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November 18th, 2006

(no subject) @ 05:57 pm


All right, so I've decided that this old desktop computer has just about had it, and I'm going to replace it with a Mac. I haven't ordered it yet (I'm looking at the Mac Mini, after a substantial memory upgrade and with the biggest hard drive I can get), but I've already gotten a book on it. Has anyone else done this? What was your experience?

I'm way the heck behind on NaNo. I should be at 30K today, I'm just over 17K. I figure I can catch up and finish it anyway. It'll be fun trying.

Anyway, just thought you'd like something more than a pointer to an article or snarky commentary.
 
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From:friendsafire
Date:November 19th, 2006 03:55 am (UTC)
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I've been a Macintrasher since 1990--and now am on my fourth, a MacMini, which I got a little over a year ago. Great footprint on the desk. I've got a G4 PowerPC, 1.42 gig, 512mb DDR SDRAM, 80g harddrive. You likely would be getting something far more powerful and fast, with more memory. I like my little Mac...but

Not enough USB ports and no floppy drive (I still use floppies from my digital camera).

MacMall was pushing a package dealie in which you would get a Logitech cordless mouse and keyboard with a huge rebate and complete rebate on an Epson Stylus CX4600, so I ended up with a free printer/scanner/copier and a 79.00 keyboard and mouse for 19. Good deal, and they probably have something similar now.

The real question you should ask yourself is what you'll need to do with it. Do you need bunches of memory which reduces speed or do you need speed. How many gig do you really need. Stuff like that. And is a Mini the way to go, or should you get a huge laptop.

For graphics, there ain't nothing like a Mac. YMMV.

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From:john_holton
Date:November 19th, 2006 12:43 pm (UTC)
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I think the primary reason I'm going with a Mac is because I'm looking for a change for my home computer. I work with Windows, I want to play with Mac, if that makes any sense. I need a break from the WinXP interface that I deal with day after day at work. It's gotten to where my work life is drifting onto my home computer, and that's not right. My home computer should be for having fun (e.g. browsing the Internet, playing music, watching movies) and nothing says fun like a Mac.

Plus, the price is the same for roughly the same amount of machine. Mac is now using an Intel processor, and there's emulation software that I can use to run the Windows operating system with if I need to. There's even a chance that I could make it into a dual-boot system and boot into Windows if I needed to. But I already have three laptops here that run Windows, all of which have roughly the same software on them.

I also like the fact that the Mac is an integrated package: the hardware and the operating system come from the same source. I like that Mac OS X is based on Unix.

Anyway, I know you and several others here have spoken highly of the Mac. I've looked at what I'd be getting, and it's more than adequate for a long period of time (I tend to keep computers for a very long time--this one is about five or six years old). I'm maxing out the memory and hard drive and going with the better processor, and saving about $500 over going to DellHell and getting roughly the same thing. For me, that's good. I've already got the printer/scanner/fax and monitor, so that saves a few bucks, too.
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From:friendsafire
Date:November 19th, 2006 06:46 pm (UTC)
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Forgot one important thing. The game industry doesn't produce much for the Mac, if you're into that sort of thing.

Make that two. Mac does upgrade its OS frequently, but only small jumps like 10.4.2 to 10.4.3, none of which bother programs very much.

I agree about the Windows at work, Mac at home. In every contract I've take, they work exclusively with Windows based programs, and coming home to my Mac is a breath of fresh air.
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From:john_holton
Date:November 19th, 2006 07:39 pm (UTC)
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I'm not much into the games, so that's not a problem, and I'm accustomed to regular operating system updates. Windows updates at least once a week, mostly security patches to Internet Exploder (which I don't use unless I absolutely have to), and takes over my machine when it does. I won't miss that.

Thanks for your input. I appreciate it!

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