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MAC to PC? -> BH Software Requirements

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by Pripod, Sep 12, 2010.

  1. Pripod

    Pripod Regular Member

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    I am about to take my operations mobile and move from SF to Argentina>Bolivia>Brazil>Peru> and beyond.. and I want to purchase a 13' labtop that will suit all of my needs. My problem is that I am presently am thinking that I will need to switch back to PC in order to be able to use some of the blackhating software that will be need. Problem is that I want to buy a Macbook air.

    Right now I am using the following:

    Social SEO:
    Twitter -> Using Tweetadder on Mac (Not a problem for Mac)
    Facebook -> Hiring out to someone on BHW

    SEO:
    -> It seems that all of the good software for this requires a PC to run on. ( Scrapebox/Bookmarking Demon) This will require me to get PC.

    What are your guys thoughts. Do you know any way that I can possibly get these softwares to work on a Macbook Air? I only want to pack one computer and would like for it to be the air.
     
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    Dude, just buy a macbook pro (Don't buy an air, it's crap) and put vmware/wine on there... That should fulfill your needs perfectly :) (Mac user here)
     
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    Look into a program called parallels

    I have a macbook air, it runs windows awesome (from the general "feel" of it, I'd say better than most windows hardware)

    You can buy a copy of Win 7 or XP OEM for less than the marked up in store costs - be sure to install it using bootcamp before you set it up to run on parallels.

    This way you can dual boot into either windows or mac - as well the install seams to run cleaner

    with parallels, you can run windows programs inside of OSX. Found it a little slow (I'm on 1st gen macbook air), however I now pretty much run windows on it 99% of the time.
     
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  4. flock9

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    That's just stupid. You should be given a Dell or something as a punishment for waiting a mac.

    I also suggest you don't buy Air, as it's pretty basic in terms of ports and upgrading it with different peripherals can be a pain (I used it just to show off at presentations), but now I have a 13" MBP, which is just a tad thicker, but faster, equipped with all ports you will need, and has a better screen (widescreen). Also, for your windows needs, Parallels will suffice to run the applications you would need for SEO (as in not graphic intensive), you won't even need boot camp. Running W7 on a mac for more than you need (i.e. apps that don't support OS X) is just idiotic.
     
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    You can either use bootcamp on a mac which works just fine, or get a PC. Either way, you really need to be running windows.
     
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    I Run VMware on a Macbook Pro running both Mac and window (XP Pro) simultaneously. Never had a problem and you can take a snapshot and then revert back if you get a virus etc.
     
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    Thanks guys. I was opting for the Air just because of the weight. I am going to be backpacking through South America and am going suuuper minimal.

    3 shirts, 2 pants, jacket and sandals, new kindle, and a small Moleskine. Air seemed like the best choice under the circumstance. Can you guys tell me if you think that packing a the extra weight of a Macbook Pro will be worth it. Right now I am on a MB pro so I don't know what I will be loosing.
     
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    Errr.. losing. I guess what I am asking is whether you think working are SEO software/Wordpress too intensive for MB Pro to handle.
     
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    scratch that.. meant for the MB Air to handle. Getting my wires crossed today, sorry.
     
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    I'd lose the kindle and take the MBP instead. I mean, seriously, going backpacking super light and taking a laptop AND kindle? WTF? :D
     
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    The new kindle offers free 3G worldwide. It also is smaller size (fits in a pocket) w/ the same sized screen and has a better browser support. I need to be able to address customer support questions at all times. Still not a fan of the idea?
     
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    Running wordpress you're fine

    Running SENuke, scrapebox, other similar apps, you're fine

    Running Virtual machines or gaming, you'll start to notice a difference.

    Only compalint with my air is that sometimes when a process jams, or a video is on for a long time and the vents are blocked, it gets pretty hot. That's about it.

    If you're doing the basics you don't really need the extra speed these days unless maybe you're running virtual machines (sandboxee is a decent alternative) or are a gamer.

    re: ports - I've never personally had any use for all the extra ports. Get a bluetooth mouse, and you're set. Personally prefer the air screen from when the 1st gen was out, can use it outside even in bright sunlight, found it better than most screens that way (not sure of the comparison now). Get a travel USB hub if you really need to cart around all the extra gear.

    There's something about the form factor that makes it easier to travel with. Don't know how to explain it, the dimensions don't show it but I personally think it's well worth it. Slips into a case when on the move easier, and when I'm working with it feels like there's just a keyboard and screen there, that's it - no bulky case.

    If you're going to be in any of the countries you talked about, look into if they offer 3G style internet in those countries. You can pick up a 3G modem before you leave, and just swap SIM cards as you go. Sometimes easier than always having to find a cafe or wifi hotspot, and the IPs change each time, saves $$ on proxies if you can get a good bandwidth deal.

    I assume you mean wasting instead of waiting?

    one thing I love about running windows on a mac is the reaction I get from mac fanboys. it's like I've gone and bought a land rover and actually went offroading and got it dirty. LOL. don't get it. Then again I don't know how to pronounce half the drinks at starbucks either. LOL.

    I guess I'm just not smart enough to "get" OSX. Love the mac hardware. Good quality stuff. Windows 7 actually runs the programs I want it to run and overall runs great (I've never done a test, but from the way it feels, feels like it's faster / cleaner than OSX if I'm running through bootcamp). For me, It's a good combo. :)
     
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    kindle is great (if you read a lot) - beats reading books on a computer screen. 3g is great, now sure how it'll help you answer customer support questions, 3g is just for downloading kindle books, don't think you can get onto the net through it.....
     
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    Any brand new computer will run the software you need fine.

    Any Mac can run Windows in a virtual machine.

    Just pick whatever you like.
     
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    Thanks guys. This all has been very helpful.

    If you Google "tynan kindle post" and click on the top story you will see that the new kindle does provide browser functionalities. I'm not sure whether it will allow me to log into Gmail, however I am pretty set on buying it. It will help me reduce on the weight a big fat Lonely Planet book.
     
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    that's awesome!

    found this as well

    Code:
    http://www.michaelyung.com/blog/services-and-products/2010/01/13/running-gmail-with-your-kindle-2/
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    http://www.ehow.com/way_5691017_can-read-gmail-kindle_.html
    if you go this way please PM me later on if it works (or doesn't), maybe enough of a reason to get one (I get charged like $5 / mb for 3g wireless whenever I go into the US.... this could pay for itself as I was almost going to get a US 3G modem and plan just for when I'm there every so often....)

    additional thought: look into getting a VPS that will let you run blackhat progs. I'm currently running programs off computers at my place, and when I'm travelling just logging in remotely, however will (likely) be moving most of this up to a windows VPS or dedi in the next few months - you could set up something like tweet attacks / scrapebox / senuke for a long run and not have to be constantly logged in somewhere waiting for the prog to run.

    have a good trip!
     
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    Yes, sorry, I type fast and it's getting pretty late over here. Anyhow, Land Rovers are meant to get dirty, I guess you've never driven/owned one. Your analogy would've worked better if you used an X5 or a Cayenne ;) However, to "Mac fanboys" you, running W7 on a Mac, would be more like a nouveau riche trailer-trash who just bought himself a Ferrari, put some 22" inch chrome wheels on it, and then slammed it into a lighting pole because he'd never driven anything better than his 30 years old Ford pick-up. That would be the most correct analogy. Anyhow, better stick to your Camry and a good ol' Dell :D
     
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    LOL

    you're too funny. crack me up. you should publish that stuff. you'd do well.

    I've got a jeep actually, no camry, and yes, I know land rovers are meant to get dirty, but i've never seen one used for anything more intense than driving the kids to soccer practice......
     
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    I've been told this many times. Unfortunately, no publisher could meet the fees I want :D

    You should really move out of suburbs and see the world.

    @OP, I didn't know you had free worldwide 3G access with Kindle. I actually find that invention to be quite stupid and would never have it (I got it as a business gift and gave it away), I prefer good old-fashioned books. However, if it turns out you cannot read emails from it, ditch it in favor of a 3G stick and an extra pair of underwear. You'll probably need it. Both.
     
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    http://www.lulu.com
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    LOL nope wrong again! :)

    1/2 the year downtown of a city I like. 1/2 the year in the woods or the mountains. it's a good life :). I get to see quite a bit of the world :)

    you're awesome!

    @OP if you're going 3g modem, make sure you get one that'll work with European and North American bands. I think Argentina / Chile / Peru are North American bands, Brazil and some others European bands. Also, good travel camera I bring with me when I can is Canon SD780IS. About the size of a deck of cards. Fits in the pocket great, pictures turn out pretty good! Cheers!