Re: new laptop

Subject: Re: new laptop
From: quills -at- airmail -dot- net
To: Amy Sennesh Vastola <asv -at- nycap -dot- rr -dot- com>, techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Sun, 30 Dec 2007 22:55:05 -0600


Good news. You can escape from Windows, yet still have windows for
those times when you absolutely must.

For me that is while using two important software items. FrameMaker
(they orphaned the Mac some time ago) and playing my favorite online

Look into purchasing a MacBook Pro. These have the same high
performance capabilities that any IT professional might need, yet,
because they are running Intel Core-Duo chips, you can run both the
Mac OS and Windows. If you don't mind booting to each when you need
to run in that OS then use the accompanying BootCamp software
provided by Apple.

Otherwise purchase, at a reasonable (sub $100) price either Parallels
or VMFusion. With these software packages you can run both OS's

You get both worlds.

And no, the hardware for a Dell that is spec'd to the same level as a
MacBook Pro is nearly identical. The advantage is that you will
always have an OS that is immune to the Windows vagaries and virus

Also the laptop that runs Vista the fastest isn't a Dell. It's an
Apple MacBook Pro.


At 2:29 PM -0500 12/26/07, Amy Sennesh Vastola wrote:
>Hi, I have been lurking, reading the digest for about one month. I am a
>tech writer returning to IT after a hiatus doing other things. Will
>probably work on a contract basis at least to get started again.
>I am wondering if a Windows system is necessary for contracting. The
>Adobe TW suite only runs on Windows, but my comp. sci. major son is
>urging me to get an Apple or run Linux on a Dell (Dell will be selling
>laptops pre-loaded with Ubuntu, according to an article on
> and just use some emulation software as needed that can
>simulate Windows within another operating system. Anyone have any
>experience with a non-Windows laptop? I would love to escape from
>Windows, but need to be practical.
>Amy Vastola

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