If you want a Windows PC, then don’t buy a Mac…

This is the situation. I got  a MacBooc Pro now for two weeks, I tried to Install Vista on it which failed. I settled for XP on the machine and I've been using it frequently now for the last week and a half.

My verdict? Mac ain't built to run Windows. It's not the performance, that's great, it's not the Mac logo on the cover, that just makes you look cool and it's not even the fact that a MacBook Pro heats up to temperatures hotter than Paris Hilton which rule it out as a 'lap'top. It's the keyboard...

The keyboard just ain't fit for Windows. I'm using a Swiss keyboard and imagine this: NO curly braces! A nightmare for a developer. Fortunately I'm still mostly VB. On the Mac, there is an option button, and a command button. No Delete button though! A lot of folks resort to a utility - keyboard remapper or something similar - from the Windows 2003 resource kit - I've been told and didn't check this. Also, the fact that the CD/DVD drive has no hole to push a pin in to force eject, drives me nuts.

I must say that most drivers are found by using the Apple drivers for Windows CD. But it just doesn't lok cool to be using a Microsoft USB mouse on your designer Mac. And as a side note, I can't understand that designers would digg something called the mighty mouse.

Conclusion...looks nice but that's it. I guess the title of this post could have been: Similarities between Windows on Mac and Paris Hilton.

This post is about: Vista, Apple Boot Camp



Comments (7)

  1. Damien Guard says:

    What you want is Input Remapper http://www.olofsson.info/

    It enables the fn key to produce the num lock/volume etc. but also pressing fn+ trackpad gives the right mouse and fn+backspace gives delete.  You can customize it’s behaviour too although the ui is a little fiddly.

    I have some more info about the MacBook Pro keyboard under Windows XP on my blog – http://damieng.com/blog/archive/2006/04/13/FixingMacBookProKeyboardAnnoyancesUnderWindows.aspx


  2. Alex says:

    its a beta technology, it would be like saying that vista is a bad personal computer operating system because it has bugs  etc. of course it does. ITS NOT READY FOR GENERAL USE.

  3. JB says:

    I still think it’s the dumbest thing since pet rocks. I love my PB G4  and 2 iBooks not to mention a host of other Apple products I own. Love it so much I ordered another iBook before they stop production. It’s still a matter of choice….you either want Mac or Windows….I’ll take the first.

  4. Windows allows you to remap your scan codes.

  5. Dave says:

    Isn’t it a tad early to be making a judgement on whether or not the Intel Mac is a suitable machine for Windows useage?  Consider the fact that Apple *probably* builds their machines with the intention that you will most likely use their operating system on it.  You wouldn’t expect a Sun workstation to have a Windows-friendly keyboard, would you?  I think you’re forgetting that Boot Camp is still beta software, and won’t be "ready" until the release of OS 10.5, whenever that ends up being.

  6. Hans VB1 says:

    I know, I know, Windows PC’s don’t come with the Apple key either but then again, I probably wouldn’t advise runnin Tiger on a Dell machine. And probably this would be the last thing an Apple afficionado would think of doing anyway.

  7. Joe Blow says:

    On the bootcamp website they’re pretty explicit about what disks they support installation from… and none of those is vista, or windows that you burnt yourself. It’s obvious that bootcamp has anti piracy measures, and probably has some method of checking if the disk was burnt, although I have a hard time imagining what.

    As for the keyboard… I have a hard time believing they don’t have curly braces. I’ve never seen a macintosh without curley braces. Additionally, the apple keyboard I have right here has a delete key. I can’t imagine why they would take so many keys off the swedish model, but bare in mind this isn’t any issue for most people although it would certainly be an unfortunate design decision.

    As for apple mice… as a long time apple user I’ve got to say I usually stick with a cheap microsoft mouse. Apple mice always look very cool, but tend to be not that great for practical use. They vary their design a lot, and it tends to be hit and miss. Remember the hockey puck mouse?

    You are essentially right though… apple isn’t in the business of selling windows machines. Bootcamp primarily exists so people can boot into windows to play games. For everyone else, virtualization is a more convenient option for running windows. I have no idea why someone who uses windows full time would buy a mac.

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