Two weeks after the switch

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by rotlex, May 28, 2005.

  1. rotlex macrumors 6502a

    May 1, 2003
    Good day!

    Sitting here this morning and realized I am exactly two weeks into my switch from a PC with XP to a Mac with OS X. :D I just felt like posting my experience here as this site was very influential in helping me make a decision, even if it took me TWO years, LOL.

    I'd been thinking about doing this for a long time. Well, at least two years actually, but never actually bit the bullet. A few weeks ago my Sony Vaio desktop began making some strange internal sounds. Well, long story short, the power supply failed big time, taking some other pieces of the machine with it. Out of the blue, I decided to make the switch that day, went to a local Apple authorized reseller, and picked out a shiny new dual 2.3 Ghz G5 with an additional 1.5GB of ram. I absolutely LOVE this machine!!!!

    My background and living are made supporting Windows, going on ten years now, but I've always dabbled in Unix\Linux at work and at home. OS X was calling me, and frankly, after two weeks, I'm sorry I didn't do this back when I first started thinking about it. The experiencee has been great, and that feeling I had back when I played around with computers for fun, is back again in full force. This machine and the OS are a dream. Fast, beautiful to look at, and just plain fun! The concerns I had about getting used to the system and finding replacement applications are gone, and I'll probably be moving the wife to a Powerbook as soon as her Dell laptop bites the dust.

    Not a whole lot of point to this post other than to say to anyone still on the fence, do it, jus do it. You WON'T be sorry. The only replacement application that had eluded me, was something to replace Qimage on the PC. I'm an avid amatuer photographer and Qimage is the best photo printing software on the planet. Well, I still haven't found the PERFECT replacement, but I did find a product called portraits and prints which has much of the same functionality, and I'm beginning to incorporate it into my workflow. Everything else from Photoshop to Office has been switched over with very little cost involved. Kudos to Adobe for their free cross platform upgrade policy, and kudos to my local reseller for looking at me and saying, "I think you look like a student" to me and selling me Office 2004 at a great price, LOL.

    Anywho, have a great holiday weekend all. Many thanks for the informative posts over the past few years. Even though I haven't participated much in discussions, this site is a fantastic resource for information.

    Take care, and I'll be seeing you around!
  2. macbaseball macrumors 6502a


    Feb 27, 2005
    Northern California
    I just wanted to say congratulations and I'm glad your so happy with your machine. Good luck with Apple in the future. Also have a good 3 day weekend messing around on your Mac ...
  3. deebster macrumors 6502

    Oct 21, 2004
    Olde Englande
  4. jsw Moderator emeritus


    Mar 16, 2004
    Andover, MA
    Agreed, Qimage is fantastic, and anything else I've seen pales in comparison. Not that you can't produce the same results - just that it takes a lot more effort.

    Aside from that, though, I'm happy for you - it's a really fun experience getting to know the Mac and OS X, and I'm guessing that (again, aside from Qimage) it's not nearly as lacking in software as you might have suspected before the switch. I too work mainly with Windows while at work but work exclusively on Macs when I can... it's, as you said, more fun.

    Welcome to the club! Admission is a bit steep, but we have some nice benefits....
  5. rotlex thread starter macrumors 6502a

    May 1, 2003
    Thanks for the welcomes and the kind words all!

    JSW, you are definitely correct about the software not being lacking. As you said, other than Qimage, I really haven't had a problem finding a replacement for just about anything. Matter of fact, I'm finding some products that will do the job of what used to take 2 or more.

    Anywho, Happy Memorial day all, and thanks again! :)
  6. amac4me macrumors 65816


    Apr 26, 2005
    I just wanted to offer my congratulations as well. I switched last year and the experience has been awesome. I never plan on purchasing another WinTel machine. It's great to hear another happy Switch To A Mac story.
  7. dejo Moderator


    Staff Member

    Sep 2, 2004
    The Centennial State
    That's great. Can you give some examples? Might be good info for other potential but leery switchers...

    P.S. Welcome aboard!
  8. desenso macrumors 6502a


    May 25, 2005
    Your story rings very true to my own situation, actually. About 2 years ago, I almost bought a Powerbook 12" laptop, but decided to go PC instead (I don't really regregit this though, the IBM laptop I bought is a gem and by far the best PC laptop I've ever had). However, later this week I will order the Dual 2.7 G5 PowerMac and can't wait to go through the process you have!

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