Linked by Stuart MacKenzie on Wed 2nd Jul 2003 18:31 UTC
Apple Are you a long time Windows user curious about the Apple Switch campaign? Are you wondering if you should try it? Read below for my experience with the whole thing... twice. Just over a week ago I purchased a new 12" Apple PowerBook G4...
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by Zekaric on Wed 2nd Jul 2003 19:32 UTC

I found it tough to read through the sacrin of this ad... article. I too recently bought an Apple laptop. I went for the cheapest I could find with some extras. IBook 800MHz, 3xxMB Ram plus the extended warrantee. I passed on .MAC, I don't want another monthly fee.

I bought it mainly because I'm writing plugin's for a product I use. My main machine is still Windows based though.

My Gripes:
- Inconsistent LAF. Brushed metal and Aqua. Personally I would rather see everything one consisted look. Going with multiple looks just seems ugly in my opinion. I detest programs in windows that try to fancy up their interface. So windows isn't immune here either. And there is not option to force them to one or the other LAF.

- Keyboard handling. I'm a code monkey. In Windows EVERYTHING is keyboard navigatable. Ok not everything, there are exceptions. The Mac isn't consistent here. Newbees may like mousing around, I don't. There is not way to get to the menu via the keyboard. No "alt-f" to get to the file menu for instance. Either that or it eludes me. Anything that causes my fingers to move from the basic keyboard position will cause productivity problems.

- The touch pad on my iBook isn't as good as some other touch pads I've played with. But that's just getting niggly.

- The dock gets in the way. The iBook has limited screen real estate and anything that takes away from it is a pain. I could make it really small but then it becomes hard to use.

- Text drawing is god awful in some apps. There might be a setting that I have to use though so this may be a bogus gripe. (Code Warrior I thinking about at the moment.)

- The machine came with a couple of games. Neither of them recognize my cheap Logitech Rumble pad. The OS does recognize it as a HID but the games don't. ;)

My Praises:
- No regret in buying. Since I bought the cheapest I could find, I don't feel I overpaid for the machine. The packaging, the product, all are a touch above anything else I've dealt with. Most everything else that I buy for the computers I feel regret buying. Although I would figure I'd feel regret if I bought the super duper deluxe laptops. I dislike spending money but for what I got I felt good. (Ok so this is subjective.)

- OS is actually nice to use once you figure out some of the keyboard short cuts. It's just a matter of toss out what you know of Windows LAF and learning the Mac LAF. Graphically I like it but I've always sort of liked the Mac's look even if I didn't use it. This is no knock on Windows' new LAF. I like that too, I'm not comparing.

My neither here not theirs:
- I was going to gripe about office application problems. I didn't want to buy MS Office for the machine. I just noticed that OpenOffice.org has been release for the mac. Albeit using the X-Window hooks, I have yet to try it on the machine. I use OO.org on the windows machines so if it works as well on the Mac, I'll be happy.

- I had some games that had Windows/Mac CDs. StarCraft wouldn't install on the machine. Scabble did but it's basically a Macromedia Director game so it 'should' anyway. Hit and miss, mind you both needed the MacOS9 compatibility so it may be unfair to knock it.

I've only had the machine for a few months so far so I'm still working with it. I'm no end all be all source for this stuff.