- The Washington Times - Friday, April 7, 2006

I guess I’m now part of the “vast media conspiracy” breathless reporting on (almost) every twist and turn of Apple Computer’s new “Boot Camp” software, which lets users load either Microsoft Windows XP or Apple’s Mac OS X on their Intel-based Macs.

Had to take a friend’s machine to reseller/tech specialist Mac Business Solutions in Rockville and, lo and behold, there was an Intel-based iMac running Windows XP. Speedily, too, I might add.

Now I spent all of maybe 10 minutes with the machine and that’s not enough to form more than an opinion — or in my case, to ratify one. The real challenge is for PC makers to ape Apple’s hardware stability and style, now more than ever. Remember that Boot Camp is in “Beta” stage, so things like the built-in video camera aren’t yet working under Windows. Fair enough — it’s early. But once Apple gets those (minor) issues hammered out — after all, you can switch to Mac OS and video chat to your heart’s delight — then it might be Katie-bar-the-door.

More on this, as promised earlier, in “On Computers” on Tuesday. But seeing Boot Camp at MBS was interesting. V-e-r-y interesting.

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