Bought a New iMac Desktop "Retina" Computer Today. Almost More Impressed By The Purchasing Process Than By The Computer Itself

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    Apr 06, 2016 1:48 AM GMT
    Got my husband's (SB alert) computer back yesterday from the repair shop. Used a private place because its Apple Care protection expired in October. It ran OK for a while, then started slowing down. Finally froze again this morning.

    OK, this is either a major virus, or else the hard drive has failed. Rare for an Apple, never happened to me before in 30 years of ownership. If I have to replace the hard drive, I might as well buy an entire computer.

    Whatever the case, new computer time. I figured he'd like a Retina screen display model better anyway, with a new Apple Care contract. I'll just have to track that date better, and get him another computer when that contract expires in a few years.

    I used my iPad at a restaurant to place the order at noon. Asked for a pickup at the local Apple Store in the Fort Lauderdale Galleria mall. Got a pickup confirmation email in 35 minutes. Drove over there, about 3 miles, and it was waiting for us, his name printed on the box. No waiting, no fuss, no muss.

    I wish all purchases were this easy. Seeing that we're handicapped, they took the computer down to our car on a cart, and loaded it in the trunk.

    We haven't returned home yet, tons of other errands yet to do. But I can't wait to fire this new one up. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Apr 06, 2016 2:19 AM GMT
    EDIT: Got his new computer up and running in minutes back home. Thanks to the iCloud we share all his contacts (with phone numbers & addresses), all his calendar items, his email, reminders and notes all transferred faster than I thought possible. He can access them all now, as though nothing had every happened to his computer.

    His other files are not in iCloud, so I asked the repair shop to recover those they could, and to preserve them. Good move, since his old computer is once again frozen. I notified them this afternoon and they're placing those files on a thumb drive so I can move them to his new desktop, and from there I can reorganize them.

    Would you believe he has nearly 3000 food recipes, mostly pasted from online sources, all grouped according to type? He was absolutely sick that he had lost them. He hasn't. I'd been telling him for years to let me add a hard-drive backup to his system, but he didn't want the clutter, nor the expense. Expense? It's insurance.
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    Art_Deco saidEDIT: Got his new computer up and running in minutes back home. Thanks to the iCloud we share all his contacts (with phone numbers & addresses), all his calendar items, his email, reminders and notes all transferred faster than I thought possible. He can access them all now, as though nothing had every happened to his computer.

    His other files are not in iCloud, so I asked the repair shop to recover those they could, and to preserve them. Good move, since his old computer is once again frozen. I notified them this afternoon and they're placing those files on a thumb drive so I can move them to his new desktop, and from there I can reorganize them.

    Would you believe he has nearly 3000 food recipes, mostly pasted from online sources, all grouped according to type? He was absolutely sick that he had lost them. He hasn't. I'd been telling him for years to let me add a hard-drive backup to his system, but he didn't want the clutter, nor the expense. Expense? It's insurance.

    3000 recipes? How many of them has he actually made? icon_biggrin.gif
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    Apr 07, 2016 7:25 PM GMT
    bought one in March. Dosnt appear that fast even with a solid state drive
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    Apr 07, 2016 7:36 PM GMT
    xrichx said3000 recipes? How many of them has he actually made? icon_biggrin.gif

    I have over 36,000 pictures of hot guys on tumblr that I've collected (some are dupes). Think how bummed I'd be if those all disappeared!
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    Apr 08, 2016 7:43 AM GMT
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    xrichx said3000 recipes? How many of them has he actually made? icon_biggrin.gif

    I have over 36,000 pictures of hot guys on tumblr that I've collected (some are dupes). Think how bummed I'd be if those all disappeared!

    Hope you have a backup. Tumblr is known to delete accounts for TOS violations without any warning.
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    Apr 08, 2016 2:10 PM GMT
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    3000 recipes? How many of them has he actually made? icon_biggrin.gif

    Naturally not all, LOL! He collects them like having cookbooks, for reference as he wishes. For himself and for others who cook. And speaking of cookbooks, he also has an entire bookcase filled with published & bound ones, I would estimate about 100.

    BTW, the thumb drive file transfer went well, 31 gigs worth of mostly text items. And when I transferred his Recipes folder, with all its subfolders (desserts, entrees, soups, sides, salads, etc) the actual item count was roughly 7200. I couldn't believe he'd been that busy.

    He was a bit surprised himself when I informed him. He'd estimated, and had told me, it was a bit over 3000. Wrong by more than half.
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    Apr 08, 2016 7:27 PM GMT
    pellaz saidbought one in March. Dosnt appear that fast even with a solid state drive

    For me a new computer seems faster than the old one for about a day or two. After that I'm used to it and it doesn't seem faster any more.   icon_cry.gif
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    Apr 08, 2016 7:41 PM GMT
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    xrichx said3000 recipes? How many of them has he actually made? icon_biggrin.gif
    I have over 36,000 pictures of hot guys on tumblr that I've collected (some are dupes). Think how bummed I'd be if those all disappeared!
    Hope you have a backup. Tumblr is known to delete accounts for TOS violations without any warning.

    Meh. I didn't pay for any of it so I'd say "easy come, easy go" and just start collecting them again. 30,000 of them are posts and 16,000 are drafts waiting to be put in the queue from where they're automatically posted, 50 a day. (Oops, I should have said 46,000.)

    I can be blasé about it because in my earlier porn collecting days I used to scan the pictures from magazines, which was a lot of work. I had subscriptions to the gay magazines and there's a store in San Francisco that sells used magazines where I'd buy from. When I think back on those days I'm amazed at how much time I put into it, and that was before I was retired. Having time: being celibate has its advantages; no time 'wasted' on being on the prowl. Instead I wasted it on scanning pictures of nude guys.   icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Apr 09, 2016 4:10 AM GMT
    Remember good ol dial-up, when it used to take all night to download a folder of 20 or so sexy pics? They'd be scrolling around on the screen when you woke up in the morning. Then one morning my landlord let himself in early to fix something in the basement... Where my computer nest was located. icon_redface.gif
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    Apr 09, 2016 4:15 AM GMT
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    pellaz saidbought one in March. Dosnt appear that fast even with a solid state drive

    For me a new computer seems faster than the old one for about a day or two. After that I'm used to it and it doesn't seem faster any more.   icon_cry.gif


    I tend to hold on to my computers as long as possible. To the point where you have to stop and think what keystrokes you put in a minute ago, because the damned thing hasn't caught up yet. icon_mad.gif When I finally make the jump, it's like new life. Fortunately the time to obsolescence seems to be getting longer than it used to be. Current desktop is going on nine years old, although it is getting pretty intolerable. Not sure it's going to make it to ten.
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    Apr 09, 2016 4:45 AM GMT
    mindgarden saidCurrent desktop is going on nine years old, although it is getting pretty intolerable. Not sure it's going to make it to ten.

    You're obviously not listening to Apple's hype where every year they make you feel like you're a fossil if you don't buy the latest model.
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    Apr 09, 2016 6:20 AM GMT
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    mindgarden saidCurrent desktop is going on nine years old, although it is getting pretty intolerable. Not sure it's going to make it to ten.

    You're obviously not listening to Apple's hype where every year they make you feel like you're a fossil if you don't buy the latest model.

    And please tell me what computer or cellphone maker doesn't do the same thing?

    I've usually kept my Apple computers (going back to 1983) about 3 years on average. And always my choice to update and add new features I didn't have before. Never had one fail before my husband's (SB alert) went bad last week.

    In fact, this iMac I use is over 5 years old. But aside from lacking the retina screen I just got for his new one, it really doesn't lack for the tasks that I do.

    I've also skipped a new issue of the iPad. We have matching ones with 128Gig memory, and I'm waiting until they get 256. But probably only for me. I'm at full capacity with mine, while he's not using much of his memory. And for our purposes the ever-faster processors won't be missed, plus I like the screen size we have.
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    Apr 09, 2016 5:59 PM GMT
    mindgarden saidCurrent desktop is going on nine years old, although it is getting pretty intolerable. Not sure it's going to make it to ten.

    Is it color or black & white?
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    Apr 13, 2016 12:52 PM GMT
    mindgarden saidRemember good ol dial-up, when it used to take all night to download a folder of 20 or so sexy pics? They'd be scrolling around on the screen when you woke up in the morning. Then one morning my landlord let himself in early to fix something in the basement... Where my computer nest was located. icon_redface.gif


    Not only do I remember dial-up, I also remember when it would take a minute or more for my first PC's 25 MHz 386 CPU to decompress and display large .JPG files.

    As for Mac's, I'm still using my first one, a late 2008 13" Macbook. A couple years ago, I upgraded the hard drive to a larger SSD, which made it a bit zippier. Sling player is the only program I've encountered that it doesn't have the CPU power to run, so I bought an iPad Air 2 to use with the Slingbox. The iOS app works way better than the browser plugin, and an iPad is way cheaper than the maxed out Macbook I plan on buying at some point in the future.
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    Apr 13, 2016 5:16 PM GMT
    I remember when modems were auxiliary plug-ins for home computers. My first was 120 baud in the 1980s. Then I doubled that speed, next leapfrogged to 1200 when it became available, and then vaulted to 4800. Before going over to cable, where my speed is something in the mega-whatevers today.

    In those early years of the '80s there was no Internet, it was all private telephone dial-up networks, like AOL. And local BBS (bulletin board system) using terminal mode software from your computer. The commercial providers like AOL gave (or sold) you software you installed on your own computer, that created the screens you actually saw. All you were really downloading online was the text, which did go fairly quickly on phone modems.

    Meanwhile in the US Army I was using ARPANET, an Intercom antecedent. Often using 20-pound "laptops" I traveled with, that had rubber cups above the keyboard into which you inserted a telephone handset in order to make the connection.
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    Apr 13, 2016 5:56 PM GMT
    Apple makes cool products but i think many companies have upped their game like hp and dell...they now make products just as nice.
    The same goes for mobile phones. My lg g4 has the same screen size as the iphone 6+ yet it is a whole inch shorter.
    Ofcourse Apple is always the first. First tablet.first full touch screen phone (although lg says apple copied their prada phone prototype in 07)..First ultra book etc..
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    Apr 13, 2016 6:25 PM GMT
    Well, the fact is that desktop computer sales of all brands are declining steadily. Nobody is making new kinds of apps that require ever-increasing computing power. Unless perhaps, you're doing heavy duty video editing and animation. Even Microshaft is moving into the cloud instead of introducing ever greater bloatware each year.

    My biggest problems come from Internet apps, and the dozens of stupid animated ads that populate every news page. Trying to use "photobucket" is a sure-fire way to crash my computer. And it doesn't really work with iPad. Just need to make an effort to find a new place to park photos on line.

    But the hardware itself seems to wear out after eight or so years of constant use. Ethernet port burned out. The "U" key doesn't work very well. After a restart, the USB bus doesn't come back without a cold shut-down.

    On the other hand, I've got a few 90's computers still cranking out data in the lab as single-program instrument controllers. When they go bad, I just scan Craigslist for another one for $20, although they're getting harder to find. I'm just about to give up on the 80's electronics though. The ROMs are starting to fade and it's getting harder to keep that stuff working. Time to move up.
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    Apr 14, 2016 6:40 AM GMT
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    xrichx said
    3000 recipes? How many of them has he actually made? icon_biggrin.gif

    Naturally not all, LOL! He collects them like having cookbooks, for reference as he wishes. For himself and for others who cook. And speaking of cookbooks, he also has an entire bookcase filled with published & bound ones, I would estimate about 100.

    BTW, the thumb drive file transfer went well, 31 gigs worth of mostly text items. And when I transferred his Recipes folder, with all its subfolders (desserts, entrees, soups, sides, salads, etc) the actual item count was roughly 7200. I couldn't believe he'd been that busy.

    He was a bit surprised himself when I informed him. He'd estimated, and had told me, it was a bit over 3000. Wrong by more than half.

    Tell your hubby to make 1 recipe a day, and post pics to Instagram or whatever. I really want to see what kind of recipes are important enough to hoard 3000 worth. icon_biggrin.gif