Need help convincing my mom

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  1. killuminati macrumors 68020

    killuminati

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    I had pretty much got my Mom set to get a new iMac. But she has a friend who knows a lot about computers (has his own tv shows, and a radio show) and he said that both would be good (pc or mac) but since she would be working in an environment with PCs, she should get one.

    How could I convince her that a mac would work just as well?
     
  2. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    Is she buying one for work or something?
    What kind of 'environment' is her friend talking about?
     
  3. brap macrumors 68000

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    Balderdash. The only time this would remotely be an issue is if she were getting a notebook for connecting to an exchange server, or such, given the Tiger issues noted.

    Show her how you do it. And the lack of spyware/viruses along the way. Hell, get someone to mail you the new Sober variant which is playing hell with the PC universe right now. Open it, watch the Mac not care.
     
  4. killuminati thread starter macrumors 68020

    killuminati

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    Sorry for not including enough info.

    She is currently a student that is taking a bunch of courses in business computer applications, accounting and that sort of stuff. Shes not sure but she thinks she will eventually be going into that sort of field.

    We need a new computer at home because our current PC's hard drive is failing.
     
  5. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    She needs the type of computer that will run the applications she needs to use for her courses/work.

    It's all very well advising her to get a Mac but if she needs to use Virtual PC to run some specialised software, then she's not going to be happy about that.
     
  6. brap macrumors 68000

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    Even if there were Windows-only software specific to the course, Virtual PC should probably handle it. Accounts software is not likely to have stunning, hard-core GPU work 3d-rendering stuff going on... It'd just crunch the numbers a mite slower. Plus, Office 2004:mac is lovely. Quicken, I believe runs natively... what else does she run?

    Anyway, since you're not going to be physically connected to a PC network, there's very little reason to get a Dell. Unless you've got a masochistic streak.
     
  7. killuminati thread starter macrumors 68020

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    She doesn't really use any special programs except for Office.

    I think the best way to convince her will be to just let her play around with my powerbook and see how she feels with it.
     
  8. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    If it's just Office, then that'll be OK.
    And yes, letting her play with your Powerbook is the best idea.

    See if you can give her 1 or 2 good reader-friendly links on the lack of viruses etc. Something as straight-forward as this. ;)
     
  9. Applespider macrumors G4

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    Playing around is a good thing but the biggest thing in whether it's a Mac over a PC should be is she 'tech' aware?

    Does she understand the concept of downloading virus definitions and remembering to resubscribe to live virus updates each year? Will she remember to run Spybot/Adaware every week or so? If so, then the PC will likely be OK. I just know some of my non-tech friends don't get this at all; they'll have virus software but forget to update etc and then don't understand why they have problems.
     
  10. killuminati thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Yes she does understand all of that. Except I think that would be one of her selling points for a mac. She is constantly complaining about this new virus she got and paying $100 a year for virus subscriptions etc...

    Thanks for that link Blue Velvet, thats the perfect kind of thing to show her. :)
     
  11. StarbucksSam macrumors 65816

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    Tell her about Windows:

    Viruses
    Instability
    Blue Screens of Death

    Show her the easy GPU of the Mac and she'll love it.
     
  12. Kwyjibo macrumors 68040

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    yeah show her the graphics processing unit on the video card ... that will certainly win her over

    I believe the acronym your looking for is GUI ... graphical user interface
     
  13. killuminati thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Yea thats what I was thinking, I didn't think he wanted me to show my mom the GPU :p.
     

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