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January 29th, 2007


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09:22 am - the delights of family tech support
My mom's computer is acting funky, and so she was asking me about Vista, in light of thinking if she bought a new PC she would probably have to go with that as the OS. Being happy with my Mac, I've essentially ignored all the Vista hoopla, good and bad. Anybody out there have an opinion? I'm guessing at this point we could get her a new box with XP as the OS, still - but I don't know if that's the best option to consider or not.

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From:rjl20
Date:January 29th, 2007 06:02 pm (UTC)
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Early reports from folks using it on campus are mixed. I'd stay with XP for as long as Microsoft keeps supporting it, unless you've got the money to throw at way overspec'd hardware.
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From:mcjulie
Date:January 30th, 2007 04:48 pm (UTC)

Well

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I would recommend getting a Mac mini or one of the other cheapish Macs. (Because I wuv wuv wuv my System X Mac. Wuv.)

I never like upgrading Windows because nothing works afterward. But using the new version on a new machine has never given me any grief. So... I dunno.
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From:cithra
Date:January 31st, 2007 05:20 pm (UTC)

Re: Well

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That was actually my first thought, because I am exceedingly fond of my PowerBook. But she is reluctant to learn a whole new OS. (Which is, now that I think about it, definitely another argument against getting her Vista.) I told her that the differences aren't that significant anymore, and there is lots of "switching" help available. Including the on-site tech support that is moi.

I may let her play around with the PowerBook - I know I can set up a separate user account for her so I don't have to worry about privacy concerns, I just have to read up on how to do it.

Per Ted's comment below, I think her extraction software is available for Macs based on what she has said, but I will have to double-check.
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From:faintheart
Date:January 30th, 2007 10:57 pm (UTC)
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Y'know, Julie's idea isn' bad. The only hitch would be if her extraction software isn't available for Mac.

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