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  1. Gohan macrumors member

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    Ok I have a friend who has a Dell PC at the moment. Basically her husband has a bit of a problem with X rated sites and she is sick to death with all the viruses associated with his browsing habits. So she was looking into a new PC and asked me for some advise.

    Now given her circumstances I recommended she purchase a MAC, specifically a 1.8 G5 17” iMac. Now she is a bit of a n00b when it comes to PC’s so what I basically need to know is in there current form are the G5 iMacs reliable. Both in terms of hardware and software? She won’t be computer savvy enough to be messing around with firmware and driver / OS issues let alone hardware problems. So could I have your honest opinions on whether or not the iMac are reliable or have any real problems?

    BTW waiting for the rev b units isn’t an option.

    Cheers, Ryan
     
  2. puckhead193 macrumors G3

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    If she knows how to uses windows she can use a mac. To update the OS etc u go on the top to the apple menu and click software update, and it scans your computer for what you need/don't need click install and its done. Apple products are very reliable. I think u should purchase apple care for piece of mind. If you live near an apple store their a genuis bar in which you go to for your problems. Whats nice about apple/macs is that they make the software and the hardware so they know how to fix it and whats wrong. On macs there aren't many virus. Everything on the mac flows, its all intergreated.
     
  3. Scottyk9 macrumors 6502a

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    Having come from the Dell / windows world as of about a year ago, I would say Mac hardware & software is about an order of magnitude more reliable and hassle free.

    .... will not stop the x-rated browsing however.
     
  4. jim. macrumors 6502

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    Though I'm sure someone with knowledge here could help her with a custom made hosts file :rolleyes: (Hope he likes Disney, or some other G-rated site instead of his favorites).

    It's really mean to do this to people, but if she thinks it's a problem...

    Jim
     
  5. puckhead193 macrumors G3

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  6. Gohan thread starter macrumors member

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    She doesn't mind him doing it so much as all the viruses that go with it. I'm a PC and Mac user myself so I know there normally reliable, but having never had any dealings with the new iMac I thought it check to be if there are any major bugs.
     
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  8. panphage macrumors 6502

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    The 20" is *totally* worth the xtra dough. :D It's solid as a rock, quiet, with an amazingly beautiful screen. It's even pretty darn quiet burning dvds, a lot quieter than my powerbook.
     
  9. wdlove macrumors P6

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    I haven't heard of any major problem with the iMac. It seems to be a very solid machine. Having the built in LCD screen is a definite plus. It's great for those that don't need portability.
     
  10. Lacero macrumors 604

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    This marriage isn't going to last. There are bigger problems than PC viruses. I don't want to get all preachy and crap like that, but I would suggest your friend work on the marriage and her husband first. He needs to get serious and grow up.
     
  11. HiRez macrumors 603

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    He's the only husband that surfs pr0n in his spare time? Hah! I bet at least 60% of husbands do. I'm more concerned that she doesn't seem to mind it (which sounds like a guy's dream, but probably isn't a good sign).
     
  12. jemeinc macrumors 6502a

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    LOL... Aww, c'mon- I'd bet the % of hardrives with a little porn on em would shock you... Besides, his wife said she's cool with it- a little bit of something won't hurt you, but too much of ANYTHING will kill you- you never know, maybe it's a little mutual fun between them that actually strengthens their bond...
     
  13. Scottyk9 macrumors 6502a

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    I dunno man... 60% seems pretty low to me...
     
  14. Demon Hunter macrumors 68020

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    ... and 50% of marriages end in divorce.

    Lacero is right...

    I would surmise that the divorce rate is MUCH higher for husbands/marriages where pornography is present... and I'm sure there's data out there that proves this is true.
     
  15. DVW86 macrumors member

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    I have a 17" iMac G5 and the motherboard died. I left for a week and when I returned it was dead. I have no idea why. Apple was very helpful and sent me new one. They did try to make me buy AppleCare first even though it was well with in the first year. The unit was VERY easy to replace. I am quite happy with it, but I did have a major component break.
     
  16. Edot macrumors 6502

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    And 90% of people aren't happy with their sex life... :rolleyes:. All these percentages are total nonsense. This guy is into SEX! :eek: OMG EWWW!! I think some other people need to grow up and be tolerant of other people's interests. It's not like he is murdering people. Maybe he is in the business. No one really knows. Can we get the thread back on topic?

    I know several people that have an iMac and haven't heard any problems with them. They look great, and OS X is a very solid system. Shouldn't have to worry about the viruses and pop-ups.
     
  17. acedickson macrumors 6502a

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    If she's concerned, treating him like a child and blocking the sites will only make matters worse. She should talk to him and express her concer. Try counseling for his "habit" before it becomes an addiction.

    BTW, most guys are going to look occasionally. If he's looking like he's a teenage boy then he probably does need help.
     
  18. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    You would "surmise" based on what? A guess? What you think?

    Guys look at porn, and while I'm not married yet, him looking at porn probably means at least he's not having sex with a 3rd party. He likes sex, and he's not getting it from anywhere else but his wife......and porn sites.
     
  19. Chappers macrumors 68020

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    What about a mini - it will surf for porn just as well as an iMac.

    I'd go with the iMac but a mini would do the job.
     

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