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I made the switch.
...full blown junkie

 8:05 am on Jan 29, 2010 (gmt 0)

It's been about 6-8 months on the macbook pro (which can reboot in about under 20 seconds with the solid state hard drive), and I got an amazing iMac about a month ago. I love it. I'll never go back. The sync was incredible, and the time machine is a fantastic resource for backing up and syncing. I get so much more done.

If I wasn't and seo that hasn't been here for quite a while, I would feel like a fanboy (i am) - instead, I feel like I'm doing a public service announcement. Take the time. make the switch. Keep a pc around so you feel safe for a while, and then laugh later.

I haven't posted to WebmasterWorld in so long. I miss this place. It rules. I think maybe I'll hang out and ask newb questions here for travelin_cat (hey man!) :)




 8:11 am on Jan 29, 2010 (gmt 0)

For the record...I won't be getting an iPad. :)

travelin cat

 4:15 pm on Jan 29, 2010 (gmt 0)

Mr. Dubl! Great to hear from you again and welcome to the Mac side.

BTW, I will not be getting an iPad either. I'm basically tethered to my desk and though it is a great concept and even better implementation, I really have no need for it. I have an iPhone, an iMac and a MacBook, they serve my purposes just fine.


 4:49 pm on Jan 29, 2010 (gmt 0)

Welcome to the enlightened, Stuntdubl! :)

I was born and raised on a Mac (first used a Mac Plus in 1989).

But don't expect it to be all roses:

So many things are built in to the Mac and things are so well integrated that you will rarely need to think much about the hardware you're using. You will come to assume that plug-and-play is how the universe ought to work.

Sooner or later, your PC friends will mock you for things like not knowing how or why to debug the frajimacator or recalibrate the whatchamacallit, tasks that can usually be done in under half an hour by someone who knows what he's doing. They will wonder about your sanity because you don't even care.

They will mock you for assuming that machines could look after their own work. They will not understand the satisfaction to be had in staying focused on the thoughts and deeds that actually put money in your pocket.

Just a friendly headsup ...



 5:43 pm on Jan 29, 2010 (gmt 0)

I got my first Mac (iMac 3.33GHz 8GB RAM, 21.5") about a month ago and so far so good. Aside from the learning curve of figuring out where everything is and finding out what apps do the same as on the PC it's been very trouble-free. Not to mention faster. I was getting annoyed by the daily anti-virus updates and patches.

I'd like to get a Time Capsule but I've heard they fail after like a year and a half. I'm thinking about getting a USB external drive instead for Time Machine. But Time Machine is one of the reasons I bought a Mac. Very cool.

travelin cat

 6:07 pm on Jan 29, 2010 (gmt 0)

Swanny007, you don't need to spend the money on a Time Capsule. Just get a good external HD. You can get a quality 1TB hard drive for around $100.

Time Machine is awesome, it saved my butt recently.

I have two external hard drives, one is for Time Machine and another for Retrospect. You can never have enough back ups.


 8:12 pm on Jan 29, 2010 (gmt 0)

You can never have enough back ups.

Oh so very true.

I think I have like 8 external drives now.

Remote backup is good to have too.

I've been VERY happy with dropbox - especially for making the transition and sharing files between the new macs and old pcs. Very nice software that's reasonably priced.

Thanks for the welcome Buckworks - I think you're very correct...my only regret is not switching sooner.


 5:28 pm on Feb 15, 2010 (gmt 0)

This post is being written on a rapidly disintegrating WinXP machine running in "Safe" mode. I was able to get this thing running long enough to order Mac Pro 2.66 which should arrive tomorrow.

I can't wait to trash this piece of junk.

travelin cat

 5:54 pm on Feb 15, 2010 (gmt 0)

Congrats jk3210, That's a nice machine you're getting.


 4:31 am on Feb 23, 2010 (gmt 0)

I work on a Mac everyday - I have no choice. When I need to deliver real work quick, I bring my PC. Stupid Macs keeps freezing on me at all time and it's one of those power thing with two terrabyte hd attached to it.

It's annoying to have all those network screens open up every freaking morning and I have to shut them down one after the other. I get a stupid ichat pop up but I forgot the password of the apple account and tried to retrieved it, called Apple - no can do. So every morning when I open this piece of junk, I have to shut 8 windows and a pop up.

Then when I shut a program, it's not really shut. It's just hidden or some crap like that. I have to go in manually click at quit - I have like 12 programs opened at any time.

Now my biggest peeve, is when I try to move from one app to another and the top menu is stuck in the other program. I don't know why it does that. I have to access the menu and manually switch to the other program. Just clicking on the window won't cut it. I asked the IT guy, he says he doesn't know.

There's a bunch of features missing in the programs I use that work quite well on my PC. I don't know why. Features for the same program, same version are just no where to be found.

When I shut the stupid computer, sometimes the button stay lightened up. It happens often in the morning when I come in. The screens appear to be shut, but I can't for the life of me guess if the bloody thing is on or off or just dormant. Gotta reboot all the time and wait a couple of minutes for the thing to restart (rebooting now takes me less than 30 seconds on my PC with W7).

When I install some package, it seems that I have to keep a stupid back up of the downloaded files somewhere in the ipa or app format. Because if I drag and drop it on the bar at the bottom, it will still need to keep the original install files? Right?

And what about installing a program. Why are they a couple of steps besides clicking on an icon and waiting for the bloody thing to install itself? Why does it open some box and I have to drag stuff in some other box or something weird? I thought these things were supposed to be easy to use?

Another major complaint, is removing a disc by throwing it in the garbage can. If the anything within that screen is opened, it won't remove the media. And it won't even send me a pop up notice telling me to shut the every opened instance of the media. It just do nothing.

They tell me Macs are user friendly. I just don't see it. I absolutely cannot see any benefit or any use for these things. This is all hype that this power user cannot for the life of me understand. I'll stick with my PC, thank you.


 6:19 am on Feb 23, 2010 (gmt 0)

I'm PC... but I work on a lot of Macs for my clients. Very nice machines. Very capable. Very different... but in a good way. Likes or dislikes come from what you learned on and how interested one is in learning new things. I loved CP/M and DOS, found OS/2 mind-blowing, geeked on Win4Workgroups, the Win9, XP and Vista series... so playing with Macs equally fun os and app iterations was illuminating. Linux is next... don't know but a few commands useful for web hosting...

That said, "I like Mac", I just do business on PC since I have not yet found a compelling reason to dump my current hardware/os/apps. And if I can make a few bucks helping my clients with their Mac problems that works, too!

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