Any Mac Users Out There?

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    Aug 16, 2008 7:04 PM GMT
    Hi guys I just wanted to start a forum about Mac's and what people love about them. I switch to Mac after having a PC with vista but got tired of the viruses, incompatibility and blue screen of death. So a friends show me his and I've been a user since, I also don't game as much seeing with work, gym and soon collage occupying my time. I guess I could use the dual OS software option if I ever wanted to use any windows program'sicon_wink.gif

    I"m Ricky and I've been with Mac since 25 Dec 2007icon_razz.gif
  • TallGWMvballe...

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    Aug 16, 2008 8:02 PM GMT
    My first computer was a Mac plus --- 4 MBs ram two floppy drives 8 Mhz Processor! That was given to me in 1987 by a Director I was working with.
    Now I use a Macbook Pro for Editing, invoicing and all my business needs and to run our Volleyball Club. Connected to the 42" Plazma display, it is used for High Definition movies and things I am working on,

    Mac has always been strong in the Entertainment biz, but after the introduction of the Intel Macs with Parallel and other ways of running multiple OSs
    and the continuing upgrading of FInal Cut Pro as the Industry standard Editing program, PCs are seldom seen in the big and small shows that I work. Viruses killing Windows based PCs have caused many business users to switch as well.
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    Aug 16, 2008 8:51 PM GMT
    I've had virtual PC loaded on a couple of my macs for years, and it's almost never worth dicking around with it. If you can't do it in MacOS or Unix, it's probably not worth doing. I have one whinedoze 98 box in the lab, for an instrument control package that I'm stuck with. Every time I have to deal with that POS, I'm just amazed that people can live like that.

    Might have to spring for a macbook air this year. In many ways, my 12" powerbook is the perfect computer, but it's getting a little battered and out-dated. Besides, I'm going to have an assistant working on my office computer, so I need to move all of the "personal" stuff off of it.

    I suppose I could set up different user accounts. I'm not sure just how secure that is.

    I've been with apple since 1983, which is actually before mac.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Aug 16, 2008 9:11 PM GMT
    I have a MacBook Pro and can't imagine why anyone would own anything other than a Mac unless they absolutely had to use a PC. Every time I have to get on a PC, I want to pull my hair out -- they are such a pain compared to the Mac.
  • auryn

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    Aug 16, 2008 9:30 PM GMT
    On my Macbook as we speak. I recommend using Firefox rather than using Safari for Youtube vids, though. The videos are sometimes sluggish on Safari, even when adding the tag "&fmt=18" to the end of the url to help smooth out the playback.
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    Aug 16, 2008 9:40 PM GMT
    Yeah all I use is firefox plus I love all the add-on's you can haveicon_cool.gif
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    Aug 16, 2008 9:56 PM GMT
    The company I work for started using Macs back in 2000 or so. I had always been a devout PCer and found it to be quite an adjustment learning the Mac.

    Before we got the Macs, we had been using PC's to do graphic design work. WELL! As it turns out, it was WAY easier on the new Macs (they were eMacs). Anything I could do on my PC at home in Printshop or Photoshop, I could do at work in fewer steps!

    Well, last November (2007), I bought the company (after 19 years) and upgraded to iMacs as well as buying a MacBook for myself.

    I have never been happier!! I never use my PC anymore. At home, I just open the laptop (I have wireless internet), and just get to it. And, since I got my iPhone, I'm all Mac all the time!!

    I loves me some Mac!!icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 16, 2008 9:58 PM GMT
    With the number of PCs out there I'd careful with that hairline... icon_smile.gif

    I got a macbook 13" from the company and I am NOT ever returning it, I do not care if they sent the hounds of hell to haunt me down. Once you start working with aperture or final cut pro ( small clips on a notebook ofc ) and see how fast everything works you do not wanna go back.. I hook it up on the 23 inch Cinema display at home and leave the PC turned off...I am taking the Basic Support Certificate this October ( did I mention I love my company ) and I am thinking of also doing the technician exam. I have not yet come up with a credible reason why I would need a Mac Pro and I damn myself for it. Having a nicely thought out GUI and a great shell (terminal) in one is priceless.
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    Aug 16, 2008 10:10 PM GMT
    MAC only since 1984 (i.e. the first Mac).

    Terry
  • kinetic

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    Aug 16, 2008 10:12 PM GMT
    I've always had macs too. PCs make my head explode.

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    Aug 16, 2008 10:13 PM GMT
    I've been a MAC owner since May '07. I love it!

    What I like about it?

    That I can install and uninstall software with ease.

    That I can find files within 5 key strokes.

    That I don't have to worry about viruses, spyware, defragmenting, etc.

    That I don't have to be a techie to utilize my computer's basic functions.

    And so on.
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    Aug 16, 2008 10:14 PM GMT
    Mac Book Pro Here! My only complaint is that Firefox does not like RJ webcam.... thus i cam only in YIM or iChat.

    MAC's #1 MAC's #1 MAC's #1 MAC's #1


  • Paradigm_Shif...

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    Aug 16, 2008 10:22 PM GMT
    I bought an iBook G4 back in August of 2004. Been in love with Macs ever since. Im still using that same iBook now, but I will be buying the new Macbook Pro when they update them in September. I've been waiting for it FOREVER and they are almost here!

    http://www.macrumors.com/2008/08/12/september-event-to-introduce-ipod-updates-and-more/

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    Aug 16, 2008 10:27 PM GMT
    Macbook Pro here. Love it. Everything just makes sense in the flow and ease of use. The Vista people wasted all their time making those ridiculous blue and green wisps they tried to pawn off as a sleek desktop instead of creating a usable system. While my PC friends complain about programs shutting down for no reason, I happily go about my mac world, loving my imovie, browsing in firefox, and smiling broadly when people scroll through the album view on my itunes and say, "wow, cool!"
  • gibbay

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    Aug 16, 2008 10:58 PM GMT
    big mac hugger here, and if I had any say about it at my company we'd be on macs too, even if nothing else but for the exposé functionality, so much faster than having to alt-tab through about 20 windows icon_sad.gif
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    Aug 16, 2008 11:06 PM GMT
    After spending only a little time with Vista, I can definitely see myself as a future Mac user. For now, though, I'm content with XP, and I adore the hardware I'm running it on.
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    Aug 16, 2008 11:26 PM GMT
    I use both. I love my Macs; the PC is about as useful as an a__hole right here (points at elbow).

    Apple makes a better machine from the hardware to the software. Apple's integrated approach to development - owning hardware and software - solves some of the most annoying problems related to working with a PC. You know exactly what I'm talking about... you have a recurring problem and you call MS. They tell you it's a hardware problem and refer you to the manufacturer. Or, you get an update from MS and all of a sudden your machine goes all wonky.

    The other major issue with PCs is Vista. It has stopped shipping XP to the channel, so pretty soon Vista will be your only OS option for PCs (or Linux, but that's not exactly a consumer friendly option). If you haven't had the joy of running Vista, it crashes constantly, runs slow, features are hard to find and annoying to use and it makes your eyes bleed.

    The only real detractor I've found with Macs is that some apps still don't support the OS. Given the way that market is going, this is going to be a short term problem. And, for every piece of software that doesn't support the Mac, there's a handy Mac alternative that's probably easier to use than the PC version that you're use to.

    There are a bunch of other design and experience related advantages to Apple, but I think those are the biggest reasons to make a long term investment in switching platforms.

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    Aug 16, 2008 11:26 PM GMT
    Only been a mac user for 5 or 6 months now....I would never go back to a windows machine. I'm happy I made the switch (I made my poor brother do the same) though I was scared of making the switch myself.

    I have the 24" imac (3.06 Ghz/4gb mem/1tb hard drive) and he is nothing but good times! I surely don't utilize it to it's full potential but, learning as I go I gather.

    There is so much to learn but as a whole, I think everyone should be on a mac! The windows user def. takes a bit to get used to the mac operating system.

    TALLGWM...wow that 42 display sounds awesome! Good god!
  • dcarm

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    Aug 16, 2008 11:30 PM GMT
    I run them all. My Honours Desk has a Mac sitting on it at my request, while my main desktop and my laptop are both Vista, I have a Dome iMac at home too. I love the personality that form factor had. I mean, the new macs are nice, but the Domes far outclass them.
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    Aug 16, 2008 11:32 PM GMT
    i have been an Apple user since the Apple II. I now have a G5 desktop (that will be cycled next year), a field MacBook Pro and a MacBook Pro dedicated to running my home weather station.

    At work (San Francisco State University), our Department server:

    http://tornado.sfsu.edu

    is a Mac desktop with dual Pentium chips. Our computer lab at SFSU has both PCs, and Macs, but our teaching lab is a lab full of MacBook Pros running Parallels desktop (to run the few PC programs we need).

    Our computer lab manager used to be a PC user, but loves the Mac because its operating system is a shell on BSD-UNIX. And he is a UNIX junky...so he can get in to the UNIX shell and do wonderful things with it.

    At this point, I stay out of the Mac vs PC argument, feeling that whatever works for you works for you.

    However, the Mac has been wonderful to me.

    John
  • ScotXY

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    Aug 16, 2008 11:33 PM GMT
    Ive been a PC guy my whole life till i geto my Gen1 iphone now i have my Gen 2 Iphone and been at the Mac store here in TN like weekly. I am waiting for sept 12 event then I want to get Mac book and then imac 24... later i get pro 17

    I really fallen in love with Mac's
  • dcarm

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    Aug 16, 2008 11:49 PM GMT
    oh, I grew up using a Mac Plus.
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    Aug 17, 2008 12:03 AM GMT
    I have not long done the transition from PC to Macbook Pro.I have found the Mac very easy to get accustom to.I don't know what all the bother was about doing the switch???
    Now ,I will only have a Mac.icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 17, 2008 12:07 AM GMT
    dcarm saidoh, I grew up using a Mac Plus.


    Me too! 1MB external hard drive.
    Today? iMac...2.4GB. I love it!
  • UTB1

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    Aug 17, 2008 12:29 AM GMT
    Bought a Mac Book Air about a month ago - what a fuckin incredible machine - I love it.