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Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by tuartboy, Aug 30, 2005.

  1. tuartboy macrumors 6502a

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    This really has nothing to do with anything, but it may serve as encouragement to a fence-riding mac admirer. This year I moved across campus into another dorm and I was pleasantly surprised to find many macs of the floor. I'd say 1/5 of all the systems are macs. The macs users soon grouped up and we often stop in eachother's rooms to share mac tips and new apps that we find.

    It drives the PC guys crazy. I mean crazy. One guy saw a mac the first minute he moved on and remarked about how awful they are. Within 2 days he was sitting at my desk telling me how he thought my powerbook was so well designed and he was amazed to see my 4+ hours of battery. I showed him some expose tricks, dashboard, spotlight, and a few little apps that really shine at making macs look cool (CoverFlow,Quicksilver) and he was completely sold.

    Loving it...
     
  2. hyperpasta macrumors 6502a

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    Yay!

    I love converting my friends! So far I've converted 4 or 5 people to Mac. Wheer can I find QuicksilveR? I don't know what it is!
     
  3. leachy macrumors newbie

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    Well I switched today with the arrival of my iBook and mini and have to say that OSX beats XP hands down for functionality and pre-loaded apps. Cannot fault it at all so far. Loving every minute of the switch.
     
  4. tuartboy thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    http://quicksilver.blacktree.com/
    Quicksilver is much like Spotlight, but owns it in application launching.
     
  5. pammyspyce macrumors regular

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    It's so funny how those PC people are so quick to hate Mac. When I first switched my family went on and on about how much Apples suck. Blah, blah, blah. Now I have 2 cousins saving up to switch. They've definitely come around. Why are people so loyal to such a crappy OS?? :confused:
     
  6. leachy macrumors newbie

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    I'd be the wrong person to ask I'm afraid.
     
  7. cantthinkofone macrumors 65816

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    i have tried and tried to convert people. but they just wont budge.People are scared of things they dont know any thing about.
     
  8. Lopez.T.H. macrumors regular

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    I dont own a mac... yet. But am saving some $ up for one. I almost have one friend aboard and I dont even own one. I plan on buying an iBook for my first mac. And then maybe an old B&W G3 tower upgraded to a 800Mhz G4 later. Its only $250. I think good deal.
     
  9. MUCKYFINGERS macrumors 6502a

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    I'd use that $250 towards getting the iBook.
     
  10. FF_productions macrumors 68030

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    i always tell people macs are more reliable, but because of the minimal amount of advertising, they can't go to a circuit city or some other store and pick up an iMac, along with the pricing (300 dollar dell, 500 dollar mini). Whenever Apple feels like advertising more, maybe you'll get more switchers because they'll understand OSX is a lot more reliable than windows.

    Just felt like saying that.
     
  11. jiv3turkey748 macrumors 6502a

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    ya until apple advertises you cant really expect large amounts of windows users to switch
     
  12. greatdevourer macrumors 68000

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    as the guy said, quicksilver.blacktree.com. As well as applications, it also has bookmarks, mini-address bar thing, loads of way cool looks, iTunes remote, Address Book viewing... It's basically a fine-tuned version of Spotlight that looks better and doesn't do standard files - only the ones you tell it to look for
     
  13. Bern macrumors 68000

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    My brother-in-law recently updated their pc and included a dvd burner to it. So of course he's burning dvd's whenever he can and making scanned copies of the slip covers. The other day I was at their house and he was showing me the spoils of his efforts with inflated pride, his remark "Bet you can't do that on your little Mac... that's technology"

    :rolleyes:
     
  14. Wes macrumors 68020

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    http://apple-history.com/?page=gallery&model=g4_quick_2002&performa=off&sort=date&order=ASC

    Please show him you could do that in 2002 on a mac.
     
  15. munkle macrumors 68030

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    Stockholm Syndrome? ;)
     
  16. tuartboy thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    haha, wow.

    i never knew the origins of that. It sounds like you nailed it on the head.
     
  17. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    A friend of our was visiting with us last week. When she retired a while back and didn't have a computer at home for e-mail, I'd suggested that she consider buying a Mac, if only because she is non-technical and wouldn't have any tech support like she did when she was working. Of course she didn't. When she told us that her Win2000 box is currently nonfunctional because of some screw-up involving Norton Antivirus, I took the opportunity to remind her about my earlier recommendation. Waving her hand dismissively, she said, "Oh, nobody uses Macs!"

    Riiiight. :rolleyes:

    Some people don't seem to mind being held prisoner by their own technology.
     
  18. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Congrats on your switch leachy. :D

    Glad to hear that you are lovin' Mac OS X! :D
     
  19. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Wow, living in denial... :rolleyes: I kinda feel bad for her. :(
     
  20. uaaerospace macrumors 6502

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    I came close to getting my college roommate to switching to a Mac when he purchased a new computer this past year. Sadly, he went with a Compaq because of cost. It took him a whole week before he started to get adware and popups. Also, the computer will not always come on when he presses the power button. He usually has to press it 3-5 times before Windows will actually get its act together and boot. :rolleyes:

    I just sit across the room and do this :p hehe

    I know of only like 3 people on my campus that use Macs, so I'm kinda a lone ranger. It's great you were able to connect with fellow Macintoshers and enjoy the "Power of the light side"
     
  21. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Very true. I am often amazed at the excuses/reasons people give me for not using/owning a Mac-

    1) you have to use a one button mouse (not true)

    2) you can't use M$ Office (not true)

    3) Macs are too expensice (no, not actually when you look at what you are getting for your money)

    4) Need I go any further... :rolleyes:
     
  22. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    The appropriate response indeed! :D
     
  23. tuartboy thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Ha, yeah. I just came down and set up my powerbook in the student union and pulled up rendezvous just to complement anyone i could find on being mac users! :p
     
  24. Xeem macrumors 6502a

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  25. Wes macrumors 68020

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    True, but was that a BTO option back then? It appears to have been standard on that mac.
     

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