Ordered first Apple today

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    CmdrLaForge

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    Hi folks,

    after 20 years using and working with PCs I ordered my first Apple today.

    I used to build the PCs by myself, choosing carefully the best components available.

    I ordered an iBook 900 with 12,1" screen.

    Really hope that this was the right decision.

    Keep you informed about my first hand-on experiences.

    Cheers
     
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    idkew

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    congrats


    we are here for your ?'s.
     
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    patrick0brien

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    -Jeordi

    Welcome! We're here to help!

    And to wipe up your drool when you start "getting it".
     
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    CmdrLaForge

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    Thats part of the difference

    Hi folks

    thanks for your help offering . I think thats part of the difference between PC and Mac users. Mac users feel much more like a community.

    By the way. I really think that I will need your help - there will be issues. But I hope that I can solve them with your help.

    .....still waiting.....

    Cheers
    CmdrLaForge
     
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    applemacdude

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    Welcome to the mac community and congrats on your ibook:D ;) :p :eek: :( :)
     
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    caveman_uk

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    Re: Ordered first Apple today

    I started with an ibook just before christmas. Now I've got a 1GHz DP Powermac as well and don't have a PC at all. I used to build my own too...;)
     
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    scem0

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    Your gunna like it. Don't expect all that much speed out of
    it though. And remember that Mac OS X requires lots of RAM. :)
     
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    rainman::|:|

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    definitely don't hesitate to ask questions, i've been using macs for 8 years and still occasionally have a question or two... it's nothing too difficult but can get rather in-depth if you want to... otherwise it all stays simple and preconfigured :)

    my advise would be to learn and understand the UNIX heirarchy. it's not difficult again, but can be confusing at first (like, where are the files on the desktop actually stored? where's my Home folder? why are there two different Font folders?)...

    other than that, just live and learn :)

    pnw
     
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    CmdrLaForge

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    Hello again,

    I'm still waiting for my iBook to arrive. But I already have a question concerning the RAM.

    I ordered the iBook with 256MB. The guy at the apple store meant, that this is absolutly OK.
    Is this correct ? Or should I install more ? And can I do this by myself ?

    Regards
    CmdrLaForge
     
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    Mr. Anderson

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    Adding another 256 wouldn't be a bad thing, OSX is a memory hog, and if you've built machines in the past, I don't think adding the memory yourself will be all the difficult.

    D
     
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    It should be plenty fast with 256MB. A lot better than with 128MB. You can add another so-dimm yourself later on.

    The 900MHz just came out, so that was a wise choice too. It should sizzle with Mac OS X. Where you might want more RAM is if you start running several programs at once.
     
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    celaurie

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    Re: Ordered first Apple today

    It's already been said, but I'll say it again, if you need help just pop up a post! We're here to help.

    And congratulations!

    I love Jadzia... My iBook! :p

    Chris
     
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    CmdrLaForge

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    iBook arrived today

    Hi folks,

    the iBook arrived finally today !!! :D :D :D

    It looks absolutly great !:D

    I absolutly cannot agree to some posts saying that they don't like the look.

    I haven't done a lot yet. Just installed the OS (what took quite a while)

    OK, thats it for now. Keep you informed about my experience and will post some more.

    Kind regards
    CmdrLaForge
     
  14. macrumors regular

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    congrats!

    I bought a 12.1" 800mhz ibook back in january. It's not as fast as some windows PC's I've used, but the OS can't be beat, and I just seem to get way more done on this machine than I ever did with my "faster" PC's.

    long live apple!
     
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    Flowbee

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    As a fairly recent switcher, I have to recommend the book "Mac OS X: The Missing Manual" by David Pogue. It really helped me reformat my brain from windows to Mac.
     
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    patrick0brien

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    Re: iBook arrived today

    -CmdrLaForge

    Question: Why did you have to install the OS?
     
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    CmdrLaForge

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    Re: Re: iBook arrived today

    Hi,

    I installed the OS because thats what it asked me to do.

    In total I got 4 CDs delivered with the iBook. Two saying Restore CD 1 and 2 and another two CD saying Mac OS 10.2.4. When I started the iBook it asked me to insert Restore Disk 1 (well - it showed a pictogram I could identify on that restore disk) This was the only disk I needed.

    By the way - I'm typing these lines on my new iBook :D :D :D :D :D :D :D

    Its absolutly great - I really love it. It worked really very very well. After the installation it asked me to configure the internet (and wanted me to sign up for .MAC what I haven't done so far. I think that it is a little bit expensive.)

    And I downloaded Safari with which I'm surfing at the moment. And I also downloaded iTunes 4.0

    It took a moment to enable the Tabs - but I got that.

    So everything works really great and I like my first day Mac experience very much.

    I will have some questions. Maybe I order that Mac OS handbook.

    I will post more in a few days.

    Regards
    CmdrLaForge
     
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    MacFan25

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    congrats on your purchase! if you have any more questions, we'll be glad to answer them! :)
     
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    MacBandit

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    I don't know it should be fairly zippy. People with iBook 800's are actually able to play the UT2003 demo which is saying something because the 12" Powerbook owners are not able to.
     
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    id like to disagree with you about the the 12 powerbook.
    i have one and have downloaded and played the ut2003 demo just fine.
    the only problem i have is that i dont have a mouse, so playing with the little touchpad is unbearable.
    it did play just fine though, i even upped it to maximum resolution.
    im running the regular 256 ram too.
     
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    MacBandit

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    I was just going off of the comments made by people in the UT2003 thread. Glad to hear it's playable for you.
     
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    CmdrLaForge

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    4 weeks of experience

    Hello,

    4 weeks ago - i switched to Apple and ordered my iBook 900Mhz.

    My experience so far is absoluty great ! I really love my iBook. It works so much better then Windows PCs. Never crashed. Just does what I wants.

    I am still using PC daily at work. At home now only the iBook. So I am daily remembered about what can go daily go wrong with Windows e.g. first I get angry when I start it. Takes forever. Always go for a coffee. And from log on to start using it I can drink the coffee.

    Thats different with the iBook and a lot more.

    Somethings have been a little confusing for me at the beginning. e.g. I inserted an picture disk and it copied everything to my picture folder. Never told the iBook to do so. Or iTunes. There is just a button saying IMPORT. Not asking where which format and so on. Thats really a different experience. Just pressing IMPORT. Thats it. But for me as a long time computer freak I always want to see behind the scenes. Of course I found out where the files are, what format and so on. But if you are not interested. Thats fine and it works. So - I'm getting used to this concept and start just using this little computer.

    I think i will still have a lot of questions - but I hope I always find some friendly guys to help me.

    Again - I'm really happy that i have switched.

    Cheers
    CmdrLaForge
     
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    congrats laforge. i switched a few months ago my situation has been quite similar. im glad youre happy with your purchase.
     
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    patrick0brien

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    -CmdrLaForge

    Nice to see you "getting it".

    Drooling yet? :D

    You've found a great place to seek help if you need it, though you'd get best responses if you posted your questions to the Help/Tips discussion.
     
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    Re: 4 weeks of experience

    Congrats:rolleyes:
     

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