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Anybody else thinking of switching to a Mac?

The overall beauty of the form factor of the machines and great software like Safari, Pages, Keynote, iLife, iSight camera videoconferencing and OS X in general are making me rethink the whole PC thing. Heck, throw in a copy of MS Office for the Mac and I'm covered.

I just can't decide between a 17" powerbook or a G5 desktop. Maybe I'll get both. :)

My name isn't Janie Porsche but I want to save Christmas too!
Permalink Kent 
March 18th, 2005
My fiance bought me a Mac mini a little bit ago, and I hardly use my PC at all anymore. I've got them set up with a behind-the-scenes VNC connection so that I can control them both with the same keyboard/mouse (plugged into the Mac) as if they were a single dual monitor system.

I barely ever use the PC "side" of my rig. :)
Permalink muppet 
March 18th, 2005
HMM! So, she's a "fiancee" now. AND she's a Mac zealot. AND muppet is now writing his stuff using a Mac Keyboard.

The plot thickens...
Permalink AllanL5 
March 18th, 2005
Nope, she's not a Mac zealot. She needed a new PC around Valentine's Day (she previously had a 233MMX thinkpad), and I picked up a Mac for her as she pretty much browses, emails, and plays solitaire. She's had a really good experience with it and I got one for St Patrick's Day.

:)
Permalink muppet 
March 18th, 2005
Ah, zo, ze zealotry is revealed, yes?

Well, if a Mac works for email and web browsing, that MUST be the wave of the future.

<sound of crickets> Hello? Anyone out there? Come on, people, this is my best stuff today. Anyone?

All kidding aside, good luck with that.
Permalink AllanL5 
March 18th, 2005
Al -

I'm not sure why you have a chip on your shoulder, here. What's your issue?

Actually, being a web-developer (which means I work with *nix A LOT), I really dig OS X's BSD backend. I've been hacking around in the command line for a week or two, now, and I really enjoy it.

I can compile most code intended for Linux distros and have it run fine, I can write my own tools much more easily than in Windows.. it's all in all a good experience and a solid system.

What's your beef? You sound like an idiot in this thread.
Permalink muppet 
March 18th, 2005
I was seriously thinking of switching to a Mac a couple of years ago, but chickened out and bought a Thinkpad as I wanted a machine I could use with all our legacy Windows stuff at work.

Now I've sort of been looking at them again, but one thing I keep wondering is when they're going to upgrade the Powerbook range to the G5. I haven't searched on the topic in a while, but I'm assuming they haven't done it yet because the chip runs too hot, consumes too much power, etc, to fit into the ultra thin form factor that Apple likes to go for.

Unless you're doing 3D rendering or professional music production, though, is there really much advantage to having the G5 at this point? What is the enhanced software base like? Do the G5 systems actually "feel" faster in everyday use?
Permalink bionicroach 
March 18th, 2005
Oh, and while we're speaking of Janie Porsche, what ever happed to Ellen Feiss? I wonder if anything came out of her 15 minutes of fame for allegedly being high in her "switch" ad...
Permalink bionicroach 
March 18th, 2005
That Ellen switch ad was funny.

In all honesty, a G5 is completely unnecessary but I was just thinking about future proofing the purchase.

If I do switch, it will most likely be a mini Mac (with iSight camera!)

It seems like the software for the Mac is actually better, and not just PhotoShop like in the old days.
Permalink Kent 
March 18th, 2005
Sorry, it's just not my day.
Permalink AllanL5 
March 18th, 2005
I've finally figured out the G4 powerbook that I bought. I have no real use for it - the price was excellent ($900 used) and I just could not turn it down.

I wish I could get an X86 machine that has this form factor and is so light weight. Its masterful.

I'm less a fan of the MacOS. Of all the UI's I've used, I prefer Gnome. Its far more configurable than anything else out there.

Anyhow, I configured it and gave it to my oldest kid who loves it ('cause he aint no 'puter genius).
Permalink hoser 
March 18th, 2005
There, there, Allan, everything will be just fine. Remember, you're good enough, you're smart enough, and doggone it, people like you!
Permalink Stuart Smalley 
March 18th, 2005
With all the hype about OS X and Tiger, and the world desperate for an alternative to Microsoft's offerings you just have to wonder why Apple don't offer OS X for Intel.
Permalink AndyUK 
March 19th, 2005
Because Apple is a hardware company.

That new search feature... spotlight looks great. That's something that really needed to exist.
Permalink MarkTAW 
March 19th, 2005
Yes and the search feature is implemented in software.

Apple only thinks it's a hardware company. That mentality has permeated its history and resulted in it being a niche player.

My question is what is really stopping it selling Os/x for Intel?
Permalink AndyUK 
March 21st, 2005
+++My question is what is really stopping it selling Os/x for Intel?+++

Utter lack of standardized hardware in Intel-land.
Permalink muppet 
March 22nd, 2005

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