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"