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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: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: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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