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I'm new to this Forum, and to Mac's in general. I haven't yet made the switch, I am waiting for Mac X Panther to come out. I am planning on buying a 12" iBook, 900MHz, 256MB RAM, 60GB HD, Combo Drive. I'm not sure to get the 12" or the 14". I will be using the labtop for, mostly carrying around, surfing the net, messenging, email, some video editing, and NO games. I will be carrying it around lots, but I am worried that the 12" is too small. I am VERY excited to switch to Mac, I've had PS's all my life, and I'm just tired of them, they suck! I will bever buy another one, I'm switching, and I'm not going back. I'm also wondering wut I will need to do to get all my files, mp3's and favorites from my PC, to my Mac. I dun wanna waster like $80 on that kit, can I just burn everything on CD's and pop it into the Mac? Thanks
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There are many individuals here that have switched. I will leave it to them to help you.
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When I got my iBook, I felt the 12" was simply too small for my needs (web-surfing, spreadsheets, word-processing, email, and occasional videos). The 14" is still extremely portable, and also offers slightly extended battery life (at least according to Apple). As for transferring files - I didn't have a large amount to transfer, so I actually sent all the files I needed over Instant Messenger. There are obviously quicker and more efficient ways of doing it, but it worked for me. Oh, and by the way, your Mac enthusiasm is excellent.

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I love my 12" iBook. I'm glad I didn't go for the 14", cause for me, it would've been too big. I usually keep mine plugged in, so I can't give any battery experiences. You can purchase a $10 crossover cable, and transfer everything over Ethernet. That would be the easiest method.

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I'm new to this Forum, and to Mac's in general. I haven't yet made the switch, I am waiting for Mac X Panther to come out. I am planning on buying a 12" iBook, 900MHz, 256MB RAM, 60GB HD, Combo Drive. I'm not sure to get the 12" or the 14". I will be using the labtop for, mostly carrying around, surfing the net, messenging, email, some video editing, and NO games. I will be carrying it around lots, but I am worried that the 12" is too small. I am VERY excited to switch to Mac, I've had PS's all my life, and I'm just tired of them, they suck! I will bever buy another one, I'm switching, and I'm not going back. I'm also wondering wut I will need to do to get all my files, mp3's and favorites from my PC, to my Mac. I dun wanna waster like $80 on that kit, can I just burn everything on CD's and pop it into the Mac? Thanks
First: Welcome to the forum, and the Mac world. I would say the 12'' just because its small cool, same resolution as the 14'' which means that the 12'' is tighter pixels (better). Yes you can just burn it on a CD and stuff it into your mac Though! you may run into a problem or two with certain things.. but ruffly it should work. Mp3s for sure, and also for sure you will be able to see everything you burned, though I can't ensure you that you will be able to read a few things.. unless you have VPC then its all good in both ways

In conclusion, 12'' (my personal opinion) and yes.
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Geez...where's the love for the 14" iBooks? :p

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Thanks to all of u, I'm SOOO glad I found this forum, I was SOOO worried that I would get my mac, mac, and have SOOO many dificulties with like general running. But I see how helpfull eveyone on this forum is. I have decided to buy the 12", cuz I dun need big when I'm carrying it around, and when I'm at home, I can hook it up to my TV (I can do that rite??) I am curious as to which files would/will not work, the only files I need to transfer are: word (Microsoft Word), Mp3's, Favorites, and maybe a few movie files.

That's all the questions for now,btw, I can't wait to get my iBook, I can't wait to stop using this PC!
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Those should be fine.. I don't know about the favorites though ..
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Yeah favorites should just be url links.. basic html.. everything you mentioned it shouldnt be a problem transferring them. Although of course you will need Word for Mac to read your Word files
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I don't know about needing word to read them.. I see a .doc file and I can open it with appleworks 6.?.? (most recent)... it converts it of course but it can read it all the same...
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appleworks can read and write word files and so can ThinkFree office which is a cheap office suite that i highly recommend. they sell it on apple.com and in the apple stores
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Ok sorry about that.. I should have specified that he was going to need to purchase a program to read those word files.
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Except that he's opting to wait for Panther, so TextEdit will do fine
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