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    Quote Originally Posted by SurfCat
    Question: Is now a good time to get the MB PRO, or are they going to be releasing a new laptop or OS soon?

    I love the debate my little ? started!
    I'd wait. Til Leopard.
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    I just bought my 11th Mac...I now have only a laptop. I listened to the advice of others and ended up with the lowest grade of the current laptops with maxed out memory and a bigger hard drive. I decided I could get a better dvd burner than the one included and not add to the weight of the laptop. I also am going to get a flat screen monitor that is enormous compared to my little lightweight laptop. I'm spending my money on the extras instead of the basic laptop,

    I love Macs because they are intuitive and beautiful and they do everything I need a computer to do.
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    I was curious (and too lazy to look) about .NET since Office will run on a Mac. I also wondered about the ability to play with SQL Server and Oracle.

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    I'm a Mac and PC user, currently. I've had my PowerBook G4 for a year and a half for work and pretty well love it. However, I did just get it back today after having it in various shops for two weeks with a hardrive crash and losing all my data.

    Even after that, I plan to have my next upgrade be a joint machine and toss the PC to the curb.
    C2/3 quad since February 20, 1985.

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    Hmmm.. Question.. Can you run DNS in Paralells to control the OSX, or am I missing your guys idea.

    I wouldn't think it'd be possible to do that.... but i've never did any emulating

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patonb
    Hmmm.. Question.. Can you run DNS in Paralells to control the OSX, or am I missing your guys idea.
    I don't think so, which is why I think power-DNS users would be better off with a PC, unless they really want a Mac for some stuff. I know you can cut and paste between Mac and Windows windows while running Parallels, but it doesn't seem like it would be efficient to use DNS in Windows then copy/paste into Mac stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patonb
    Hmmm.. Question.. Can you run DNS in Paralells to control the OSX, or am I missing your guys idea.

    I wouldn't think it'd be possible to do that.... but i've never did any emulating
    Patonb,

    There are several discussions of using DNS under Windows using Parallel on the Mac.

    David Pogue, a Mac expert, said that he could not get it to work http://pogue.blogs.nytimes.com/2006/...3pogues-posts/

    Apparently, it does work but you have to plug your USB headset in first before starting the Parallels (Source).

    Others have reported problems with getting acceptable sound into Parallels but this apparently can be solved, according to one poster:
    http://forum.parallels.com/archive/i...hp/t-5256.html

    According to another poster, a physician client who is an experienced Dragon user on PC was able to use Dragon on a Mac Mini using Parallels with excellent performance.
    http://www.macworld.com/forums/ubbth...77&Main=436524

    By the way, I also found a post that said that Via Voice and iListen work well on powerbooks.
    http://emperor.tidbits.com/TidBITS/T...0.8O3Kbk8fBs0@

    There is a pdf file that is devoted to the subject of getting Dragon to work on Parallels, running of a Mac Pro. Apparently, it works well but I am not certain that the Dragon is able to work on non-windows programs. http://www.htctu.fhda.edu/divisions/...gon%20test.pdf

    However, some people had difficulty getting DNS9 to launch...
    http://www.voicerecognition.com/boar...hp?t19334.html

    My impression is that you can get DNS9 to work on Parallels but you have to have the right powered microphone and it may not cross over to controlling the Mac side of the computer.

    My recommendation is to use DNS9 on the Windows side of the Mac and use iListen for the Mac side. I know that this seems sort of complicated but this assumes that you have already experience using DNS on windows.

    The following is a comment by one of the programmers for iListen, comparing it with DNS9.

    http://www.macspeech.com/support/ind...=kb&article=61
    How Does iListen Compare With Dragon NaturallySpeaking?

    Author Chuck Rogers

    At this point in time, all speech recognition programs have nearly the same accuracy - in the mid to high nineties for a fully trained profile, depending on things like microphone used and an individual's voice attributes.

    With the most recent version of NaturallySpeaking ScanSoft has made a concentrated effort to do two things: a) reduce required training time to reach a consistently high level of accuracy b) make it possible for a user to get 99% accuracy on a consistent basis. Depending on a user's voice attributes, microphone, type of material being dictated, power of the computer being used, etc. a user my see no difference in the current version over previous versions.

    Dragon NaturallySpeaking has the benefit of being in development for over 13 years now, and on a platform where the underlying code base of the operating system and the instruction set of the hardware has not changed since significantly since 1995.

    Since we came out with iListen have had to completely rewrite the program three times (once to go from 68K to PPC, again to go from Mac OS 9 to Mac OS X, and most recently, to go from PPC to Intel), Dragon will have more bells and whistles than iListen. For example, unlike iListen, NaturallySpeaking (both Preferred and Professional) does allow you to control the computer completely hands-free. With iListen you can control everything except iListen itself. this is due to the way the program interacts with the operating system.

    On the other hand iListen makes extensive use of AppleScript (a scripting language built into the Mac OS) giving you power and flexibility that cannot be matched with NaturallySpeaking unless you purchase the $800 NaturallySpeaking Professional. iListen is the only speech recognition program on the market, Macintosh-based or Windows-based, which offers the combination of: dictation and correction in virtually any application, editing by voice in virtually any application, transcription from audio files, and advanced scripting for under $200.
    By the way, Parallels Desktop supports a plethora of guest operating systems, including Windows from 3.1 to Vista, several Linuxes, Free BSD, OS/2, eComStation, Solaris, and even MS-DOS 6.22. Parallesl does not yet support the following functions... http://www.applematters.com/index.ph...r-app-for-mac/
    • Disc burning
    • playing of audio discs
    • 3D graphics hardware acceleration
    • Dual monitors (simultaneous)
    • USB 2.0
    • Builtin Mac devices such as iSight

    The lack of USB 2.0 support may be the reason why some people are having trouble getting these microphones to work on Parallels. Getting a powered Mac microphone may be the key to getting the program to work.

    Wise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SurfCat
    Question: Is now a good time to get the MB PRO, or are they going to be releasing a new laptop or OS soon?
    Wait until Leopard comes out...That is the new OS system...it is supposed to be out by April, possibly sooner...(Info I received from the Mac store just last week) If you end up buying your system right before the new OS you'll end up stuck having to buy the upgrade like I had to do with Tiger...BAH! Best to just hold off a short while, save yourself the $100 or so on an OS upgrade.
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    Thanks Dr. Young... I know if you vmware say a Linux they are for all purpooses 2 machines. And I think some people here might me thinking they could easily run DNS via parallells to control the mac portion of the machine.

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    I have joined the iMac world, ordered mine from apple.com last night. Paid for shipping so i will get it by fri.

    I'll let ya'll know when i have questions.

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