…does it really have less problems then a Windows machine? I have had this MacBookPro 15“ for a year now, but was it a step forward from my old trusty IBM (not Lenovo) ThinkPad with XP? Not really. I expected more. More speed, less problems.
Let’s start at the bottom. We use a Lotus Foundations Appliance and that works flawlessly with Windows. Finder on the other hand, has huge problems. Sometime it takes ages to connect to the file server. Especially on our Lotus Foundations demo box. If I want to copy files to LF, very often I can not do it with finder, due to permission problems (no problem in Windows, and no, it is not a problem of the user). If I click on „Programs“ in Finder, boy does it take long, until it shows the list. Finder is extremely slow in opening a folder, too.
Now we look at Lotus Notes. Since I have 8.5.2 it got worse. I don’t think it is faster then 8.5.1. (I use Windows 7 in VMWare Fusion and there the Notes Client is faster). When I start it up, it comes in the foreground every few seconds. Can’t it just stay in the background, until it is ready? Whenever I switch from Notes to for example Firefox, Notes does something that looks like a reload of the whole Notes screen and comes back in the foreground. Also the menu bar keeps all the Notes menus, even if I have activated the window of another application. I have to move the cursor over the menu bar to make the menu items appear. If I click on any icon in the Dock, that application comes in the foreground, not Notes. Notes 8.5.2 crashes much more then 8.5.1. … it does definitely not „scream“.
Oh, and Firefox I never got any drop down list in the search until yesterday.
I really like iWork.
Right now, the cursor disappeared, while writing this text.
That happens once in while in Notes, too.
… but overall?
Do I want to go back to Windows? Who knows? Probably one day I find out, why my Mac is so slow and I get some insight why everybody tells me it is such a cool gadget.Probably the same reason, why everybody tells me Outlook is the better mail client … because everybody says so.
BTW: Windows bores me to death, too. Apart from a few new features, there wasn’t really a huge step forward in the last 20 years. People still mess around with folders in file systems and use MS Word as a information storage system.