Not choosing Vista hell!

As some of my readers may know, I’m in the beginning of the processes of getting a new laptop. This old iBook G4 was bought used some years ago, had seen rough use at the hands of a pre-teen, then saw different, though still rough, use with me for a number of years with me. It is old, slow and 30 Gb of HD really isn’t enough anymore…

Now, granted, I am a ‘Macisti’, but since I will have to rely on a loan from my Nan for to buy my next machine, I thought maybe I should go the PC rout this time. That’s when my uncle visits from France with his brand-spanking new Sony Vaio BZ11-Series. It’s black, with a very nice screen and Windows Vista. I’ve heard the complaints no doubt, and I’ve also heard that Microsoft are supposed to have fixed most of them. Well, after having installed one printer, one 3G modem and just tried to get the thing to run without hickups, I can safley say: I will NOT buy a Vista machine. Ever!

Even the Sony Vaio let me down. How can such a nice looking machine be so crappy? It’s heavy, got loads of ugly stickers, and also a tendency to shut down at the most inconvenient times. Presumably this is a hardware fault Sony France will fix as soon as my uncle goes back home.

So back to the decisiton making. A Mac it is then. To some peoples horror I am not thinking Linux. Linux is great, but if it’s a long step from a Mac to Windows, then my friends, the step to Linux is even further. But which Mac? I’ve gotten so far as to decide for a MacBook. It makes the most sense in my situation. I write and will need to run Photoshop and InDesign. But, the cheaper MacBook White, or the new MacBook Al? Again, borrowed money. But I think I will go with the more expensive one, for three reasons.

  1. It is easily expandable with more RAM and bigger HD.
  2. It is very rigid and stainresistant, being made from aluminium.
  3. The new NVidia chipset. I hate Intel GMA.

Also, I’ve been a Mac fan for a long time, but never actually had a new one. I’m not going to start by messing it up with the “old” model. So, by late December when they’ve hopefully worked out all the kinks in the building process, I will place an order for a MacBook, in shiny aluminium.

Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.
~ Steve Jobs ~



6 responses to this post.

  1. AWESOME! 😀 Konverterade en dam i klassen idag till att köpa en Mac faktiskt. Livet som Applemänniska är ett gott liv. Har tillochmed skaffat mig en iPod och upplever podcastarnas underbara universum för första gången.


  2. Have you considered going stationary i.e iMac? A LOT of value for your money there. Since you were leaning toward getting an ipod touch before, that would kind of take care of the mobility-part. (Except, I guess, for group-writing-projects and in-class note taking … so I guess you do need a laptop)

    Anyway, I have Vista at work now and it’s “fine”. But there hardware drivers are still a problem for many people I hear. And it’s the same with linux. It’s not harder to use than … windows 95 I guess (but less buggy) – it’s the hardware support that’s the trouble.

    Macs are the same in that not all hardware is supported – the difference I think is that when it works it _just works_ and if it doesn’t work you don’t get your hopes up (“if I just install this german driver from 2001, clear explorers cache, reflash the bios and sacrifice a virgin…”).

    You’re sure to enjoy that macbook.


  3. Posted by Thobias Vemmenby on November 14, 2008 at 12:18 am

    Jonas: Gratulerar till omvändelsen, ännu en som sett ljuset! 😉 Välkommen til “the Podosphere”!

    Z: Did consider an iMac until I considered the available space in my flat… Not even that can be fitted right now. Plus you are correct, while I like the touch, writing class notes on it, ehh…

    By the way, great explanation of what it’s like with Windows! The old Mac systems were a bit like that to. “Let’s remove all MS init’s, find the Adobe ATM, re-install Kaleidoscope, throw out the cat, reboot and pray the pixies it will work.” I don’t think I had to sacrifice anyone, virginal or otherwise, to get either Win95/98 nor Mac OS 6-9 to work. I could be wrong though, they were some rough years… 😀


  4. Posted by neina on November 14, 2008 at 12:21 am

    I KNEW IT!! I KNEW THE PIXIES HAD SOMETHING TO DO WITH IT!!! Pixies run my computer, I’m sure of it! Good thing I tend to get along well with pixies.


  5. I had so many problems with Vista…I went our and got a MAC. I just love the commercials…LOL Now I’m hooked 🙂


  6. hehe… rough years indeed. Heaven knows the stuff that went down at some of the murkier server-halls in those dark days. I may have seen or heard a thing or two, but I ain’t tellin’… 😀


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