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Switching to Mac

After months of contemplation i’ve finally taken the plunge and picked up one of the new Santa Rosa based 13″ Macbook (2.2GHz C2D). I was tempted to go for the black one but TBH, it seemed a little excessive to spunk an extra £120 for just an extra 40GB and the blackness.
I was also a bit surprised at the cost of upgrading the RAM, they want £539.99 to increase from 1GB to 4GB! I’ve just ordered 2x2GB sticks from Crucial for <£90 delivered. Mental!

I’ve not really stumbled across any major problems TBH, except that it took me a while to work out the keyboard shortcuts for Copy (Apple+c) and Paste (Apple+v). I’m still stuck in the world of Ctrl+..!

Although my work laptop is going to have to stay, i’m going to start trying to use the MB at work more and just rely on XP for email (I prefer Outlook to Entourage).
Does anyone have any recommendations regarding iWork vs MS Office Mac? What about Open Office?

Any tips for a switcher greatfully received. 🙂


  1. grahamgilbert says:

    I prefer iWork to Office. I’m using it for smaller things and the big stuff like my dissertation at uni.

    Btw, the current macbooks / macbook pros aren’t using Santa Rosa. Santa Rosa refers to the combination of the new C2D processors, the chipset and the wireless card. Apple doesn’t use intel wireless cards. Not major I know, but useful to know.

  2. Macca says:

    I know what you mean, I didn’t realise that the MB/MBPs didn’t use the full platform.
    Too much reading of these kinds of articles I guess.

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