Dude, you’re getting a MacBook Pro

by Michael Alderete on 4/5/2006

I’m sure a million people will be linking today to the Apple announcement of Boot Camp, a new utility which now makes it both possible and easy to install Microsoft Windows XP onto an Intel-based Mac. I’m also sure most of them will put their amateur analyst hats on, and tell people what they think it means. (Most will be wrong.)

My interest in and comments on the announcement are quite a bit less global in scope.

Rochelle’s current PC is a desktop system I assembled myself. It’s got a 1 GHz Celeron processor, and 512 megs of RAM. It’s sloooooow. But this is Rochelle’s year for new computing hardware, so we’d been planning to replace it, with a top-of-the-line ThinkPad.

I had entertained the idea of getting her a MacBook Pro, because I think that she’d probably come to like Mac OS X (and the iLife applications) quite a bit, but also because it seemed likely that someone would eventually announce a decent way to run Windows on that system.

But while I would love to Switch Rochelle, I know that a fallback plan of “it will probably eventually run Windows” will not save my ass if she decides she wants to stay on Windows. (And Rochelle quickly saw through my real fallback plan of “Well, I guess I could take that brand new MacBook Pro off your hands. It’s a little better than my two year old PowerBook…”)

With Apple delivering today dual-boot capability (and no doubt delivering more sophisticated virtualization capabilities in Leopard, Mac OS X 10.5, when it ships), I don’t need a fallback plan. I don’t have to figure out the Lenovo online store and how to order the damn ThinkPad I decided was the safe choice for what to get Rochelle. I tried twice to work my way towards the model I wanted, which is basically the T43 with similar specifications to the MacBook Pro. But I must be stupid, I couldn’t figure out how to get the store to let me select anything like that, even though I could find the model number in PDF-only spec sheets…

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