waiting for hardware
Authored by: ferret-slayer on Apr 15, '06 12:23:37PM

I delayed replacing my dead iBook, waiting for the MacBooks to come out. I got an upgrade for my PM G4 while waiting for Conroe.

Windows compatibilty is worth waiting for.

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Too little too late for Windows
Authored by: marcrespass on Apr 15, '06 01:23:01PM

It's been two years since I got rid of my PeeCee and I haven't missed it. I recently got a MacBook which arrived just in time for Boot Camp and Parallels. I installed Parallels and tried it out. It works great but I not only do not have any need to run Windows software but I forgot just how bad Windows XP is. I play games on XBox and Civ 3 Complete plays great in Rosetta. I am interested in Civ 4 but I'm not willing to dedicate part of my hard drive to Windows just to play that game. I will be recommending this to my customers though. I see a great potential for moving PC users to Macs if they have only one or two critical apps they need and can run them in Parallels.

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Authored by: misterx21 on Apr 15, '06 02:00:27PM

I'm completely m$-free and I wouldn't even consider the idea of contaminating my Mac with that most abominable os...
I understand that this feature might be useful for someone, and might prove a commercial advantage for Apple; nevertheless, whatever makes a Mac more similar to a pee-sea makes me feel uneasy.

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Now it's useful.
Authored by: allenhuffman on Apr 15, '06 02:08:48PM

The thought of taking such a step backwards in speed (since so many apps won't be updated to Universal soon, and many legacy apps may never get updated) was not appealing so I had no plans of moving to Macintel any time soon. Plus the lack of VirtualPC means a few things I rely on couldn't be ran.

But this gives a "new feature" advantage -- so I'll probably wait for 2nd revision (release) to the MBP and get one now.

-- OS-9 Al

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Just bought a G5 - d'oh!
Authored by: doneitner on Apr 15, '06 03:10:38PM

I _just_ bought a dual G5 PowerMac (used) when I heard about Parallels. I currently run both a PC and a Mac, do NOT want to dual boot, but would love to be able to run both on one machine at the same time and VirtualPC just doesn't cut it. The next PC I buy will be an Intel Mac but that won't be probably for another two years.

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Stuck in the past
Authored by: frankt on Apr 15, '06 03:36:46PM

I now have an "old" QuickSilver 2002 that is maxed out with add-ons. I will keep this machine until death due us part and upgrade Max OS X on it for as long as it is supported. I will buy the best new dual processor G5 I can before they disappear from the sales channels and do the same to it. I am old and retired and have no interest (or resources) in following Apple while it reshapes itself into just another generic PC clone manufacturer. I choose to be "stuck in the Motorola era" just as I chose to be stuck in the "60's". I have owned new Apple computers since 1986 but the end will soon be drawing near. No more "latest and greatest" for me.

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Stuck in the past
Authored by: dal20402 on Apr 16, '06 08:49:57PM

I frankly don't understand this.

I have a MacBook Pro and it's the furthest thing from a "generic PC clone." If you used one, and didn't know it was Intel-powered, you'd be saying "what a fantastic, unbelievably fast PowerBook! They finally figured out how to put a G5 into a portable!" The user experience is NO different from any other Mac, except that PowerPC programs are a little slower than expected, which won't matter anymore by the time your G4 runs out of steam.

You don't need to run Boot Camp or deal with Windows to run an Intel Mac. As a Mac, it works the same as your G4 or G5, except that the user interface is scorchingly fast. Before you abandon the platform over differences you (trust me) won't even be able to notice, try an Intel iMac or MBP.

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Dual/Virtual is great!
Authored by: jgross on Apr 15, '06 04:09:25PM

Boot Camp/Paralells is is the answer to my quandry.

The company I work for is windoze based. Verticle software not avaiable on OS X. I have resisted buying a peecee laptop for two years.

Now I can buy a Mac laptop, use winblows when I have to and use OS X when I want to be productive.

So cool.

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It was one reason I bought the iMac
Authored by: veggiedude on Apr 15, '06 06:20:42PM

Before Parallels Workstation, before Boo Camp, before the Hackers did it, I knew the iMac would be able to run Windows and it was one reason I wanted to buy it (the other reason was to do some serious upgraded video editing). I thought it would take about 10-14 months. It barely took 10-14 weeks.

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Recommendations to others
Authored by: JoeHope on Apr 15, '06 07:17:25PM

I was always going to buy computers that would run MacOSX, but now I can convince friends to buy the same, on the basis that they can just run XP. Then when they need help, I won't have to struggle with the latest windows troubles to fix things up. Maybe they'll even start to understand my preference.

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Solidifies Apple's Position for me.
Authored by: ajoakland on Apr 15, '06 09:12:05PM

I'm in the SysAdmin world (Solaris, Windows, Mac, Linux). This will make it easier to spend the money to upgrade my dying G3 iBook. Normally I don't need all the fancy graphics cards that the Pro (powerbook) line gives (gave) you, thought a dang fast CPU would be nice.

I am hoping for an iBook (MacBook?) that has the Duo Core processor AND a backlit keyboard. I won't spend the extra grand for the backlit keyboard, but if the iBook replacement only has a Single Core, then I'm probably going to buy the MacBook Pro to get the Duo.

I am much less interested in Dual Boot as I am interested in Parallel's virtualization option, especially being able to add things like Linux to the mix of virtual machines.

I really don't care if Apple gives us the virtualization or not, (my guess is that they won't, it'd be a support nightmare) but third party virtuals are just fine by me.

My big hope is that the Parallels Windows Partition will be bootable via a bootcamp choice, or vice-versa. It would be really nice to use BootCamp to install XP and the partition, and then use Parallels to access it.

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Solidifies Apple's Position for me.
Authored by: ajoakland on Apr 15, '06 09:16:59PM

I'm in the SysAdmin world (Solaris, Windows, Mac, Linux). This will make it easier to spend the money to upgrade my dying G3 iBook. Normally I don't need all the fancy graphics cards that the Pro (powerbook) line gives (gave) you, thought a dang fast CPU would be nice.

I am hoping for an iBook (MacBook?) that has the Duo Core processor AND a backlit keyboard. I won't spend the extra grand for the backlit keyboard, but if the iBook replacement only has a Single Core, then I'm probably going to buy the MacBook Pro to get the Duo.

I am much less interested in Dual Boot as I am interested in Parallel's virtualization option, especially being able to add things like Linux to the mix of virtual machines.

I really don't care if Apple gives us the virtualization or not, (my guess is that they won't, it'd be a support nightmare) but third party virtuals are just fine by me.

My big hope is that the Parallels Windows Partition will be bootable via a bootcamp choice, or vice-versa. It would be really nice to use BootCamp to install XP and the partition, and then use Parallels to access it.

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Looks like I need to wait a little longer...
Authored by: MACDADDYDAVE on Apr 15, '06 11:15:37PM

I have been using a Mac since 1999, and I would never concider purchasing a PC. However, being in the military, I have to use it. For writeups I need to use the military's software, (nothing senisitve of course) and it only runs on a PC, so I have dishonored my emac with Virtual PC which has windows 2000 on it. I hate it. I spent the money for the software, installed it and suffered through the slow, bug ridden software only three times. After that, I started working really late to finish things on base on the military's computers. I have been concidering getting a newer Mac for awhile, then intel models came out, so I was nearly going to jump on that bandwagon- just waiting the usual 6 months for the typical wrinkles to get ironed out. Now bootcamp has given me good reason to wait another 6 months for its wrinkles to get ironed out. Being able to run windows on my Mac is still something my conciounse has to deal with, but it beats working late without a beer at hand. Virtual PC doesnt cut it, so I am definitly going to appreciate this move by Apple.

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Looks like I need to wait a little longer...
Authored by: jacobsdm on Apr 16, '06 02:32:26PM

I am in the same boat as you. I am also in the military and it is frustrating that I cannot find any Mac software (except for MS Office) equivilant for the few Windows programs we use. I will still hold off on purchasing a new Intel Mac since my PB G4 is barely a year old, but this news is definately making me consider upgrading a lot sooner than I thought I would.

This could also help me convince my wife to completely switch as well. I gave her my old iBook G3 when I bought my PB G4 and she really likes it. It's just that she, like me, has a few programs that she has to have Windows for. This just may be the ticket for me to get her a new iMac. Of course that means I can really start playing with her old PC by putting Linux on it and not have to worry about loosing anything she really needs!

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Purchase Plans
Authored by: n1mie on Apr 16, '06 05:05:40AM

No change to my plans. I already have the money set aside to purchase a 17" MacBook Pro (ugh, hate the name) as soon as they are available. This 17" TiBook (1st generation) is ready for the shelf, rode hard and put away wet.


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Real Estate
Authored by: rmessnerjr on Apr 16, '06 08:08:34AM

My wife is finishing her real estate license classes within the next month. I was afraid that I'd have to purchase a Windows PC Laptop for her and, by default, become her tech support person. Blech! Now that she has two perfectly good solutions for running those couple Windows apps she might need I'm buying her a MacBook Pro. Yoohoo!


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Finally getting my wife to switch!
Authored by: penthang on Apr 16, '06 08:59:37AM

For years I have been trying to convet my wife to the mac camp. She is always more than happy to use my Mac, but , has staunchly refused to get her own. With the advent of boot camp, and to my mind even better is parallels virtulazation solution. Despite the fact that I have shown her solutions on the Mac for vurtualy every windows program she uses, she is reluctant to change in case something won't do what she wants. With this announcement she is now set on a new MacBook Pro as her next computer and an intel iMac as our houshold central repository. Of course as time goes on I'm sure that the windows partition will get less and less use. When I got my iBook two years ago and switched back to mac, I bought a copy of virtual PC for the few things that I hadn't found replacements for on a mac yet. It is still sealed in the package. The few things that I did still use (mostly PalmPilot) either came out with some sort of Mac solution shortly or I found a competeing product that worked on mac. This is where I put in my obligatory plug for keeps getting better and has no ties to Microsoft. Anyway, I think, and hope, that dual booting and virtualization along with Apples support with drivers will drive switchers. Also if they were to offer a home media server built around a mac mini with a huge hard drive and Apple built TIVO solution that would be a huge jump on piont for iPod switchers.

Thanks for listening to my two cents,

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Not much effect
Authored by: ajmas on Apr 16, '06 11:24:25AM

I have a PowerBook G4 and an old P3. Quite honestly the only reason I even use the PC is because the Aventail VPN software my work place uses does not provide full Mac support. And then once in a blue moon I use Counter-Strike. Other than that Windows is too infested with Malware for my taste, and anyhow the Mac works nicely thankyou very much.

When it comes to games I would rather support companies like Aspyr who do great Mac ports or just use my GameCube.

I will end up buying an Intel Mac, but I am waiting since my PowerBook G4 is only 6 months old, and I am waiting for the early adopters to break their teeth first ;)

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Help My Clients
Authored by: WhiteDog on Apr 16, '06 04:03:16PM

I won't be buying a new Mac any sooner, but I have clients who are getting new Macs and many of them will find it very useful to be able to use Windows as well as OS X, particularly those who are switching. Even though some of them are changing over to get away from Windows' problems, they still have Windows only applications they need to use occasionally.

Though I won't be buying a new Mac (until I can afford it) I look forward to being able to use Windows natively when I do. I specialize in Mac tech support but people still ask me to help them with Windows problems from time to time. Right now I use Virtual PC but it is dog slow on my dual 1GHz G4. A decent virtualization engine in OS X would also be useful. Hopefully, by the time I get an Intel Mac, Parallels will be ready for prime time - since, at the moment, the developers seem to be whipping Microsoft's posterior. If nothing else, they should force MS to fish or cut bait with Virtual PC.


Don't anthropomorphize computers.
They hate that.

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Windows on macs
Authored by: michelle_eris on Apr 16, '06 07:47:14PM

It doesn't affect my decision at all; I bought an Intel Mac on Jan 10th--well, I ordered it that day, but it was delivered about two weeks later.

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Dual Boot Godsend for Rental Stations
Authored by: Frederico on Apr 16, '06 08:47:15PM

I now run a PostNet with a focus on business services; I constantly fight the need to provide WinXP or Mac, and keeping enough rental stations available of either breed is frustrating. Using KVM switches is all well and good, but costly and crowded to have dual hardware at every desk.

While I can't afford to replace my G4s and WinTel screwdriver boxes all at once with iMacs, I will now be able to slap a Mac mini with, at first, Boot Camp, and, hopefully later, Parallels and my existing displays and peripherals, giving my customer the ability to take a seat at any workstation and boot to the environment of choice.

All I can say is AWESOME!! My technology budget hit with Boot Camp just allowed me to now more than double my upgrades for the year. And, since it is now documented as possible to use XP, XP SP1, and XP Upgrade discs via slipstreaming, I do not have to repurchase any XP seats, either (though I will have to "throw away" -- read: donate -- my old WinTel hardware sans OS).

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Why ugly up a Mac?
Authored by: sjmills on Apr 16, '06 08:55:51PM

I'm in the "why ugly up a Mac with Windoze" crowd. I have no reason to run Windoze at all. Any games I play have a Mac version, and I don't see the need to run Windoze just to play the hundreds of crappy games that are written for it.

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Waiting for the 17" MacBook Pro
Authored by: geordie on Apr 17, '06 03:23:20AM

I always figured I would eventually be dual booting or VPCing as soon as I heard the Intel announcement at WWDC, but until the laptop with a 17" screen is released I will have to wait.

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XP on Mac Comment
Authored by: gprovida on Apr 17, '06 05:55:04AM

I delayed buying a new iBooks for my wife and niece to get the Intel version. For my wife because I hoped to get a smaller footprint and size for my niece going to college XP compatibility is useful.

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No affect on Intel-based Mac purchase plans, but...
Authored by: jomy on Apr 17, '06 06:16:22AM

The announcement of BootCamp has had no affect on Intel-based Mac purchase plans, but...

I will never have to purchase a HP or DELL PC again!

I have a 20" intel iMac running OS X and XP and it runs circles around my PCs.

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I already got one
Authored by: interlard on Apr 17, '06 06:56:51AM

I already bought an iMac so it won't affect my buying. I used to use Virtual PC now and then for the odd freeware application.

Parallels crashes my Mac, and I'm too scared to try BootCamp. I'm looking forward to the next beta, or full release of Parallels.

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Needs Windows-within-Window by Apple
Authored by: Felix on Apr 17, '06 07:17:54AM

It means I'll no longer have to keep an antiquated PC around to do things like updating the software on my GPS receiver, downloading waypoints, etc. But what I really want is for Apple to support "Windows-within-a-Window" rather than having to resort to a third-party solution or reboot into XP via the present Boot Camp.

If/when that happens, I really think Apple has an opportunity to seriously make a run at breaking the 10% market share threshold.

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too many buggggs
Authored by: Taneashia on Apr 17, '06 07:49:25AM

I won't install Bootcamp on my Mac, because the same type of viruses and other crap associated with the PC can have the same effects on the Mac once you begin to use bootcamp. Moreover, you have to continually keep up with the MS updates and patches. WAAAAAY too much drama for me!
The one thing I've always enjoyed about the Mac is the fact that I don't have to worry as much about the viruses. I'm sure that one day all computers will run all OS platforms, but I don't intend to deviate from my Mac OS (only) any time soon.

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I chose "other"
Authored by: sjonke on Apr 17, '06 08:44:00AM

I chose "Other" because the ability to dual-boot XP and Mac OS X, and to run XP via Parallels does increase my desire to get an Intel Mac, for the ability to run games, to run some software at work that I currently can't run, and to facilitate providing support to family members that are sadly on Windows boxes, but I don't have any money to make a purchase, so it doesn't actually translate into a sooner purchase. Sigh. :)

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MacBook Pro 17
Authored by: mflender on Apr 17, '06 09:12:27AM

I'm still holding out for a MacBook Pro with a 17 inch screen. I'm hoping we see this soon as I am ready to buy otherwise. I currently use a 1.5 GHZ Powerbook G4 17.

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No need to buy a PC EVER!
Authored by: DocArtemis on Apr 17, '06 04:40:28PM

I have an old laptop that I use mainly to sync to my Pocket PC and to running medical education software that is not Mac friendly.

With the solutions that are emerging I feel confident that when this machine dies I won't have to buy a cheap PC because I'll be able to do what I need to on my new dual core Mac Mini.

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Parallels is cool; BootCamp is nice
Authored by: MrJuicy on Apr 17, '06 07:24:51PM

BootCamp is nice. But it's more useful as a tool to break down corporate resistance. I dual-booted LinuxPPC and OS 9 before I figured out how to run OS 9 in LinuxPPC. So Parallels is what I'll be using for my limited Windows app needs (WinIE testing, Visio) -- until Darwine is ready for prime time.

My Intel Mac buying plans are to wait for a 64-bit laptop. But if my TiBook craps out before then, I'll get the 32-bit MacBook Pro.


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It doesn't change my mind but open up more opportunities
Authored by: Keltia on Apr 18, '06 03:22:14AM

I've been planning to buy a MBP anyway but in my second life as a FreeBSD developer, t opens up new opportunities in having several FreeBSD versions as separate images, further helping my development on a single machine, the dual-core MBP ought to be fast enough :)

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To use 3D programs
Authored by: Welles Goodrich on Apr 18, '06 06:36:53AM

I was actually considering making my next computer purchase a Dual Opteron/Tyan Thunder MB rig as I'm now working in 3D and some of my favorite applications just run better in Windows or aren't made for Mac at all. Virtual PC wasn't an option. Now I will get one of the first Intel desktops, fill it up with RAM and have different drives for Windows and Mac. For me dual boot answered my functional needs without losing the utility of my preferred operating system (OS X) and the aesthetics of Mac hardware.

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Yay! Another Mac Laptop!
Authored by: dashard on Apr 18, '06 07:29:21AM

I am doing Web Design work for a client who insists that I be able to preview the pages on a PC. He demanded that I get a PC laptop, and considering that he's one of my biggest cleints, I acquiesced.

But since BootCamp is meeting rave reviews, I would MUCH rather get another Mac Laptop (especially since, no matter how much I love her, my G4 Ai-Book is still only a single prcessor!) than dive into the world of "which PC laptop is less crappy?" research, which I was just about getting ready to start doing.

Will be buying a new MacBook Pro sooner than later. (Woo-hoo!)

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Nice for the future
Authored by: mooreluc on Apr 18, '06 07:37:45AM

It will be nice to have when I buy my next Mac, but it won't make me want to buy one any sooner.

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Already Have One
Authored by: las_vegas on Apr 20, '06 06:07:15PM

It added yet another feature to my Mac. It's nice to be rid of VPC, but Parallels pulls way too much processor time from the rest of the computer and BootCamp isn't quite as convenient, but impressively fast!

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No more PC laptops needed
Authored by: pboehi on Apr 23, '06 02:39:18PM

Boot Camp affects me the other way round - there is no need anymore to have a Windows laptop in the bottom drawer just in case one needs to use software which is only available for Windows. Now I can get rid of my ugly Acer laptop :-)

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As good of an excuse as any...
Authored by: miniMoe on May 05, '06 05:53:16PM

"It runs Windows!" was a great excuse to switch (for the 2nd time). Yeah, I may try booting XP on it, but most likely I'll continue to use Microsoft's Remote Desktop client on it to access a real PC.

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