Mac Drudgery

After several days with my MacBook I can offer up some comparisons to my well worn Inspiron 6400.  They probably cost about the same at the time of purchase and have almost the exact same processor.

They say a video game system is only as good as the games you get to play on it.  I think there is some truth to this with operating systems.  I’ve tried to force myself to learn this Macbook I picked up but I keep returning back to my trusty PC.  There are a couple of pieces of software I just don’t want do without.


Windows Live Writer
If you manage a blog or a website there is nothing better than WLW.  I gave some of the Mac blogging tools a look but none of them have the features and ease of use that WLW has.

Microsoft One Note
MS One Note is the best software for organizing research.  I did find one program on the Mac that was better than some of the alternatives on the PC but One Note wins hands down.

My trusty HTML editor can’t be beat.

Corel Draw
Photoshop is better than Photopaint  but it is also a zillion more dollars. 

$10 a month for all the music I want to download.

The best free bible-software program out there

Google Chrome
It quickly replaced firefox as my main browser. (It does appear to be in development for the mac)

These software titles make up half of my quick launch bar!

It has a very nice display.  Very crisp and clear.  It is better than the one on my PC.  I still like my PC better for coding and graphics work because the screen is bigger. 

I hate the trackpad and the solitary button to go with it.  Yes, I know how to “right click” on the track pad but it just seems lame.  I want to use my computer not play can-can with my fingers.  The Mac desktops went with more than one button on their mice a while ago.  Why are the laptops lagging on this?  Just can’t get around to do this stunning innovation from the previous century?

The power adapter on the Mac is better.  Nicer connection, longer cable, and a smaller brick.

No normal VGA port for an external monitor.  I need an adapter?  You. Have. To. Be. Kidding. Me! 

The battery on the Mac has less capacity and takes longer to charge?

There is a significant drain on the batter while in sleep.


I find the dock takes up too much screen real estate, especially on a 13″ screen.

Spotlight is nice, but the searchable start menu on Vista is better.

Installing software seems to be faster.

The icons in the dock really do jump up and down like a Jack Russell Terrier

The button to turn off the computer doesn’t actually turn it off or go to sleep.  It gives me the option to choose so I have go back to the track pad.  I can’t even select an option with the arrow keys.

As far as visual appeal goes Mac OS X is more elegant than Vista but they are both attractive environments to work in.

It was hard getting used to the cloverleaf/c  for copying because it isn’t in the same place a the ctrl button.  I’d probably get used to that change eventually.

Summary of initial impressions

At this point in time I have to force myself to use the Mac.  It may grow on me over time but the initial intrigue wore off quickly. 

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