This weekend, I conducted a little experiment. I
used Boot Camp to boot my 17-inch 1.83GHz iMac Core Duo with 2GBs of RAM and an external 24-inch monitor in Windows XP
and then I forced myself to remain in XP. I didn't reboot into OS X. Instead, I explored the Windows performance on the
machine. Overall, I have to admit, it was a positive experience. I still prefer OS X, but I can now see the advantages
to booting into XP from time to time.
One odd thing that I wasn't expecting was that I didn't find myself loathing Windows quite as much. Something about running it quickly on my nice iMac made it more pleasant than all of my previous experiences running XP on various PC boxes. It's still the fastest I've ever seen Windows perform. Half of this is probably that I didn't load it down with lots of crap programs, and I had it properly protected immediately after install with virus, firewall, and spyware protection.
There were negative aspects to the experience. It hard crashed at least 5 times on me this weekend. This mostly happened when I was installing something...
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