I love this rig!

Discussion in 'iMac' started by jj1075, Nov 17, 2007.

  1. jj1075 macrumors newbie

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    It's day 4 using the new iMac and I'm head over heals. I can see my old PC out the corner of my eye over there and instead of feeling sorry for it, I feel like kicking it and then tossing it out the window. I feel like I've been driving a Yugo for the past 12 years and then winning a Ferrari in a contest.
    I was away on business when the iMac arrived so I was getting pretty antsy to get home. Finally, after escaping northern California and her unforgiving traffic quagmire, I was back in Nevada and eying that huge box the 24" is housed in. 41 minutes later I had the 4gigs of RAM that I had bought separately installed and the Leopard disc was in place putting the new OS on board the 500gig HDD. There was nothing to it!
    "Hell, the thing must be getting ready to overheat and explode", I thought as I wasn't able to hear the usual 747 taxiing on the runway fan sounds the PC use to churn out for me. Nothing but near silence.

    I looked with my untrained eye for gradient defects and dead pixels but saw nothing as Leopard sprang to life for the first time. After waxing nostalgically about the days of hunting down driver disks and getting installation sequences correct after a new OS install (not!), I quickly installed iWork without problem and moved on to exploring the new sinewy,sleek cat. Amazingly quick and intuitive I found it to be with only the minor inconvenience of the close, shrink and expand buttons being over on the left and the menu bar not following the window around. Even my coffee starved, feeble brain was able to overcome these trivial differences and move on. I love the feel and look of the Dock down there at the bottom. It beats the hell out of my old START button and fuzzy,small icons I used to drag to the task bar in Windows. ichat looks like a feature rather than a potential security threat and something that needs disabling immediately like Messenger does in Windows. "Hey! where the hell is my antivirus software? Am I exposing myself to instant viral death right now?" "Oh yeah, no need to worry you're in a safer place now,keep moving." All the apps I opened and explored seemed refined and extremely intuitive.....I was wondering why there weren't reams of manuals in the box.

    And the speed, oh the speed. 2.4GHZ of howling cat. I've yet to wait around while watching that sand-timer thingie churn and churn while waiting for something to load like I used to. The old 1.6GHZ AMD Yugo chip just didn't have it anymore. I took on the task of moving my iTunes library over to the iMac and it went fast and flawless. 17k plus of music swung over whilst I took a shower and read some mail. A task that took a day or two on the PC due to lack of speed and crashes etc. What a difference! I then fired up Front Row with the very cool and inspired remote and enjoyed some tunes while I did laundry and put away my traveling gear.

    Again, I love this rig. I was wary of moving over-especially after reading about the freezes, gradient problems etc. gone over in great lengths on these forums. But I realized that mostly folks with problems are going to to look for a spot to air them and this is the place to do it. I want to be one of those with a some good things to say....although I'd come here to get problems solved too. There's nothing wrong with that-you just have to understand the the ratio between problems and good results and par them accordingly.

    Unfortunately, I'm off to buy a Vista version so I can take advantage of an incredible feature the Mac allows and install Vista. I need it to feed my Orange Box addiction. Not to worry though, I'll give it minimal partition space and treat it accordingly.

    Thanks for all the insights and gleaned knowledge posted on these boards, I'll be back for more. Heck, I even subscribed to the RSS feed.

    Jeff Jackson
    Mac User
     
  2. egsaxy macrumors member

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    congrats on the switch and the happiness it brings. it is a beautiful machine.
     
  3. Italchef macrumors 6502

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    Congratulations on your new iMac. I have the exact same specs as you do and haven't had any issues with freezing etc. I switched 5 yrs ago and have never looked back. Enjoy!

    Mick
     
  4. czachorski macrumors 6502a

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    What a great narrative. Enjoy. You are in for a treat the next few weeks/months with the joys of exploring your new 1st Mac.
     
  5. jj1075 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks! and thanks for the welcome,folks.

    I forgot to ad how solid with a form and function feel the wireless keyboard has. Even sans the number pad the thing is nice. I'm telling you, Apple's attention to detail is truly a selling point.

    I just went ahead with what i thought would be a slight deflation in my Mac experience. i figure getting my current HP printer up and running would be something similar to trying to get it going in Linux. Not even close. I plugged the thing in (an HP 1310) and away it went. The drivers were already there and waiting. Leopard didn't even have to pat itself on the back and inform me with a message that it had wisely anticipated my need for a printer and preloaded drivers. It just went to work instead. What a great thing.

    Sorry if I seem overly enthused about all this...I just am because this is so easy.

    Jeff Jackson
     
  6. plumbingandtech macrumors 68000

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    Congrats!

    versiontracker.com and macupdate.com have new shareware/freeware and software demo every day BTW.

    good place to find new toys.
     
  7. DesignerOnMac macrumors 6502a

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    Welcome to the Light side mate

    I have been a MAC owner since 1988, so for me getting my new 24" extreme iMac was sort of routine so to speak. But I have to say, I to read all the issues and problems with posters on here and other forums and I was very nervous about getting this iMac. (First time iMac owner. I have had all desktop MACs previously.)

    Although I am a long time MAC user, I was pleased to find that all the printer drivers I needed were within Leopard, etc. i only needed to add scanner drivers etc., and I was ready to go!

    Welcome to the MAC and this board, enjoy yourself and my your experiences continue to be happy!
     
  8. czachorski macrumors 6502a

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    I switched 5 years ago, so I was in the exact same boat with you when I got my 24". I have to say, though, it is such an amazing machine, it has brought back some of that excitement of the days of old.

    I know exactly how you feel. It took about 3 years for that feeling to fade when I switched 5 years ago, and it never really went away. Still there, but now more in a pleasant background happiness sort of way. :D
     
  9. iMpathetic macrumors 68030

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    Great!

    Good for you! Now if I could just get rid of my suspicion of Intel Macs and $2500, I'd do the exact same thing!
     
  10. czachorski macrumors 6502a

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    If the cash is a big barrier, there are some great deals emerging on the White 24" iMacs. $1449 refurb from Apple. 17" as low as $849.
     
  11. SaSaSushi macrumors 68040

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    Plus, I suppose if you went with the Extreme 2.8 iMac and added in a bunch of RAM and a larger HDD you could get it to $2500 but the default configuration on the 2.4 24" alumiMac is only $1799.

    Congrats to the OP. These new iMacs are indeed a thing of beauty.
     
  12. iMpathetic macrumors 68030

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    well, i suppose you're right... the most money I've ever had at one time was $275, which went straight into my defective TiBook at 6:00 this evening. Pretty creepy really.

    I dunno if i should even switch to Intel...
     
  13. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    Sounds like you're enjoying your new mac and your keyboard appears to be in fine working order. ;)
     

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