Wednesday, April 05, 2006

The sky, it has fallen

Hacks are one thing, but Apple releasing software that allows users to run XP on Intel Macs?

And then making it part of the next OS release?


Category: Computing and Web


  1. Holy. Fucking. Shit.

    This... this is very good. Okay, so I'll be needing a MacBook Pro (second revision, thanks, maybe third, just in case), with the biggest hard drive available, a copy of WinXP SP2, and then I can ditch the shite PC in the other room, but still be able to play Half Life 2. Sweet.

    I love the sarky tone they take on the page, too - "Macs use an ultra-modern industry standard technology called EFI to handle booting. Sadly, Windows XP, and even the upcoming Vista, are stuck in the 1980s with old-fashioned BIOS." - Ooooh, handbags. I think I can smell Steve Ballmer's anger-sweat even now.

  2. And of course: "Word to the Wise -
    Windows running on a Mac is like Windows running on a PC. That means it’ll be subject to the same attacks that plague the Windows world."

    It's like Apple saying: here, run Windows if you want to, dumb-ass. Which is an attitude I kind of like, even though I'll be doing it myself, as soon as I get the new computer.

    How many Mac users are going to buy a copy of Windows just to play games?

  3. All of them that don't have a PC already, I reckon.

    World of Warcraft can only entertain anyone for so long.

    (Though my housemates are in their eighth month of a bold attempt to prove otherwise.)

  4. OK, I've spent far too much on computers to buy an Apple to replace my PC but I do need a new laptop so, without gushing, convince me that Apple is the way to go...

  5. Once you have your shiny new Mac, you won't need to upgrade it for a veeeery long time. You won't need an anti-virus program. You won't need to worry about spyware. Software updates are painless, and mainly involve clicking OK. They happily connect to wireless or wired networks without needing a restart. Everything works in the way you'd expect, it's incredibly intuitive. It comes preinstalled with all the software you need. If you still need MS Office, the Mac version is a complete rewrite and much prettier and more stable than the PC version. Close the lid to put it to sleep, open it again to instantly be back where you were. You know all the little things you put up with in Windows? Gone. The way Windows needs constant supervision, constant cleaning, a reinstall every year? Gone. It just works, cleanly, smoothly, and lets you get on with your work. It's a bit like going from IE to Firefox, only much more so.

    Sorry, I gushed a bit, but it's that much of a change when you switch. You'll be amazed at how much shit you've put up with in Windows without realising.

  6. Design and manufacture of hardware - no laptop on the market is both as good looking and functional as the MacBook Pro. This is not a superficial consideration - you spend some time using a tool this well-made, you feel like a craftsman. There is a false perception that they are more expensive than Windows machines, but they cost around the same as similarly specc'd Dells.

    Operating System - OSX is years ahead of XP in terms of usability, stability and (again) design. It's safe (although this is mostly due to a smaller user base), and doesn't require constant maintainance. Installing software is a simple drag-and-drop process, there's rarely any problem detecting peripheral devices, and wireless connectivity is so easy to set up. Plus, of course, Apple are actually capable of shipping their OS in reasonable time-frames.

    Software - don't be fooled by the fact that there are 100 times as many programmes for Windows than for Macs. The "me too" mentally is almost entirely absent. The best apps are open source, collaborative, reliable and cheap. Even OSX's weak Finder is better than Windows Explorer. Mail is better than Outlook. iLife is an unbelievably good software suite. Look at the links in my sidebar to get some idea of the best software out there. Try using Quicksilver, and Omnioutliner with kGTD for a month and be amazed at the new human/machine hybrid that develops. And of course, you can now use Windows software if you really must, without the overheads of inefficient emulation.

    UNIX - you may never need to make command line calls, but learn a little UNIX and you will soon begin to feel drunk on power.

    Seriously, I can't see any way you could lose out if you bought an Apple laptop.

  7. The "hear" part's good, now we need to work on the "and obey."

    Get yourself to an Apple Store, and try one out yourself.