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P.C. or Mac? Should I Switch to Apple?

 
 
OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Sat 26 Feb, 2011 02:21 pm
@Phoenix32890,
Phoenix32890 wrote:
Well guys, after much hemming and hawing, I finally did it. My Big Mac will be delivered on Tuesday. (no fries, though)

Last week I bought a book that describes all the ins and outs of the operating system. I keep saying to myself,
"I refuse to be intimidated". I am a little though, but I am sure that it will be o.k.

CONGRATULATIONS!

Use it in the most robust of good health.
I hope that u will keep us up to date on interesting experiences with it.





David
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sozobe
 
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Reply Sat 26 Feb, 2011 03:15 pm
@Phoenix32890,
The big thing about macs in my experience is that they're super intuitive. I don't think I've cracked the manual once. You just kinda do this and do that and it makes sense.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 26 Feb, 2011 03:21 pm
@Phoenix32890,
Congratulations on your swell choice, gurl.
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CalamityJane
 
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Reply Sat 26 Feb, 2011 03:28 pm
Congratulations, Phoenix!! You'll see in a while you will ask yourself why
you have waited this long to buy a MAC. It's just more fun, surfing with a
MAC than a PC.
I never read a manual either, you just plug it in and use it....
ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 26 Feb, 2011 03:36 pm
@CalamityJane,
On the other hand, if you learn stuff, share it here - I can always use more info.
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Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Mon 7 Mar, 2011 07:59 am
O.K. I have had two days with the "beast", and I am starting to fall in love with it.
The sound is kind of skimpy compared with what I had. I have the Zvox, but am waiting for a cord and connector that the company is mailing me before I install
it.

It took awhile to get the appropriate screen resolution, but Mr. P. bugged me. After trying a few, we found one that is satisfactory to both of us.........large enough to see comfortably, without having the distortion of "stretching".

I love the integrated camera and mic. The pictures overexpose at night with even a small light on, but look fine during the day with natural light. I want to install Skype, so I can talk to my son.

The teeny keyboard is a challenge. I like it, but will have to become a better typist. A regular keyboard was much more "forgiving". Ditto the mouse, which, in just one day, I am finding easier and easier to use.

BTW, I ended up buying it at Amazon. It was a bit cheaper there than at Apple and no tax.

To be continued as I move along with the process of learning.

Bob- Thanks for your thoughts on the subject. I really respect your opinion, and found them very valuable.
rosborne979
 
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Reply Mon 7 Mar, 2011 01:10 pm
@Phoenix32890,
Phoenix32890 wrote:

The teeny keyboard is a challenge. I like it, but will have to become a better typist. A regular keyboard was much more "forgiving".

You can buy third-party keyboards if you like. I prefer BlueTooth wireless keyboards myself. I also use a trackball instead of a mouse, which allows me to sit back on a chair and put the keyboard in my lap and the trackball on the arm of the chair. Much more comfortable than leaning over the desk all the time.
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cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Mon 7 Mar, 2011 01:40 pm
What ever you do, don't get a DELL. For the first time, I bought a DELL desk top computer, and it started having a problem just a few days after I installed it at home. I called DELL support, and as expected, they're all in Bangalore in India. The tech guy couldn't help me, but offered to "fix" it for $195. I told him I'd junk it before I spent another $200 to fix something that should be under warranty. I also told him this was my first and last DELL, and I'm going back to HP.
OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Mon 7 Mar, 2011 02:33 pm

I 've always used a trackball.
I use an ergonomic curved n shaped keyboard from Microsoft: comfortable.
I can 't go back to the old way.





David
Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Mon 7 Mar, 2011 08:52 pm
@cicerone imposter,
My first computer, was a Dell, Windows 98, and a horror. I literally had to take a tranquilizer every time that I went to call a tech. I was a newbie, and scared to death that I would destroy the damn thing. I would wait forever, and never could understand the tech at the other end of the phone.

My 2nd computer was a Dell XP, and I had years of good use out of it. By that time I knew something about computers, and did not have to call a tech in 7 years.

I did buy a 27" iMac, and so far, I am happy that I did, (after 2 days). There is a learning curve, but I am catching on quickly. I also have the book by Pogue, Mac OS X Snow Leopard, and that is a great help.When I saw chapter on the equivalent Mac and PC expressions, I wanted to cheer!


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Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Mon 7 Mar, 2011 08:55 pm
@OmSigDAVID,
David- I am going to wait a bit. I am getting used to the keyboard and mouse, but I am afraid that Mr. P. is going to have trouble with it. If so, I will get a wireless keyboard and mouse.
cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Mon 7 Mar, 2011 08:59 pm
@Phoenix32890,
My keyboard is wired, but my mouse is wireless; I like it this way. They keyboard doesn't need to be moved from my table, but the mouse can be moved within radio range to operate.

However, I have seen sales on both keyboard and mouse on wireless for some pretty good prices lately. I like the Logitech mouse, because it rarely needs to have the battery replaced, and I have in "on" all the time even though it has a on/off switch.
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Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Tue 15 Mar, 2011 05:51 am
A week later, and I just love my iMac. Every day, I am learning more and more about this marvelous machine. I found the way to adjust the mouse, and am having no more troubles. I still find that I am making more typos on this keyboard, but that is my fault. I think that this keyboard will force me to become a better typist, if I just concentrate.

I was fooling around with iPhoto. I had read somewhere that people have problems learning to use it, but so far, I seem to be able to handle it.
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Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Sat 26 Mar, 2011 10:46 am
I have been using Safari on my Mac. I learned that Chrome worked on that computer. I had been using Chrome on my old Windows computer, and I really like it.

Anyway, I downloaded the Chrome that is designed for the Mac.. First thing, I go to A2K. I noticed a number of things. With Chrome, no avatars display. Also, the choices, [New threads, new posts, etc.] are limited.

So I blew it away. Does anyone know why this is happening, and if their is any way that I an fix it, or is this peculiar to chrome on a Mac?
sozobe
 
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Reply Sat 26 Mar, 2011 11:45 am
@Phoenix32890,
Were you definitely signed in as Phoenix?

No avatars if you're not signed in, I think.
Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Sat 26 Mar, 2011 02:41 pm
@sozobe,
Soz- I think so. I am always signed in. When I went back to Safari, the avatars and the choices all returned.

Just for the hell of it, I'll download chrome again, and see what happens.
djjd62
 
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Reply Sat 26 Mar, 2011 02:46 pm
@Phoenix32890,
i found chrome a little wonky on my mac as well, went back to safari
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Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Sat 26 Mar, 2011 02:59 pm
Soz- You were absolutely right. I was not signed in by Chrome. I did, and now all is o.k.

Djjd62- I will play around it for a little while. One thing that I liked better on Safari, was that you could squeeze in more favorites on the bookmark bar. A number of things that I want is on "other bookmarks", and that means another click.

I can't wait until Lion comes out this summer. On my old P.C. I used to have all the sites that I used often right on the desktop. One click, and I was in. I think that Lion will have that facility.
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Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Sun 27 Mar, 2011 08:49 am
@Phoenix32890,
Each browser has separate cookies and sessions so you aren't logged in across browsers.
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