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LauraBee

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So, your home computers, are they mostly mac or mostly PC?

Would your experience with the iPhone or iPod make you consider buying a Mac?

Have you recently converted to Mac? If so, why?

If you don't have a Mac, what keeps you from getting one?

Me? I bought my first Mac in 1999 - a B&W G3, which is still running just fine and used in a midi (recording) setup. It took a few years, but I'm finally a convert, and the last functioning desktop Windows PC in my house is about to be replaced with a Dual Quad Core MacPro. We've become a total Mac Family in my house.

A few years ago I also bought my brother his first Mac... a Mac Mini. He then became "Apple Certified" at his job (his previous job) and has turned into quite the Mac Fan himself. He just started working for an Apple Store a few weeks before the iPhone release.

With the introduction of intel-based Macs, there's no reason NOT to get a Mac now...


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My shop computer was windows 3.1 until 5 years ago. I used it for one program (print artist. An old but excellent program for creating stencils of words for tattoos. Plenty of fonts, you can easily resize, arch or manipulate them and make them with just a black outline) Then I got a new pc with windows xp. That was completely virus ridden about three years ago so I replaced it with an e machine and a Toshiba laptop for home. In April of this year I bought a Gateway with Vista for the shop, and it is totally slow and buggy and I HATE vista. In May I replaced the Toshiba with a macbook (and fell in love) and then in June (the 29th to be exact) I got iPhone. One week later I bought the iMac for my shop desktop. On July 18 I bought my husband a macbook for his birthday to replace his dell laptop. The kids' computer is a brand new gateway, and it's already slow and frustrating for them, but I'm not going to buy them a mac too.

So I've bought three different macs since May, my iPhone and a 30g ipod for my daughter's birthday. I'm hooked. I still have the gateway at the shop for the print artist program, but it's under the desk and no one talks to it. I'm completely done with microsoft products. I'm an Apple fangirl now!
 

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My switching story is a pretty interesting one:

It was Christmas weekend in 2005. I was heading out to San Diego for some away time with my girlfriend. I left my 17" HP Laptop at home, because it was too large and heavy to bring and I didn't think I would need it. On the way to SD, I get a call from my designer telling me to look at the pamphlet he's designed for our company and I need to check it this weekend BEFORE Monday because we needed to print them before we went to CES the week following New Years and the printer was closing early and we needed to get the changes made and submitted ASAP.

So, on Christmas Eve, I drove to the UTC Mall in San Diego near the college, made it there with 20 minutes until the mall closed for the holiday. Asked if there was a computer store and someone pointed me in the direction of the Apple store. Now, I hadn't really been into an Apple Store for much more than buying an iPod and since I was a Windows user, I didn't really want to buy a Mac. But out of necessity, I bought it with the plan of using it and returning it. I got a 12" Powerbook (the aluminum one).

I go back to the hotel (Hotel Del Coronado) and charged it, went to dinner and when I came back, I turned it on to start setting it up and look at my pamphlet and get that show on the road. Well, to my amazement, after I was done with the 'spinning box' setting up the computer for the 1st time, the computer had already picked up and configured itself to the hotel's WiFi system and using Preview, I was able to check my design, approve it and email the few changes back to my designer. Mind you, I hadn't really used a Mac since my Apple IIe back in 1985! I was so impressed with this computer that I actually did take it back to the Apple store when I got back to L.A.! I returned it and got a 15" powerbook.

Since then, I have converted my whole house to Apple computer products and I now have the following set-up:

17" MacBookPro
Mac Mini
30" Apple Cinema Display
2 - iPhones (8GB) one for me and my girlfriend
Apple TV (160GB)
60GB iPod
iPod Shuffle (new one)
Airport Extreme Base Station (new one and old done looking one)

No more Windows machines for me! As of the end of summer, I will be switching my Windows computer at work for an iMac 24". I am through with Windows and all of its impressiveness.
 

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I haven't purchased an Intel mac yet, but I'll make the jump with Leopard. I did just purchase a PC. What a complete nightmare. Basically, don't be fooled by the cheap boxes sold by DELL. I bought a Dimension C521. After purchase, I had to buy a graphics card, speaker system, DVD writer, Virus software and RAM. Not to mention, I had to ask them to send Windows Vista install DVD, so I could rid my PC of all the crap it came with.

With Mac's, there is no "bare-bones" Mac that's unusable. BTW, I needed it for a PC program that was running like a dog on Virtual PC.
You probably saw this coming but... I told you so! :p Shoulda got an Intel Mac with Parallels. It's an awesome setup especially when you just need to run one or two apps on Windoze.

I am not a recent convert. I was a DOS guy before I started working at a graphic design shop in 89 which was all Mac (System 6). After one day I was hooked. Of course going from DOS the experience was amazing, much more dramatic than going from Windows. When Windows 3 came out it was such a joke compared to the Mac, and successive versions of Windows has only been slightly better than Windows 3. I stuck with the Mac through the hard times of the early 90's, through System 7, through IIFX and Centris, and through Performa. Now the Mac platform is so incredibly strong, not counting iPod and iPhone, with their awesome hardware, software, and operating system. Stronger than it's ever been. There doesn't seem to really be a choice anymore: Apple is the best choice out there.
 

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Wish I could...

This iPhone is very impressive! I can say I drool as I pass by the Apple store in the mall. However impressive the toys are, I have two little boys requiring an endless supply of plastic guns/swords etc.. So, until they grow up my 6 year old 2nd hardrive so far Dell Inspirion 8200 war vetran has to keep me going. Of course I may break down and buy one...
 

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all the way

Nothing but Mac all the way for me. Trying to convert my own family and it is working. Got my first Mac on my classroom desk in 1988 and have not used anything but that.

I do agree however, they are pricey.
 

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This iPhone is very impressive! I can say I drool as I pass by the Apple store in the mall. However impressive the toys are, I have two little boys requiring an endless supply of plastic guns/swords etc.. So, until they grow up my 6 year old 2nd hardrive so far Dell Inspirion 8200 war vetran has to keep me going. Of course I may break down and buy one...
Well those two little boys will need their own computer soon enough ;)
 

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i changed about a year ago from windows to mac. the mac runs much smoother and does not slow does and has to be restarted as the pc's do. no viruses or spyware yet which is amazing considering i had like 40,000 items of spyware on my pc. but i don't think just the iPhone would be a reason to switch. it makes little or none difference between the windows and mac because iTunes is identical. also, the built in bluetooth and wireless airport are nice things to have. although mac does run many programs, windows runs many more and if their are some programs not operable on mac that u need then don't switch. its really up to you based on what you need. if you are a computer gamer, then stick with pc. mac is horrible at running games and has doesn't have many made for it which doesn't matter to me but it does for many people. ilife is great though :laugh2:
 

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So, your home computers, are they mostly mac or mostly PC?

Would your experience with the iPhone or iPod make you consider buying a Mac?

Have you recently converted to Mac? If so, why?

If you don't have a Mac, what keeps you from getting one?

My dad has been a lotus notes expert for forever, so I grew up around pcs. Its all I know. Despite my enjoyment of my iPhone, I don't ever see making "the switch" for the following reasons...

1. As I stated already, the pc/windows is what I know. I've used macs before and its just not comfortable for me. I don't know how to do simple things sometimes that I could do on my pc in my sleep. Could I learn the mac? Sure, but I don't feel like devoting the time.

2. Vista, I bought a hp pavilion a month and a half ago and it came preloaded with vista home premium --side note, i don't get jobs/Apple/Apple users bashing the fact that there are several different versions of vista. since when is having several choices a bad thing?-- I have found it stable, familiar, and also with some new features which have made it a better experience then XP. So far I'm a big fan of vista.

3. iLife--as the previous poster called it. I don't want to rip Apple users because its childish and like chris said this has the potential to turn into a flame war. I'll just say this, my computer is not my life. Its just my computer, I don't fit into the lifestyle Apple seems to push.

4. Price, when I was looking to replace my constantly overheating toshiba laptop, the macbook didn't even enter my radar screen. Why, because I was looking for a 17'' notebook and the only macbook at 17'' Apple sells is retailed at 2799. My hp was 1700 with the only real difference being the macbook pro had a better graphics cards. Now maybe if 1100 bucks didn't mean anything to me I would have considered the macbook pro, but that kind of money at this point in my life does mean something to me. So until one of the following happens -- Apple starts getting competitive with its prices, pcs prices dramatically rise, or i become wealthy-- macs are a no go for me.

5. Mac Myths, My mac works perfectly, so smooth, nothing ever goes wrong, it just works. In the two times I've had to get my iPhone replaced, while sitting at the genius bar which was fully booked for the day with mac user problems (i'll grant you a good portion of the problems were that these ppl weren't the most computer savvy lot in the world) I saw a laundry list of problems, Macs have plenty of weird and buggy problems too folks.

If Apple does ever get to the point where they have around a 50% market share of the desktop/notebook market, I think Apple users may lose their one big claim to fame--no viruses, malware, spyware. Think about it, if youre making spyware or a virus what OS/internet browser are you going after? One big reason macs are free of these problems is that the ppl making viruses and such would be wasting their time developing their programs for an OS that less then 10% of the computing public using.

Consider this, when safari was released for XP and Vista within the day more then 10 security holes were found in the software. If Apple and OSX were under the same amount of attacks that microsoft and windows is I'd be willing to bet they wouldn't hold up much better then microsoft currently is.

6. My iPhone experience, Don't get me wrong I love my iPhone, but as I've said before, I've already had it replaced twice for buggy problems. This third iPhone is working great and overall I love it, but a few things about it would make me leary about buying a mac.

Its been a month without a single firmware update. Several bugs are known and there has been a fairly seriously security problem found as well. Nothing from Apple though.

Missing simple features (mms and video recording) to name two. I knew this going in and was ok with it before hand, but if Apple does this with the iPhone what's to say when I finally spring for my mac that it will be missing feature that my windows 95 pc had.

Shhhhhh, its a secert. The lack of transparency is a real concern. I mean to find out specifics about the iPhone before the launch and even now I had to do a lot of digging. That's annoying.



That's about it off the top of my head. If you own a mac I don't think you're a idiot and if youre happy with said mac I'm happy for you. I know a lot of pc users like to trash Apple and their users but I think that silly. that being said, I don't know if its a defensive reflex or what, but the Apple users view that they seem to spread that the pc user is overburdened with virsuses and spyware and hasn't made "the switch" yet because he hasn't seen the light yet is equally as silly.

I'm happy with my computing choices.
 

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Get a powerful Mac and you can easily run games like Battlefield 2 in a window using Parallels... You can also boot the Mac into XP to play games. They have PLENTY of power, just as much as any PC. If you get high end Mac there are few PC's that can rival them in terms of horse power... 4 graphics cards, multiple processors... and a $7k price tag. :)
its plenty powerful. The problem is that the variety of games is not available. I will buy one tomorrow if you tell me that I gat the mac that will run windows and be able to run my windows programs includng office and also be able to play madden and tiger woods then I'll go get it tomorrow! What exactly do I need?can of do all this?
 

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I feel myself actually lucky cause I'm 18 and I started my personal computer experience (with a computer on my own) with the iMac G5 3 years ago

Since that date, I never came back to Windows cause, finally, I found a computer which was DELIGHTFUL working on, not only useful

In my family everyone has an iPod, and me, my big brother and dad have a Mac, and the experience is magic

Always mac user
 

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way to go insulting a whole bunch of people on this forum! :sick::sick::sick:

Suggest you take a fresh approach, and ditch the old stereotypes.
What, like this you mean?

Maybe one day you'll figure out that there's a whole universe outside of 'gaming' and get that cheque book out for a Mac! LOL
Hypocrisy, much?

I figured out which machines are best for particular functions a long time ago.

Way to insult the forum admin. Seriously, this is not acceptable and will be added to the forum guidelines. I'm guessing it was a shot at humor, but I've seen these debates get ugly. Mac vs PC discussions can be argued here at EIP, but let's stay on point. Argue the platform, not the person.
So it's OK for cdodkin - our resident fanboy troll - to imply that I'm either too stupid or too stubborn to actually compare different platforms because obviously if I had I would be using a Mac, whereas it's not OK for me to throw back a different hackneyed stereotype?

OK. I'm glad we sorted that out.

Incidentally, my comment - rather obviously - was aimed at Apple, not users here because I think Apple are missing a huge slice of the computer market by failing to release good gaming machines. If you guys believe that you fall into a particular stereotype then that's your affair.
 

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And in reply to the actual question...

Cheap PCs are, well, cheap and usually pretty nasty. Don't buy anything that doesn't have good components in it. Also, under no circumstances should you touch Vista at all. I, for one, do not like software that purposely cripples my ability to use audio and video technology because of an insanely over protective DRM function.

Macs are generally a bit more solid and better built. However, you do pay for that in terms of not having the same flexibility for customisation and upgrading that a PC has - which is one of the reasons Macs are generally better quality - standardisation is great for ironing out process defects.

PCs depend on what you put into them. If you put crappy and cheap components in then you're going to get a dog. If you buy good components - or buy a unit manufactured by a reputable company (and, no, DELL doesn't count) then you will have a machine that can do anything that a Mac can as well as play games. It may not do some things quite as well, but not so as you'd notice unless you're doing a lot of graphical stuff.

I guess it comes down to this:

If you want a good pre-built unit which is dependable and robust then buy a Mac. If you want a specialist unit then either buy a high end PC or, better still, build your own.
 
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