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  • jonmarsh - Thursday, November 03, 2005 - link

    I just read this and several other Mac articles here last night. Funny thing is, several weeks ago when my "enterprise" HP laptop started flaking out on a business trip, I was at the point where I was considering buying a Mac Mini just to play with. This was after reading about the current state of Tiger and the platform in general.

    Instead, I ended up walking out of the store with a new 17" Powerbook, which is no heavier than my 15" HP, and infinitely more pleasurable to use, in so many ways. After loading Office for the Mac, iWorks, Deltagraph, Acrobat and Acrobat reader, and bringing my files over, I was ready for a subsequent three weeks of business travel, and haven't looked back since.

    I'll need the HP to run some of my CAD software (schematics and PCB design), but I'm pretty sure now there will be a G5 dual processor system in my future running those apps under Virtual PC.

    Perhaps some of the adoption process and uptake wouldn't have been as smooth with earlier versions of OSX, but some days I just wonder why I didn't do this sooner.

    BTW, I've been using PCs since 1983, and building them since 1985, so it's not like I'm not quite immersed in that scene, especially due to the CAD work (electrical and mechanical) which I do. For now, I'm learning Ashlar Vellum Graphite, and thinking I should have done that long ago, too. (Adios, AutoCAD).

    BTW, the 23" Ciinema display is great- not that my Samsung 213T is obsolete, but the integration factor for the Apple is a big plus. And this silly laptop DOES have dual DVI and can drive the 30" display, too. Hmmmm. ;^)

    ~Jon
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  • Imaginer - Sunday, August 07, 2005 - link

    "For example, if you have a file, drag it into an open Terminal window and the entire path to that file will be copied into the window for you. It actually makes interacting with the file system from the command prompt quite easy. "

    Windows command prompt allows this too
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  • rhayes - Tuesday, July 26, 2005 - link

    I bought a PowerBook 15" 1.5ghz about 4 months ago (my first Mac for all intents and purposes).

    As mostly a PC user (Windows + Linux), I agree with a lot of what Anand talks about in the article. I think most people coming from a Windows background could safely make a purchasing decision based on that article...

    For the record, what really sold me on the Mac (particularly the PowerBook) was running into it EVERYWHERE at my last Java symposium: "No Fluff Just Stuff". As a Java developer, it just seemed liked the perfect package: a) no Windows in sight, b) UNIX on a notebook without having to install it myself, c) the best OS GUI on the market IMO.

    The reservations about the 1 button mouse on the G4 are definitely understandable. But somehow (for whatever reason) it really doesn't bother me. However, when I'm at a client site and developing for long periods of time on the G4, I do carry a Bluetooth mouse with me. It's one button also :)





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  • ginjin31 - Sunday, June 12, 2005 - link

    wonderful job with all the articles related to this. i can't believe i read the whole thing. =D

    there's one thing that i haven't noticed though. you never mentioned the sleep freature in the Powerbook, where you never really have to turn off your laptop. so whenever you need to use it you just take it out open it and it's ready to go.

    unlike PCs, you have to turn it off, standbye, or hibernate. waiting for the PC to boot takes a lot time, so a lot of time wasted before you can actually start working. i'm not really satisfied with the standby feature either. sometimes the PC just doesn't resume or i would get an error message. this happens more often and i would always end up rebooting the PC in the end.

    this is my favorite feature on Macs, and i don't know if i missed it but i don't think you mentioned it at all in the article.

    wonderful job overall Anand. i felt exactly the same way when i first got my Mac, being a diehard PC user myself.
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  • Gooberslot - Wednesday, February 23, 2005 - link

    #28, it works on Win98 too. Reply
  • mongo lloyd - Monday, February 21, 2005 - link

    Sometimes, these article make me wonder if Anand is the kind of "die-hard PC user" as he claims. For example:

    "Unlike the Windows command prompt, Terminal actually interfaces quite well with the rest of OS X. For example, if you have a file, drag it into an open Terminal window and the entire path to that file will be copied into the window for you. It actually makes interacting with the file system from the command prompt quite easy."

    As does CMD. As it's done for at least since Win2000. Possibly longer. There are lots of small things like these, bordering on being untrue statements, interspersed into these two Macintosh articles (which, admittedly, are good reads).
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  • azkman - Sunday, February 06, 2005 - link

    It looks like one of your dislikes with the G4 P'Book may have been partially addressed with the brand new lineup. Scolling and panning on the trackpad can be performed with two fingers. Besides, they're just plain faster and cheaper than before. BTW, great review! Reply
  • sluxx - Thursday, February 03, 2005 - link

    Enjoyed the article very much.

    I'll also fifth SideTrack. For $15, you essentially get a new multi-function trackpad.

    When you are typing, in the middle of a word, press alt+esc, you get a list of words that begins with what you've typed. Great for looking up words that you're not certain of the spellings. I imagine it works only for Cocoa apps and not Carbon apps.

    A couple of other freewares that I find useful: Spirited Away that hides selected (you select) background apps after a specified amount of time, and Speed Freak, a GUI wrap of the "renice" unix command. It's especially useful for me on a G3 iBook, but can help making your front app snappier. You can search and find them at www.versiontracker.com.

    My first time here, but looking forward to reading your other articles.
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  • hindsight - Saturday, January 29, 2005 - link

    A couple of PowerBook features not covered in the article but still worth mentioning:

    - Dual displays: an external monitor plugged into the PowerBook can either mirror the LCD screen or act as a second display and thus significantly increase the desktop real estate.

    - Target Disk Mode: start the computer with the 'T' key held down and the computer behaves like an external FireWire drive. Very useful for transferring large amounts of data between machines quickly. (this works to all Macs)
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  • bshell - Thursday, January 27, 2005 - link

    Both Windows and Macintosh OS's try to "think for you", but there's a fundamental difference in how they do this. Windows *imposes* its monopolistic will all the time, making decisions that it decrees to be the way things should be done all the way from spelling and grammar to where files should be stored, to the web search results. It's very mercenary, patronizing, irritating, and annoying. Apple, on the other hand has a more philosopher-king style, making "kind suggestions" rather than decrees, and guessing what you want correctly, sensibly, and unobtrusively more of the time. Somehow the choices Apple makes feel much kinder than Windows and always make you go "Wow, thanks" instead of "Oh damn, leave me alone." This is pervasive. Reply
  • garote - Wednesday, January 26, 2005 - link

    A note about Exposé usage on a powerbook:

    I know it's unorthodox, but consider using the 'Fn' key, on the lower left, for activating Exposé. It's easier to reach in general, but especially easy to use when you want to drag an icon/file _through_ an Exposé operation (via hold-release), from one window to another. Especially if you're right-handed.

    You can still use Command-up/down for home/end, Command-left/right for begin/end of line, and Option-left/right for next/prev word. You'll have to invoke F6 to use the keypad, however, and you'll lose quick access to page-up/page-down.

    The big difference, of course, is that you'll lose access to the regular invocation of the FN keys - however, I find that I never want to use the FN keys anyway, unless I want to embed a bunch of Photoshop macros in them.

    Try it for a while. If you're a heavy Exposé user, you may find the change quite pleasing.
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  • adespoton - Wednesday, January 26, 2005 - link

    Hi Anand; just thought I'd clarify a statement you made in your conclusion:

    "Unless you do a lot of .NET development on the road, just about anything you use your laptop for is available under OS X...."

    For anyone in this situation, Project Mono is available for OS X at http://www.go-mono.com/archive/1.0.5/macos/MonoFra...
    Of course, this doesn't give you *all* the .NET bindings etc., but for basic .NET development it works quite well -- and has the added benefit that you can test the programs out under OS X as well, without resorting to emulation.
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  • jayemcee - Wednesday, January 26, 2005 - link

    Thanks for a nicely balanced article. The speed issues tend to fade a bit (especially pure cpu speed) when looking at the way the system operatesand how it helps productivity. Less downtime for the system (my uptime has been continuous except for reboots at software updates times). Drag and drop into and between applications make the system appear very elegant to me and a bonus is when I want it... there is BSD *nix underneath OS X.

    The hardware is as good as it gets for the price and I do not feel cheated by Apple. Of course, there is also that indefinable Apple experience that you get when opening the boxes of a new piece of apple hardware. I guess that I am addicted to that as well. :)

    You write well and many PC magazines would do well to emulate your methods of testing the unquantifiable variables of all machines that they test and then write about... for public consumption.

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  • mattfaulds - Tuesday, January 25, 2005 - link

    Great article. Good to see someone weighing things from a bablanced point of view.

    Would like to reiterate the greatness of Sidetrack (www.ragingmenace.com)

    I have an iBook G4 and have changed the button to a right click button, the corners of the tap pad to exposé functions (and a right click corner) and a scroll on the right side. It's very customisable and very stable.

    Apple really really should pay him lots of money and incoporate the optional function as standard. You need it with the limited space on a laptop.

    Cheerio
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  • waterbug - Tuesday, January 25, 2005 - link

    Anand,

    Another thing to compare between OS X and Windows is sleep/wake behavior. Try this at home:

    Connect both your Wintel laptop and your PowerBook to a WiFi network with DHCP and verify connection by opening a browser. Close both lids for 5-10 seconds, until you're sure they're both asleep. Open the lids.

    You should be able to click a link on the PowerBook within 5 seconds of seeing the LCD come on. If you have a static IP, it'll be even faster.

    On my XP laptop, it takes anywhere from 10-45 seconds to reacquire the wireless signal, figure out the encryption, reacquire a DHCP address, and then finally be able to do anything.

    It sounds trivial, but imagine this scenario: imagine you're working with your laptop in the kitchen, and you decide to move to the dining room. Do you close your laptop, or walk over to the dining room with it open? With my Dell, I walk around the house with it open. With our iBook, I close it even to rearrange things on the bed. It's not a huge issue, but it's one of those "little touches" that makes for a more satisfying ownership experience.
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  • lookmark - Tuesday, January 25, 2005 - link

    Nice article, as always. I too am slightly disappointed by my 15" PB's wireless range, and hope Apple is able to improve it in fure models.

    Just want to chime on the fabulousness of Quicksilver, which is like just a little taste of Tiger's Spotlight, focused on launching (or more, if you want). Well, well worth checking out.

    I too started with the Applications folder in the Dock -- didn't we all? -- but Quicksilver is so much better it's quite astonishing, and considering it's completely free and open-sourced all the more so. Apple is clearly taking notice as well.... it's been reported from the latest Tiger builds that the (customizable, of course) shortcut for hitting Spotlight quickly is now command-space, a la QS.
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  • jim v - Tuesday, January 25, 2005 - link

    Actually, the ethernet port on the PowerBook is 10/100/1000 Reply
  • bcstanding - Tuesday, January 25, 2005 - link

    I am one of those guys that switched from PC to Mac (3 years ago). This article (with Part I) is one of the most insightful and unbiased articles I've ever read on the subject of the Mac User Experience. Very well done!

    I also thought I'd chip in an idea - if you don't have quite enough RAM, you may want to leave apps open (just hide them) instead of quitting them. OS X seems to be faster when swapping a program back into memory than starting it outright. I'm on a 3 year old PowerBook, though, so this may not be applicable for faster Macs...
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  • davechen - Tuesday, January 25, 2005 - link

    As an old school Unix programmer, I've always hated keyboards that have a large caps lock and a small control key (as most do these days). I use control a lot more than caps lock. Hell who ever really uses caps lock.

    So on OS X, I'd be lost without uControl. It's a little control panel that allows you to remap modifier keys (along with a lot of other things). Here' the link:

    http://gnufoo.org/ucontrol/ucontrol.html
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  • jsares - Tuesday, January 25, 2005 - link

    I second and third the suggestions for SideTrack. Great shareware from a great guy. Reply
  • jsares - Tuesday, January 25, 2005 - link

    Here's what I wrote on my blog:

    http://macmini.blogspot.com

    Anand Lal Shimpi of AnandTech has a great second article about his experiences with switching to the Mac.

    If you could say he liked the Mac in his first article you could say he loves the Mac in this article.

    Some great quotes and my comments in italics:

    "It took a lot of convincing (as well as some executive privilege) for the establishment of the Mac section, and then came the ... article "
    Some of Anand staff didn't want him to write about the Mac.

    "Within the first three days of publication, that little Mac article skyrocketed to becoming one of the all-time most popular articles ever published on AnandTech."
    Windows enthusiasts are dying for something new.

    "One problem with these types of articles is that they inevitably take much longer to put together, simply because there are no structured tests to run and analyze."
    That's why this article is so good."

    "At the end of the first Mac article, I came to the realization that what attracted me most to OS X was the way everything just worked the way that you'd expect it to."
    Welcome to the Mac, Anand.

    I don't want to give away too much so go read the article and give the guy some credit in the comments section and send him some nice emails.

    Great article Anand!
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  • CrankyTodd - Tuesday, January 25, 2005 - link

    Hi Anand,

    Regarding Expose, especially on a laptop, you'll find yourself enjoying Expose MUCH, MUCH more if you dont use the function keys to launch it.

    Under System Preferences, choose Expose, and use "Active Screen Corners" to activate Expose functions. I was reluctant to try it at first, but I was hooked within minutes, and cant imagine going back. I Set the lower left corner of the desktop to activate the "Application Windows" function, and the upper right corner of the desktop to activate the "All Windows" function. So as I'm using my Mac, as soon as I want to switch applications or windows within the current application, I just throw my mouse into one corner or the other, instead of having to actually go hit a button to activate either function. Once you try it, you'll see that its an incredible seamless way of navigating the system.
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  • ugly - Tuesday, January 25, 2005 - link

    "OS X Tiger
    ...as well as the fact that in Tiger, every single pixel on the screen will ac-tually be rendered by the graphics card."

    I thought some image "things" (I couldn't come up with a better word for what was in the core image demo) could be offloaded to the graphics card, but this statement makes it sound as if Tiger will be Quartz Extreme like it should have been.

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  • Dualboy24 - Tuesday, January 25, 2005 - link

    I loved the article. I was waiting for a new Mac read at anandtech. It seems like ages since the first one... I recently made a jump to a Mac Powerbook 17" a few months before the first article. The funny thing is I build/sell PCs on the side... but my main system is now the mac and of course I have 5 PCs running every MS-Linux but I must say that the Mac OS is the most advanced OS in terms of interface and it seems multitasking. Expose is a wonderful feature (I use an MX500 mouse with the exposes features mapped)

    Oh. Also you shouldn't forget the system wide spell checker. Such common sense I wonder if MS does not include this in windows in order to push some of their other products?

    Anyway looking forward to the Mac mini review I am probably going to get one for the low noise and power factor.
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  • miniMUNCH - Monday, January 24, 2005 - link

    I 2nd the 5400 rpm HD for an extra $45...well worth it. Or you can upgrade the HD yourself or have MAc Shop throw in a 7200rpm HD, but for me the 5400 rpm HD is plenty. Reply
  • wilburpan - Monday, January 24, 2005 - link

    Oops. What I meant to say was:

    Being a user of OS X, Linux, and Windows, I would say that the often cited lack of a two button mouse in OS X is not so much a flaw as it is a preference. Personally, I can move from the one button mouse in OS X to the two button mice of Linux and Windows and back again without much trouble. To complicate things further, two button mouse behavior is different in Windows and Linux. One can get right-click type behavior in many OS X applications by control-clicking the mouse, which does not seem to slow me at all compared to right-clicking.

    Until someone can produce data or a usability study that shows that, say, editing an image in Photoshop is slower using a one button mouse than a two button mouse, this is all a matter of what one is used to. You might as well criticize a scroll mouse for the tendency for middle clicks to be interpreted as scrolling commands, or harp on the inconsistencies of menu shortcuts and menu item locations (e.g. does Preferences belong under Edit or Tools?) between applications.
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  • pkthoo - Monday, January 24, 2005 - link

    Great article!
    I consider myself as a neutral. This article sheds light on what I have been looking for; user experiences on using Mac.
    Now, I am certain that I am going to be Mac+iPod user, hopefully by year's end.

    Apple should make 512MB as minimum RAM amount, and bundle Mac mini with iPod Shuffle as a new 'wholesome' package.
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  • wilburpan - Monday, January 24, 2005 - link

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  • Snoozy - Monday, January 24, 2005 - link

    I still think you are missing out on the complete mac experience by not using a launcher application.

    I run Butler (http://www.petermaurer.de/nasi.php?thema=butler&am... but there are many more: LaunchBar (http://www.obdev.at/products/launchbar/index.html)... QS as mentioned earlier, just do a search on versiontracker.com.

    What these applications enable you to do is virtualy elimate the need for CMD+tab switching, using the dock, or using the Applications folder to launch things. Basically press CMD + Space (as I have it setup, you can go with whatever key combo you want!) and then type what you want - you can even teach them anacronyms for commonly used applications. For example if I do CMD+Space then type PS and hit enter it opens photoshop, or switches to it if its already open. The applications are infinitely configurable, I've got a shortcut for blog which runs an apple script that then pops open MarsEdit and opens a new post window for my blog (which is WordPress powered, MarsEdit contacts it via XML-RPC). Butler also has a built in dictonary, and multiple other widgets. Check it out.

    I 2nd the suggestion on using sidetrack. I bought my PB (1st mac) in march last year and this was one of the first things that I had to have - makes it so much nicer.
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  • hopejr - Monday, January 24, 2005 - link

    #23, On OS X there is the Zoom thing in the Universal Access Pref panel, that allows everything on the screen to be zoomed at what ever zoom level is necessary. You can set it to follow the mouse, or keyboard focus. It's a nice feature. There's other good features in OS X that help with those who can't see too well.
    #28, I just tried that and you're right, it does (I tried in 2k3). Oh well, I use OS X more so it's more important to me there :P (although it's nice to know it works in Windows too, for the times I use it)
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  • GL - Monday, January 24, 2005 - link

    Another great read! There's not much to take issue with. Now that I have both a desktop and notebook Mac, I find one of the biggest issues is keeping them both in sync (documents and settings). I believe Tiger will solve this annoying task once and for all because Apple will open the .Mac API to third party developers. But until then, I have to rely on some custom scripts that can only sync my documents, but none of the program settings. Has this been an issue for you too? Reply
  • michael2k - Monday, January 24, 2005 - link

    Wow, I didn't know that, DeathB Reply
  • DeathB - Monday, January 24, 2005 - link

    Nice review, Anand.

    But the drag and drop example in the terminal is not a good one, you can do exactly the same thing with Windows command prompt, maybe since win98 old days :) Sure for XP and 2k, but I'm too lazy to check my 98 box.
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  • DeathB - Monday, January 24, 2005 - link

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  • SteveJobs - Monday, January 24, 2005 - link

    Mac Rules!!! Reply
  • SteveJobs - Monday, January 24, 2005 - link

    Nicely done, Anand. Reply
  • OptimisTech - Monday, January 24, 2005 - link

    I also use a Mac laptop (iBook G4, 15") and a PC for my desk at home. I love the iBook for being on the road. I have recommended the combination to friends. I admit the dreaded "one-button mouse" irks me quite a bit, but I have a little mini-optical mouse that I use almost always, so it's not a big deal. what I wish someone would come up with is a KVM switch that could operate a Mac and a PC happily but wouldn't cost $150. I would think that if mac-mini sales really do well, there would be a pretty good market for something like that. Reply
  • T8000 - Monday, January 24, 2005 - link

    You should have mentioned the Acer TravelMate 4001WLMi (Centrino 715 based) when comparing with PC notebooks, as that has similar specs, including weight, for under $1250.

    Also, you make mention of screen estate like smaller font size does not bother you. I noticed that lots of older users (40+) find native TFT resolutions hard to read, usually setting 800x600 on 15" TFT screens. Since premium "design" products like Powerbooks are not unlikely to be bought by older users, the current resolution could allready be an issue, raising the question how well interpolation works on this Powerbook.
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  • nels0360 - Monday, January 24, 2005 - link

    Nice review. I switched in June 04 to a PowerBook 1.33Ghz 12". I hook it up to a 20" LCD when I'm at my desk.

    One thing I noticed you mentioned alot is disk performance. One of the best upgrades on a PowerBook is the 5400 RPM drive. It really speeds things up. These faster drives will likely be included in the new PowerBook models that are due to be released soon.
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  • knitecrow - Monday, January 24, 2005 - link

    Thanks for the link #4. iBook sales were up, but powerbook sales have been down.

    PowerBook numbers lagged in fourth place, a reflection of the fact that the pro laptops haven't been refreshed since last April. 152,000 units were shipped last quarter for $307 million in sales, numbers that were down 29 and 27 percent sequentially and 22 and 23 percent year-over-year.
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  • RMSistight - Monday, January 24, 2005 - link

    Hey Anand, make sure you check your video links. One of them doesn't work. Also, when are you going to release a full review of the Mac Mini? I'm dying to see it's performance and also what it looks like piece by piece under the hood. Reply
  • billsuspect - Monday, January 24, 2005 - link

    When it comes time to review the mini, please please please keep focused on the fact that it's a Grandma Machine! Reply
  • Entropyq3 - Monday, January 24, 2005 - link

    That iLife comment above - what I've found, silly as it may sound particularly from a middleaged man, is that Llife really encourages creativity in its users.
    Just about everyone I know that has gotten in touch with the programs have gotten more interested in some creative area - be it making tracks in GarageBand, using their digital camera much more since it's so easy to keep track of your pictures in iPhoto, getting back into music due to iTunes, or actually doing something with your videos in iMovie so that they can be shown to and actually enjoyed by other people.

    Just seeing them as lightweight "getting started" apps misses the effect of them being so damn accessible that even my elderly mother can use them. And she finds surfing the web difficult. If you have a latent interest or talent, the iLife suite will let you get your feet wet and try things out. And that's important.
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  • Entropyq3 - Monday, January 24, 2005 - link

    Interesting to see your takes on the mac - as a long time user of many platforms I'm gratified to see a representative of the PC hardware reviewing community opening up to what other platforms can offer. Although it is a bit galling when a newbie on a platform you have used for a long time comes up with nifty features you weren't even aware was there. :)
    If you are going to review the Mac mini, then having a look at the iLife suite is nigh on unavoidable - it makes up such a large part of what the user experience of the Mac mini would be to many general users. But then, that would probably make the review take longer, and the suite is not at all specific to the mini.
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  • goates - Monday, January 24, 2005 - link

    Great article.

    If only more PC users were this open minded about using other platforms.
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  • Chuckles - Monday, January 24, 2005 - link

    #6: You can set the trackpad to click when tapped without Sidetrack.

    Anand: Nice article again.
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  • habibbijan - Monday, January 24, 2005 - link

    If you want to try to avoid using the mouse as much as possible, you should take a look at Quicksilver.
    http://quicksilver.blacktree.com/

    This little freeware app allows you to launch any program or navigate your filesystem with just a few keystrokes.
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  • Hikari - Monday, January 24, 2005 - link

    Good article!

    However, I sort of disagree on the screen. I think Macs have an even bigger need for higher resolutions. I hope the Powerbooks get 1400x1050 or some similar widescreen resolution soon, but that might not be until the next OS version which has resolution independence I think.

    I owned a Pbook 867. :D
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  • hopejr - Monday, January 24, 2005 - link

    Great article! Learnt a few things in that I didn't know about before (e.g. the fn+delete thing - not having a proper delete key on my iBook G4 always irked me, but now I know I had one all along!, oh, and the drag folders into the save window thing - that's really nice).
    I think I'm going to be even more productive on my laptop than I already am! (I use it as my main system too :P)
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  • vmajor - Monday, January 24, 2005 - link

    I just bought a an iMac for my elderly neighbout that has never used a computer before. There really wasn't any other choice. A PC just would not work as well - the viruses and trojans would have brought the system to its knees within a week.

    What surprised me was how much I liked the iMac! The machine is truly fantastic! I am a hardcore PC user - having built all my PCs over the past ten years or so. But I can really see myself owning a nice Mac with a huge wide screen (or two) sometime in the near future, and keep my XP Althlon 64 (FX) box for games.

    All of you really need to play with MacOS X and admire the achievement... simple and nice and it still has a fully functional UNIX shell...
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  • MIDIman - Monday, January 24, 2005 - link

    As always - great article! Two of my friends last year moved from PC to apple notebooks, but kept their PC desktops.

    Here's to looking forward to your Mac Mini article ;)
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  • xype - Monday, January 24, 2005 - link

    I predict in one year's time Anand will be advocating Macs on the anandtech forum, flaming PC users and wearing Steve Jobs themed tshirts all the time! Teeheee!

    ...

    Ok, maybe not. But the article is nice and I hope it manages to get more users to look into alternative platforms, be that Macs or Linux desktops or whatever else is interesting and/or useable.
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  • jtntwozz - Monday, January 24, 2005 - link

    nice article
    well done anand
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  • zekester - Monday, January 24, 2005 - link

    Yes, Sidetrack might be just what the doctor ordered. Personally I've been using Mac notebooks long enough to have developed the knack of hitting modifier keys and the trackpad simultaneously -- with one hand, no less -- but for the PC switcher/adder who's missing that second button, Sidetrack can separately map the hardware button and touchpad to yield "left" and "right" clicks.

    BTW it seems to be $15 now, but still shareware so you can try before you buy.
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  • grug2k - Monday, January 24, 2005 - link

    I thought I'd point out theres a program called Sidetrack available at ragingmenace.com. It allows you to fully customize the trackpad behaviour. I have it set up so tapping the trackbad now acts as a mouseclick, I don't have to use the button at all (except click+dragging). Additionally, tapping the bottom right corner acts as a right click (fancy that), and the very right edge acts as a scrollwheel.

    It used to be free but I think its $10 now. Either way, well worth it, and I consider it essential for any iBook or Powerbook user.
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  • crazycarl - Monday, January 24, 2005 - link

    nice article! Reply
  • addragyn - Monday, January 24, 2005 - link

    Apple recently released their results for the previous quarter, iBook sales were up 35% over the same quarter last year.

    271,000 iBooks / $297 million

    http://www.macworld.com/news/2005/01/13/bythenumbe...
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  • knitecrow - Monday, January 24, 2005 - link

    last i checked, apple ibooks sales weren't too good. I wonder if centrino marketing and Penium-M had anything to do with it.

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  • HermDogg - Monday, January 24, 2005 - link

    I still say new PBs show up tomorrow or Tuesday. Mark my words!

    Excellent article.
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  • habibbijan - Monday, January 24, 2005 - link

    Nice article Anand. I enjoyed it.

    You don't need to "ctrl-click" the Applications shortcut in the dock to expand it. Just click-and-hold for a second. You'll get the same results.
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