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Hi all,
Ive been using PCs (dirty word here I guess!!) for years but am gonna switch to a Mac, prob a second hand G4 powerbook, but really want to know some stuff before I become a convert!
Id really appreciate some answers to these Qs, Im hoping this isa the best place to find out!...

1, Are Macs completely Virus free?
2, Can I use my Sony MP3 player with a Mac?
3, Whats in iLfie, is it any good, and can I sort/edit my photos?
4, Do the slightly older G4 powerbooks have graphic cards/ can they play DVDs/ are they quick machines?
5, Is a second hand powerbook a sensible, reliable and safe option, or shall I buy new?
6, Are Macs really that much better than windows based kit... ?
7, Any other tips, advice or info thats helpful would be good!

I know there's loads of questions here but Id be really grateful of 10 mins of your time, but think of how a Mac will enhance my life!!

Many, many thanks,

Leon.
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Hi mate,
I don't own a mac .... yet! but I know that all the answers to what you're asking above are in these forums somewhere. I think they may well have been asked a zillion times.
I know 'cos I've asked some!!
Craig
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1, Are Macs completely Virus free?
It is my understanding that there has yet to be a virus written that directly affects Apple computers. You can, however, pass on a Windows-based virus to another Windows user through e-mail.
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2, Can I use my Sony MP3 player with a Mac?
Yes, as long as your Sony MP3 player mounts as an external USB drive. You'll just drag your MP3 files onto the drive image. I know there are some Sony players that don't play nice with Macs, but some do, so you'll have to check.
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3, Whats in iLfie, is it any good, and can I sort/edit my photos?
iLife is a suite of applications comprised of iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, Garage Band. iPhoto is quite possibly the best basic photo management tool I have come across yet. It will also allow you to build slideshows and photobooks, so it's definitely a good program.
[QUOTE]4, Do the slightly older G4 powerbooks have graphic cards/ can they play DVDs/ are they quick machines?[\QUOTE]
Yes, to all of the above. The only thing they can't do that the new Intel Macs can is run Windows natively.
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5, Is a second hand powerbook a sensible, reliable and safe option, or shall I buy new?
I think that you should be able to find a second-hand MacBook Pro CD or C2D for relatively the same price, seeing as another revision of MBP just came out. I would go with the newest machine you can afford.
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6, Are Macs really that much better than windows based kit... ?
RESOUNDING YES!!!
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7, Any other tips, advice or info thats helpful would be good!
Just read around the forums, and ask any questions about things that you don't understand.

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Nice one, Cheers Craig, all responses sound good so far!
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I answered in the other thread/forum.


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