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What made you switch?


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Ok, so I've seen a "How long have you been a switcher for" thread, but not "What made you switch", so here it is; What made you decide to switch to OS X?

Two things made me decide to switch:

1.) The general ease of use won me over when I first used one, and then I started playing with them in the Apple Store over the course of a couple of months, trying new things each time to see how much easier and quicker they were to do on a Mac as opposed to on Windows.
2.) We have a few old eMacs at school and I had to use one once because all the other PCs were taken up, and I was surprised at how much faster this 700Mhz Mac with 256mb of Ram was than our 2.2Ghz dual-core Athlon, 2GB Win XP machines while being so much easier to use.

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Pretty much, I'd had enough of Windows. I've got a 4 year old Dell XP notebook that has worked well enough but that I didn't expect to go on forever. I felt it would be smart to get a replacement before the Dell failed. With the debacle that was Vista I didn't want to risk Win 7 so I started giving the Mac serious consideration. I've had the MBP about 1 month now, may be one of my smarter moves in a long time.
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Well, I used old iMacs (the rainbow type ones) in school and hated them.

I always talked Macs down and was your typical Wintel fanboy.

Until...The PowerMac G5 came out in 2003. I then adored Mac's, the industrial look, the power and later when it came with water-cooling I always dreamed of switching.

Unfortunately, being in high-school with just a paper round I couldn't afford one - even as a x-mas present it was a bit much considering I had a high-spec PC.

Last year tho, with money to burn I figured I'd take the plunge and bought my dream machine from 2004 - water cooled G5 with dual 2.7GHz chips. The fact that it was 4 yrs old didn't bother me - I finally had a PM G5!

I loved OS X, clean internals of the case, industrial design.

Then spending time on the Apple Store brought me to were I am now - Mac heaven!

Can't say I hate Microsoft Windows, but given the choice I'd run OS X.

So I suppose, the G5 made me switch - thank you Jonathan Ive...
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1.) The general ease of use won me over when I first used one, and then I started playing with them in the Apple Store over the course of a couple of months, trying new things each time to see how much easier and quicker they were to do on a Mac as opposed to on Windows.
Can you elaborate on this? I'm curious as to the types of tasks you performed in the Apple Store, on machines specifically intended to be shown to potential customers, over a "on Windows" machine of unknown specs in an unknown place.

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2.) We have a few old eMacs at school and I had to use one once because all the other PCs were taken up, and I was surprised at how much faster this 700Mhz Mac with 256mb of Ram was than our 2.2Ghz dual-core Athlon, 2GB Win XP machines while being so much easier to use.
I'm curious about some of the specifics with this as well. Can you discuss the types of tasks you were performing on the two machines, and how you felt the "faster" and in what cases.
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I actually didn't have too many problems with Windows over the years, and I really only got a Mac so that I could get certified in Final Cut Pro and get back into editing. But once I got my MBP, it just blew me away, from the look of it to its ease of maintenance to the compatibilities between its amazing apps. It was like having a trusty old car with crank windows and then driving a car with power everything and an onboard computer.
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As many of you may know, my dad hates Windows, so instead he's still content to use IBM OS/2. But, all in all it has plenty of problems and an interface that (in my opinion) looks like the stone age. Then I went into fourth grade and saw a mac with OS 9. It was a whole new world! Multimedia was simple, no computer freezes, nothing! Just turn it on and it runs!

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For me, initially curiosity...
Curiosity had me looking at Mac's last year.
But with uni starting in a week, i needed some thing powerful, and portable.

I had tired of windows XP/Vista, and had beta tested the windows 7, and wasn't impressed.

The Mac, a MBP 17" was a logical choice, one i enjoy using for my day to day tasks.
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Blame it on the iPhone!

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The decider for me was seeing WinXPPro running on an iMac in the store and realizing it ran faster on the iMac than it did in my quad-core Dell Inspiron! The difference was that on the iMac, they had no virus protection, just the operating system, which is pretty quick. My setup is that I run most stuff in OSX, but when I absolutely have to shift to WinXP, it's a virtual image in VMWare that I have carefully backed up. If it gets hit with viri, I can just whack it and restore the clean backup. I thought I'd spend more time in XP, but over the year I've had the iMac, I've only rarely been forced back to the XP by some unique need.
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Couldn't stomach Vista
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The poor excuse of a OS called Vista, The iPhone and the knowing that I can make an appointment with a Genius and have a problem resolved, not that I expect any with SL. Pretty much sums it up.

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For me, initially curiosity...
Curiosity had me looking at Mac's last year.
But with uni starting in a week, i needed some thing powerful, and portable.

I had tired of windows XP/Vista, and had beta tested the windows 7, and wasn't impressed.

The Mac, a MBP 17" was a logical choice, one i enjoy using for my day to day tasks.
Same here VIPeR .... curiosity got the better of me overtime.
Having used MS for years to be honest i really couldn't come to grasps with that OS. The having to do scans all the time and the constant freezing of the PC.
A friend had one and over time watching her use a Mac i was impressed to see what a beautiful interface it had and how logical it seemed to use.
Then the final straw was the chance to snap up a late 2008 white McBoook for nearly $600 dollars off the advertised price... And yes its legit from a store and not off the back of a truck

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After dealing with Vista and it's quirks, I first started out with using a "hackintosh" - primarily to refamiliarize myself with the Mac, since the last time I used a Mac regularly was back in the days of OS 8.1. What I quickly discovered was that in order to really enjoy the full Mac experience, I needed to run it on genuine Apple hardware. As soon as I booted my new MacBook Pro for the first time, I knew that the Mac was far and away a superior machone for my purposes.

I do have Boot Camp and Windows 7 set up for when I have to use Windows, but I find myself dropping into it less often all the time.
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I've been working on Windows or Microsoft OS powered PCs since well, I knew what a PC was. We had the Apple IIe's in school, but to me they were big heavy slow pieces of crap compared to what a PC was.

To me PCs were IT. My dad used them, so did my mum (finance and engineering parents) as a PC was really the only thing the industry used and would run applications made for the MS OS.

I got into PCs and built them, became a PC tech in secondary school, and later a network admin. Learned Linux, and just about every version of Windows available, and would talk down about everything Mac as it to me then was an inferior slow pile of over expensive crap. After knowing how PCs failed all the time, I just kind of accepted the fact that having Windows run your computer you were just going to have to deal with it. Kind of like a car dying for no reason when you push the throttle down a bit harder than usual, or making it climb a hill.

I met a quite a few people over time that were really into Mac, but my stereotype of them were just overly rich snobbs that well, I really can't give you a great one. Just some negative thing my mind made up because it didn't like the Computer so naturally I couldn't like the people who used them. Called them Macintrash and every other derogatory name you can think of.

A few years later I talked to people about MacOS PCs (they are personal computers after all) and they couldn't say enough cool things about them. Being a bit older, more mature, and open-minded I thought, well let's give it a go sometime. I walked into an Apple store and decided to play around wth one. Holy **** they were cool. Expensive, but very cool. The capabilities they had were just amasing. The things they did out of the box were theoretically possible with a Windows PC, but would take weeks of configuration and possibly programming. Then a couple employees at the Apple store told me that unlike Windows PCs, MacOS just worked. Everything was ready to go out of the box. You don't have 20 programmes that are trialware and will expire unless you pay even more money. Making a very long (so far story short) I was now envious of MacOS and wanted one, but didn't have the money.

Yesterday I met a bloke at a car show near me who drove a Ford and couldn't tell me enough good things about the company (he does a LOT of research on the brand, so much so that I thought he worked for ford). Then I said something about I'd like to get into MacOS but really can't afford an $800 computer right now. That's when he told me he was selling his 6yr. old PowerMac G4 (didn't have a clue what that was) for $150 for the screen, keyboard, mouse, well everything really.

I went over to his flat, looked at it. Saw how absolutely mind-blowingly simple it was to connect another screen and have dual monitors. He then said, Apple designs their products to work. If you connect another monitor to your Windows PC it gets confused as to what you want it to do. MacOS thinks that if you connect another one to your PC, you obviously want to use it, so it turns it on and does what you think it should do.

It's turning out to be a bit of a learning curve so far. There are some really simple things that I have no idea how to do, but I'm learning everyday.


So right now, mine is:
1.25ghz dual core
512mb ram (upgrading very soon)
like $80gb HD (going to 500gb soon)
stock video card
and MacOS 10.2.8 (upgrading to 10.4 asap)


Sad thing is about that setup. My Windows PC is:
Pentium 3ghz
4gb ram
500gb hd (yes ripping it out to go into the mac)
stupid realtek sound card
GForce something video card
Windows XP Pro

And it's still slower than the MacOS PC that is running less than half the hardware. I also needed something faster to run Ableton Live 7 on because the realtek sound chip is absolute rubbish (HD my ***) and even recording audio would cause the sound to skip horribly.
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Can you elaborate on this? I'm curious as to the types of tasks you performed in the Apple Store, on machines specifically intended to be shown to potential customers, over a "on Windows" machine of unknown specs in an unknown place.
In the Apple Store, they were mainly photo work; Photo management, certain photoshop work as well as video editing on Final Cut on my friend's 2.26Ghz iMac. Other than that, they were mainly simple tasks, yet they still seemed faster on the Macs; Browsing around files, using word processing programs, setting calendar appointments, sending an e-mail off with attachments, etc.

Where on Windows this simple applications as well as the more advanced ones seemed to freeze up momentarily a lot more and generally take longer to load, especially with photo management.

To keep it fair all these tasks were carried out on a 20"/24" 2.4GHz iMac w/ 2GB RAM and an ATi HD2600 Pro, compared to a Sun W2100z 2.39Ghz dual AMD Opterons, 16GB DDR2 and an X1950 running Vista Ultimate x64.

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I'm curious about some of the specifics with this as well. Can you discuss the types of tasks you were performing on the two machines, and how you felt the "faster" and in what cases.
Again, this was mainly photoshop and photo management work, as well as word processing and Google Sketchup. Photoshop was definitely quicker on the eMac, mainly because of it locking up so much on the Windows machine. Word processing wasn't that much quicker, but again, it locked up a lot more (momentarily, but still annoying) on the Windows machines we have. Sketchup was a little slower to be honest on the eMac, but again, it locked up a whole lot on the Windows machines.

For specs, see first post.

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