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Old Feb 13, 2013, 01:57 PM   #1
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What do you use your Mac for most?

Hello, I have just bought a new 27" imac fully speced. It was a bit of an impulse buy and I'm wondering what most people on here use their macs for other than work.
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Old Feb 13, 2013, 01:58 PM   #2
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Most of us use our iMac's for the usual stuff. Email, web browsing, Twitter, music/video production etc..
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Old Feb 13, 2013, 02:04 PM   #4
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What someone else uses a computer for is irrelevant. What matters is what YOU use your computer for.

What do you use your Mac for? :top 10:
So What Do You Use Your Pro For?
MacBook Air users, what do you use your MacBook Airs for?
So, how do you use your iMac? (Professionally)
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What someone else uses a computer for is irrelevant. What matters is what YOU use your computer for.
Well said & completely appropriate.

It's not as though a full fledged computer is a dedicated single function device like a toaster
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Old Feb 13, 2013, 02:31 PM   #7
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I know, I'm new to mac and just wanted to get a few ideas as to what I'm going to do with it when it turns up.
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Old Feb 13, 2013, 02:33 PM   #8
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I know, I'm new to mac and just wanted to get a few ideas as to what I'm going to do with it when it turns up.
You do with it whatever you would use any computer for. Why buy a computer if you don't know what you need it for?
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I used my iMac as a computer mostly. Sometimes it's a music player tho.
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You do with it whatever you would use any computer for. Why buy a computer if you don't know what you need it for?
Like I said it was an impulse buy so didn't really "need" it. Maybe I'm asking the wrong question, how has owning a mac improved your day to day life?
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Like I said it was an impulse buy so didn't really "need" it. Maybe I'm asking the wrong question, how has owning a mac improved your day to day life?
Is this your first computer? Computers perform some functions better and faster than humans, so using a computer can save time and can accomplish some tasks that would be difficult or nearly impossible for a human to accomplish without one.
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Is this your first computer? Computers perform some functions better and faster than humans, so using a computer can save time and can accomplish some tasks that would be difficult or nearly impossible for a human to accomplish without one.
Yes it is my 1st computer. I have an ipad and iPhone, I also have an Apple TV.
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Yes it is my 1st computer. I have an ipad and iPhone, I also have an Apple TV.
You can use your iMac for similar purposes as your iPad or iPhone, which are themselves pretty much "computers": surf the internet, check email, exchange messages, work with documents of various kinds, watch videos, listen to music, etc.

This may be useful:
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iMac Fast Start: The new user's guide to iMac
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You can use your iMac for similar purposes as your iPad or iPhone, which are themselves pretty much "computers": surf the internet, check email, exchange messages, work with documents of various kinds, watch videos, listen to music, etc.

This may be useful:
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iMac Fast Start: The new user's guide to iMac
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Like I said it was an impulse buy so didn't really "need" it. Maybe I'm asking the wrong question, how has owning a mac improved your day to day life?
It has because Time Machine covers the backups without my intervention, and it's bare metal restore as well. The OS stays out of my way and is logically organized for my purposes.

Spotlight quickly (Command-Space) gets me to that file or folder that I've lost somewhere in the folders.

I use two monitors and mission control to spread the work out and use control up arrow to nav quickly between tasking.

Mail is uncluttered but flexible enough for me.

Lately, the interoperability of icloud has really helped. My notes, calendars, textedit docs, even bookmarks in my ibooks all sync across my devices.

Sure, there's hitches every now and then. But I've been around long enough to know just how incredibly advanced this ecosystem is, so I work around hitches rather then let it stop me.

These are just some of the reasons, there are others, but I gotta scoot.
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Like I said it was an impulse buy so didn't really "need" it.
Wow, wish my pockets were that deep. Besides messaging, watching movies, gaming, music and what we all are doing here to view MR there really isn't anything one does with a computer that's not work related.
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