12-13-2003, 02:45 PM #1GideonGuestiBook Security, Cost & Efficiency Questions & Concerns
I’m currently a PC user and I’m contemplating the switch. I need to invest in a laptop next year and I’ve begun researching my options: Dell Inspiron 8600 Desktop replacement or Apple iBook G4 (GHz).
I’m in advertising sales so this will be purchased primarily as a tool to make my life easier…not more complicated. I need something that will enable me to do the following without too many headaches.
Graphic ad design
Email (at some point I’ll have a cable modem connection)
I also need access to Quicken or something like it and have some concerns about finding the software that I need without it costing as much as the laptop itself. I’m also concerned about the iBook’s security features…what kind of update system is available for OS X (Panther)? What are the firewalls like?
Thanks for your time and consideration.
12-13-2003, 03:38 PM #2shadovGuestsecurity
Most Unix systems have robust firewalls built in kernel. OS X uses ipfw from FreeBSD. If it is good enough for the biggest web servers out there it is good enough for you And you don't need to worry about viruses or spyware. (Not sure about spyware, but definately it isn't as big broblem as in Windows)
If you need additional security for your files, check out FileVault. Note that some people have had problems with it, so do a little backround study before enabling it.
12-14-2003, 12:20 PM #3GideonGuest
Thanks for the reply. I've another question.
If I'm using Photoshop, In Design, Word, Excel, Quicken and surfing the net do I really need 1GHz? Some say that a Mac 800MHz would be more than enough to run these programs (it would also be more comfortable financially).
This is so scary! :confused:
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12-17-2003, 10:06 PM #5bjf123GuestOriginally Posted by Gideon
12-28-2003, 02:33 PM #6ipmediaGuest
You'll be fine with an 800 MHz system. I'm a graphic designer, using Photoshop etc as well, and it all runs fine on my system (800 MHz). Just be sure to toss in enough RAM. RAM is more important then MHz, so you'll end up saving on an 800 machine with more RAM then buying a 1GHz machine.
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