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Old Nov 3, 2012, 04:47 PM   #1
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What do you use your Mac for? :Top 10:

What are the top 10 things that you use your Mac for? It doesn't have to be in order of most you use it for most frequently. I don't mean your top 10 apps. I mean the activities that you do with your Mac.

Here's what I use it for most often:
  1. Surf the web
  2. Play games
  3. Watch the GSL
  4. Participate in forums
  5. Homework
  6. watch TV
  7. Download movies
  8. Organize my music library
  9. Find location/number of a business
  10. Buy stuff online
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Old Nov 3, 2012, 05:15 PM   #2
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I don't have a smartphone so I can't answer about "activities that you do with your phone".

I use my iMac for building and designing websites mainly and after that surfing the web and watching TV.
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Old Nov 3, 2012, 05:24 PM   #3
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  1. Surf the web
  2. Use the Internet for useful things
  3. Work with 3D scenes
  4. Animate in After Effects
  5. Design in Photoshop and Illustrator
  6. Watch TV and movies
  7. Write papers
  8. Render 3D scenes
  9. I had a duplicate here, but can't think of another thing to replace it.
  10. Play games
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Old Nov 3, 2012, 05:27 PM   #4
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Old Nov 3, 2012, 05:31 PM   #5
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1. Music production
2. Playing Games
3. Watching Movies
4. Surfing the web

I keep it simple 4 is enough!
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Old Nov 3, 2012, 05:41 PM   #6
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OP: sounds like you need an iPad rather than an iMac.
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Old Nov 3, 2012, 05:42 PM   #7
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1\ Browsing & Email
2\ Work
3\ Music Production
4\ Gaming (although it's not very good at it - hence buying a new PC!)
5\ Managing my iTunes content
6\ Doesn't exist, there isn't much else I use it for!
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Old Nov 3, 2012, 05:59 PM   #8
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1. Use it to watch TV shows and Movies
2. Surf the web
3. Write
4. Stream TV and movies Hulu etc.
5. Photos
6. create educational documents
7. iTunes - educational videos and music management
8. minor photoshop and video editing
9. emails
10. Skype/ichat

I used to do heavy video editing with FCP but no longer. Although I still use it on my laptop but now just for basic editing - It's much quicker than using that PITA iMovie.

I'm getting the better 27 just because the price difference is so minimal and will install my own ram up to 16 although 8 will probably do.

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Old Nov 3, 2012, 07:23 PM   #9
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1.parallel to run windows to do all the work related stuff (vpn and etc)

2.air video client to watch all the video from my pc server running air video server

3.running chrome to do all my surfing and youtub'ing

4.programming(all , whether it be photoshop or xcode or dumb terminal to open
traditional programming)

5.reading is a big part(relates to 4) )

6.remote desktop to either work or my windows pc to download and etc

7.Itune U and regular itune

I use imac the most and space is what gives me the advantage of using 27 imac(has 2 other 24 inch and 21 inch(vertial for reading) to do mad multi-tasking.. King of Multi tasking.. I won't list other mundane program i use..
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Old Nov 3, 2012, 08:46 PM   #10
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With my hackintosh and MBP:

1. Music Production
2. Sound editing
3. A lot of photo and image development
4. Web design and development
5. 3D rendering for logo's and animation shorts
6. Video creation
7. Surf & use the web
8. Listen to music
9. Programming
10. Gaming

It'd be nice to get an iMac which can handle this but the 27" + BTO price premium is daft. I'd need at least 3TB HD space, with another 3TB for backup and lol at the price of TB atm.
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Old Nov 3, 2012, 10:27 PM   #11
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With iMac and MBP
1) Web surfing and forums
2) light games
3) email
4) converting shiny discs to loss less files on external HDD
5) researching and documenting family history
6) shopping
7) light photo editing (was more when I was selling silk scarves on-line)
8) reading books
9) scanning family slides
10) create drafts for computer driven weaving loom and transfer to cartridge to drive the loom
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Old Nov 6, 2012, 06:58 PM   #12
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Old Nov 6, 2012, 07:06 PM   #13
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1. Photography (editing, organizing, printing)
2. Surfing/browsing
3. Talking to family
4. games
5. media organization and playing
6. games
7. optical media conversion
8. pissing off the wife
9. take home work stuff
10. see #8
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Old Nov 6, 2012, 07:21 PM   #14
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Hey, this is a pretty neat thread! I have a tie for 2nd.

1. Editing footage
2/3. Coding/Graphics work
4. Web surfing
5. Logic Studio + my keyboard
6. Gaming/Minecrafting (I'll probably do a lot more when my RMBP comes this week)
7. Music
8. Writing papers (I should be doing that right now :P)
9. Skyping with family/friends
10. Ironing my clothes while my computer heats up from VMWare
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Old Nov 6, 2012, 07:50 PM   #15
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1: FileMaker development
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5: Email
6: Web design
7: Paintbrush
8: Research
9: Can't think of a 9 or 10
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Old Nov 6, 2012, 08:09 PM   #16
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1: heavy photo editing in Lightroom and Photoshop
2: organizing and accessing photos, music, movies, etc.
3: web browsing
4: emailing
5: keeping calendar events, client appointments, schedule etc. organized
5: managing/creating documents (contracts, spreadsheets, invoices, etc.)
6: light video editing
7: FaceTime/Skype
That's pretty much it.
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Old Nov 6, 2012, 09:37 PM   #17
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In no order..
  1. Surfing the Web
  2. Web Design
  3. Watching Movies
  4. Music
  5. Gaming
  6. Email
  7. Chatting
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Old Nov 7, 2012, 12:04 AM   #18
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1. surf web, forum
2. listen to music, podcast
3. watch Youtube, iTunes U
4. read & annotate papers
5. programming
6. play game
7. social network
8. word & powerpoint (would like to use pages & keynote but not compatible with other people)
9. manage content in phone and iPod
10. some simulation
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Old Nov 7, 2012, 03:09 PM   #19
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no one mentioned..... plotting world domination....

Come on...someone must be doing that...
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Old Nov 7, 2012, 03:22 PM   #20
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no one mentioned..... plotting world domination....

Come on...someone must be doing that...
is there an app for that?
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Old Nov 7, 2012, 04:18 PM   #21
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1.Porn
2.Torrents
3.Macrumors
4.Amazon
5.Itunes
6.Bootcamp-Gaming
7.Photoshop
8.Media Streamer
9.Microsoft Word
10.Porn
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Old Nov 7, 2012, 05:48 PM   #22
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I still find everything else easier to do on windows machine (gaming, torrents, videos, music, etc...) Is it bad I have made 10+ iOS apps on this machine and I still don’t know how to efficiently use the file system? lol
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Old Nov 7, 2012, 07:04 PM   #23
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I use my 27" iMac and 15" MBP interchangeably (they both have the same apps installed) depending on if I'm at home or away. Uses, in no particular order:
  1. Web browsing, MacRumors and various reference sites.
  2. Email
  3. Video recording of lectures (both via screen capture and using the camera or external camera)
  4. Writing
  5. Preparing illustrations
  6. Photographic image processing
  7. Personal Finances
  8. Programming (not XCode but Java and QT)
  9. Schematic capture and circuit board layout
  10. Digital system design, simulation, and FPGA synthesis

I'm sure there is more. I don't use them for music or video (I've got other systems for that) and don't play games.
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Old Nov 7, 2012, 07:08 PM   #24
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My list, in no particular order.
  1. Web browsing
  2. Email
  3. Twitter
  4. Web development
  5. Video editing
  6. Audio editing
  7. Podcasting
  8. Music listening
  9. Watching podcasts
  10. RDC into office PC
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Old Nov 7, 2012, 07:25 PM   #25
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1. Online banking / paying bills
2. Listening to music
3. Doing school work
4. Web surfing
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6. Shopping
7. Playing games
8. Downloading my Suunto Ambit workouts
9. Analyzing stocks
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