A New Convert :)

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by artea, Jun 14, 2005.

  1. artea macrumors newbie

    Jun 14, 2005
    Hello. I made the switch about a week ago. As of June 4, 2005, I've been using Mac OS X 10.4.1 Tiger. I'm looking forward to the next update.
    I've been looking lurking these boards for about 2 months before making
    a purchasing decision. I'm thankful for you guys who posted your
    buying experiences and decisions. It's been very helpful in my research.

    To let everyone know, I come from a PC background. Started using
    with Windows 3.1 back in the 90s. My last laptop was a Fujitsu Celsius
    laptop. It lasted for two years before it had a serious issue with an Nvidia
    display driver. In short, first the hard drive died, and then some overheating
    issues with the display. I had the option of repairing it but it would've
    cost over $550 at least plus shipping the laptop to Germany.

    So, I went off researching something to replace my near death laptop.
    I had considered the Sager 9880 17" WUXGA notebook but I heard it
    had some serious heat issues because it's running almost the latest
    Nvidia 6800 GT or ATI X800 card. Originally, I thought I should buy a PC
    so I can play my online games which are Windows only. But, I didn't
    want to pay for Windows XP again for one. Second, I've been wanting
    to try Mac OS X for months and this was a good a reason as any.
    Despite the talks between Apple and Intel, I chose not to wait for the G5 or
    Intel based powerbooks, so I decided to get a stable and reliable revision D
    12" powerbook. I wonder if this means that we're at the end of the
    G4s. It's fine as long as Mac OS X development continues to be supported
    for older G4 processors.

    How did I decide between 12" or 15" or 17"? For the 12"? The ports are
    all on the left. Secondly, if I needed desktop real estate, I would get
    an external flat panel later. A lot of you guys talked about the Apple
    Cinema displays and Dell flat panels. Money saved not buying the 15" or
    17" will go toward the flat panel. For me, battery life was more important
    than the quality of the display. Third, powerbook wasn't going to be for
    games as we're going to see Xbox 360, Nintendo Revolution, and PlayStation
    3 next year. Fourth, I wanted to use Mac OS X not Windows XP.

    Windows XP had been stable for me. Everything runs fine but I did spend time always trying to organize my music collection and cleaning the computer after playing online games. Making sure things stay up-to-date such as critical updates and virus updates. Time consuming! Computer housekeeping time takes time away from actually listening to music or
    playing games.

    I've been very happy with my new powerbook so far. I still need to figure
    out to connect to my other Windows PCs in the house and setup Airport
    Extreme to work with my Belkin wireless router. I'm enjoying my cd collection all over again with iTunes + Clutter. The trackpad scrolling is often more useful than using my optical mouse. Superdrive works great which also
    allows me to watch a region 2 DVD with VLC. I haven't tried it yet but
    I believe it's suppose to work.

    One thing I do like about Mac OS X from using it only a week is that it automatically does computer housekeeping for you or it makes it easier.
    To get rid of an application -- just drag the
    app's icon into the trash or apple delete to move it to trash. No registry
    to deal with which usually leaves behind stuff in Windows. The simplicity
    of installing apps is so straightfoward -- instead of multiple dialogue boxes
    in Win XP -- click on the agreement and go ahead with the installation.
    Exposè is brilliant with no Windows equivalent. And getting the latin e
    in the word is easier than in Windows. Now you can actually say resumè
    when you mean that rather than resume. :)

    I forgot to mention that international font support is superb. My dad was
    impressed with the Chinese character support for the iLife apps and surfing
    the Web. There's a lot of older folks whose first language isn't English
    and I think having that capability built-in is a big plus. Unlike Apple, Microsoft
    requires you buy a Chinese version of Windows XP if you want full type support.

    I did spend some time getting used to the keyboard shortcuts by reading
    Switching to the Mac and Mac OS X the Missing Manual by David Pogue.
    Gets you up to speed. Trying to learn QuickSilver. I used SlickRun and heard
    others recommending AppRocket. SlickRun is good enough and is free
    from Bayden Software. For people who still have to use PCs or have PCs
    in their house like mine, SlickRun works well and you can use it to search
    google or map to any folder on your hard drive. I'm sure QuickSilver will
    do that and more once I learn it.

    Any tips or advice would be great or just point me to the thread. I'm sure
    they're around here on these forums. And that was just over a week.
    I'm sure there are some speed tricks I have yet to learn so I'll rely less
    and less on the trackpad over time.

    The best advice I received on these forums:
    Buy it if you need it now otherwise wait. Remember, hardware
    will always get better. 3 years from now I imagine Apple will be getting
    better powerbooks from Intel, AMD, or who-ever happens to making
    the CPUs then. Same goes with the video cards Nvidia or ATI, they
    will get better.


    Long-time PC user from Hawaii

    12" powerbook specifications
    1.5 GHz PowerPC G4
    1.25 GB DDR SDRAM (1 gb module from crucial.com;
    highly recommended; shipped fast despite a shortage on the 1gb module)
    80gb 5400 rpm hard drive
    (and the rest you can look up at the Apple web site)
    (no dead pixels from an online pixel test search via google)
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia

    I'm glad you're enjoying it. They're much much better than Windows-based machines. :D
  3. scarlets knees macrumors member

    Feb 11, 2005
    Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
    welcome from another relatively new switcher. the link below was given to me when I asked a similar question, hope it's some use


    also if you do a search on free or useful apps in the fourms there are loads of suggestions of the programs to really get the most out of your mac.

    Finally I totally agree about the housekeeping, I was so amazed that it was that simple to delete apps that I actually posted a query here to see if it really was THAT simple.

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