There's several reasons I am strongly considering moving to a Mac for:
- Stability (I know it's possible to have a very stable Windows system, mine certainly is when I'm not trying to use it)
- Longer practical lifespan (this is tied in with a decision by the Dutch tax office to change the write-off period for computer hardware from 3 to 5 years. I'm having enough problems getting 3 years of useful life out of a Windows box, let alone 5...)
- Less legacy (even now, we're still feeling the effects of decisions made for the very first DOS versions)
- Some of the software I sell and support comes in Mac and Windows versions. I feel I should be able to at least run both flavors in order to be able to support my clients.
There's some questions I still have and hopefully you can give me some answers (any other suggestions you may have are more than welcome of course)
Windows XP and Vista currently have some issues when it comes to handling more than 2Gb of RAM. Seems to me that unless you have both a 64-bit operating system and the application you're running is 64-bit too, you can't really use the extra memory to its fullest potential. How is that on Mac?
If I partition a part of the hard drive for Windows use (I guess that would be NTFS then, as FAT32 doesn't really cut it anymore with large disks), MacOS will be able to see that partition, right? On the other hand, Windows won't be able to see the Mac filesystem. So apps should go on their respective OS drive, and all data can go on an NTFS drive in order to be useable on both sides?
Price is one thing holding me back. The MacBook Pro isn't that bad really (although the euro pricing on Macs is terrible, the same number as in the US, but with a € instead of a $...) but the desktop Mac is going to cost me... (then again, two dual-core Intels, 4 Gb of Ram and 3 juicy hard drives is going to cost me bigtime in pc hardware too...). If I want to cut back on cost, I can just add 'non-Apple' memory and hard drives, right? It's all compatible, as far as I've been able to tell.
That's it so far, but I'm sure I'll have more questions later on...