How many and what for ??

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by entatlrg, May 9, 2009.

  1. entatlrg macrumors 68040

    entatlrg

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    1. How many computers do you have?

    2. What do you use them for?

    3. Which one is your favorite, (or what's your 'dream machine')?
     
  2. jmann macrumors 604

    jmann

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    I have two MacBooks, and I am planning on selling the second older white MacBook, because I only need one. :)
     
  3. alexbates macrumors 65816

    alexbates

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    One computer- Mac- MBP. I use it for Email, Twitter, music (iTunes), family pics, Forums/Blogs/Message boards, FBook (not much anymore), School work, and just about everything.
     
  4. wadejc85 macrumors 6502

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    iMac - Personal Use (e-mail, photography, cartooning, and some other fun stuff)

    Dell Laptop - Work (GIS, docket writing, technical analysis using Excel, and some other slightly-boring stuff)
     
  5. entatlrg thread starter macrumors 68040

    entatlrg

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    Cartooning, cool, what software do you use?
     
  6. SlasherDuff macrumors 6502a

    SlasherDuff

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    I have a Dell Precision M60 that is collecting dust, I doubt I will ever use it again. I also have my BlackBook, which has been my favorite computer for over a year now.
     
  7. Freewayjim macrumors regular

    Freewayjim

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    I have three:
    15.4" UMBP 2.53 as my main computer
    15.4" MBP Classic 2.23 for work
    Dell 17" XPS 2 that I hardly use anymore

    We also have three more computers in the house:
    Wife: 20" iMac (Wants a Laptop)
    12 year Old Son: 13" Black MacBook & 15.4" Dell Inspiron 6000 (both hooked up to one 25.5" HP monitor)
     
  8. zer0tails macrumors 65816

    zer0tails

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    I own two computers and while necessary, feels a little extravagant.

    A mac pro desktop for the heavy lifting and work when I'm at home.

    A macbook pro laptop for field operations and working at the office, presentations etc. (I do not use it at starbucks)

    I use dropbox to keep both in sync though wish there was an all in one easier solution.

    I'm tempted to get a third laptop for field work in less savory places since i wouldn't want to get my MBP damaged but we'll see. At the moment, I think this will suffice.
     
  9. entatlrg thread starter macrumors 68040

    entatlrg

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    I'm trying sugarsync at the moment, haven't got that far into it yet, but so far seems like a great tool!
     
  10. Dr.Pants macrumors 65816

    Dr.Pants

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    I have 4 computers.

    PowerMac G5 Quad
    -I use this for video editing and other OSX - only applications that I love to use. That and I also love IBM (The driving force behind game-console processors). However, even though the processors run pretty cool for a G5, the noises it makes can be disconcerting at times.

    RAID PC (hand-made)
    -Not actually up and running yet. Being repurposed from the task of being a gaming computer; motherboard died, so I'm in the process of getting a new one. May also serve its original function as I can reinstall Windows and shove OpenSolaris on another partition. The RAID would be what I record to and work with while editing video (recording live HD). AMD Athlon x2 6400+ (aka 3.2 GHz dual). Also is getting some cheap Intel NICs for port teaming.

    Dell Precision M4400
    -School/Field computer. It games alright, but the main thing is just previewing video to make sure there are not any HDV artifacts. Of course, this is secondary - its primary purpose was just to be a school PC that could take some oomph. Uses an Intel T9800, and currently running Windows 7 Beta.

    Retro Gaming PC (hand made)
    -Like the title. Just for a run-down, 1 GHz AMD processor, 512 MB RAM, and 3DFX 5000 AGP graphics. It was awesome when it was made, and I got it when I was... 14? Runs classic games really well, although the power draw is.. significant. Half-Life and its derivatives, Civilizations 1,2, and 3 (!), Homeworld, and StarCraft are what this baby was made for!

    The Power Mac is my favorite - OSX and FCS2. Would I like a MacPro? The 2.93 Octo? Yes please. However, it (and even the 2006 MP) were out of my price range...
     
  11. the2j macrumors member

    the2j

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    1. 2.66 UMBP (main computer)

    2. 2.00 mac mini (plex server)

    The MBP is my favorite; it is a great machine !
     
  12. 5DollaFootlong macrumors 6502

    5DollaFootlong

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    1 macbook 2.4 ghz unibody. I use it for school. When not in class, I connect a monitor keyboard and mouse and use it in clamshell mode as a desktop
     
  13. wadejc85 macrumors 6502

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    Illustrator... Although, pencil and India ink look much better. :p
     
  14. dsnort macrumors 68000

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    I have waaaay too many computers, can't use them all! ( Although I did recently sell two Black MacBooks for way more money than I thought I'd ever get for them.)
     
  15. entatlrg thread starter macrumors 68040

    entatlrg

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    I think most people nowadays have some kind of two computer system.
     
  16. robindahlia789 macrumors regular

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    just one

    Mac- macbook unibody
    use it for everything, and anything.
     
  17. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

    GimmeSlack12

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    iMac 24" - primary machine.
    Mac Mini G4 - TV/movie machine
    iBook G4 12" - use while watching TV/Google random facts to settle discussions

    I want an iPhone real bad.
     
  18. bartelby macrumors Core

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    In constant use:

    PowerBook G4: Photoshop work, music production, the odd bit of World of Warcraft. web/email.

    PowerMac G4: Mainly iTunes and web now

    iBook G4: The wife uses for her uni work, web/email

    Occasional use:

    iMac 350: iTunes and web

    In very occasional use:

    PowerMac 7500: Old OS9 audio programs like BackToBasics

    PowerBook 5300: using BackToBasics live.


    I really do need some new machines :eek:
     
  19. SecondDealer macrumors regular

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    I have a 15' Alumni Body MBP from September which I use every day as my main computer and then a Dell XPS family computer that I might use once every two weeks or so.
     
  20. bartelby macrumors Core

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    15 feet?!
    :eek:
    :D
     
  21. Nistilian macrumors newbie

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    PC Desktop P4 1.7GHz 1GB RAM. :eek: Yes, I desperately need an upgrade.
     
  22. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

    GoCubsGo

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    3 currently, about to be 4.
    Mac Pro - Heavy lifting
    PowerBook - Lives in a box
    MB Air - Couch surfing and travel buddy

    Soon:
    Mac Mini - Media center.

    Favorite ... probably my Air believe it or not.
     
  23. michael.lauden macrumors 68020

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    MacBook in Sig - Schoolwork, some photoshop work, some playing games, surfing the web and managing e-mail/eBay/Craigslist on the go (with tethering ;) )

    Mac mini in Sig - Got it for my mom, traded my torn up AC30 for it after a tour- she was using an old Dell 1.0Ghz piece of crap laptop. hinges didn't work. keys stuck. needless to say. she is very happy

    Dell Inspiron - Sitting around gather dust in the garage :)
     
  24. Consultant macrumors G5

    Consultant

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    MBP 17":
    emails, 17" iPod, photoshop, work, mobile gaming, etc.

    iMac white intel c2d, matt 20":
    image editing.

    PowerMac G4, headless:
    server, online storage

    Gaming PC, 24" LCD:
    Games, wastes time to deal with stupid windows issues
     
  25. rogersmj macrumors 68020

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    I used to have a lot more, but I've been making an effort to simplify and conserve power. Currently, our household has four computers, I only work directly on two. That's down from 7 computers a few years ago.

    1. 24" iMac 2.8GHz / 1.5TB / 4GB - my main workstation at home, I do personal design work and photography with this machine and its two 24" screens, and also my main iTunes library resides here.

    2. 15.4" MacBook Pro 2.4GHz / 160GB / 4GB - my work laptop. Used for everything for my employer, also for home surfing and emailing while out on the couch. I hook it up to a 20" ACD while at work or a 20" Dell at home when doing actual work on it.

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    3. Black MacBook 2.0 GHz / 100GB / 2 GB - my wife's one and only computer. She pretty much just does email, web surfing, the occasional word document, and a few personal photos.

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    4. Mac Mini -- hooked up to the plasma TV and running Plex as a front end to my large video library which lives on a 1.5 TB D-Link NAS (which used to be a Linux server -- one of the computers I managed to eliminate).
     

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