initial switcher impressions

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by ry4n, Apr 11, 2005.

  1. ry4n macrumors newbie

    Mar 16, 2005
    so i just got my 12" ibook and i've been using it for over a week now..

    initially i thought it was pretty slick.. goes to sleep and wakes up instantly.. OSX seems neat, flashy but neat.. quiet, not very hot.. overall nice computer.. but i would have to say while i'm very impressed with apple harware the software sucks..

    ichat - doesn't connect to aim, actually has the option grayed out.. doesn't save preferences..

    iphoto - wont let me add photos to library.. says they are the wrong format or contian no data, but they open in preview just fine

    safari - nice that its integrated, slow as hell.. firefox runs circles around it..

    mail - nothing impressive here that outlook or eudora doesn't do, and seems pretty sluggish..

    i also have a few hardwear gripes.. no scrolling trackpad is just ridiculous.. my 3 year old hp does that.. and the battery is weird.. i initially charged it and then ran it empty, and then charged it again.. since then its been run off power and the battery % has slowly decresed.. it shows 95% right now fully charged.. am i losing battery life or what?

    overall.. hardwear wise i'm impressed so far, as long as nothing goes bad on me.. but software wise i'd say apple has some catching up to do to windows as far as not-so-computer-savvy users are concerned..
  2. iGary Guest


    May 26, 2004
    Randy's House
    You battery meter is fine. I'd dig up the Apple doc on it, but I'm tired of reposting it. :p 95-100 per cent is normal. You should allow the battery to drain once a month and charge back up, though.

    iChat - check your preferences.

    iPhoto - what types of image files are you trying to import?

    Safari - I've used both and can't tell the diff.

    Mail - Sluggish, how?

    Catching up to Windows? Are you enjoying not worrying about viruses or spyware at all?
  3. ry4n thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 16, 2005
    iphoto i'm trying to add jpegs that came straight out of the camera

    as far as the virus/spyware issue, in 15 years i've never had a virus, and spyware isn't a problem if you don't allow it to be.. people who get spyware tend to not be paying enough attention to what they are putting on their computer..

    i'm not going to deny that i enjoy OSX however.. i was just stating my concerns..
  4. applemacdude macrumors 68040


    Mar 26, 2001
    Over The Rainbow
    apples software is actually bettr than their hardware

    must be a bad lemon of software reinstall everything?
  5. ravenvii macrumors 604


    Mar 17, 2004
    Melenkurion Skyweir
    There's a program called SideTrack that'll solve your scrolling complaints.

    Mail is fine for me, much faster than LookOut.

    Safari is fine to me. Try Firefox or Camino if you don't like Safari.

    Dunno what's wrong with your iChat and iPhoto, though. Sorry.
  6. ocellnuri macrumors regular

    Aug 20, 2004
    Raleigh, NC, USA
    Your iChat problems must be related to your configuration settings, and not the software itself. iChat has been rock solid for me, and much better than anything AOL ever put out.
  7. Macaddicttt macrumors 6502a


    Apr 22, 2004
    San Diego, CA
    For trackpad scrolling, check out iScroll 2. The hardware is capable, but for some reason Apple only enables it in the new PowerBooks. It's a great little program that will fulfill all your scrolling needs. I don't know how I lived without it before.
  8. auxplage macrumors 6502

    Nov 11, 2004
    Virginia Beach
    Safari is slow, but very nice. I, personally, use Camino which is extremely fast and looks beautiful (faster than FireFox for me), and though it is in beta, it very stable and has never crashed on me.
  9. fistful macrumors 6502a


    Mar 29, 2004
    this is just a guess on my part but possibly you need to change the file permission or unlock the file. You could also after opening it in preview, save it then see if you can import it into iPhoto. I've had a similar problems when moving files from my PC to my Mac and that seemed to remedy it.

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