Partner Burton Sweet
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Time to admit defeat?

15th Apr 2012
Partner Burton Sweet
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One of the reasons many of us have migrated to the Mac is a desire to get away from the problems associated with PCs and Microsoft systems. However, I am finding it frustrating to have to keep my PC up to date so I can deal with clients' QuickBooks and Sage 50 accounts.

Last week I had another reminder as to why the Windows-free environment wasn't going to work for me when I took my time sheets home to finish off and discovered that Practice Engine will only work properly in Internet Explorer. Some of the crucial functions just don't work in Safari or Firefox.

So I'm starting to think the unthinkable. Yes, I mean - I can't believe I'm actually saying this - dual boot!! I may have to sully my beautiful pristine MacBook with Windows 7.

Just how you actually do this is something of a mystery to me, but I believe that there's a facility for setting up a dual Mac OS/Windows environment in the latest Lion version of Mac OS X. Alternatively, there are popular utilities such as Parallels that claim to make the process easy.

I need to look into the options and find out which way to go. My first port of call is going to be a local management accountant I know who runs Windows on all his Macs.

This is not something I'm going to rush into, but I'm beginning to realise it's unavoidable.


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By wilcoskip
16th Apr 2012 09:46

Accept you need both?

A Mac convert myself, I've had to accept the fact that doing everything on a Mac is sometimes more effort than it's worth.  I've therefore divided things into 'soft-end' and 'hard-end' systems (probably much better labels to be had, but I find these useful even if they are a bit 'oo-er mrs').

By 'hard-end' I mean the main productivity areas - SAGE/Intuit work, acs prep, tax etc. 

By 'soft-end' I mean the customer facing and support systems, such as email, crm, project management, business planning etc.

The hard-end work I do (or get others to do) on a reasonably inexpensive PC, as its the easiest way to get it done.

The soft-end stuff is essentially cloud-based now, and thus accessible via PC, iphone, ipad, mac etc., giving me the mobility and apple-interface that I prefer.

It's not ideal, but there you go.


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By cverrier
19th Apr 2012 11:19


I can't help feeling that a lot of the problems people have with Windows stems from use of cheap, outdated systems.    Its unfair to compare a five-year old 'beige box' running Windows XP against the latest Mac.

I've used Windows 7 on a daily basis since it was released in 2009, and I've NEVER, repeat, NEVER had a 'blue screen' or major failure of the software.   I've NEVER had a virus or malware  infection of any kind.

Apple build good quality kit - it's one of the key reasons why Apples have such a good reputation - they don't allow you to run their software on cheap imported hardware.  You can easily get a basic all-in PC for £350, but the cheapest Macs are £999. If you spent the same money on a PC as you have to on an Apple, then you'd get a much better result.

Is a Mac different from a PC?  Yes.   Can you make a case for preferring one over the other? Yes.   Is the Mac a gleaming piece of magical perfection verses the PC's unreliable heap of steaming junk?   No.

and breathe....




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