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  #179485 22-Nov-2008 19:53
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MattD: Well maybe not just BSOD but a HP mini note that freezes all the time or out of the blue, cannot be productive. ;-)Downtime is downtime...

The HP mini-note was a battery charger capacitor problem - not software so can't blame on Windows. Called HP, who offered on-site support if needed, but after being instructed on how to reset the capacitor (remove battery, push power for 15 seconds, reinsert battery), all is working again.

I am running the pre-beta Windows 7 32 bit on my HP Mini-note now with an Intel SSD - very fast boot - and Windows 7 64 bit on my HP Tablet PC. I think Windows 7 should actually be called "Windows Vista That Should Have Been Released Two Years Ago (TM)".

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  #179487 22-Nov-2008 20:01
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freitasm:. I think Windows 7 should actually be called "Windows Vista That Should Have Been Released Two Years Ago (TM)".

Absolutely... sometimes an urgency for time to market can do more damage than good.I think it is time for me to reinstall current and try again... can't be blamed for being gun shy when lost critical work (intraday and not backed up) when Vista could not recover from itself.
Also in process of switching from Parallels to VM Ware so might be worth installing Windows 7 in clean image.
have a great weekend...

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  #180814 27-Nov-2008 23:20
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Its true.  I click both ways.

I use both for different things but my poor old PowerMac is really only just hobbling along so one day (maybe next year) we'll get a new sexier version.  :)

In the meantime, this two time relationship really has my head in quite a spin.  Its not helped by the fact that I'm not really  much of a 'geek' and any chance I may have had to get my head around hardware has probably been completely undermined by sales people who swing one way or the other and pretty much tell me I stuffed if I want to do both.  So to speak.

Anyway, its good to know I'm not alone out there!  (Yes, I'm brand spanking new to geekzone). Looking forward to picking up what I can from fellow 'dabblers'.

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  #181549 2-Dec-2008 11:43
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I bought an eMac (remember those?!) second hand about 4 years ago.  God only knows how old it is now, probably 6 years or so, maybe older.  Still in perfect condition, never had a thing go wrong with it - touch wood! 

I chucked some more memory at it (768Mb in total) when I bought it and started to learn how to use the thing.  It took a while, as I have always been a die-hard PC user (although I had a brief affair with Unix at University; didn't last though, that kind of sex rarely does) but I gradually got used to the little white wonder.

Then I finally had to upgrade the OS - I didn't want to, I know what new OS's tend to do to old computers.  But I gritted my teeth, did it anyway, and the little 1Ghz eMac GOT FASTER!  Oh my god.  Didn't anybody tell Apple that this is NOT the way computing is supposed to work? New Operating Systems are supposed to cripple any hardware more than 12 months old, and refuse to work with applications older than 18 months.  But there you go - it actually improved the performance of my eMac as well as giving me some extra funky features. 

I upgraded the OS again more recently (haven't touched the hardware, except sticking a backup drive on it and setting up a wireless home network), and the same thing happened - IT GOT FASTER!  There are some new features and programmes that I can't use because I don't have an Intel processor (the new iMovie, for example), but all my old applications work fine.  Final Cut Express, email, iPhoto, Safari, all the usual stuff you need a home computer for.

I'm now looking at buying a new computer, and will only be considering an Apple.  I'd love a Mac Pro, but finances will dictate an iMac.  Never mind - I've got a friend who's a professional video editor/producer, does a lot of stuff for TV3.  And he's doing it all on a 24 inch iMac (admittedly stuffed to the gunnells with Memory, and Terabytes of storage daisy-chained off it) - hugely impressive.

So I still use PC's at work (as do most people), but I'd never even consider buying another home computer if it didn't have that little silvery apple logo stamped on the front.

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