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Old 07-19-2004, 10:40 AM   #1
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Have a Nice Day? Anyone here ever switched BACK from a Mac?

I'm contemplating getting a iBook as my first mac and laptop. It seems the best out there for the price considering its size/weight/battery. I don't use any CPU intensive apps often. Here's what I need it for: Internet, Music (foobar), and movies/DVD...simultaneously. I keep hearing about Macs being teh suck at multi-tasking though. Has anyone here ever switch back to PC from a Mac? Why?
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Old 07-19-2004, 12:12 PM   #2
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anybody? Come on, I know there are mac users in OT.
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Old 07-19-2004, 12:13 PM   #3
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Macs are better at multitasking.



My PC has turned into a storage server for my mac. I don't plan on ever going back.

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Old 07-19-2004, 12:14 PM   #4
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Well I dont know if I ever "switched" to a MAC. I use a PC everyday at work and will continue to use them every day at work. At home for the IntArwebNet, movies, pr0n, mp3, photoshop everything I use a powerbook I could not be happier with it. The first computer company to have actually given me decent tech support and replaced my screen and my HD twice without question (oh and I do beat the hell out of it daily)

edit: grammar owns me

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Old 07-19-2004, 12:24 PM   #5
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I can't say I've "switched" either because I still have to manage a network of PCs at work and I still have PCs at home.... but I assure you, as long as I can afford it, I'll never be without an iBook or Powerbook. My Mac causes me so much less trouble than any of my PCs, and it can do almost everything I want it to. I've already hit the point now where I use my Mac for any real work and my PCs are strictly game machines.

Oh, and after setting up my wireless network with my iBook and setting up my friend's wireless network with his laptop running WinXP.... *shudder*. God that really made me appreciate how nice and simple OSX is!
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Old 07-19-2004, 12:24 PM   #6
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Not that I know of, but Microsoft was going to start an ad campaign about it. Never got off the ground as far as I know

The only people who have bought Macs and not liked them either didn't bother to get used to the different interface (stuff is in a different place, after all) or were uber-geeks who didn't like the fact that they couldn't buy parts and swap them in at their lesure (unless you get a PowerMac and then you can rip it apart all you want). Feel free to ask tons of questions, I switch people to Macs all the time

Just keep in mind that the best computer for you is whichever one does what you want best. Since you do Internet stuff like me and the other poster, I think a Mac is definitely suited well for you. I don't know where you heard they don't multi-task well, but they do, actually better than Windows computers. The UNIX base of Mac OS X is extremely stable (also secure - you will never get a virus on your Mac, I personally guarantee it) and good at managing memory.
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Old 07-19-2004, 12:25 PM   #7
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What about a refurbed G3 iBook? Like this ? Will it do what I want it to do all at the same time?

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Old 07-19-2004, 12:42 PM   #8
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I switched to Mac a couple of years ago and I will never go back to PC (except for work).
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Old 07-19-2004, 12:47 PM   #9
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What about a refurbed G3 iBook? Like this ? Will it do what I want it to do all at the same time?
Heck, I will sell you my iBook 600MHz 640mb RAM 20gb hard drive with an airport card for that price

I use mine exclusively for photoshop and web stuff ( I am a professional photographer) when I am on the road (use a desktop machine at home), I am about to upgrade to a new power book. I work with large files and the machine handles it fine but not super fast, mainly I need a bigger hardrive and some more speed and that is why I am upgrading
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Old 07-19-2004, 12:49 PM   #10
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You can get a 12" G4 Powerbook for $1600 right now. Pretty good deal. I love my PB. I use windows at work so its not trouble for me. But at home Ill always have a mac. Everything works so well. Apples may be more expensive but there stuff works. I cant wait to get my airport express! I just hooked up my PB to a external display and bought a bluetooth keyboard and mouse and I like it even more. Then when I get the airport express. Im gonna nasioc on the ****ter.
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Old 07-19-2004, 12:51 PM   #11
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Yeah, that's WAY too high for that iBook. 500mhz won't run a lot of stuff that's out now, and a 10gb hard drive is gonna fill up FAST.

One other tip for buying your iBook.... spend the money and max out the RAM. Everything will run a LOT smoother when you have 640mb RAM instead of 128.
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Old 07-19-2004, 12:55 PM   #12
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Here you go. Right now, CDW/MacWarehouse has a 12" iBook 1ghz G4, 256mb RAM, and a DVD/CD-RW combo drive for $1095. They have a "Free" 256mb RAM upgrade to take you to 512mb.... but you have to pay the $40 installation charge. Not bad, though.

A WHOLE lot more stuff than that used iBook you posted:

http://www.cdw.com/webcontent/hubs/MW/family/ibook.asp
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Old 07-19-2004, 01:03 PM   #13
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I'm a PC geek who bought a Powerbook G4 (1.25 gHz) so I can edit wedding videos and music videos.

I'm still a Mac n00b but here is unbiased opinion regarding Macs :

Pros : They are stable, they are fast, the hardware seems to be almost tailor made for OSX so you have no issues with compatibility. The software library are top notch. Not as many viruses....I'm almost inclined to say that I don't worry about viruses on Macs.

Cons : I hate the one clicker mouse so I switched to my two clicker Logitech but the pointer seems more "floaty" than when it was on the PC and doesn't seem to go where I want it to like back on the PC. Software is limited in comparison to the PC world.
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Old 07-19-2004, 01:05 PM   #14
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Not as many viruses....I'm almost inclined to say that I don't worry about viruses on Macs.

Im glad someone else noticed/mentioned this. Whenever people that use a PC ask me what I do about spywear or viruses, I say .. Well nothing. Macs dont get spyware, but viruses I never worried about. Does anyone use anti-virus software on there Mac?
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Old 07-19-2004, 01:19 PM   #15
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I switched my girlfriend over to a mac, and the people at the mac store said what while viruses occur at a significantly lower amount, they still occur. I had her buy .mac, which included the premium anti-virus for macs.
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Old 07-19-2004, 01:30 PM   #16
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Aren't there like.. 10 viruses for Mac? Most of which you need Microsoft Office to get?
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Old 07-19-2004, 01:31 PM   #17
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Aren't there like.. 10 viruses for Mac? Most of which you need Microsoft Office to get?

Haha. I dont even use Explorer on my mac. Mozilla!
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Old 07-19-2004, 01:52 PM   #18
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Explorer isn't part of Office.


Safari ownz, btw.
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Old 07-19-2004, 01:59 PM   #19
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I run Adobe Photoshop, iMovie, Itunes, Safari, and Mail all at the same time on my Powerbook. It doesn't even slow down! My only gripe is that the Maxtor External hard drive I had from my PC causes my mac to panic and freeze.
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Old 07-19-2004, 02:00 PM   #20
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(also secure - you will never get a virus on your Mac, I personally guarantee it)

I wouldn't go that far. OSX is based on A FreeBSD kernel which means just about any virus that affects FreeBSD can affect OSX. There aren't very many FreeBSD viruses out (and the ones that are there don't do much) but it is still a possiblity.

as for the orignal question Macs are the way to go. I have used them for graphic work, web surfing, pron, E-mail, etc and they work great. I use PC for work (programming) and other specific things that aren't avaiable on Mac (mainly games)
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Old 07-19-2004, 02:21 PM   #21
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Not to derail this thread a bit, but I have a question/request.


I need to get my Mother a Mac, but I don't know which one. She just needs internet, e-mail, photo and music storage. I was thinking about a nice 17" iMac with a superdrive.

Thanks!


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Old 07-19-2004, 02:50 PM   #22
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I'm contemplating getting a iBook as my first mac and laptop. It seems the best out there for the price considering its size/weight/battery. I don't use any CPU intensive apps often. Here's what I need it for: Internet, Music (foobar), and movies/DVD...simultaneously. I keep hearing about Macs being teh suck at multi-tasking though. Has anyone here ever switch back to PC from a Mac? Why?
I have always been on Macs and they rock! I use an iBook 800 G3 at work as a magazine editor, a G4 eMac at home and both are awesome--never a problem.

Better in every way than any PC, period.
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Old 07-19-2004, 02:56 PM   #23
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I need to get my Mother a Mac, but I don't know which one. She just needs internet, e-mail, photo and music storage. I was thinking about a nice 17" iMac with a superdrive
You mean a power book??

I have a 15" power book, I love it! I just need more Hard Drive space, so an external hard drive is in the plans. I love all the programs and the ease of using them, I have both PCs and macs, prefer working on my mac anyday.
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Old 07-19-2004, 02:57 PM   #24
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I have both PC's (3 of 'em) and Mac's (technically 3) and I have to say they both have their strong points. But I will say that I use my pc's more for storage and for recording tv shows (via snapstream) and my Mac's more for actual work. I even have Virtual PC for the one PC program I have to use on my iBook.
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Old 07-19-2004, 03:01 PM   #25
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You mean a power book??
No, I mean iMac. Isn't there a 17" widescreen iMac that looks like a table lamp? Or is that not made anymore?
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