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#31 of 37 Old 10-23-2007, 03:09 AM
 
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.

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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....




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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. )
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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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