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January 16, 2009


Robin Barooah

It sounds as though you are saying that you like windows again because in their work since Vista, Microsoft has now copied all of the things you liked about OSX and got rid of a bunch of major irritations they had introduced since XP. It would be interesting to hear about the things that are actually making you feel that Windows 7 is better than OSX now that would make it worth switching if you have been a mac user for a while. I switched from XP to OSX in 2005 so effectively windows is a whole new world again.


Thanks for the comment. I will be writing about my 'decision' soon. For now all I can say is that with a single OS, I no longer have to switch back and forth to do work on my must have PC applications. Sure, it may be not so bad using a virtual machine but it is still just not as intuitive. I would have to say that better 3rd party applications still work in favor of Windows.


The premise of Vista was a good one, looking back at the videos Microsoft had at PDC2003. But by the time Vista was out, a lot of the features they had promised were in OS X, and some features were cut, and some features had made it to XP. If this doesn't give you an idea of how screwed up Vista development was, let me remind you they did resets, starting over, and even had to deal with XP's then security issues (which to their credit, got fixed with SP2). By the time Vista rolled out, device makers, and OEMs didn't believe it was actually coming out due to the amount of delays, and didn't prepare, causing driver issues (driver issues being one of the biggest problems with any Windows release) and hardware not optimized for Vista. The problem list goes on, but to Vista's credit, you need not run antivirus as long as you aren't downloading stuff willy-nilly (something I'm sure Mac fans don't do either; thus it is fair to expect at least advanced users not to need it, and less advanced users can get something like AVG for free). With UAC (a feature much like the elevation in any other modern operating system) thrown in, security is not an issue with Windows.

Of course, with the initial bad experiences with Vista, and Apple doing its anti-Vista campaign, it is hard to blame people for not admitting any merit in the OS. That is where Windows 7 comes in. It polishes stuff across the board, from under the hood (increasing the maximum cores from something most users don't have to something most users will never have in the lifetime of Windows 7, among other changes), to right in front of your face (adding a proper touch API, Superbar, other misc polish). It isn't that Vista didn't have a solid foundation that 7 could build on, it just had bad timing and a couple dents and scratches that are too big for some to ignore. Windows 7 buffs and polishes, and here is the result.

On a last note, if you are using Windows 7, make sure to get the Windows Live Essentials package, for free, to round out Windows 7's functionality (MS had to remove functionality to avoid antitrust allegations, but still provides it, for free).


Welcome back, while I'm not sure why some people think so highly of the buggiest version of OSx, Leopard its nice to know that even in its still full of debugging code and defiantly a Beta, Windows 7 impresses.

Don't give up your Mac, just expand your universe.

Russ Shupert

One note, to get all of the hardware to load, and to use all of the security features on the hardware, you will need the following updates from HP:
sp38202 - HP Update Software
sp41474 - HP Drive Protection Driver
sp41982 - Ricoh Card Reader Driver
sp44778 - HP ProtectTools Security Manager Suite (on the 2730P support page)
sp43616 - HP Keyboard and Quickbutton drivers

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