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# 181186 5-Oct-2015 19:26
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I have never had a Mac before (Windows and Linux fanboy, also cheapskate). My brother had a 2.66GHZ aluminium 2008 iMac he said was too slow, things don't work etc and wondered if I wanted it as a project. It even has the mighty mouse and ally keyboard which both work great after a huge cleanup. It was running 10.6 I believe and everything on the internet complained about unsupported browser with Safari. I am going to guess that was half the problem.
Anyway, a fresh install of El Capitan later and boosting the RAM from 3 to 4 GB and it is working really well.

It still feels like wearing someone elses underpants a bit, but I am slowly getting used to OSX after a couple of days. Even though it is a bit slower, I think it may displace my trusty old AMD quad core Windows PC I built which is getting on a bit now.




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I made the jump also last week, its a bit of a learning curve

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  # 1400548 5-Oct-2015 20:23
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I made the jump 18 months ago, rMBP. It is a learning curve, but pretty much all Windows functions exist in OSX. Hate Finder though. If you use an iPhone, its great, I can use the laptop to make and receive cell calls, SMS, iMessage. If you get into Gestures on the trackpad, accessibility is excellent

 
 
 
 


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  # 1400555 5-Oct-2015 20:37
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I too made the switch about 18 months after years and years of DOS and Windows.  Haven't looked back, and would never go back. My iMac is the best computer I have ever owned - my first being a System 80 purchased in 1980. There is an elegance about OSX that you just don't find in Windows. Sure there is a learning curve and it is not for everyone.  But I am surprised at just how much I really like it and how I can't ever imagine owning, or wanting, a Windows computer again.




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  # 1400811 6-Oct-2015 10:52
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There are a few things I still don't like. In particular, window resizing and the way the closing of an application works compared to Windows, but everything seems pretty good. Now that I have pinned all the home directories we use in finder, even that is ok. It even passes the WAF so it may stick around. I am going to have a play with Boot Camp when I have time too. Running Linux natively on it looks to be on the difficult side for now.




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  # 1400847 6-Oct-2015 11:11
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paulmilbank: the way the closing of an application works compared to Windows

Once you get used to that, you'll start to dislike Windows' way (especially with apps that take a while to start up).

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  # 1400852 6-Oct-2015 11:15
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Around 2.5yrs of Mac love for me...was a steep learning curve, but my 21.5" iMac that I bought ex-demo at the time is still going strong and is as good today as it was the day I bought it. 

My only frustration is the lack of support for cheap games the kids find in the bargain bins at EB Games...they all require a Windows PC...hence we have an old one on hand for them to ruin. 






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  # 1400870 6-Oct-2015 11:20
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Let the lashings commence.....

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I like how a lot of functionality is built in to the OS or core applications on the mac.
One of my favorite things is the smooth scrolling using a good touchpad in Safari. Not sure if it feels the same using the mighty mouse.
I've been using a mac as my main machine since Mid 2012....still barely scratched the surface of what it can do.

 
 
 
 


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  # 1400882 6-Oct-2015 11:31
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I have been using OSX since Panther circa 2004 and have in most enjoyed it. Yosemite had some issues but the latest seems good so far.




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  # 1400909 6-Oct-2015 11:43
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I bought a macpro a couple of years back. 

My opinion is that the display is amazing and touchpad brilliant and it feels just nice to use. 

Build quality is a bit off , had 3 manufacturing faults  -- video card, wifi antenna not seated correctly, and screws falling out of case. Although the screw thing is just from sloppy repairs . 

My main complaint is that it just takes longer to do stuff from a productivity view point. 

I never really mastered the missing keys on the keyboard... and using key combinations to what a single key should do just annoys me. 

And ,  windows management is clumsy compared to windows. Maximising windows/snapping to side etc is just easier in windows. 





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  # 1400918 6-Oct-2015 11:49
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Being a Linux user I don't mind OSX. Sure, some things are really quite annoying in terms of Apple deciding what is best but for the most part it fits in the middle of Linux and Windows.




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paulmilbank: There are a few things I still don't like. In particular, window resizing and the way the closing of an application works compared to Windows, but everything seems pretty good. Now that I have pinned all the home directories we use in finder, even that is ok. It even passes the WAF so it may stick around. I am going to have a play with Boot Camp when I have time too. Running Linux natively on it looks to be on the difficult side for now.


Try BetterTouchTool for window snapping like in Windows

I have also replaced the Finder search with Alfred so I can have custom web searches + a bunch of other stuff.

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Was an avid Windows user since the dawn of time but had the chance to have a bit of a play with some Macs while overseas on an exchange. Loved it - Was a bit to save up for my first mac in 2009 but since then have never looked back.

Love the simplicity of certain things - Aperture/iPhotos (now Photos) have been great to organising my huge photo collection, and creating beautiful print products. Switched to iPhone when the 4S (now have a 5S) came out (previously had a trusty Nokia N95 8GB - Loved that phone) and the integration between the two has been great. Love being about to message off my phone/computer and continue conversations seamlessly, and access webpages while out and about if they are were/open on my mac (usually recipes, when I'm at the supermarket and I forget what ingredients I need to buy). :)

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My first Mac was a Mac Plus in 1989, System 6.0.5, no threading, no TCP/IP, no ethernet, no shared libraries, code in C using documentation and libraries intended for Pascal.
Anything fancy required 68000 assembler, any programming error required reboot of machine. No practical visual debugger. IDE was thrown out of memory while running program.

 

 

 

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  # 1401046 6-Oct-2015 14:43
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paulmilbank: There are a few things I still don't like. In particular, window resizing


What about windows resizing don't you like? There are a few apps that might be able to help you get what you want. Like Cinch..







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  # 1401055 6-Oct-2015 15:09
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paulmilbank: There are a few things I still don't like. In particular, window resizing


What about windows resizing don't you like? There are a few apps that might be able to help you get what you want. Like Cinch..



In Windows and Linux, if I maximize a window, it takes up the whole screen but leaves the title bars, window controls and the taskbar visible. If I hit the yellow + in OSX, it either expands to a fixed width but not fullscreen, or expands to fill the screen like F11 does in Windows. The full expand covers the dock and the top bar with the menu's in it which you then have to mouse up to the top of the screen to show again. Cheers, will look at bettertouchtool and cinch.
Probably best to try remember some key combo's too. There seems to be a lot of functionality in key combos.




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