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Should I get a mac?


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Is it really worth getting a mac?
Currently I have 4 PC's with Windows XP and 1 of them also has Ubuntu, but can a MAC do anything that any other OS cannot do?
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what will be your use for the computer?
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I don't really know.
Anything?
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There are certain applications (the iLife suite, Final Cut, etc.) that require MacOS to run. These applications have equivalents (which may or may not be as good as their MacOS-only counterparts) on Windows, and I'd be shocked if they didn't on Linux as well.

In short: Unless you have some pressing need to use one of those pieces of software, there is no *need* to switch to a Mac. I'd encourage you to pick up one to play around with as I did, but if what you have is working fine, I wouldn't recommend dumping what you have now and running to MacOS just for the sake of, uh, running MacOS.

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Is it really worth getting a mac?
Currently I have 4 PC's with Windows XP and 1 of them also has Ubuntu, but can a MAC do anything that any other OS cannot do?
You can run ms windows in a window on the desktop, so best of both worlds. I just installed vmfusion on leopard and will install vista 64 ultmate. I already have xp pro running. I may also install ubunto as it looks pretty cool for linux.
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I don't think any OS can do something another OS can't - apart from having different looks and feels. I think it's worth giving Macs a serious try (i.e. not just playing with one at the Apple store). See if you can manage to borrow one, if not then just take the plunge and buy one. I personally think it's very worth it, but since OS's can all do the same thing now, it's all personal preference.

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I think it's worth giving Macs a serious try (i.e. not just playing with one at the Apple store). See if you can manage to borrow one, if not then just take the plunge and buy one.
I might get to in a few days or even next week.
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I don't really know.
Anything?
Yes.

If you're buying one just out of curiosity, you'll like it. It won't do much that the others won't, but you'll get to know another OS.

If you're into 'gadgets', a Mac is a good one. They're well put together.

Call it an early birthday present to yourself.
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If you want to experiment and see what it's like before you jump in, pick up a used G4 off of Craigslist or e-bay. That's what I did and it's been a great experience. I've seen 1GHz G4 eMacs on e-bay for $250. They are compact enough that they will fit anywhere, fast enough to run Leopard and would be a great starter Mac in my opinion.

This way you can get acostomed to the OS and software before making a major investment. If you like it, you can make the plunge into a newer system. If you decide it isn't your thing, it was only a couple hundred bucks.

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When I do get to(I'm guessing next friday?) What should I do first?
What are some good games or programs to try?
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Again it all boils down to what do you plan to do with it. What do you use your four PCs for? Do you want to just tinker with the OS. Do you like to work with graphics or video? Do you just like to surf the web? Are you a gamer? Do you need a computer for school? These are the kinds of questions I would ask yourself before buying any computer, PC or Mac. It helps determine what level of machine would be the best investment.

Here is a site that has some programs for Mac.
http://flernk.blogspot.com/2006/07/g...switchers.html

I honestly can't recommend buying a whole brand new computer if you don't even know what you want it for. Spending $1k or more on a passing fancy will make you regret it if you end up not having a reason for it.

If you are just curious about Mac OS and how it's different then Windows and Linux, get a used one.

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Again it all boils down to what do you plan to do with it. What do you use your four PCs for?
(Desktop)1.Used by someone else.
(Desktop)2.Internet, Play Games.
(Laptop)3.Keep files(Music and Pictures), Play Games, Used by someone else.
(Laptop)4.Make games, Internet, Make Pictures(For the games), Edit Music, Make/Edit Video , Play Games(Ones that do work), And possibly other stuff I don't remember.
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Do you want to just tinker with the OS.
The more I can open and do the better.
But that's just what I think.
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Do you like to work with graphics or video?
Yes.
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Most of the time.
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Not right now, possibly in the future.
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I've been using PCs for more than 20 years. Was never a big Apple fan and bought a Mac Pro pretty much sight unseen. I had never seen the OS and never saw a Mac up close.

The reason? I got tired of running multiple layers of anti-virus software, of the computer reboot automatically overnight because a "critical" update was installed, of running every sort of anti-spyware application and of constantly running various maintenance programs to prevent the thing from crashing.

So far, I am wonderfully impressed. It does all of the multimedia stuff I have always wanted to do, and it does it more seamlessly than a PC. I still have a learning curve, but I'm getting better. I have Office running and I run Vista in a VM and in BootCamp when I need Windows. Guaranteed best bang for the buck.

Oh, yeah, I work for M$
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Is it really worth getting a mac?
Currently I have 4 PC's with Windows XP and 1 of them also has Ubuntu, but can a MAC do anything that any other OS cannot do?
For you, it sounds like it wouldn't be worth it. No OS can really do anything another one can't do, but one OS might be easier and nicer to use.

Look at Apple's pages and decide if you WANT a Mac. If you don't want one, don't get one.

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