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    Think I am getting a new laptop


    So, i've been searching around for a laptop for home use for quite some time. I''m usually only my work laptop at home as I have to carry it back and forth on a daily basis. But I've been thinking about getting my own laptop for quite a while.

    I cannot even believe that this is about to happen, but it looks like I am going to actually pick up a Macbook Air. I've got some outside volunteer work that I do with audio technology and everything they use is mac based and I have to get up to speed with the technology. I've always been able to skip Apple products in the past as they didn't offer me anything that I needed or they haven't resolved any problems that I have faced. But now i actually have a need, and the MBA is the most effective and least expensive route to making that happen.

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    Once you have the product, and disregard what you get for the money, etc. , I'm sure you'll enjoy it. It will take some getting used to, and who will you go to for help? But from what I hear, if you had no PC experience, a Mac is easier to pick up then Windows. I believe they come pre-loaded with quite a bit of productivity software, and I have never heard anyone say the Mac OS sucks. In fact, it's considered quite good, and has a lot of eye candy as well. You'll have to let us know your impressions. A Guy
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    I bought a used Mac Mini last month. Haven't been able look at myself in the mirror every since, lol!
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    All I have to say...

    What is this audio technology that is only compatible with the mac?
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    Quote Originally Posted by skallal View Post
    I bought a used Mac Mini last month. Haven't been able look at myself in the mirror every since, lol!
    Wow, I once had a nightmare that I bought a mac book, I think it was on a sunny September, Sunday afternoon. The only thing I remembered was that I had installed Windows 7 on it, it was next to my desktop monitor and I was just sitting there looking at it. I experienced the MOST intense feeling of guilt and horror I've ever felt in my life. It was like...I had killed my best friend believing he had wronged me but I found out afterwards he had nothing to do with, type of guilt and horror.

    Pretty crazy stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by A Guy View Post
    Once you have the product, and disregard what you get for the money, etc. , I'm sure you'll enjoy it. It will take some getting used to, and who will you go to for help? But from what I hear, if you had no PC experience, a Mac is easier to pick up then Windows. I believe they come pre-loaded with quite a bit of productivity software, and I have never heard anyone say the Mac OS sucks. In fact, it's considered quite good, and has a lot of eye candy as well. You'll have to let us know your impressions. A Guy
    As far as the money aspects go, since it's a Macbook Air, it's the least expensive of the laptop options. I'm also shopping at the Apple refurb store, which saves me some more money. The price is $1,019 for a 13.3" at 1440x900, 1.8Ghz Core i5, 4GB of RAM, 128GB SSD, 7+ hours of battery life and less than 3lbs.

    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    What is this audio technology that is only compatible with the mac?
    It's not so much that it's "only" compatible with a Mac, but the studio, the auditorium, and the rest of the technology is already setup and using the Mac. So, it would be a great help if I actually knew how to get around in the OS, and find stuff and just generally know more. All of the Pro Tools stations are running on a Mac, all of the wireless microphones are monitored for signal and battery levels on a Mac, and the computers being used which are running various plug-ins and such are using the Mac platform. In the case of what I am involved in, it's mixing audio for a live band. In the creative arts world, these things seem to be more often done on a mac than anything else.
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    Now, I wouldn't ever ever ever, EVER, recommend using the macs but as you may need certain software right away; you could try installing a modified mac os image into a VM with VirtualBox if your system has the latest Intel processor. Keep both Windows native and mac on standby.



    But as I know you're not a huge fan of Windows 8...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Now, I wouldn't ever ever ever, EVER, recommend using the macs but as you may need certain software right away; you could try installing a modified mac os image into a VM with VirtualBox if your system has the latest Intel processor. Keep both Windows native and mac on standby.

    But as I know you're not a huge fan of Windows 8...
    I've considered again trying to do OSX in a VM, but past experiences in that realm have been less than awesome. It could however resolve the immediate issue that I have, that of not knowing much about the OS.

    I'm unsure of what you saying about my lack of enthusiasm for Windows 8. While I don't like the new UI changes much, I am somebody who uses and generally speaking likes Windows. Nothing would preclude me from doing OSX as a VM within Windows 7.

    The only reason I am thinking about doing a macbook (versus an OSX VM) is
    1). I could use my own laptop in the house rather than using my work laptop for so much stuff
    2). It boots super fast and is pretty much instant awake from sleep...which is nice for the general purpose laptop
    3). Performance of the OSX VM has historically been abysmal.
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    Some of the later macbooks are using SSD drives along with over the top Intel processors. You can stick Windows 8 on one with the same hardware and achieve the same and more, especially if the chip supports connected standby. But 1,000 dollars for a refurbished 13 inch laptop? Keeping my apple bias aside, the mathematical logistics side of me finds that to be preposterous. You can buy a new ultrabook with about a 15 inch screen and I think a SSD for that amount.

    Yes, VM performance with mac isn't good, unless if you have a high end Intel chip. Doing Core Duo or i3 might not be the best performing chip for that.

    I just got reminded one time reading some features that apple touts for the mac and it was instant awake, mind you, this was a year after Windows 7 was released and I believe the latest version of mac that had instant awake was released. It was silly to read that.

    I suggest with that money, buy an ultrabook new with a SSD, with Windows 8 preferably, one with preferably an i7 or at least an i5 processor, and VM mac os. That way, your laptop needs are solved, and you don't necessarily need throw money out the door. I'm also kind of curious as to see how apple people react to the Start Screen as I've read a few stories of long time apple fanboys switching over to Windows because of 8.
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