After 20+ years on Microsoft operating systems, I’m finally considering moving over to the dark side (or *away* from the dark side, depending on who you ask, LOL!). Yes, I’m considering buying a Mac. Actually a MacBook.

I decided to get a Dell 1405 because of it’s purported great battery life and I placed my order Friday night (and I got a 25% coupon, sweet!). Then two things happened on the same day; Dell held my order waiting for me to call to verify it, and I got a MacMall catalog in the mail and decided to read it. Hmmm.

I blogged about the Mac when I first heard of Parallels, and a friend of mine has a MacBook Pro that he runs Windows on so I’ve been considering it for a while. Well, yesterday I went to the store to check it out and it was pretty nice (except for lack of a right mouse button, doh!) but the guy at CompUSA couldn’t tell me about battery life.

No problem, I have another friend with a MacBook and I emailed him to ask about battery life. To which he replied:

I just googled for “mac book pro extended battery” and it
returned plenty of results…

Ouch, Busted! He did go on to relay his experiences, but point taken. :)

Anyway, though I still haven’t decided which laptop to get, I christen thee a new meme in my friends honor while I pay homage to that soon-to-be bygone era where a few people actually did read the manual:

GTFK: Google The F***in’ Keywords

Just to be explicit, there is a proper context for using GTFK. When someone asks you a question that requires a long explanation that they could have easily answered themselves, it is perfectly appropriate to simple tell them:


From this I’m sure they will get the message. ;-)

P.S. I know I don’t have to tell you what the *** stands for.

With Parallels, I might finally consider getting a Mac

I just read about the new VM software called Parallels that runs on an Intel Mac.  Heck, I might finally consider getting an Apple Macintosh!

Parallels runs with Mac OS X on Intel 10.4.5 as primary OS (as well as lots of other OSes), and the Guest OSes that Parallels Supports include all the following:

Windows Windows 2003 Standard Edition SP0, SP1
Windows Windows 2003 Enterprise Edition SP0, SP1
Windows Windows 2003 Web Edition SP0, SP1
Windows Windows XP Professional SP0, SP1, SP2
Windows Windows XP Home SP0, SP1, SP2
Windows Windows 2000 Professional Edition SP4
Windows Windows 2000 Server SP4
Windows Windows 2000 Advanced Sever SP4
Windows Windows NT Workstation 4.0 SP6
Windows Windows NT Server 4.0 SP6
Windows Windows ME
Windows Windows 98
Windows Windows 95
Windows Windows 3.11
Windows Windows 3.1
Fedora Fedora Core Linux 3, 4
RedHat Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS3, WS4
RedHat Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS4
RedHat Red Hat Enterprise Linux ES3, ES4
RedHat Redhat Linux 7.3, 8, 9
Debian Debian Linux 3.1
SuSE SUSE Linux 9.0, 9.1, 9.2, 9.3
Mandriva Mandriva Linux 9.2, 10, 10.1
FreeBSD FreeBSD 4.1, 4.3, 4.5, 5.4
os2 OS/2 warp 3, 4, 4.5
eComStation eComStation 1.1, 1.2
Sun Solaris Sun Solaris 9, 10

This virtualization stuff is getting really interesting…