Sunday, December 20, 2009

My Escape From Dell Hell

This is the third post I have written on my shiny new MacBook Pro, and so far I'm very happy that I've made the change from Windows. For four long years I have struggled against my Dell laptop until finally my patience gave way. It wasn't a cheap machine by any means, I bought what I thought was a top of the range model back in 2005. Sadly it never delivered on the promise, and I have experienced constant frustration with a computer that seems to be incapable of handling more than a single application at a time, despite having both free memory and processor capacity. I did everything I could to try and strip out applications I didn't need yet the machine would still spend mystifying amounts of time doing....what? Things reached the point where I told Dell to take me off all of their mailing lists and I vowed to myself that I would never again buy one of their laptops whilst reasonable alternatives existed.

Last year I bought a little Asus just so that I coud have the experience of a machine that starts up and connects to the Internet in less than 20 minutes. Now with the Mac I managed to download all of my web based mail accounts in an amazingly short time whilst still being able to do other things! It's a new experience for me and will probably change my lifestyle, I won't have time to go off for a cup of tea whilst my laptop attempts to open a folder. Once I've overcome the challenge of getting the Mac to run Windows as well my Dell can start to enjoy the comfortable retirement as a backup machine that I think it was designed for.




7 comments:

Tom said...

Congratulations on your wise move!

Also, happy Christmas to you both. I haven't forgotten about the chance of sampling Basque cider next year!

Graeme said...

A happy Christmas to you as well - I'll be in touch about that Basque cider.

Keefieboy said...

Congratulations, Graeme: I got my MacBook just over a year ago, and I'm still madly in love with it. I do still have to fire up my old Windoze laptop from time to time, and it just reminds me of how bad it was - agonisingly slow startup followed by a gazillion popup bubbles wanting me to update this and that, followed by a fifteen-minute virus scan that grabbed all the processor time. Yuk.

Graeme said...

It was the firewall and virus updates that really got me fed up, I wouldn't mind so much if it didn't have the effect of making the laptop unusable whilst it was in progress - and they would always start when you needed to do something quickly. I've just managed to get the Mac to connect to the Windows machine and my important data is now saying goodbye to Dell

Anonymous said...

You moved from an open model PC to the most closed one technically and businesswise.

Ur problem with the Dell - firewall and antivirus..

so Uninstall them and use a non Norton one...

Graeme said...

Sadly it's not that simple.The firewall/anti-virus software isn't Norton and is in any case just a symptom of a broader problem.

As for the Mac being closed, I've seen one running a Windows virtual machine with a performance that would make my Dell skulk off into the corner in shame - that's what I'm looking for. If openness was the main issue I would have gone for Linux.

John (no name) said...

Graeme, rather off topic, but I hope you have a great holiday season, and thanks once again for taking the time to write such a fantastic blog. Please do not stop doing so!