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Aug 28 2008   2:21AM GMT

Not Converting to the Mac

JohnWilder John Wilder Profile: JohnWilder

I’ve decided to end my attempt to convert to the Mac, but not necessarily because it didn’t work. I’ve been using a MacBook Pro as my primary machine for about a month now, but I’ve decided to return to a PC.

The reason I’m going back is that I was spending way too much of my time on the PC side of things. Once I had things setup the way I wanted, I found that I was spending 60-75% of my time running something under the Windows VM running on Fusion. It’s simply a function of what I do on a daily basis, and much of my time is spent on Remote Desktop sessions to our Windows servers. The Mac actually handled this very well, but the reality is it added a layer between me and what I needed to get done.

Performance was never the issue, although I’m not sure I’d agree with those who argue that Windows actually runs better on a Mac VM.  I definitely noticed things slowing down on the Windows VM, especially when I started to push things with numerous apps running simultaneously.

By no means was the decision a slam-dunk. If my time was split 50/50 between the Mac and PC side of things, I probably would have at least stayed with the experiment for a bit longer. If I spent more time on the Mac than the PC, it would also be a no-brainer. I’d definitely side with the Mac in that scenario.

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  • Techqueen
    Thank you! I agree Windows does not work better on Macs, my transition has been rough. I would rather take up [A href="http://www.angieslist.com/companylist/dallas/roofing.htm"]roofing dallas [/A] homes in the hot summer than try and get better at this. I am screwed though and can't go back, sold my PC to afford my Mac. :( Perhaps it will just come with experience, time is the answer?
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