Originally Posted by Kakaze
1. All files under 20 megs are defragmented upon use automatically. There really is no need for a defragmenter. 2. System Preferences>Accounts>Login Items 3. Like Windows, OS X runs many parts of itself as separate processes. On a fresh install pretty much all running processes are essential. 4. You have a MacBook Pro which means you have an Intel processor. Entourage is not Universal and will not run at full speed until the next update to office. 5. Boot from your install disk and use the disk utility included in it to repair the hard drive...otherwise what problems would you need to fix? Any serious hard drive problems will require formatting no matter what OS you use. 6. Apple drivers pretty much squeeze every bit of performance out of the hardware as it is because the OS is completely tailored to the hardware it runs on. 7. Intel programmes should run at native speed. PPC programmes run under rosetta. To find out if a programme is PPC or Intel/Universal select it and hot command+i. 8. I don't know why Windows is sluggish for you as everyone who runs Windows on the new Macs says it's incredibly fast. 9. Apple care lasts for 1 year—if you don't buy the extension. Even though they say you only get 90 days of phone support I didn't have to pay for it when I called almost a year after buying my machine. If you take your machine to an Apple store the support is free and we are also here to help. 10. No, not all PCs offer Accidental Damage support. Those that do make you pay for it generally and it's much more expensive than the normal warranty. There are low cost insurance options for laptops out there if this is a big concern for you. 11. System Preferences>Network Also there are several network utilities in Terminal. 12. There is NO spyware for OS X. Popups are NOT spyware. To disable popups in Safari go to the Safari menu and click "disable popups" or you can hit command+k 13. If you think OS X is very basic you don't know anything. 14. You don't have Windows support because OS X IS ANOTHER OPERATING SYSTEM. Linux doesn't have Windows support either. If you need You can run Bootcamp, WINE (or Crossover Mac), Parallels, or VMWare.
sorry, i've been busy getting married.
numbers 8 and 10 grabbed me in particular. 8. you're the first i've heard complain about windows running laggy under bootcamp. hell, it's pretty damn snappy running non-3D apps under parallels in my experience (assuming at least 1GB of RAM). the only prior limitation i have heard was in the way of 3D apps and games running a bit slower bc the GPU was underclocked, which was of course remedied by using drivers that allowed for clock changes. once that was done, 3Dmark and games scores were on par with other mobile systems. 10. wha...? it is offered by some vendors, and usually at a nifty premium. personally i'd go with a 3rd party offering anyways. u can get it for ~$40/yr and there's no limit on it. u can keep renewing it for the life of your system.