Will Bueché



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Posted in Personal by Will on Friday, October 17th, 2008 ~ 8pm


If I have to get a new laptop…

If I get a MacBook, it would likely be a Refurbished MacBook Pro 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo — as long as I can use Parallels or Boot Camp to run XP and keep most of my Windows software.

Unfortunately I hear that games on Parallels rarely work. And I do like a good adventure game at least once a year.

If I approach a Mac, I’ll need to know if Macs can use external hard drives that are Windows formatted (because I have a lot of them), or if I’d have to reformat them to the Mac standard — and if I did, would the Windows half of the Parallels be able to use them? Answer: “OS X can read & write FAT32. OS X can read, but not write, NTFS. Solely for migration, OS X can read your Windows hard drives.” No answer yet on what kind of drive a Mac running XP on Parallels would read & write.

Why Mac?

Because I do not want to get a laptop with Vista. I could get a copy of XP on ebay and install it fresh on a Mac under Parallels or Boot Camp, or, I could attempt to downgrade a Windows laptop from Vista to XP. There seems to be more of a community of Parallel users, which would make it easier. It makes sense that there’s a community of Parallel users, but not a community of Windows users, since there can’t really be a community of Windows users since there are hundreds of different kinds of Windows PCs but only 5 or 6 kinds of Macs.

I’ve learned Photoshop CS2 runs well on Parallels if you have lots of memory.
I’ve learned Riddick cannot run on Parallels. Most games simply don’t work on Parallels.

I think a Mac that cannot run games is probably less annoying than a Windows machine that runs an operating system that no one uses.

But clearly I am undecided. Hopefully the new soundcard will work and I won’t need another computer for a few more years.

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  1. on October 17th, 2008 at 11:28 pm

    Dude, use photoshop in Mac OS, it’s better than in windows anyway, trust me.

  2. Will said,

    on October 18th, 2008 at 1:44 am

    Yeah but is the, um, second-hand-software community as large in Mac as it is in Windows?

  3. Will said,

    on October 18th, 2008 at 1:54 am

    By the way, I’m glad to see you’re here at my blog. Your occasional real-life visits are too few. So, good that you’re still around cybernetically. Increases the chances of real life. 🙂

  4. on October 18th, 2008 at 8:46 am

    I live on second-hand software. It’s all over the place.

  5. bassist said,

    on October 18th, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    Macs should be able to use windows formatted disks no problem. That being said, it hasn’t worked in reality for me. Twice I’ve had windows disks fail, once in the most permanent fashion ever, when attached to a mac. I don’t know if you remember my final project for my film editing class being lost forever or not, but it was easily one of the worst experiences ever. In addition, though Vista’s no fun, the DRM that apple is pushing is far worse. Get a PC and get Linux instead of either Windows or Mac.

  6. Will said,

    on October 18th, 2008 at 4:43 pm

    As if I’d take advice from the French! (i here you’re about to be in france — very cool)

  7. bassist said,

    on October 19th, 2008 at 12:42 pm

    I’m in France now. On the Frenhc Riveria. It’s in the 70s, sunny and warm. It’s fantastic!

    Matt says that if you take a look at Lenovo (IBM’s laptops) you should still be able to order them with XP. After all, you can order them with a perfectly blank hard drive with no problem. He also recommends falconware as another alternative.

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