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Topic # 27356 23-Oct-2008 08:28
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Inline with the same tune as Katy Perry's song "I Kissed A Girl", I can say I used a Mac and I liked it.

I hadn't used an Apple computer since the Apple IIe in primary school, and I tried out an iMac with the 24-inch screen running Leopard at JB Hi-fi and then Magnum Mac in Albany, and was really impressed! Such a nice screen and display, so easy to use, the programs looked pretty good, and it all just looked so straightforward and simple compared to Windows Vista.

So after that experience I am seriously considering moving to a Mac! I only really use a computer for email/Internet, music and word processing, and being able to run Vista via Bootcamp is a bonus. All of the programs I currently use now will work on a Mac too.

Anyone else made the switch from Windows to Leopard? What were your experiences?




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  Reply # 173000 23-Oct-2008 10:42
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Hi, my name is Rafael and I'm a switcher.

(everyone) Hi Rafael.

LOL. Jokes aside, I made the jump from the 'dark side' at the beginning of 2007 and I haven't looked back since.
Granted, I manage a network of Windows servers and workstations at work which keeps my Microsoft levels high, but at the end of the day I'm happy to come back to the warmth of Leopard (with all its good and bad things -- mostly good, though).

Something that sold me on it was the integration with Active Directory here at the office. I also experimented with Office for Mac but then went back to iWork (I'm a casual user of office apps).




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  Reply # 173002 23-Oct-2008 10:42
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I've been a windows PC user, and still work with them at work. (I'm a software developer).
But I made the switch to a 24" iMac a few months ago, and am totally happy with the change.

There's not many windows apps I still use except my developer tools, which I run inside a VMWARE virtual machine, and even that has impressed me. It seems to perform very well, with directX9 support inside the virtual machine, so you can even play games and HD video form windows, without having to boot into bootcamp.

My wife laptop still runs XP, and my media center PC runs vista, and they all co-exist on the network quite happily.

Overall, very impressed.

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 173008 23-Oct-2008 11:07
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Welcome over to the Mac side.
As a long time mac user, OS8.6 and having to work on Windows, its always refreshing to come home and use the mac and not have to problem solve just to check my emails or watch a movie.
I also find that with an iPhone with its tight integration with OSX is just the icing on the cake.

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  Reply # 173010 23-Oct-2008 11:18
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I jumped from Ubuntu/Vista to a 24inch imac a couple of weeks ago and don't miss a thing about windows or linux.  This has an awesome GUI with a unix backbone.

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  Reply # 173013 23-Oct-2008 11:29
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dazzanz: I jumped from Ubuntu/Vista to a 24inch imac a couple of weeks ago and don't miss a thing about windows or linux.  This has an awesome GUI with a unix backbone.


Another very nice thing of OS X. I'm always getting down and dirty with Terminal.app...

Plus I have a few nice Automator actions using Python and the likes to arrange my TV show library.




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  Reply # 173015 23-Oct-2008 11:31
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I jumped in 2006. Never looked back. Have an iMac and Macbook Pro now!



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  Reply # 173017 23-Oct-2008 11:40
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I also find that with an iPhone with its tight integration with OSX is just the icing on the cake.


I'm getting an iPhone today so maybe that will be the first step towards making the jump!





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  Reply # 173018 23-Oct-2008 11:42
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Thanks for all your replies guys, glad to see people have never really looked back or regretted making the move.

Yeah that 24-inch iMac and one of the new 13-inch Macbooks would go down quite well I feel...

How about if there's a hardware fault, does the entire unit have to be returned?




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  Reply # 173019 23-Oct-2008 11:43
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I'm another windows gone mac user, and also havn't looked back. Although I only use a macbook, I still use a windows pc for gaming.

I also managed to convert 2 of my sisters over to the mac side, and they seem to be happy too. My mum's next upgrade will hopefully be to a mac too. Much simpler to use, and has everything built in which is a bonus.

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  Reply # 173020 23-Oct-2008 11:49
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corksta: Thanks for all your replies guys, glad to see people have never really looked back or regretted making the move.

Yeah that 24-inch iMac and one of the new 13-inch Macbooks would go down quite well I feel...

How about if there's a hardware fault, does the entire unit have to be returned?


The best thing you can get for your Mac is called AppleCare.

Depending on the problem, they might replace the whole unit free of charge. It still needs to go under the Apple Repair Specialist's scalpel, though.




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  Reply # 173024 23-Oct-2008 12:13
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I switched to Mac last year (2.4 Penryn Macbook 2GB).

Love it to bits.

I still use Linux quite a bit on VMWare, but have got Vista in bootcamp, and an XP VM as well, but I almost never use them (havent used either for months).

Very happy with the Mac, will definitley give this one to my missus and buy an MBP at some stage.




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  Reply # 173027 23-Oct-2008 12:27
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I want my Mac... and either the MacBook late-2008 or MacBookPro late-2008, or perhaps iMac late-2008 which is hinted to be announced in November. And definitely, be holding out until exchange rate and cashflow a bit better, or even until Snow Leopard and iLife 09 is ready...




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  Reply # 173047 23-Oct-2008 14:04
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We got a basic MacBook a couple of years ago (Tiger, not Leopard, but most of it is still the same), mainly as something a bit new to try (iPod halo effects and all that).


We really like it (particuarly my wife who loves how straightforward it is). By and large the iLife suite of applications is really good, although I did find iPhoto slowed down with all the thousands of photos we had (presumably will work better on a higher spec model though).

However, just a couple of bugbears:

- the hotkeys are all different - this is not the biggest deal, but it took me a *long* time to remember things like cmd-R instead of F5. This is particularly frustrating in Word, where you would have thought MS would have programmed them all the same? And I know I can remap them, but somehow I thought that it may have been done for me.

- some "non-standard" (I won't say advanced since I don't think they are) things can be a real pain - sometimes directly related to the Mac, but more often due to 3rd parties not supporting the Mac adequately. E.g., I needed to update the firmware on a Nokia cell - and Nokia doesn't support this over the air or by anything other than Windows. Similarly, I used to use a Windows Mobile PDA - it is technically possible to sync something like this with a Mac, but can be a real hassle and involving the use of 3rd party add ins - less of a problem now with the iPhone, but once upon a time it was pretty much Windows Mobile or Palm. Other programs (whether these are necessary or just nice to play with) come much later to Mac or are much worse supported - particularly games.


Don't get me wrong, I do think Macs are great and the above are not criticisms rather observations. But in some things its still handy to keep a Windows machine around if things don't necessarily work as easily as they should.

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Reply # 173053 23-Oct-2008 14:14
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And the Mac/PC ads alone have got to be worth something. I thought the "Bean Counter" one was hilarious.

http://www.apple.com/getamac/ads/



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Reply # 173066 23-Oct-2008 14:39
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mdf: And the Mac/PC ads alone have got to be worth something. I thought the "Bean Counter" one was hilarious.

http://www.apple.com/getamac/ads/


I actually thought the latest round of Mac/PC ads were quite distasteful. Have you watched the "I'm a PC" ads? Instead of trying cheap shots at the competition they show actual people.




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