Thurrott: For the past two months, I’ve been using Apple iMac Core Duo as my main desktop

“I’ve written about the iMac a few times already in Connected Home Express. What I haven’t mentioned is that I temporarily transitioned to this machine as my main desktop. For the past two months, I’ve been using the iMac for email, Web browsing and research, writing, photo, video, and music management, and personal information management through iCal. The specifics of this experiment are fodder for another day, but suffice it to say that the stock iMac has been plenty fast enough for my needs. Like many of you, I consider myself a power user: I run multiple applications all day long, and I expect instant response. The iMac has delivered that and more,” Paul Thurrott writes for Connected Home Media.

“What’s most impressive is the way the iMac handles processor-intensive tasks. For example, I use an open-source tool called Handbrake to rip my DVDs to MPEG-4 format so that I can watch them in QuickTime on the road. On my PowerPC G4-based PowerBook, ripping a DVD takes several hours. But on the iMac, this task takes about an hour. That’s an astonishing improvement,” Thurrott writes.

Full article, “Intel Core Duo Changing the Face of Mobile and Desktop Computing,” here.

MacDailyNews Take: Last Friday, on his Internet-Nexus blog, Thurrott wrote about Microsoft’s failure to support modern EFI booting as Apple does with Mac OS X on Intel-based Macs and was looking to sell his iMac Core Duo. Now, it sounds like the idea of booting into Windows with his iMac Core Duo is becoming less important to Thurrott with each passing day.

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Thurrott: no EFI support for Vista! Anyone want to buy a near-new Intel iMac? – March 13, 2006
Thurrott: ‘Nothing on Windows approaches the quality of Apple’s iLife ’06’ – January 31, 2006
Thurrott: ‘I highly recommend Apple’s new Intel-based iMac’ – January 31, 2006
Thurrott: Intel-based Macs are just going to get better and better – January 26, 2006
Thurrott posts pictures of his new Apple iMac Core Duo – January 24, 2006
Thurrott: ‘My wife is switching to Apple Mac’ – December 28, 2005
Thurrott: ‘Mac users have it good’ – Digital photo and video software better on Mac than Windows – December 14, 2005
Thurrott: many of Windows Vista’s upcoming features appeared first in Apple’s Mac OS X – September 26, 2005 remakes online ‘Switch’ section (and quotes Windows IT Pro’s Paul Thurrott) – August 08, 2005
Thurrott: Apple Macs offer a safer computing experience than Microsoft Windows PCs – July 20, 2005
Thurrott on spyware: ‘we should have paid more attention to those Apple Switcher ads after all’ – July 08, 2005
Windows tech writer Thurrott: ‘In many ways, Mac OS X Tiger is simply better than Windows’ – May 07, 2005


  1. Good lord, this guy is a schizophrenic! Just a few days ago he was saying “does anyone want to buy a barely-used iMac Core Duo” when he discovered it wouldn’t boot Windows Vista.

    Here he can’t sing its prises highly enough.

    What an idiot. Why does anyone take him seriously?

  2. God yes he’s a schizophrenic nut case. Last month he was commenting on how unstable his iMac was and that he was having constant kernel panics, etc and that it was largely unusable.

    Of course, once he replaced some defective third party RAM he had put in there, his problems suddenly disappeared.

    So please tell me again, how did this tool get his own tech column? My Mom knows more about computers than this moron does.

  3. “Like many of you, I consider myself a power user: I run multiple applications all day long, and I expect instant response”

    Wow, in the windows world running multiple application makes you a “Power user”

    I myself would call that normal computing. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  4. Now now… Take it easy on him guys… Let the man completely sink in to the Mac experience, and he will leave leave the Apple Universe, ever. Don’t be so harsh on other people’s experiences, guys… What’s with all this vicious and unfriendly attitude. I am sure many of you change your minds on many things multiple times a day as well. And this experience w/ his computer just happens to be THAT kind of experience for him.

    Relax, guys…


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