Help, money prob's

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  1. Dr. Vu macrumors newbie

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    So today I visited the Apple Store in Germantown today. I'm going to get either a 14" iBook or a 12" PowerBook. I'm 14 years old, and I get $100 a month. (I don't want a desktop.) I may get an extra $30 - $50 every now and then. But I really need a notebook and I'm getting tired of a Dell and using my mom's teaching iBook. Figuring out, it would take until Feb - May 2006. By then they will have iBook G5's. Help!!
     
  2. macbaseball macrumors 6502a

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    There probably will never be a G5 iBook. Just save your money - I don't know what else to tell you. If you really need it sooner, buy it used or refurbished. If I were you i would just save my money, and wait it out or go get a job busing tables.
     
  3. Mood macrumors regular

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    sell your soul to the devil.

    but seriously, stick with the dell, work over the summers, you shouldn't be obsessed with computers right now. you're entering high school you should be focusing more on academics and making friends otherwisey ou'll become geeks and watch aqua teen hunger force like the rest of us. do you want to become another cracker steve urkel?

    try selling your dell on ebay for like 400-500 dollars, then on ebay buy a used g3 ibook.

    there really isn't any delineation between the g3s and g4 as they're all pretty basic.

    come to think of it, the primary reason why we all got the ibooks was because it looks nice (os x too). viruses aren't really a problem with windows xp as long as you don't go on porn websites and crack websites and don't use internet explorer, or just get a mac mini.

    it's like a teen when he first gets his license and wants a bmw, you don't need it, and drives a crappy 1990 honda accord lx with 135,000 models.
     
  4. DarkNetworks macrumors 68000

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    Seriously, what's wrong with your Dell? Sick of it as in the looks or what? I don't think you should spend extra money on another system if it works fine...totally agree with Mood...
     
  5. skubish macrumors 68030

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    You're 14 you don't need a laptop.

    Get a mini.
     
  6. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    That's just sick.
     
  7. Capt Underpants macrumors 68030

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    I got a laptop when I was 15. He might not be able to take it places, but he can use it around the house. Yay for wireless internet!
     
  8. AcousticDoc macrumors regular

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    You should be able to up your buying time earlier by a month. Don't forget the holidays are comming up.
     
  9. ham_man macrumors 68020

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    Justify your response before you make comments like that. He can be mobile around the house and he can take it with him. The portability is awesome.

    As for the original poster, I would just try to tough it out until you have the money. I know that you can't get a waged job (as you are 14), but perhaps try doing other stuff, like house cleaning or being a gopher. I know that it isn't all that pretty, but those seem like your best options to me...
     
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    mow grass for lawns
    bus tables (just say you're 16, they won't check for i.d.)

    but seriously get involved in other things instead of getting addicted to the computer.

    there is a time and a place for everything and now's not the time.

    it'll star out as a simple iChat or AIM conversation then you make 10 buddies then you make 30 buddies, then you add your friend's buddy list and then you're like damn i got 100 peopel on my buddy list, then you realize that you only talk to like 10 of them, and that makes you crash and burn, crash and burn baby.
     
  12. Dr. Vu thread starter macrumors newbie

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    My school system has an wireless network and a Apple computer setup, iBooks and eMacs. I need it for afterschool for Beta Club. I'm a Reporter and I have to keep up with alot of crap. Plus alot of popular people at my school have new iMacs and shiny iPod's and iPod minis and some 12" PBs. I have a Ipod mini, too. We may be a small town (8,000) but we all use Macs.
     
  13. mikemodena macrumors 6502a

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    Hey, I got a 93 elantra with 83k miles. :p
    Heres the story how I got my iBook last December (15 at the time)
    Christmas was coming....
    I took the video class at school and I needed, nay, wanted desperately a mac. After nagging from October until December, I got a 1.2GHz iBook for Christmas. Tonight is my last night with my iBook.. it sold on ebay earlier today for $900. I have to go get a mac mini in the morning because I need to use my 17" LCD and the screen spanning hack doesnt work anymore, and I need Bluetooth and more HD space. I'll miss it though, it was a great machine..

    And as for making money.. listen dude I started off this summer working for my dad and his moving company.. he paid me good at 10/hour but I made like 40 a day because the jobs werent that long.. but I found the cashcow.. WEB DESIGN! Turns out I was pretty good at Flash, Photoshop, and GoLive once I actually gave some effort to learn it. I started finding ads and emailing the posters and getting jobs making sites (I did this HOT model's site www.missadrienne.com for $150 on my first job!) I made $50 tonight for an hour's work.. I've made like $350 and I've been doing it for a week. You seem like you can pick up on something like this so start learning and get into it and make some extra cash.
     
  14. Mood macrumors regular

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    do you have any backdoors to this missadrienne website? i would appreciate a way to get in there.
     
  15. Dr. Vu thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I only know HTML from this junky computer lab class everyone had to take... And I have a book about flash and html around here my dad bought. But I'll do anything for money (NOT everything!)
     
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    Download Adobe's GoLive trial and give it a spin.
     
  18. skubish macrumors 68030

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    Simple. There are a lot better things to spend your money on at 14 that a computer. You're not going to impress the girls in high school with your iBook.
     
  19. Capt Underpants macrumors 68030

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    You shouldn't have to buy things to impress girls :rolleyes:

    If that's what the kid wants, let him buy the thing. Who are we to tell him what to buy?
     
  20. Mood macrumors regular

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    if you want to be popular you gotta exercise and join sports. if you're not athletic join cross country running and track because all the losers who couldn't make the soccer team endedu p doing that. and you end up looking good and making lots of girlfriends. and weightlift. do some research online with that dell you got, discussfitness.com forums, nutrition all that crap. you want to look your best otherwise you'll be going to your prom with Stella, CafeteriaChampion.


    believe us, the ibook is not going to make you look cool. if anything they're probably the rich bastards whose parents will give them the brand new car when they're 16. But don't worry 85.5 percent of them become morbidly obese in high school or in their freshmen year of college or get aids and die.

    it's how natural selection works.

    (a concept you will learn in biology, that and homostasis)
     
  21. mikemodena macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah.. they're right.. I've been with Kelly for like what 3 friggin years now..

    They aren't impressed like they used to be.... she hates my ibook, she hates my band.
     
  22. MUCKYFINGERS macrumors 6502a

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    My woman dislikes Macs, but I still love her anyway! haha
     
  23. kalisphoenix macrumors 65816

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    I suggest that you sell everything you own and pay for as much of it as you can, and try and get your parents to pay for the rest. If it means that much to you, it shouldn't trouble you to sell everything. I'm getting married in the middle of November and sold my entire computer collection (at a sizable loss, natch) in order to afford it. If you want it, you'll pay for it -- that simple.

    There are some pretty ridiculous comments on this thread. "If you want to be popular, don't buy an iBook, give handjobs under the the bleachers during pep rallies!" Stop being so damn condescending. A hobby's a hobby, and if he wants to use a damn computer instead of joining a bunch of latent homosexuals in playing an idiotic game of freeze-tag with a big leather inflated egg, it's his right. Just shut the hell up and answer his question and stop trying to make amends for your wasted childhood.

    Damn. Someone wants to be an actor, noone complains when he spends all his time acting. Someone wants to be a musician, they admire his dedication. Someone wants to be an athlete, they appreciate his athleticism. But if he wants to do something with a computer, they tell him to shut the hell up and go rake the leaves.
     
  24. Dr. Vu thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Mood, really. It is just a computer. I learned the Dell's going to my grandfather and the ibook is going to replace it. I'm not obsessed in anyway with any computers. Seirously, it is so much easier to use than a Dell because they have so many viruses. The Dell in the living room has had 15 viruses and without the virus programs it would blow up.
    And Mood, I'm on the basketball team. Go 34! And track isn't for losers.
    Track is really popular at my school. And I'm not in high school yet, 9th grade is in the junior high. Mabye you sohuld take some of your own 'advice'.
     
  25. Mood macrumors regular

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    i believe the title "Help, money prob's" and the comment I make a 100 dollars, please tell me how to get an ibook is more than enough. Previous statements made by you in this thread have indicated that other popular students have them, and it is inferred from context that social perception is another factor though a weak one. and besides i am in track. there is nothing wrong with pcs as long as you don't use internet explorer, download porn from websites (use p2p for that), get cracks/serialz from websites (once again irc). install ad-aware, diskeeper, regscrubxp, spybot searrch and destroy, tunexp, and tweakui and you'll be fine. and use firefox.

    xp is secure but it's internet explorer's loopholes that make xp a crappy product.

    also, i did track for 4 years. having college level logic and intelligence is awesome.


    I kick ass!

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