Daniel Dura

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Time to Switch

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Unfortunately, it seems that a battle that has been going on in my mind for a while has finnaly been settled, and it isnt looking good for my pocketbook! I am going to buy an Apple. In the beginning of my techno life, me and Josh had a Apple SE II Plus: 20MB harddrive, 9 inch grayscale screen…etc. Since then, it has been a PC world. But now, it seems that it is time for me to switch back. The past few years have seen quantum leaps in the architecture and design of the Apple machines, and I have decided to take the plunge and buy one.

BUT, I need your help. I am looking at getting a Powerbook, but which one? Any ideas, suggestions, warnings, etc., would be greatly appreciated. So, post away!

Written by Daniel Dura

May 1st, 2003 at 2:24 pm

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  1. Least you forget, I had one of the first generation Titanium Powerbooks… So I have MORE Mac experience than you! HA!

    Actually, I am going to be buying an iMac pretty soon… No need for the laptop, as I will always use a PC laptop, but I need something to toy around on as far as the Mac world goes. And while I am at it, I am getting a 30gb iPod too :)

    Josh Dura

    1 May 03 at 2:34 pm

  2. I recently bought a 12″ PowerBook and am loving it. People have been uppity about the heat issue, but I haven’t experienced anything that I found uncomfortable. As far as which one to get? I guess it depends on what’s more important to you. Are you looking for a desktop replacement? Portability? My 12″ is perfect for carrying with me. However, I wouldn’t even think about trying to lug around that 17″. Rumor is that 15″ Aluminum Powerbooks are coming out sometime soon, but nothing solid on when. If you don’t mind waiting, the 15″ would be a good balance ‘tween screen size & luggability.

    Philip Carlson

    1 May 03 at 4:04 pm

  3. Daniel,

    I’ve been thinking about making the switch too. I’m a long-time CF developer but relatively new to Flash (started @ Flash 5). I’m serious about a possible “switch” but have heard a lot of grumbling about less than stellar experiences people have had with Studio MX on the mac. At the same time, I keep hearing about MM users switching (ex. you, branden hall, sean corfield, etc.) I don’t know what to think anymore.

    Daniel, could you please blog a little about your experience in switching? I’d love to observe a real-life switch as it happens.

    Michael Conger

    1 May 03 at 4:24 pm

  4. nice to hear you are switching back to apple! you are gonna love OS X big time. whatever laptop you get, i would make sure its at least a 800mhz G4 to get the best results with OS X. the 17 inch powerbooks are amazing, but so are the 15 inch one too

    if you have any questions you should join the community over at http://forums.macnn.com. there are some great people over there that can answer any questions you may have


    1 May 03 at 4:36 pm

  5. Thanks for the comments guys! Especially for the forums link, I will check those out ASAP.

    Daniel Dura

    1 May 03 at 4:45 pm

  6. http://www.mxbook.com/v1/app/mmxbria_app_b1.pdf

    “Developing Rich Internet Applications on a Macintosh”


    2 May 03 at 4:16 pm

  7. Agghhhhh noooooo Tell me your kidding right?

    Okay I’m rare I know, I’ve 2 XPPro machine’s a RedHat 9 box and an iMac here at home

    Last year I worked teaching in a lab full of iMacs and in our office we had 2 top of the line fully speced DualCPU G4′s, and my P3 550mhz 2000k machine. The G4′s would crash running MX Studio at LEAST once a day, the P3 crashed twice in a 6 months, and it was running as a PHP mySQL server for classroom exercises.

    After over 8 years of working on platforms from DOS, NeXT, Unix, Apple and Windows – you will NOT ever see me buying an Apple for development of CF, PHP, XHTML or Flash. I use the iMac here for testing sites (XHTML and CSS layouts). I would only buy another Mac for Video work. I’m serriously considering Switching my main PC to RedHat 9 if I could just learn a little more about it.

    But seriously developing on a Mac sends me insane, it’s just not as usable as XP or RH. It’s too gimicky – SURE it works wonderful for home users who want to plugin their DVCam and whip out a DVD, or overlay some text on a photo or grab some new stuff for the iPod.

    Noise too – through studiowhiz I get to test and play with any Apple I want (basically). The new G4′s may as well be a JET engine sitting on your desktop and i hate noisy machines (partly the reason I won’t add extra fans in my PC’s)

    Sorry … I know I sound like the typical Win vs Mac bashing dick head. I’m not.

    Also .. the school I was teaching at last year, are this year replacing 4 classrooms of G4′s with Pentium PC’s. I can’t say I’m surprised.

    So what am I rambling about? Get an iMac for home use, for testing, get a G4 for Video work, and maybe audio, but if your getting it for development….forget it.

    Just my 2 cents


    7 May 03 at 5:42 am

  8. In response to Pnut:

    You’re basing your Mac user experiences off of an iMac? Last time I checked iMac G4 !- Powerbook G4.

    It looks to me like you’re not giving the new Macs a serious look. From what I can see you’re comparing a bunch of iMacs (I think that’s the most base system Mac offers) to a PIII Server with a 2MB L2 cache which probably also contains Registered ECC DDR memory.

    If you compared that same server to a base compaq/gateway/dell machine, I’m sure you’d get similar results. Not to mention that DreamweaverMX was probably just released and still a little buggy for the Mac OS, which is of no fault to Apple. And also not to mention that server software is inherantly more stable than workstation software. Server software is built to run 24/7/365.

    I have never owned a Mac machine, but I have given a serious look at their Powerbook G4 line of notebooks and in my opinion, they have the best laptop out right now, and run on the most stable mainstream OS available. My only gripe is the high price tag.


    9 May 03 at 11:51 am

  9. Ahh, I stand corrected… you’re commenting on the Dual G4 Machines.

    I still think that’s a sham though if you’re basing it off of the buggy release of Studio MX against a PIII server machine which happen to be really stable server machines.


    9 May 03 at 11:57 am

  10. I switched to Apple about three years ago after about 10 years of windows usage, programming etc. I first bought a iBook and used it for business purpose only (Office, Lotus Notes, etc). I bought a Titanium PowerBook two years back and it is awesome! I use it for business, design, music, video and programming.

    I am very technical (C++, Java, Flash, Domino, etc.), but I don’t always want to be technical. Windows forces me to be techical lost of times (why did it crash? why isn’t this driver installing? why does it not recognise this USB device?). I dislike that. With my PowerBook I get the job done instead of thying to figure out why the PC let me down again.

    Red Bull

    10 May 03 at 3:51 am

  11. Sheeesh. I’m in the same boat. I’m seriously thinking of getting a new iMac. I’ve been a PC nut for quite some time, and have been developing only with PC. I have had nothing but trouble with my current box, and don’t think it can hack too much more. I want to strip out this box and set it up as a testing server on my network. I just don’t know whether to take my money and run with a new PC, or just go with the iMac.


    13 May 03 at 8:45 pm

  12. I too have been thinking about switching, untill yesterday.
    Let me get a few things straight first, I like computers, I don’t care who makes them. I have had a few in my time and various brands, I just like them.
    Last week I was freelancing in a “mac” design studio and was working on a shiny new G4 Mac (the one with the 4 little ‘vents’ and the chrome draw bit), a very pretty machine, running Jaguar, now I as I mentioned I have been contemplating switching, so I was delighted at the opportunity of working on this OS so I could see how I got on with it.
    My conclusion:
    Yes it is a nice OS, pretty, the Dock is fun to play with (for about 5 mins), but generally I found it to hold me back, as pnut said I did not find it sped up my developing (if I can say it like this).
    An example, I am sure you use ‘shift+ctrl+left/right’ cursors to select words when programming, or ‘alt+tab’ to switch between apps. (I know these are petty, but it does add up). I could not figure out an equivalent way of doing this (is there a way?).
    I use Flash MX nearly every day, and I found using this app on Jaguar to be slow, certain things just aren’t as fast as they are on my on my XP Pro pc (1.1 Ghz 512Mb). I found waiting for a dialogue box to pop up annoying (effects -> advanced and then settings, I was kept waiting)
    Just little pissy things, but annoying.

    The fact that I could not visit every website I wanted to was also annoying, some would not display (ericd.net would not open in IE5.2, but opend fine in Safari)

    A good thing is that I nolonger have to allocate memory to an application, computers should be able to do this better than what I can surley.

    I share a studio with 4 friends, all of them are Mac based, I am the only PC (me & the server) we all get along happliy, they are all on OS9, they all crash regular, maybe I am fortunate but the XP machine…touch wood has not had a “bad” crash where I actually had to restart yet.
    The USB/driver problem that Redbull mentioned…I can’t say I have had trouble there either, but then I could be lucky (all my USB ports are in use too)

    I may reconsider next year when Panther comes out, and if rumours are true it will support the new IBM 64Bit chips, but then I am sure that Wintel will be there too.

    I think I will stay with M$ for now.

    but at the end of the day it is your money, just consider everything when you spend it, after all you are talking about a lot of cash.


    17 May 03 at 4:05 pm

  13. G,

    Thanks for the comments. These are the type of things I needed to know, but are hard to find out until you really ‘kick the wheels’ a bit. I will definitely still researching the issue. Right now I am slightly leaning towards getting a better Wintel machine….but still would love the opportunity to test drive a Mac.

    Thanks again!

    Daniel Dura

    17 May 03 at 5:12 pm

  14. If you do get an opportunity to borrow a Mac take it, personally I would not part with this amount of cash on a ‘gamble’. Remember Apple has good marketing people out there and I am sure not everyone is ‘happy’ that they switched, but for them it is too late now because they have spent their money.



    18 May 03 at 5:16 am

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