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Old Apr 13th, 2006, 11:16 AM   #1
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mbp or thinkpad

hi, first of all.. i am posting to ask for assistance
this is a mac forum and this might be a redundant topic however

so i am thinking of buying a new notebook, but i am torn between mbp and thinkpad (t or x 60).

the only reason i am not sure about mbp is simply because.. i have never actually owned an apple computer in my life, though i have used at school during my photography/comm tech classes. anyway, both of these notebooks seem to have good reviews.. but my problem is i do half and half of :

- photo editing, video, etc. (pastime)

and

- running statistical data and other econ/school related things on relevant math/stat sophtware

so i am half and half between getting an apple (pastime) or thinkpad (i dont have those software packages in mac version and no way i can afford them)

anyone know enough bout both of these computers to grant me some advice

thank you
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Old Apr 13th, 2006, 11:27 AM   #2
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Well, of course with last weeks announcement from Apple about BootCamp, you can get the MBP and dual boot into windows or OS X for the application that you need.
Sounds to me like the exact purpose of Boot Camp.

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Old Apr 13th, 2006, 11:33 AM   #3
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Get the MBP and have OSX and Windows, the best of both worlds...although, after using OSX, you might end up deleting the Windows partition
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Old Apr 13th, 2006, 11:59 AM   #4
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I think the MBP is the way to go. I sold my Mac and am trying to sell my PC -) in order to justify the purchase of an iMac core duo to run both OSs. It's going to be very sweet to be able to run both from a beautiful looking and well engineered piece of hardware for a change.
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Old Apr 13th, 2006, 12:28 PM   #5
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You used Macs in school, and you don't already know the answer to your own question?
You're either teasing us, or you're one of the very small group of people who will never feel, see, or be bothered by the difference between using Windows, and using Apple.
(I do not mean to insult you. I have occasionally met intelligent, upstanding members of society who have used both and don't really care more for either.)
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Old Apr 13th, 2006, 12:29 PM   #6
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Old Apr 13th, 2006, 12:38 PM   #7
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Hey, let down?

Enjoy your MacBook Pro!


EDIT: Triple X and Soy Mac. Back off there, guys (er... gal for Soy Mac )

When I noticed her post count beneath her her name in this thread, I suspected that there was more to this situation than met the eye.

Checking Let Down's posting history, she's made several posts that sound pro-Apple, leaving me to conclude that she's not trying to bait but to get off the fence, as it were.

Here are some posts of hers about attending the Yorkdale Apple Store opening:

http://www.ehmac.ca/showpost.php?p=227205&postcount=317

http://www.ehmac.ca/showpost.php?p=228111&postcount=40

http://www.ehmac.ca/showpost.php?p=228826&postcount=488

And she's been in limbo about switching SINCE LAST YEAR!
http://www.ehmac.ca/showthread.php?p=272444#post272444

http://www.ehmac.ca/showthread.php?t=37515

http://www.ehmac.ca/showpost.php?p=360276&postcount=27

And, Soy Mac, your line of "you're one of the very small group of people who will never feel, see, or be bothered by the difference between using Windows, and using Apple" may not apply here, because Let Down would probably not have posted this thread at all had she not been interested and appreciatve of the Mac platform's attributes.

As she intimated in one of her past posts, it appears that all of her friends use PCs. WELL, we all know how some people react to using Macs! If all of her peers use PCs, she may not be getting totally positive support to buy a Mac. They talk her out of it, she talks herself back in

The only odd thing is that, given all of the hoopla surrounding Boot Camp, that there's a reason to even create this thread right here in the first place?? There should be no doubt that, given the ability to run both Windows and Mac OS natively, a MacBook pro is unquestionably the way to go if one needs programs on both platforms!
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Even better than using Boot Camp to dual boot, is a program called Parallels Workstation 2.1 Beta, which will allow you to run Windows (and Windows apps) inside of Mac OS X, side-by-side with your Mac OS X applications. So you never need to reboot. It's literally like having 2 computers in one, being able to access both at the same time (well you know what I mean).

They're releasing updates to the beta software frequently (it's already at Beta3, and it's only been out a week!). Beta3, from what I can see, is very stable. If you have problems with the beta versions running your specific software, Boot Camp from Apple will be a good backup plan until the final version of Parallels is released. So far, I haven't heard/seen of anyone having any major issues with Parallels, but your mileage may vary. It is still currently beta software after all.

I have installed it on my MacBook Pro, and it's amazingly fast. So fast in fact, that I can't tell any difference in speed. Stuff runs as fast as you expect it. The final version of Parallels will be $49 US, but they have an early-bird pre-order price of $39 US. A copy of Windows XP is not included in the price, you'll have to get that yourself.
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Old Apr 13th, 2006, 01:57 PM   #9
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Quote:
Originally Posted by SoyMac
You used Macs in school, and you don't already know the answer to your own question?
You're either teasing us, or you're one of the very small group of people who will never feel, see, or be bothered by the difference between using Windows, and using Apple.
(I do not mean to insult you. I have occasionally met intelligent, upstanding members of society who have used both and don't really care more for either.)
i'm not teasing, where is the point in doing that

yes, i have used Macs in school, but it was minimal usage. i only used it for yearbook class and photography class, that is, using photoshop and some imovie editing, i am not all too familiar with the os x environment. which is why i was apprehensive about switching. and i was told about virtual pc, or running windows on pc, but people said it was unstable and slow and when i visited the yorkdale store, the guy basically said, "no, you can't". apparently he knows less than the people here, and i will have to look into the beta and/or bootcamp that others mentioned..

thanks for the advice everyone!
esp Macaholic ;D


edit:

madgunde - i cannot afford the 2.0ghz but probably the 1.8ghz one.. do you feel 256mb vram is sufficient enough? i am not sure if i should upgrade the memory or it would be ok with just the way it is ? ?

thanks
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Forego the VRAM upgrade in favour of as much system RAM as you can afford.
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