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Subject:   some advice..
Date:   2005-04-19 19:29:51
From:   rwright
I'm sure you will get more advice from mac users on this article. But you seem to be well on your way, its a great balanced real world review piece.

Since you ponied up for Microsoft Office I would not waste a lot of time with Appleworks. AW is almost "legacy" software for the Mac now, and has recently been superceeded by Pages. Considering what you have to get familiar with, Word and Excel on the Mac are very good, some think even better than their native counterparts. I would just dig in with them and save the effort for other Mac-centricities.

Internet Explorer on the Mac is now abandonware, and if you need some of its functionality with specific sites often Firefox will do it for you. Having it on the machine will not hurt (unlike in its native enviroment) but maybe some of the time saved on AW can be invested in Safari which is a very good browser. You might grow to like its simplicity. Once Tiger is shipped and RSS comes to Safari you might be able to ditch Firefox. In any case, maintaining duplicate bookmarks in both is not hard. Just leave IE if you can...its slow compared to FF and Safari.

You will find Vitual PC to be virtually unusable if you go with its stock XP install. (at least I have.) Molasses slow. And with the security center turned on, every time you launch VPC it goes and checks and downloads updates (SP2) automatically, basically making it unusable in the process. You really have to set aside some time to do updates when you don't expect to get work done on VPC.

Win2k is the choice here, it's very usable. Dig out an old install CD and fire it up.

Finally, you can use the system while updates are being installed, and very often there is no reboot. No need to switch to the windows laptop.

Enjoy the best of all worlds.

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  • Todd Ogasawara photo some advice..
    2005-04-20 02:07:47  Todd Ogasawara | O'Reilly AuthorO'Reilly Blogger [View]

    Hey, rwright: Thank you for the good advice and information!... Appreciate the info..todd
    • some advice..
      2005-04-21 10:08:38  monkeyt [View]

      About IE for Mac, abandon it. Bad, bad, bad. There are utilities out there to activate the 'Debug' menu in Safari, which gives you the option of swapping the browser's User-Agent string, letting Safari identify itself to servers as just about any browser out there. It won't magically fix badly written javascript, but it will get you past most asinine 'IE Only' javascript traps. (The Debug menu also provides other nifty features)
      • some advice..
        2005-04-21 12:52:58  ghiebert [View]

        I think this will do it. From a Terminal window:

        defaults write com.apple.Safari IncludeDebugMenu 1
      • some advice..
        2005-04-21 13:24:49  epeacock [View]

        I agree, get away from IE. It's been dumped. Windows had it's current version frozen too until Firefox and security issues pressured them to update it with XP SP2.

        A lot of sites that require IE really don't, they just have bad detection (ugh). As a web guy I really get steamed by such sites. It's not that hard to write compatible web sites - you just have to know what you're doing. Yes, there are going to be Active X sites that will just not work even with a spoof like the Debug menu in Safari, but a lot of them will work.

        Also, the 10.3.9 update that just came out boosts Safari JS support and speed quite a bit (~35% increase for page rendering). It's worth getting as it also fixes a ton of other things like the speed of HTTPS sites.
  • some advice..
    2005-04-21 13:18:44  epeacock [View]

    A nice little detail is that each update that requires a reboot in OS X has a small power cycle icon next to it's text description in the Software Update window.

    If you don't want to have to reboot after the update has run (in the background if you choose) then postpone the update for another time and simply check off and run the ones that do not require a reboot.