If you're interested in a Mac running VMWare's Fusion, Parallel's
Desktop, or any other emulation/virtualization software, Macworld
Magazine did a comparison of these programs within the past three or
four months. You might still find it available on their Web site. 

   I also agree with Art on the 10-key peripheral. They're fairly cheap
and MUCH easier/cheaper to replace than a new keyboard or computer! If
it's something that would fit into your work method/style, it just might
help you out quite a bit.

   Apple is making a push for more of the business market, and has been
for quite a few years since they introduced their own rack-mounted
server. Recently, with the increased sales/market share of Macs, Apple
is also pushing their computers more towards the business market, too.
With the help of virtualization software and Apple's own Boot Camp
software, there's little that a Mac can't do these days. PC Magazine has
for quite a few years now considered a Mac laptop one of the best, and
PC World and Consumer Reports usually agrees with them, for what that
might be worth. 

Good luck with your decision and purchase, whatever it might be!

Samuel I. Beard, Jr.
Technical Writer
OI Analytical
979 690-1711 Ext. 222
sbeard at

-----Original Message-----
[mailto:framers-bounces at] On Behalf Of Rene
Sent: Thursday, June 19, 2008 8:52 AM
To: FrameUsers List
Subject: How FM use impacts purchasing decisions

Hi All,

My PC laptop is beaten up so badly it's barely stable anymore, so it's
getting time to start the process of identifying the next workhorse for
me. (Yes, I am rough on a laptop and rely on it very heavily. Any
testimonials of your laptop successes are more than welcome!) 

I have gotten rather irritated with Microsoft since Vista came out, and
I really am reluctant to get a new PC laptop due to it shipping with
Vista and all the exponentially increased hassle factor that will
entail. Frankly, I don't have time to spend 30 minutes per product just
to load the software and get it functional by jumping through all the
hoops required now. I "get" that it's piracy protection, and I "get" the
concept and am not trying to circumvent any copyright laws, but it
really just feels like my time and purse are being taxed because of
other people's lack of ethics. 

I have some friends who have moved to the Mac platform for their
laptops, and they swear by them. All the IT gurus I know swear by
Unix/Linux and open source development. But, then I get the cold water
splashing in the face: the majority of my computer use is work related,
and the majority of that work is done in FrameMaker, and FM seems viable
only in PC world. 

Am I missing something, or is this really the trap it seems to be? If
I'm going to continue working with clients whose environment,
architecture, workflow, and staffing all revolve around FrameMaker, am I
forced to concede to all the baggage that comes with the PC world? Or is
there a viable way to use FrameMaker on a new Apple
laptop/notebook/etc., or on a Linux laptop, seamlessly with FM files
saved by and shared with FM PC users? I can't risk hosing anything in
these single-sourced shared-file environments...!

Thanks in advance,

Rene L. Stephenson

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