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Andrew Warner

I recently got a mac to play with because all the "cool people" at the tech meetups seemed to be carrying them.

I thought it would be a nirvana, which never crashed, could do everything and would instantly make me more creative.

It didn't turn out that way. It's just a computer--full of features and flaws.

I'm going to keep using it though. Because my PC is just a computer too. And this mac does feel more fun.

I'll probably go back and forth between the two. The truth is that the real action isn't on the computer but on the Net. I don't really care how I get there, I just want to be online.

Alan Chung

I just got a MacBook Pro with the new multi-touch pad, it is very sweet. But even the old touch pad you can do "right clicks" It is off by default, it is the first thing I turn on in Settings. Just tap the pad with 2 fingers and you get the right click. Moving up and down or left and right with 2 fingers will scroll. That saves me so much time over any of the PC laptop touch pad with the "scroll areas" Or finding the scroll buttons with your eraser nub. Mac touch pads are also much bigger than most pc touch pads, which is really great.

Macs are not slow, they're just a little different. You can't drive it like you drive Windows. If you expect it to work just like Windows, of course it'll feel wrong. You're constantly fighting it. There are certain things I can do faster on a Mac, and some things are faster on my PC. Overall, once you invest a little time to learn the mac, it comes out on top. Specially if you compare it to Vista

My $0.02 That said the new Thinkpad x300 is pretty nice on paper. Too bad it runs vista LOL

heathervescent

Yeah, I'm looking at the x300, but I really like hte T-series too. I don't only use my computer to get on internet. Most of my work are documents, writings and strategies that never get to the net (except as collaborating). So for me, the #1 use is as a data interface and thus the keyboard and screen are the most important.

I'll prolly keep the mac, to test stuff on and I stupidly bought Creative Suite for mac, but I'm really excited to get a new thinkpad. Me love it so.

Pinkyracer

I was just enjoying my favorite time-waster, and thought you might like this one:

http://www.mycathatesyou.com/cats/2007/04/3

:-)

Dean

I use both and actually own both a ThinkPad and a Macbook Pro. The mac is hands down my preference in the comparison. My mac is screaming fast and runs windows faster in VM Ware than native on the PC. So, I dont know where you came up with the slow thing, but hey...I am glad you like the thinkpad. Its is a beautiful machine.

DK

Henrique Bastos

Hi there! I've been digging around your blog for a while, astonished about all those funny-right-to-the-point gtd videos and posts. And finally i've got something contrary to say! lol.

Five months ago I bought a mac book pro 15 just because it had the finest hardware spec with an intel cpu fitting my budget. I started using it with Bootcamp, so I could still run "my winunx" (windows + cygwin + tons of geek & code apps, scripts and tweeks), and it all went pretty smooth and stable.

The missing right button can be a problem, mainly while using windows. However, since I'm a declared keyboard lover, it just don't bother me at all.

Two months ago, I decided to give osx a try, and I'm just loving it. Everything looks smoother, and the default apps (mail, ical, iphoto, etc) helps to keep stuff simple.

And this baby definitely paid it self by helping me make a professional-style-memory-dvd for my girlfriend's birthday! ;)

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Casual Observer

I bet if you were an actual programmer you would probably understand the benefits of Mac vs Window from a more technical perspective than "Where is my right click?!?!?"

heathervescent

Um, so macs can only be understood by actual programmers? Are programmers the only people who use computers?

When building any product, it's about peak user experience. Macs don't currently give me a peak user experience, primarily because of the added simple functionality of the "right-click".

Henrique Bastos

Well, I do think that programmers can switch to Mac faster.

However, are we really talking about "user experience" or about "user common sense" (habits)? I'm not a mac evangelist, but the "right-click feature" as we know is a band-aid for the Windows usability's mistakes. If you use a Windows system for long enough you will end up with right click context menu with no context at all.

Mac tries to setup an environment where everything you need appears right in front of you. I guess that's why the OS X comes with all kind of common use software (IPictures, ITunes, IWork, Finde, Safari, etc), and why the Finder works the anti-geek way. (Definition for "the geek way": since I *think* I know what I'm doing, I want all the power at once!)

Anyway, seams that at some point, user experience collides with user habits. By default humans kinda rejects the new.

Finally, for you that have a Mac, if you use an usb mouse, you can do "right-clicks" or press control+left-click to access the context menu.

Nice blogging! ;)

James Lehman

Windows usability mistakes? The right click for the most part allows modification to how one sees fit or to do other uncommon tasks such as dropping said file into an archive, deleting, scanning it for virus/problems, choosing to open in a certain program. Those are usability enhancements. I've used a MAC plenty of times and while they are something very easy to use they are not very configurable and to get real work done on them takes patience and lots of time. I spent more time on the terminal trying to configure it to work more efficient.


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