Saying hello

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by LukeJ, May 31, 2006.

  1. LukeJ macrumors newbie

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    Hi everyone,

    Just wanted to introduce myself since I have a feeling I'll be posting here a lot. I'm a 24-year-old lifetime Windows user. Nonetheless I dabbled with the Mac off and on over the years. In fact, a friend of mine in middle and high school, a very vocal Mac user, had to agree to a truce with me under which we both agreed not to demean the other's OS/architecture preference.

    When OS X came out I was very impressed by its ease of use and slick looks (I used Macs in college a lot and it was installed on the vast majority of them). When I was shopping for a new PC in 2003 I seriously considered an iBook or PowerBook but ended up choosing a small-form-factor custom-built P4 desktop. It's served me well over the past 3 years, but now that I've been out of school for the past 18 months (after obtaining an honors degree in Communication with a second major in Spanish), and realizing that the traditional work world isn't for me for various reasons, I've decided to go into business for myself selling stuff on eBay and writing. I'm a columnist for a local paper and also plan to start writing a novel in the next month or so with a very close friend of mine. Since computers will be my livelihood, I knew I wanted a stable system that wouldn't be prone to viruses and spyware.

    When Apple announced Macs would switch to Intel chips, that, along with the release of Boot Camp, was the deciding factor for me. I'm an avid gamer and prefer old-school classic games and their modern counterparts, most notably adventure games and RPGs. That said, the native Windows compatibility is a big asset. That's also why I knew I needed a MBP instead of a MacBook, in addition to the fact that I'll be using it to replace my current desktop entirely and the MB's 13-inch screen seems a little small in comparison to my current 17-inch LCD. My dad had a 1.3 GHz PowerBook on loan from his office for a couple of weeks and I decided I could definitely see myself using its successor.

    I bit the bullet on Monday and bid on a refurbished, factory-sealed 2 GHz stock MBP from an eBay Powerseller... and won it. Ran me about $100 less than the same refurbished system would cost direct from Apple. Should be here on Friday. I'm bidding on a factory-sealed copy of Office 2004 at the moment, and am winning it at a very good price. I also have my old copy of WinXP from college, slipstreamed with SP2 and reburned, ready to go. I'm excited. I should be able to get between a quarter and a third of the cost of the computer back by selling my current equipment, so the price isn't too much of a "hit."

    I'll definitely buy the AppleCare plan (on eBay of course), especially now that I'm running into all these reports of whining, mooing MacBook Pros. When I get my system I'll be sure to let everyone know if I'm a victim too...

    *crosses fingers*

    Any initial advice you could give a "switcher" greatly appreciated.

    Luke
     
  2. realityisterror macrumors 65816

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    Welcome to MR!

    One hint I'll give you: be very patient at first. I've heard from a lot of people getting frustrated when first starting with OS X. However, it sounds like you're very well researched, and you should be prepared to start working with your new MacBook Pro right out of the box.

    Cheers,
    :)
     
  3. taytho macrumors 6502

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  4. Makosuke macrumors 603

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    Welcome, and I hope you've got a good experience. For all the complaints, I'm entirely happy with my first-off-the-line MBP, and I'm usually one who waits at least a month or two to buy any new Apple hardware to make sure the kinks get worked out.

    Just remember, be patient, don't get too frustrated when something doesn't work quite how you're used to or expect it to, and go with the flow, and you should end up really enjoying the switch.

    Applecare is DEFINITELY a wise move. It's of varying value on deskops, but any repair at all to a laptop costs a fortune, and when you add to that the tighter tolerances and relative abuse they endure (even though Applecare does't cover damage, the movement could cause things to fail sooner than they might), it's really a worthwhile investment.

    You'll also get a copy of an older version of TechTool, a fairly nice hardware and directory troubleshooting app, but at this point it's useless as it's not Intel compatible yet. I presume it will be eventually.
     
  5. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    Dude, I totally had that same sort of thing in Middle School where I would argue with some other kid about Windows and the Mac OS. Although he was a total d!ck and I never made a truce.

    Although it is when I realized that you cannot argue OS's with a PC user (or most) and have since then stopped bothering.

    Anyway, welcome to our side Luke, let us know your Q's and we'll provide the A's.
     
  6. UKnjb macrumors 6502a

    UKnjb

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    Hi Luke, and welcome to you from the UK! You'll enjoy it here and I hope you enjoy your new Mac set-up when it all arrives. Have fun .... :)
     
  7. tristan macrumors 6502a

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    Congratulations! Macs are *great* computers for writing, especially that 15" PB (or MBP). You'll love it. And if you have any problems, Apple will take care of you.

    One word of advice for writers - no matter what, have a backup strategy. One easy thing to do is to copy your work to a CD-RW or even an iPod at the end of every work day.
     
  8. LukeJ thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I shouldn't be "abusing" the system much at all. I'll be using it as a "desktop replacement" 95% of the time. I can see myself taking it on occasional trips, but other than that it'll stay on my desk in my bedroom. Of course, I'll still buy the AppleCare plan, especially with all these reports of whines and moos.

    Thanks for the welcomes, and it's nice to know I'll be getting the best of both worlds. The first thing I plan to do once I get the computer set up and connected to the Internet is to install Windows. I won't be giving anything up--except crashes and system slowdowns. ;)

    Luke
     
  9. LukeJ thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Just bought an AppleCare plan on eBay for $185. I wonder how Apple can get by with selling them for $350 if they know they're being sold elsewhere for less. :p

    Luke
     

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