My first Mac: A switchers story

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by bigpumbaa, Jan 31, 2005.

  1. bigpumbaa macrumors member

    Nov 25, 2004
    I write this not because you guys don't know this, but just as a little reminder to how good Mac really is.

    About a week ago now, I got my Brand Spanking Used iBook 500 in the mail. I paid $420 for it shipped (with airport, OS X 10.3, the DVD/CD non-burning combo and a 256mb stick included). I also bought a Tucano 2nd skin and a new Apple battery for the iBook, bringing the entire purchase total to around $560. This is some of the best money I've ever spent.

    I was worried about speed while considering this iBook, after all from a PC users perspective... a 500 hz computer is essentially worthless, especially while trying to run the most current OS. Luckily, those speed worries were for nothing. The machine does exactly what I want it to do, and while it is slower than my PC (a 2.4 P4 w/ 512mb) it is most definitly in the realm of useability. A surprising testament to the uselessness of Mhz numbers...

    Mac OS X is AMAZING. Although you mac vets know this, I just thought you should maybe get a little reminder. Everything just WORKS. Airport just works, my iPod just works. I plugged in my USB hub (which had my Microsoft wireless mouse and my HP printer in it) just to see what would happen. It just worked. I was amazed. In fact, coming from a PC world... OS X was very confusing to me it first... simply because its so damn simple yet powerful. I couldn't for the life of me figure out how to install or delete programs... I researched and realized there WAS no uninstall menu. There WAS no installer program. Just drag and drop. Friken amazing. No crazy rouge files to delete... the system just makes sense. The whole purpose of the OS seems different. When you maximize a window... it doesn't fill the entire screen. This puzzled me at first, but it makes sense. On a 12" screen, I still have enough desktop space to see mutiple programs. I LOVE STICKIES. They are amazing... why can't Windows have small touches like this? Battery life... is shockingly good. Full screen brightness? Airport on? 4 HOURS +. Playing a DVD with full screen brightness? Still around 3 hours. I actually put it to the lowest screen brightness and turned off Airport, and it estimated 7 hours of battery life. Simply amazing.

    Most importantly, the thing is SLICK. This is technically a 5 year old computer, yet its smaller and lighter than most Windows machines out there now. The size and weight of a medium textbook (I'm in college). People see me with it and can't believe I got it for the price I did. Apple design is truly amazing, and despite a few surface scuffs... my iBook is still a beautiful thing. I love how it sleeps. No exterior lights, but a small little breathing light magically appears. Hell, even the AC adapter makes sense (I got the "yoyo" model i suppose). Small enough to just stuff in my bookbag.

    I've been coming to grips with the system, and I'm sure I'll learn a lot more in the future. I'm using shortcut keys a lot more than I do on my Windows machine. Control-Click is a switchers best friend (and made me realize that the only thing a mouse needs is one button and a scroll wheel). Anybody out there who thinks Macs are too expensive, get a used one. It's not the same, 500mhz on a Mac isn't 500mhz on the PC. Needless to say, my next computer is going to be a Mac. Apple caught me early. I'm 19 and in college, always liked Macs but never got one, and the iPod Halo effect got me in. My 4 year old system runs like a charm, I can only imagine what a brand new one is like. Thank you Apple, thanks a lot.
  2. djbahdow01 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 19, 2004
    Northeast, CT
    Congrats on your purchase. I too am an early switcher, 21, went a different route than you tho. Dual 2.5, etc. I love the Mac design and all the little quirks they add into it as well. Can't wait pretty soon i hope to be able to afford a 12 or 15 Powerbook. That will probably be over the summer or so as long as i have finished paying off the PM G5 loan that i took out for the beast. It is paying off right now as well as I have finished my first Video job and with it have recieved some graphic design jobs from it. I just love my machine and can't wait for Tiger to be out.
  3. ChrisBrightwell macrumors 68020


    Apr 5, 2004
    Huntsville, AL
  4. bigpumbaa thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 25, 2004
    Right here on this forum actually. I posted on the Selling forum, and had someone actually register (i.e. they had a 0 post count when they PM'd me) to contact me about it. I had my reservations, but they guy was nothing but nice about it and understood my concerns. He actually WAITED a month for me to get the money to buy it from him. Also he shipped it with an EXTRA A/C adapter, all the complete boxes for Mac OS X and iLife '04 and an Apple Pro Mouse. My faith in internet transactions is obvious been upped.

    So thanks forums!

    EDIT: heh... I guess it IS macrumors... I always used applerumors... oh well :D
  5. Sogo macrumors 6502

    Jan 4, 2004
    Hey what do you know, takes you here...i was about to call you out on that... :D
  6. bubbamac macrumors 6502

    Dec 24, 2003
    Welcome to the Mac world. Glad you're having a good experience!

    I switched about two years ago - and I'm still amazed at the simplicity of the OS.

    BTW, if you can get that RAM up to 512, or better, 768, you'll be even more amazed.

    Use your Mac for a year, then try to use a Windoze machine. Frustrating is being nice.

    If you seen them yet, there are two threads somewhere on the board regarding software, one deals with "the best free apps," and the other is the "best apps (that you pay for)". Search them out - they've got an exhaustive list of stuff, some of which you didn't know you needed! ;)
  7. Mav451 macrumors 68000


    Jul 1, 2003
    Heh heh, now you're making me feel guilty about me feeling my iBook 800 is "slow".

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