Beginning this week, I will start using a Windows XP notebook as my home computer; to date my personal computers have been Macs. I've done some preliminary research as to Windows alternatives to programs, but I'd appreciate three areas of people's suggestions: (i) general tips for owning a Windows machine as your home machine; (ii) specific tips for people migrating from a Mac to a Windows machine; and (iii) critiques and/or alternate suggestions for Windows alternatives to the Mac programs I've used.
My iMac's hard drive recently died, and despite some kind offers, the act of replacing it would be nightmarish
. It'd evidently be unwise
to boot from the external drive I'm currently booting from longer than necessary, and, anyway, for reasons of my own
, I'm actually in some ways looking forward to geeking out with a Windows XP notebook.
However, given that my personal computers have been an 80286 (MS-DOS), a "grape" iMac, an iBook, and then this, I've never had a personal computer running on a Windows system. So, as mentioned above, I'd appreciate:
(i) any general Windows-machine tips,
(ii) any tips from people who've made the Mac-to-Windows migration, and
(iii) also some critiques on selections below, or alternate suggestions for, applications (with a high
preference for freeware, for the moment).
With regard to (iii), this is pretty much my plans at the moment, scraped from delicious
– I'd appreciate it if people had any comments (
i.e., "Oh, no, ___ is much better", "____ is good but when you have some cash free, ____ for $____ beats its pants off", etc.)
. (Also, at some point in the future, it's possible I might shift to a netbook – if any app is particularly bad on a netbook, I'd appreciate the heads-up.)