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1) I'm told the PC Desktops which admittedly cost about a third as much are expected to last a quarter as much.

2) It's a beautiful machine and will take up far less of my desk space. Look, mom, no wires!

3) Also, look Mom, no viruses!

Anti? Well, will my old HP printer work with the Mac? And my fav video game isn't compatible. And there goes all my PC software.

You know, my Gateway was venerable. Eight years old before it completely died the black screen of death. It might have lived longer--if I hadn't had to continually clean out viruses and malware and adware that somehow got through firewalls and anti-virus.

Well, anyway, if I'm not in touch in the next several days--you know why,

Also, ultimate question. Can a PC old fart like me make the adjustment?



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Sep. 30th, 2010 07:10 pm (UTC)
Well, you know what my opinion on this is. :-P

I adore my new ginormous iMac. I got a factory refurbished and saved myself a couple hundred bucks that way (you can find the links to the refurbished products if you scroll way down on the Apple Store page and look in the lower left-hand corner). It's still covered by their standard warranty, and I can add AppleCare any time during the first year I own it.

My old eMac was 10 years old, and the only thing that ever went wrong with it is that the DVD/CD drive died a couple of years ago. I got an inexpensive external drive and used that. No biggie. That's one of the things I love about Macs -- they live (practically) forever. What finally prompted me to replace mine was that it was just too slow to run more modern software, and the screen size really limited the graphic design work I do.

So I say go for it -- but check into the refurbished models. I think they're a great deal. And the free ground shipping is like whoa fast. I ordered mine on a Tuesday and got it on Thursday morning.

/commercial :-)
Oct. 1st, 2010 01:05 am (UTC)
I haz iMac.

And zomg, I'm already in love. Still getting the hang of things, but its so quick. And everything wireless and compact. And a finger stroking the mouse scrolls things. And no irritating start ups and...

Oct. 1st, 2010 01:22 am (UTC)
Once you'd had Mac, you'll never go back!

Seriously, enjoy falling in love. These computers are teh awesome.
Sep. 30th, 2010 07:10 pm (UTC)
nothing wrong with a desktop model, just do not get a dell. Macs get virus' too. Don't know, but it will be an adjustment.
Oct. 1st, 2010 01:09 am (UTC)
Macs *rarely* get them though--almost unheard of *points down to autumnmist's comment* It is an adjustment, but by God it already after a few hours makes PCs look like utter crap....
Oct. 1st, 2010 01:15 am (UTC)
I tried using a mac after 20 years. I got frustrated with it, seem like it was better suited to games, and entertainment.

I suppose I will be on PCs until the super tablets come out in a few years. =)
Oct. 1st, 2010 01:16 am (UTC)
It takes some getting used to--I haz a class on it tomorrow. But I'm finding it pretty intuitive.
Oct. 1st, 2010 01:21 am (UTC)
Maybe they improved it since the 3 years ago when i last tried one. I used macs back in the mosaic days. Then everything converted to DOS/Windows. Everything I do at work is windows.

Any new PC will make an old one look like crap. =) Enjoy your new machine. =) Do learn to do back ups on it.
Oct. 1st, 2010 06:57 am (UTC)
Do learn to do back ups on it.

This is actually an automated part of Mac OX 10.6. ;) It's called "Time Machine". Obvs, it works best if you have a spare hard drive lying around, but there's no reason you can't get a cheap one off NewEgg and reformat it to Mac and use it. (This is what I did, anyway, and it works fine.)
Sep. 30th, 2010 07:55 pm (UTC)
Macs can theoretically get viruses but I have never seen one and certainly the few viruses that can infect Macs have been spread through........ downloads of pirated software. It's nothing like the Windows ecosystem where you can get infected by visiting a random site.

If your HP printer has a USB cable, it almost certainly will work with your Mac... and even better, it'll probably work without installing any drivers because OS X comes with a lot of drivers by default.

You can always install Windows via Boot Camp and dual boot to use your Windows software....

Sep. 30th, 2010 07:55 pm (UTC)
*"I have never seen one" = I did tech support for all 4 years at Princeton and then have been unofficial tech support in my lab for the last 3 years....
Sep. 30th, 2010 08:36 pm (UTC)
And I've been working on Macs since the late '90s (publishing industry) and have never, ever gotten a virus, whether on a work computer or a home computer.
Oct. 1st, 2010 06:59 am (UTC)
I've used Macs for longer than there's been the WWW. (God, that makes me feel old.) I have seen a virus. Once. Circa ~1997 or so. And the OS-installed security software took care of it and let me know after.
Oct. 1st, 2010 01:14 am (UTC)
Well, took the plunge, am already back online, and am in love. Might be because this is the latest iMac, and it's been 8 years since my last PC--things i'm sure have improved. But this is already making me feel like PCs in comparison are piles of crap.

I'm just in love with how the computer is *in* the viewscreen and the keyboard and mouse are wireless. No wires. No rats nest of them--no tower cramping my feet. *gushes*
Oct. 1st, 2010 01:17 am (UTC)
Haha that was fast ;) Did you run down to the local Apple Store?

the current design of iMacs are kinda hot
Oct. 1st, 2010 01:22 am (UTC)
There's one 6 blocks from my apartment. So yeah, exactly what I did.

*strokes the new shiny*
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Oct. 1st, 2010 01:15 am (UTC)
That is the big down side--all that software this won't run. But...so shiny... (Yes, I'm playing with my new--and first--Mac
Sep. 30th, 2010 09:07 pm (UTC)
I switched from PC to Mac five (nearly six) years ago, and I have never looked back or felt even the slightest twinge of regret. To be honest, I find the Mac interface to be so much more intuitive and user-friendly that I get incredibly annoyed whenever I have to use a PC for anything. (I never thought I'd be one of those Mac Evangelists, but it's actually hard not to be one.)

My HP printer works with my Mac without any problems. In fact, most Apple stores actually sell HP printers. (I got a free one, eve, when I bought my MacBook--long story.) I've never had a whisper of problem with viruses, no mechanical issues--none of the million and one headaches and hangups that seemed to plague every PC I got, no matter how high-end. I am considering a new MacBook Pro sometime in the future, but not because I'm having issues with my current model. I just want a slightly larger screen and upgraded features and the more durable aluminum housing.

I probably don't need to say any of this, because it's clear from your entry that you've zeroed in on some of the key virtues... but I just thought I'd set your mind at ease re: the printer issue and spread some of the Mac love. I hope it works as well for you as it has for me.
Oct. 1st, 2010 01:21 am (UTC)
I'm in love. It's an adjustment, yes. But already without classes or Macs for Dummies or even looking at the little booklet I'm finding I'm picking it up just by experimenting and it is intuitive--and already sooooo much less annoying than PC have been for years Of course, its been years since I have bought a laptop, so it might be unfair to compare the latest Mac shiny with a PC of 8 years ago, but DEAR GOD.

And printer? Well, new copy/printer/scanner came with full rebate so... non issue as it turned out.
Oct. 1st, 2010 02:44 am (UTC)
Congratulations! Sounds like the two of you will be very happy together. Welcome to Mac World! :D
Sep. 30th, 2010 11:07 pm (UTC)
Good luck! I stick with PC because our school's platform, though they CLAIM it supports Mac, actually causes all sorts of glitches for the poor Mac-ees (mostly the sciences and visual art folks). I've always assumed that as a mostly word-based person, I wouldn't find much benefit/difference in a Mac over a PC, but I dunno. No viruses would be nice. And I'd love an iPad (my partner has one; it's great).

We'll look forward to hearing how it works.
Oct. 1st, 2010 01:28 am (UTC)
*gushes* How it works? *pets the new shiny* No tower. No rats nest of cords. The computer is *in* what looks like a flat screen monitor. The CD Rom is in a slot on the side of said monitor. The keyboard and mouse are wireless. For the first time a shiny new computer actually works with my pre-computer desk. It's pretty intuitive and within a few hours it was set up and I've started playing with it. And just so many PC annoyances--like all those memory eating start ups and the so annoying IE no longer an issue.

Yeah, I'm in love... So far anyway,
Sep. 30th, 2010 11:46 pm (UTC)
Welcome to the Mac world. I have only had Macs. Expensive- at the check out- but in the long term far cheaper. Rare visits to tech support, Applecare is wonderful, they work when you want, rare crashes and last almost forever. I have never heard of a virus -- used macs for over 20 years now. My laptop is over 6 years old and works as well as the day I took it out of the box. That's the other thing. Plug and play, no difficult set up.
Oct. 1st, 2010 01:30 am (UTC)
Music to my ears... So far, I'm all glassy eyed ecstasy. Pretty intuitive--not hard to make an adjustment.
Oct. 1st, 2010 02:04 am (UTC)
We have HP printers with our Mac. You can also still use Windows games and programs by getting a Windows emulator program for it. I wouldn't have a clue how to go about that, but my son does do that, LOL! I am sure there's info online if you google it!

Oct. 1st, 2010 02:33 am (UTC)
Ooooh Will have to look into that for my Diablo II! Meanwhile, am enjoying the shiny.
Oct. 1st, 2010 07:03 am (UTC)
Bootcamp is the Windows emulator I've heard the most about. I don't personally use it, but, then, I've never found a need.

That said... Why? Diablo II is available for the Mac, too.

(Also, damn, it's been AGES since I've played Diablo II... now I'm feeling nostalgic!)
Oct. 1st, 2010 08:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I think I'm all set now :-)
Oct. 1st, 2010 07:05 am (UTC)
I've gotten my husband, who grew up on PCs, into the Mac habit now. ;) I grew up with Apple -- from the Apple IIe on up to the iMac. I did, sadly, have to go Macless for a short period of my life (2003-2006), due to my apartment flooding and my losing ALL of my computers except the Dell laptop that had been packed in my backpack.

He took a little bit of time getting used to it, but nowadays, he seems incredibly comfortable -- even for development work.
Oct. 1st, 2010 08:28 pm (UTC)
I'm getting very comfortable--and its been less than 24 hours!
Oct. 1st, 2010 02:37 pm (UTC)
I actually had a Mac iBook for about three or four years, then it was rendered obsolete by Apple's leaps-and-bounds development, so I sold it off and got a netbook with the proceeds. It runs Windows XP (yes!) which means it can talk to my scanner, which is good.

But my main unit is a laptop that runs Linux. It's not for everyone, but the distro I use is just as intuitive as my iBook. Not really surprising, since I do believe Apple and Linux share common programming roots.

I wish you joy of the new shiny Apple. *grin* It is a thing of absolute beauty, and if I every won my country's Lotto, I would buy one in a heartbeat.
Oct. 1st, 2010 08:34 pm (UTC)
It runs Windows XP (yes!) which means it can talk to my scanner, which is good.

And means you don't experience the horror that is Vista.!

I'm having much joy--it isn't as big an adjustment as I feared.
Oct. 2nd, 2010 05:59 pm (UTC)
I have an iMac that's at least six years old and still runs perfectly. I wuv it.

And I find that Apple is a lot easier to use, as everything is so visual. It's all just click and drag.
Oct. 2nd, 2010 06:57 pm (UTC)
As what (was) a PC person, Im finding it a BIT of an adjustment--but not much, it's already fast becoming easy for me. And yes, I love it.

And will thank you for not saying "I told you so." So nice to not worry about viruses...
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