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JtS
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dalliance, I was wondering about the screen size too, but popped into the apple store on London's Regents Street and had a look/play and found it was ok.

Apparently there is software that allows you to run windows simultaneously

http://www.apple.com/uk/getamac/windows.html

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Malcolm X
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£800 for a laptop.

I bought a dell Vostro laptop for £485
17 inch screen a built in webcam
core2duo T7250, 3gb of ram, 160gb hard drive (i can install an additional one.
128 nvidia graphics card, bluetooth, with Vista.

more than powerful enough for my needs.
But then i am more interested in a powerful machine than a overpriced pretty piece of plastic.

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That's on 2.0Ghz
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Good spec that MX. Shame it's running Vista.

As I said in my earlier post, price is one of the few reasonable objections to buying a Mac.

I'm a bit tempted by this guy's Hackintosh project.

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dalliance
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A bit of a question for anyone who uses database software on their Macs. I use Access a lot and I'm wondering if there is any cross compatability into Filemaker Pro or Bento.

I don't see Access offered as a programme within any of the Mac Office packages.

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The Purple Cow
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Dalliance, you can import the content but not the structure of your Access files into Filemaker Pro via delineated text file or any Excel file.

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the Mac Air is basically a second computer for road warriors, still damn cool though.

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dalliance
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Thanks. I'm probably taking the plunge this evening and ordering one.
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CTT, what's pissing you off about Ubuntu?
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Well firstly, I installed Xubuntu which, after an X-windows update, kept getting it's calculated dpi setting wrong, so the fonts were ridiculously tiny, and I had to fiddle around with the command line to get it back.

Now I have installed Ubuntu (gone back to Gnome) and an annoying password popup box appears on boot saying NetworkManager wants to access my keychain. It won't save the password so I have to enter it every freaking time.

Also, I have a HP Laserjet 1200 printer - there is no excuse whatsoever for it to get the drivers wrong for that printer - it's as bog-standard a laser as you can get, but it does and CUPS keeps disabling it for no freaking reason - right in the middle of printing stuff out.

In short, I'm getting fed up of spending 2 hours in the command line every time I want to get anything done. It's an operating system for people who like pissing about with operating systems and I found that novel at first, but now I just want to get shit done.

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I'm not saying Linux is all bad though - it's by far the best OS to install on a server. I just don't think it's ready as a general use desktop machine.
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We have just bought a Mac notebook after our Toshiba laptop died one month after the warranty expired.

Airport means we have networked seamlessly with the Mac we already had and UE1 has no trouble logging on to his wireless network.

Using our workplace Microsoft licence agreement means we were able to Office for Mac on for about $40aus.

For movie editing and recording music, which UE2 does frequently, it is far and away the best platform (according to him).

We use I-Chat every day to contact rellies in Melbourne and there are no virus issues. I waqsn't that keen when a Mac was suggested by the boss but I am now glad she insisted.

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dalliance
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I ordered mine the other day, takes two weeks to arrive all the same which is not dazzling, especially when all they have to do is put a bigger hard drive in it. I didn't request it came clad in albino kangaroo skin or anything troublesome.

Another question, are you Mac owners able to run Soulseek or other P2P applications ?

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Soulseek no, but I use Limewire and Google Hacks.
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The impressive spec / price combination of MX's laptop is completely offset by:

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...with Vista.
My 4 month old Vista based PC is currently in an unusable state, it won't go more than 15 minutes without a blue screen of death. My 2.5 year old Mac iBook, however, has crashed once (which was my own fault) and still runs faster than the PC, even before the BSOD episodes started a couple of weeks ago.

However, echoing Dalliance's concerns, there are some compatibility issues with Macs, all of the standard Office software isn't as powerful on a mac is it is on windows based machines. Does anyone know if its possible, via a dual boot, to run windows on a mac with the standard office features, including Access?

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If the Mac has an intel processor you can install XP on it.
ANd thank fuck too. The machines may be nice, but the Mac OS is horrible.

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