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post #21 of 37
Take a little tour through the new OS coming in a few days.

I can't wait!

http://www.apple.com/macosx/
post #22 of 37
I bought my very first mac last month, and holy cow, i'm hooked! I've been a windows user since 1991 and version 3.1, and switching to a mac was SOO easy. It did take a little bit just to get the feel of the OS, but I am NEVER EVER EVER going back to a PC!

I have the black macbook. (I've heard the white ones get grungy fast, but that's not why I bought the black.)

I use mine for email, surfing the web, music, photos, and digital scrapbooking. (I had to add another GB of RAM so Photoshop would work correctly.)

I use a word processor occasionally, as well, and installed OpenOffice, but it sucks eggs, so I spent some found cash to buy iWorks and the new Leopard OS from Amazon.

I totally totally totally love my Mac. I grew up in the town in which IBM was founded, so this was a huge huge deal for me to go to a mac!

It is so much easier to use than Windows. There is absolutely no comparison. It just works. Everything works. My DH and I tease that because everything is SOOO easy and works with no fumbling around, that macs are "Computers for Dummies." (But he wants a mac now too, after seeing how well mine works!)

The only Windows computer left in the house is DH's laptop. (We also have two linux boxes.)

If a program has to shut down because of some error, it just shuts down all by itself, and doesn't take the whole computer with it. The OS is very intuitive, and it's just so darn easy to use!

My ONLY gripe is that the individual files in iPhoto can't be accessed on their own through Finder. (Mac's version of windows explorer.) So to upload photos to Snapfish, I have to copy them to a folder on the desktop. That is the only thing I wish was different.
post #23 of 37
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Originally Posted by mahogny View Post

My ONLY gripe is that the individual files in iPhoto can't be accessed on their own through Finder. (Mac's version of windows explorer.) So to upload photos to Snapfish, I have to copy them to a folder on the desktop. That is the only thing I wish was different.
I don't have to do this for snapfish - I just go to iphoto in the menu for snapfish.

To the OP, I love my Mac and will never go back. In fact, I am hoping that Santa will bring me an upgrade this year.
post #24 of 37
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This is really true. I purchased several power adapters (and they aren't cheap!) because there are a TON of horror stories out there about laptops bursting into flames because the adapter got overheated and such--because they wear out FAST. This is the only bad thing I have encountered.
Are the new ones that came with the MacBookPros still problematic? DH and I have used a bunch of iBooks and PowerBooks from our jobs, and we must have gone through a dozen of those stupid cords. The new magnetic ones are supposed to much better, aren't they? It has always amazed me that a company that is so good with design could come up with such a crappy product and then continue to sell it for YEARS before finally coming up with something better.

And about that keyboard complaint... I use my PowerBook for hours every day and it's over 2 years old and my keyboard is fine.

Anyway, I love my macs.
post #25 of 37
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the higher price, but in my opinion it's worth it.
you get what you pay for

we LOVE our Macs! we would never own a pc.
post #26 of 37
Love my mac. One thing to do is watch promotions. There was one not long ago that included a free ipod...
post #27 of 37
I've wanted to get a Mac laptop for some time, but was scared at the thought of switching everything over. But then a friend and her DH got a new Macbook recently and I was granted permission to go all over it on Saturday. Oh my!

I'm in love!

Now I just have to save up the $1400 to get the mid-level Macbook (I want the Superdrive to be able to do DVDs of all the photos I take), iWorks, and a wireless router. I'm one of the no-credit card people, and my minimal savings was just wiped out by some car repairs

I certainly hope we get some sort of a Christmas bonus this year at work!

Can't wait to ditch the PC! Will be so nice to not get hot from the heat the CPU puts out in the summer!
post #28 of 37
I got my first Mac in 1987 when I graduated from high school. I've had at least 6 since then and haven't regretted a single one.
post #29 of 37
What more can be said? Macs Rock! I do most of my work from a 6 yr old iMAC desktop, Dp uses a 3 yr old laptop. Never a crash, never a virus, never a lost file. We've been mac'ing since 1990
post #30 of 37
Do you Mac people use antivirus software at all? I was on the Apple forums reading yesterday and kept coming across something free called ClamXAV (www.clamxav.com).

A friend who's had his Macbook for more than a year has NEVER used anything. Think he uses the firewall that came on the Macbook but that's it!
post #31 of 37
for the best price, wait until just after they announce a new product, at the developers conferences.

I'll go with the negatives, because otherwise I'd be writing for six months.

Power cords for laptops - oh my goodness yes, they are crap. We have three for each laptop we've had because they wear out.

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Dh and I bought our first mac in 1984. ... In 23 years we have never had a computer crash, never lost a file, never had any trouble at all. I giggle when they try to sell me the service agreement when we buy a new one. Don't need it!
To be fair, in 23 years of our family using macs, between all of us we've had a couple of catastrophic crashes. Every few months I try to remember to restart my computer rather than just sleep/wake endlessly, just because it seems to make it run better.

Oh, and firefox freezes and needs to be force-quitted relatively often - about once a month.

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Do you Mac people use antivirus software at all? I was on the Apple forums reading yesterday and kept coming across something free called ClamXAV (www.clamxav.com).

A friend who's had his Macbook for more than a year has NEVER used anything. Think he uses the firewall that came on the Macbook but that's it!
Nope, just the firewall it came with. Although my mother got a virus once a few years ago. nasty things. Hope we never get one.

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My ONLY gripe is that the individual files in iPhoto can't be accessed on their own through Finder. (Mac's version of windows explorer.) So to upload photos to Snapfish, I have to copy them to a folder on the desktop. That is the only thing I wish was different.
You can, they're filed under the date they were taken, inside your personal photos folder. I don't like that, either, but I do like that I just plug the camera in and it downloads for me.

I'm drooling over that leopard tour!
post #32 of 37
I had power cord problems with my Power Book because I had problems with the half that went into the computer, and had to buy a whole new one for $80. But, it ended up working out well because I could leave one wall-side half at home and one wall-side half at work and just transport the computer-side half back and forth. Also, the guy told me that if I'd been more gentle with it it wouldn't have broken, so I took better care of the second one (putting the end cap back on when not in use) and it's been fine.

The magnetic attachment for the MacBook is great, though, I'm surprised they didn't come up with it sooner.
post #33 of 37
Huge Mac fan here, I've used both PC and Mac for the last 15 years at work and in school -- I would never buy anything but Mac for home. It's easier to use, prettier to look at, and practically maintenance-free.
post #34 of 37
I love all the great tutorials on the Apple website, both video and print. You never got THAT with MS!

BTW, for you folks who switched from PCs to Macs relatively recently, how difficult was it for you to transfer your data over to the Mac? Unfortunately, my PC doesn't have a CD burner, so I'd have to use my iPod or network the two computers (and I am NOT a technie!).

Looks like the iPod way might be the easiest. All I really have to transfer is my iTunes library and a few pictures. The few Word documents I have - I've saved them as attachments or in the body of an email in my Yahoo email folder (I use web read). And then reformat my iPod to Mac.
post #35 of 37
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I don't have to do this for snapfish - I just go to iphoto in the menu for snapfish.

Holy crap, I never noticed that before!! I just tried it and there it was!! Has it always been there and I'm an idiot? I'm inclined to believe so....




THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
post #36 of 37
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Originally Posted by Tradd View Post

BTW, for you folks who switched from PCs to Macs relatively recently, how difficult was it for you to transfer your data over to the Mac? Unfortunately, my PC doesn't have a CD burner, so I'd have to use my iPod or network the two computers (and I am NOT a technie!).
I set up my windows computer as a samba drive and just transferred it over. Totally easy-peasy to do. (Especially when one's brother is a computer science university professor, as mine is. )
post #37 of 37
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Originally Posted by Tradd View Post
I love all the great tutorials on the Apple website, both video and print. You never got THAT with MS!

BTW, for you folks who switched from PCs to Macs relatively recently, how difficult was it for you to transfer your data over to the Mac? Unfortunately, my PC doesn't have a CD burner, so I'd have to use my iPod or network the two computers (and I am NOT a technie!).

Looks like the iPod way might be the easiest. All I really have to transfer is my iTunes library and a few pictures. The few Word documents I have - I've saved them as attachments or in the body of an email in my Yahoo email folder (I use web read). And then reformat my iPod to Mac.
My pc has a cd burner so I just burned everything and then loaded it into my mac; it was very easy. I don't think networking would be all that hard. I went from an e-machine tottaly corrupted with viruses to my macbook pro in March. I love this thing though the power chord does seem to be wishy washy.
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