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Blog entry by wichle posted 03-04-2011 07:33 AM 880 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well . . . I jumped ship from Windows to Apple. After working with windows from 3.1 thru 7 I slid a Mac Pro in next to the Dell M90. It is a different, very different experience. I spent a lot of time at the Apple store, trying to do some of the kinds of things that i use a computer for. The people were very helpful with questions, and left me alone to “putz”. I finally took the plunge!

I decided to try to totally stop thinking Windows and approach the Apple as if it was my first computer. It was a good decision. I also decided not to buy the Microsoft Office software for the MAC. I have had to approach each function with an open mind. I did buy a copy of “The missing Manual” for this MAC OS. That too was a good decision. Finally i popped for Apples “One to One” training.

I waited to sit down with an Apple Trainer until I had a couple of weeks experience with the MAC. I was able to go in with some basic operating skill but at least 7 specific cases of being baffled. Their trainer was very good. He made me push the keys while he told me how my issue would be solved. He directed to me to two applications on the App Store that would support my drawing needs. He explained how to organize documwnts in files and folders. (different than the Microsoft OS.)

Bottom Line! The MAC is so intuitive it is scarey. It found my network printer, an old HP, the first time I tried to print. Same with my canner. My Windows systems have had issues in finding same from time to time. It connects seamlessly with my networked storage drives. I have never liked track pads but the MAC touchpad is big and responds to “clicking right and left” and to movement of one, two or three fingers. As for cost, by the time I got a basic system with a large screen, fast processor and enough disk space plus the software for the things I want to do, the cost differential between a Windows computer and an apple was minimal, Admittedly some of my software was old and would not run on Windows 7.

So far the Apple appears to be an awesome decision. Thanks for all your opinions.

-- Bill, Michigan "People don't come preassebled, but are glued together by life"



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dbhost

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#1 posted 03-04-2011 07:49 AM

The Mac is a good machine, and Mac OS-X is a good operating system… I personally use Linux, partially out of preference, partially out of professional consideration as I am a UNIX admin…

The problem is too many folks see, and have seen Windows as a catch all to computing. That is like saying that every single function in woodworking can be handled by the table saw. Mind you, a table saw is awfully useful, but it shouldn’t be your only tool…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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ellen35

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#2 posted 03-04-2011 01:35 PM

I agree… MAC is really so much easier and smarter.
I only use Windows for my work which, for some strange reason, won’t support a MAC platform.
I just got an iPad and it really is quite a machine… almost human!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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patron

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#3 posted 03-04-2011 02:04 PM

macbook is the only one i own
just started clicking places
and learned as i went

i was going to get ‘windows’ for it too
but the guy said
‘why haul trash in a ferrari’
the best part is nobody can ‘fix’ it for me
and make it work their way
every one has this thing about that
with micro ‘puters
when they leave
nobody knows how to work their own ‘fixed’ one anymore
and apple sends me anything new to keep me curent
never bought any spyware or add on upgrades

way to go
enjoy

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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MsDebbieP

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#4 posted 03-04-2011 02:07 PM

love my Mac!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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BritBoxmaker

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#5 posted 03-04-2011 03:31 PM

Regarding the Office software. I’d like to recommend Open Office, which is free, compatible with windows office document formats and is available for Mac OS. Even if you wind up not liking it its free so you loose nothing trying it.

Go to → http://porting.openoffice.org/mac/

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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woodzy

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#6 posted 03-04-2011 03:49 PM

Ahh … the real great debate.

I grew up thinking computers had no enclosures.

My father loved upgrading and messing around with hardware and software confirurations so much that our computers were always open.

Moving to a mac has been a real pleasure, Its easily the most user friendly product i own.

but there is still an allure of digging in to my pc and adding ram, or upgrading my video card or adding internal parts that apple would want me to put on my desk next to the computer.

i have had the same cpu and motherboard for 10 years and they are still very compatible with much of the new hardware that is coming out.

I find windows to be lacking, its a shame because its such a widely accepted operating system. Much of the industry programs and designs software and hardware to be compatible with windows well before they design apple compatible software or hardware for apple.

The real sad thing is that even with all our inginuity we only have 2 options. Apple or Microsooft.

p.s Open Office make spending hundreds of dollars look silly. Its a great alternative.

-- Anthony

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#7 posted 03-04-2011 03:49 PM

WOOHOO!

Congrats to stepping over to the “dark side.” You will find that life on a computer is a little more pleasant over here:)

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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HickoryHill

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#8 posted 03-04-2011 07:33 PM

Yeah, but can you play Call of Duty on it? LOL

It’s like Chevy, Ford and Dodge or like Canon and Nikon. There’s no doubt that Apple is a superior platform for Photography/Graphics…....but for now I have to much invested into PC to jump and it won’t play Call of Duty.

Apple….....for people who don’t like a challenge! LOL

-- Jim, Michigan

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