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    Well, I got my first Mac.  Let's see if it will make me make the switch.

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    Well, I got my first Mac. Let's see if it will make me make the switch.
    My main problem with Macs (among others) has always been that they are pricey (nice looking though). Because of that and the fact that the industry standard programs for my line of work are pretty much PC only, I haven't had much experience with them. I know some Mac fans and they are usually borderline obssesed with them, so I figured there has to be something to it. Well I found a guy selling an old original blueberry iMac for $40, I figured now is my shot to test the Mac waters without being out a ton of money. The iMac has had its memory upgraded at some point and is runnning some form of OS X.

    I have only had it for a few days, but so far I am impressed. Considering the thing is about as powerful as my first PC (a budget one even at the time as I was 16 and had a PC-saavy buddy help me build it to save even more money), it still works surprisingly well. My first PC would have a hard time running XP, much less Vista (okay, there is no way it would run Vista, which I hate anyway.) It chugs along at some points, but for basic operations (net surfing, music playing, etc.), it seems to work just fine. It is about 10 years old and is still useful, that is almost unheard of in the PC world. I wind up having to upgrade my PC about every 5 years just because they become almost useless by that time. The iMac still starts up about 10 times faster than my current PC (which is approaching the end of its usefulness cycle), even though it is a tiny fraction as powerful. It is going to make a great kitchen computer for not lot of money.

    So far my biggest complaint. That horrible, horrible hockey puck iMac mouse. God that thing sucks (they keyboard ain't bad though). Time for me to go find a cheap replacement for it. Maybe even one with two mouse buttons.....

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    Well, I got my first Mac.  Let's see if it will make me make the switch.
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    I hope you like it. I tried switching three times before it stuck. I hated Windows so bad I kept trying. Since the Intel Mac's came out I have bought three of them and there is no way I am going back. The funny thing is I hardly ever use Fusion at all anymore. I am just glad it is there when I absolutely need it.

    Other than the MBP's I do not think they are really that spendy all things considered. There are tons of arguments about this so I am not going to go into it anymore. I for one will never go back to Windows as my main machine (or secondary or tertiary machine for that matter). Good luck!

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    Well, I got my first Mac.  Let's see if it will make me make the switch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by epsylum View Post
    My main problem with Macs (among others) has always been that they are pricey (nice looking though). Because of that and the fact that the industry standard programs for my line of work are pretty much PC only, I haven't had much experience with them. I know some Mac fans and they are usually borderline obssesed with them, so I figured there has to be something to it. Well I found a guy selling an old original blueberry iMac for $40, I figured now is my shot to test the Mac waters without being out a ton of money. The iMac has had its memory upgraded at some point and is runnning some form of OS X.

    I have only had it for a few days, but so far I am impressed. Considering the thing is about as powerful as my first PC (a budget one even at the time as I was 16 and had a PC-saavy buddy help me build it to save even more money), it still works surprisingly well. My first PC would have a hard time running XP, much less Vista (okay, there is no way it would run Vista, which I hate anyway.) It chugs along at some points, but for basic operations (net surfing, music playing, etc.), it seems to work just fine. It is about 10 years old and is still useful, that is almost unheard of in the PC world. I wind up having to upgrade my PC about every 5 years just because they become almost useless by that time. The iMac still starts up about 10 times faster than my current PC (which is approaching the end of its usefulness cycle), even though it is a tiny fraction as powerful. It is going to make a great kitchen computer for not lot of money.
    If you consider how much money you spent buying cheapo PCs over and over again in those 10 years, Macs start looking like a pretty good deal, eh?

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    Well, I got my first Mac.  Let's see if it will make me make the switch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lifeisabeach View Post
    If you consider how much money you spent buying cheapo PCs over and over again in those 10 years, Macs start looking like a pretty good deal, eh?
    Yup. I have been eyeballing a new iMac or even a Mac Mini already. The top of the line Mini is about the same price I paid for my current PC 3-4 years ago.

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