New to Apple, Can I get some background, G5

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by aaronl23, May 25, 2005.

  1. aaronl23 macrumors newbie

    May 25, 2005
    I just purchased a G5 today. I was once a PC user until I began to understand that Macs do not get Viruses and they are easier to understand than PCs. Is this true?
  2. runninmac macrumors 65816


    Jan 20, 2005
    Rockford MI
    It is as close to virus free as you can get right now. It is many many many times more secure then windows. From my opinion i think its much easyer to understand. I would go into this more but i gots some homework to do...
  3. superbovine macrumors 68030


    Nov 7, 2003
    yes, since apple has only 3% of the market share there isn't a big advantage for writting virus on the mac. also, statistics will show that there hasn't been pratically any viruses on the mac over the last 5 years or so.

    regarding if macs are easier to use, that is a subjective question. in my opinion most PC users won't spend the time to learn the mac therefore it would be harder for them. if you ever talk to someone who tried a mac for 30 minutes, most of them would say it was harder than a PC. however, once a user learns the logic i believe it is easier to use for most people.
  4. aaronl23 thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 25, 2005
    I am completely new to the Mac world and I have owned this computer for 45 minutes now. I in my opinion think it is easier than a PC to learn. All I have to learn is the key commands.........
  5. slooksterPSV macrumors 68030


    Apr 17, 2004
    I have never seen any Mac with a virus on it. Mac's are so easy to use. Just click and go (congrats on your purhase). Apple (IBM really) had the first consumer 64-bit processor out. Tiger now takes almost full capabilities of 64-bit ocmputing. Most applications are easier to install on a mac. Drag and Drop, bam! Its installed. Unless its a suite like Adobe, just pop in the cd, run the program and bam! Its installed. Where with PC's its like. Would you like to restart, would you like this to be enabled, this?, this?, this?, this? Is this location ok?, Make shortcuts? this? and this? Mac's have the highest security possible (right now). AES-128 bit standard encryption.
  6. GFLPraxis macrumors 604


    Mar 17, 2004
    Currently there are zero viruses and two trojans for Mac (the difference between a virus and a trojan is that a virus spreads itself, while a trojan has to be deliberately downloaded/sent to you by someone), and of those two trojans IIRC neither were actually released into the wild.

    So don't worry about viruses :D
  7. Cloudgazer macrumors 6502


    Apr 22, 2005
    I'm also pretty new to Mac, but in the last month I've discovered the key commands on a PC are much better. There are far more of em.

    working witth mac Photoshop requires far more mouse/menu commands than the PC version, since on a PC practically every menu item has a key command.
    Other than that and one or two other small gripes, I loving my mac.
    Its far nicer to use than a PC.
  8. john1123 macrumors regular


    Jan 26, 2005
    Down Under
  9. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    First thing to do, is get a 2 button scroll mouse. You'll find that 80% of the things you want to do are under the right button.

    The key commands within applications should be pretty equivalent on both sides of the fence. If you are referring to Windows ability to almost completely bypass the mouse by stepping through the menus with alt letter combinations, I don't count that as an advantage at all.
  10. slooksterPSV macrumors 68030


    Apr 17, 2004
    I've found an ebook that shows you all sorts of key commands for various Adobe Products. You just have to play around and find them sometimes.
  11. yellow Moderator emeritus


    Oct 21, 2003
    Portland, OR
    I agree.. you can duplicate a multi-button mouse with the Control+left-click action of the single button mouse, but a multi-button mouse makes it a lot easier to hit the contextual menus.

    I also agree that "easier to understand" is completely subjective. Being an Apple "Lifer", the intuitive logic that I apply to my computing doesn't fare so well when I'm at a Windows box, and I find myself floundering over the (IMO) craptastic UI of Windows (I try not to use it often enough to be comfortable with it). I'm sure if the situations were reversed, I'd flounder with the Mac OS for a while.

    Enjoy your Macs. And thanks for not calling them MACs!
  12. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

    Mr. Anderson

    Nov 1, 2001
    I've used many platforms Mac/PC/Unix/Linix over the past years and Mac has always been the easiest to deal with. Its not without its quirks, but in general you'll spend less time working on keeping your Mac up and running and more time doing this you need/like to do.



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