New MacbookPro owner (convert from Windows)

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by RBasil, Feb 25, 2007.

  1. RBasil macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2007
    #1
    I am the CTO for our company and after a long battle with windows based systems I have finally decided to give Apple a try. I will be ordering a 17" widescreen Macbook Pro on Monday. The only upgrade will be the 200gig HDD.

    It has been over 15 years since I have had any kind of Apple computer (I worked for Motorola at the time) and I am looking forward to seeing the new advances in both the OS and hardware.

    Wish me luck!

    P.S. Anything you would recommend that a windows convert do when I first start using the Macbook?
     
  2. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

    mkrishnan

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2004
    Location:
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    #2
    Good luck, and welcome to the family! :)

    As far as things to consider.... well, you're a CTO so I won't insult your intelligence. But the biggest thing will probably be to lay down and figure out how you want this Mac to interact with your IS from the start ... do you want to use Bootcamp or Parallels, how are you going to get file access, is your mail server IMAP/POP or can you get a client (e.g. for Groupwise), etc, etc.

    Much better to do those things right the first time than to do them over.
     
  3. dreamfocused macrumors member

    dreamfocused

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2007
    Location:
    Toronto
    #3
    you'll love how simple and beautiful OSX is.

    Welcome to the wonderful world of Mac :)
     
  4. RBasil thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2007
    #4
    Mail access is via IMAP so no worries there. Of course I will still need access to some windows programs in real time from the desktop so I will be installing Parallels. Right now I am trying to read up on bootcamp and decide if I want to run parallels from a bootcamp image or forget bootcamp all together.

    Any articles you can point me to on the subject?
     
  5. xav1379 macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Jan 11, 2006
    Location:
    London, UK
    #5
    Good luck! May I ask what sort of business you run and how big is your company?

    xav1379
     
  6. RBasil thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2007
    #6
    We sell breast check kits to help men and women check for breast cancer. There are only 8 of us (soon to be about 20) at the HQ, most of our employees are independent sales reps. We have sales reps all over the world.
     
  7. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

    mkrishnan

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2004
    Location:
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    #7
    There are some out there, but one problem is how rapidly changing Parallels' feature set is. I personally would recommend that, unless you see an obvious reason not to, you should just make a Bootcamp partition, since it's more robust, and you can go either way with it. Crossover Office is certainly also an option, if your apps work with it (it's based on WINE).
     
  8. RBasil thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2007
    #8
    Thank you for the advice.

    I've worked with WINE in the past on a few Linux boxes and it's compatibility with some programs has been an issue for me. I think I'll stick with Parallels' for the Macbook Pro.
     
  9. BlackMax macrumors 6502a

    BlackMax

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2007
    Location:
    North Carolina
    #9
    Congratulations on your upcoming purchase. I use my MacBook in our Windows dominated office and find I can pretty much do everything with OS X I could do with Windows XP except connect to our MS IPSEC VPN servers. I'm still working on this one.

    Using Microsoft's RDP connector for OS X I can remotely connect to all of our Windows 2003 servers from my MacBook. If needed you can find this OS X RDP client here: http://www.microsoft.com/mac/otherproducts/otherproducts.aspx?pid=Article_RDC

    For our Exchange server I use the OWA client and for our Live Communication Server I use the LCS web client.
     
  10. xav1379 macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Jan 11, 2006
    Location:
    London, UK
    #10
    I guess you will find Apple computers very helpful for your business. Low maintenance, easy to use. I saw some brilliant cooperative features in iCal that you should be able to leverage.

    I am not sure if I would settle for MacBook Pros on the other hand. My partner has an MacBook which is just as powerful and is far more comfortable and transportable than my MacBook Pro. Also, to my opinion, MacBooks are better value for money. You might want to buy some computer screens to plug your MacBooks in and which you could keep over time.

    I believe Apple has a department that deals with small businesses. You might want to talk to them.

    You should get your coleagues setup on iChat, especially if they are based all around the world. It will help improving communication and you will be able to use video conferencing at virtually no cost (webcam are integrated in all macs these days).

    Finally, I would recommend you to use Ms Office. Tried Page in the past and it did not do it for me (especially the formula editing). But don't use Outlook. iMail and iCal will probably be better.

    All the best with your initiative. If Macs make sense for your firm, go for it. It can't be worse than Windows/PCs after all!

    xav1379
     
  11. Cult Follower macrumors 6502a

    Cult Follower

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2007
    Location:
    North Dakota
    #11
    Congratulations and welcome to our family.

    I just wanted to tell you not to close the lid of your macbook when shutting down until it is completely shut down as it will cause the computer to freeze and you will have to remove the battery to fix it.
     
  12. strydr macrumors 6502

    strydr

    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2005
    Location:
    SoCal
    #12
    Why even turn it off? I leave my notebooks on always. Just close the lid, the `book goes to sleep, and you're done. Been doing this for many years, and never had a problem. I even had a (mac)genius tell me my battery lasted longer than most (older PB).

    O-ya, and congrats on the future purchase ;)
     
  13. mistyz23 macrumors member

    mistyz23

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2007
    #14
    Thats not giving Apple a try, that is a commitment! Nothing wrong with that, though. I've only had mine for a couple of weeks (15 inch 2.16) and I bet you will love yours too.
     
  14. Blown284 macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2007
    Location:
    Pasadena, Maryland
    #15
    RBasil,
    I recently made the full switch, although, I had a mac mini for a few months before my macbook pro arrived. You'll love the macbook pro I promise.... it's VERY addictive. :D
     
  15. Collin973 macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2006
    #16
    I made the switch about 8 months ago and I love OS X on my macbook pro. I started off with a 12" PB while I saved up funding for the C2D mbp and even though the PB was a 1 GHZ, OS X ran very smoothly. I was really impressed. Windows XP does not function smoothly when opening applications and doing tasks. OS X always seems to function and look smooth. In XP, I hated that when you opened some programs, the blank white windows would pop up and the computer would slow a bit, then some more would load in the window, but I haven't seen that at all in mac os x. It really is an excellent operating system.

    Since I've purchased my MBP, my uncle bought one, my brother plans to buy one in the next month or so, and my father is looking to purchase mbp's for himself and employees.

    Once people see how wonderful OS X is, they really enjoy using it.

    Here WAS my one gripe with OS X. In XP, I'd always use ALT-TAB to switch between windows on my desktop. Well, in OS X, APPLE-TAB switches between applications and I hated that I could flip between my excel documents quickly. Well, I finally looked it up and to switch between application windows, it's APPLE + ~. And I became perfectly content with OS X.

    Oh yea. I forgot. I absolutely love the two finger scroll. I can't stand using any other laptop because TFS makes viewing everything so much better. I'm so use to it, I try and scroll with it on other laptops then feel incredibly disappointed that I have to move the mouse over to make it scroll. Thank you apple!

    Enjoy your new MBP!!
     
  16. RBasil thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2007
    #17
    My order has been placed. Looks like next week will be a fun filled week of learning.

    Thank you for the feedback everyone.

     
  17. crees! macrumors 68000

    crees!

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2003
    Location:
    MD/VA/DC
    #18
    Read Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual, Tiger Edition
    http://www.amazon.com/Switching-Mac-Missing-Manual-Tiger/dp/0596006608/

    It'll make life easier and if you have a question about something it's most likely a page turn away.
     
  18. RBasil thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Feb 25, 2007
    #19
    First post with the new MBP. Looks like I'll be very busy this weekend.
     
  19. neyoung macrumors member

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2007
    #20
    Congrats on the Switch! When I made the switch I found that in the matter of a few hours I was able to get the hang of OS X. After a week I felt as if I had been using OS X for years. Its an easy thing to learn and you should be able tot pick it up quickly.
     
  20. Blown284 macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2007
    Location:
    Pasadena, Maryland
    #21
    Congratulations and welcome to the Mac Community! As I said, I switched recently and haven't looked back and don't miss windows one single bit!
     
  21. Luigi239 macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2007
    #22
    First, Congradulations! You will love it :D

    My only advice is to download Quicksilver. That program is an Application launcher and so much more. I use it every day.

    http://quicksilver.blacktree.com/
     
  22. Skrilla™ macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2007
    Location:
    Houston
    #23
    Get BootCamp

    Install Windows
     
  23. phidauex macrumors member

    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2007
    #24
    I think you'll enjoy it! People always say, "Macs aren't good for business." When they really should be saying, "Macs aren't good for giant businesses that have already entrenched themselves in a certain way of doing things that it will take years and millions of dollars to dig themselves out of." :) Macs are GREAT for small businesses that value communication and rapid change more than they value consistency (aka, stagnation ;) ).

    I'm a part owner of a small company, like yourself (just 4 of us), we design and install solar power systems for homes and businesses, and I use my Macbook all the time. Our email is IMAP, I use MS Office to move spreadsheets around (and never have compatibility problems with Office on the PCs in the group). Most of our stuff is webapps (Basecamp for project management, and some in-house webapps for bidding and system simulation) which works great for Macs and PCs.

    I recommend reading some of the 'get started' tutorials mentioned, and the "missing manual" series are really well done.

    Don't neglect the utility of the built-in iSight. I work in another part of the country than the other part of my company, and before we had iSights, we only used the phone. Its not like we couldn't teleconference with our old computers, we had USB webcams, but with the camera built into the screen, it is so trivially easy that we do it all the time. It was just a little too much of a hassle before, and it is now in the threshold of 'very easy' so we do it a LOT. Saves a ton on cell bills, and we communicate better because I can see the person I'm talking to. I use iChat with other mac users, and Skype with the remaining PC users. I was surprised at how handy it was. With sales reps around the country, you might find this a very useful feature.

    So anyway, I think you'll really enjoy it. They are fun computers to use, and for some reason, I'm far more productive with my Macbook than I was with my previous clunky PC laptop (which was getting on in age, I admit). Just be creative, be willing to try out a 'new way' for a little while, and I think you'll find yourself realizing that lots of things that feel weird at first, are actually much nicer once you've gotten through the learning curve.

    Good luck with your business!

    Peace,
    Sam
     
  24. phidauex macrumors member

    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2007
    #25
    While I would agree with this, I would add the caution that you really shouldn't tempt yourself to just use windows all the time early on. OS X is better than windows, in my opinion, but there are a lot of things that are just 'different'. If you install windows right away, you might be tempted not to give OS X a little time. I think you'll find that some features that feel weird at first are actually very useful, you just need time to adapt.

    It would be like going to Japan, and after trying sushi once, eating at the McDonalds the rest of your trip. Give it a chance, and you'll begin to appreciate the things that make it special.

    I do run a bootcamp partition, and have it connected to Parallels as well, but honestly, I only use it occasionally, and the last few weeks, I've only opened it a few times for Visio, and I've only booted windows once, to play a little Neverwinter Nights. ;)

    peace,
    sam
     

Share This Page