Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 27th Mar 2012 22:17 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems For years and years now (since the first G4 iBooks), whenever someone asked me for advice about what laptop to buy, my standard answer was simple: get an Apple laptop. Doesn't matter which one. Apple was so far ahead of the competition it just wasn't funny anymore. This past weekend, though, marked the end of an era for me: for the first time, I advised someone to get an Asus ZenBook instead.
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by ndrw on Wed 28th Mar 2012 02:56 UTC
ndrw
Member since:
2009-06-30

"Mac OS X was miles ahead of the dreadful Windows XP (I hate XP with a passion)"

"When Windows 7 was released, one major advantage of Apple laptops - a better operating system - vanished."

Aren't you exaggerating just a little bit? I agree that Windows 7 is an improvement over Windows XP but please mind the proportions. It's still the same OS. It has been streamlined here and there but the user experience it offers is pretty much the same as the one of XP.

It doesn't stop you from building a story on top of this statements, though, as if the world has changed so much on Windows side. It hasn't, which is precisely the reason why there are still so many XPs around.

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by lucas_maximus on Wed 28th Mar 2012 06:06 in reply to "Wait..."
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

Windows 7 is the same UI almost as XP yes. It is the underlying OS is far better.

I've run XP32 on a core 2 duo (work), and the experience is horrible. Windows Vista and 7 are far more responsive on the same machine.

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by MOS6510 on Wed 28th Mar 2012 06:16 in reply to "RE: Wait..."
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

I got my hands on an old Thinkpad running Windows XP. It was very slow, adding memory didn't help that much. When I wanted to install Vista it didn't reach the requirements.

But then I installed Windows 7 and now, well, it doesn't fly, but it's much (really much) faster than it was and very useable.

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RE: Wait...
by wigry on Wed 28th Mar 2012 07:56 in reply to "Wait..."
wigry Member since:
2008-10-09

Exactly my point. I have W7 at work, Vista at hom and I use XP in virtual machine at work for testing purposes. They are the same for me.

The problems with XP performance or stability are unknown to me. Rocksolid and superfast on whatever hardware you provide. There are couple of things still you have to keep in mind. Services cleanup is a must on XP and also keeping the disk fragmentation to minimal. The last part means using high-quality defragmentation tools in safe mode every now and then to keep all system DLL files in one piece and in close formation. The XP runs circles around all I've seen.

About UI I switched my W7 and Vista both to Windows classic look because I like the way XP looks.

With Vista I've discovered one problem only - large file handling. Don't try to copy/move 500+MB file from one place to another. Even with latest SP it takes quite a long time. Other than that, I have no complaints towards Vista. No crashes and no performance degradation whatsoever. And I have 4 year old computer.

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