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MacBook Pro - Getting my first Mac. A Few of Questions.


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I was able to get my Blu-ray movies downloaded again
Wow I didn't know you could download blu ray movies with itunes? Where have I been lately LOL

That is cool I wonder how well it would look on my 55 inch sony LCD TV via my macbook sending the picture out from mini dvi, then dvi to HDMI cable to the TV.
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If they have a digital copy, you can.
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There are no Blu-Ray movies on iTunes. They do have HD content - all in 720P, not 1080P and fairly compressed. Most 1 hr TV shows are only 1GB in size, a far cry from the 10-15GB it would take for a Blu-Ray 1 hour show. They look good, but far from a good B-R disk.

There is also, "still" no software that will play Blu-Ray commercial disks on the Mac platform.

edit: for Deathcloud - it looks pretty good - I keep a DVI to HDMI cable that stays attached to 2 of my TV's and an optical cable to the receiver in each location for when I want to hook up the MBP for watching something.

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How To Use Your Hotmail / Live Account With Apple Mail app in OS X. | Apple

Follow the steps in this guide and you'll be able to retrieve your Windows Mail Through Apple Mail.
I really wish IMAP was available for Hotmail. It seems that hotmail has been left behind by many email providers who offer imap and pop.

Also does anyone know if iChat will EVER support MSN?
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Hello and welcome to the forums! I'll see if I can answer your questions!

1. I think you'll be fine with Vista for now (it's what you're used to anyway!). Windows 7 is looking pretty sweet, so wait and see how that goes. It is possible to triple boot, so you can have vista and win 7 on there at the same time, though I don't recommend it for HDD space saving reasons. Multiple OS's can eat HDD space like no other.

2. From personal experience, I can assure you that gaming wise, using windows via bootcamp is the way to go. You'll get far greater performance. It's really not too much of a hassle anyway. You'll be happier in the end. Parallels is good for some programs, but still sucks in the gaming department. Just do yourself a favor ahead of time and use bootcamp.

3. You can do both! If I remember correctly, you can even use parallels to access your bootcamp partition. (Someone correct me if I'm wrong!) So if you want to use simple applications on your mac side, you could still do that. If what I said isn't possible, then you will have to install Windows twice which means twice the HDD space taken up by Windows.

4. I'm not going to lie. Battery life in Windows sucks on a mac just as bad as it does on any computer. You'll get about 1.5-2 hours on your windows side (using bootcamp). You might get a little bit better battery life using parallels, but any intensive program is going to cut battery life, even on your mac side.

5. I've only ever used parallels. It worked pretty well. I've heard good things about fusion as well. Try them both and see what works best for you! I'm sure other people on these forums have opinions either way.

6. I've never used anti-virus on my bootcamp side. Keep in mind though, Windows on a mac is just as vulnerable as Windows on any other machine. As long as you aren't being dumb though and going to weird websites and such, you should be fine. I've never had a problem in the 3 years I've used bootcamp.

7. Not sure about this one...I'm sure someone else might be able to help you though.

Hope that helps! Don't worry though! Putting windows on your mac isn't sacrilege. Some people are very passionate about brand loyalty, but if you need it, use it. Macs should be functional, not a status symbol. Take care and welcome to the forums!

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