Switched 30 minutes ago

xrayzed

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Brand new 14-inch iBook.

I haven't used a Mac for five years. I'm rather looking forward to checking this baby out...
 

.Andy

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Congratulations xrayzed :D. I'm sure you'll love it.

Your elation should grow over the next week or so - at which time you'll post a thread about how you ever survived without OSX :).

Enjoy!
 

xrayzed

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I added an extra 512MB. I was looking at adding 1GB, but an IT friend of mine told me that Mac memory management is designed to work best when the RAM chips are the same size.

He's been a Mac-fan for years, and even sent me a black skivvy when I said I was switching. :D
 

intrepkid21

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xrayzed said:
I added an extra 512MB. I was looking at adding 1GB, but an IT friend of mine told me that Mac memory management is designed to work best when the RAM chips are the same size.

He's been a Mac-fan for years, and even sent me a black skivvy when I said I was switching. :D
True, but only for the G5's I believe
 

mad jew

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intrepkid21 said:
True, but only for the G5's I believe

And I'm pretty sure it's only relevant if you get them at pretty much the same time. It's not a size thing so much as a specific part of the RAM that must be the same to get full benefits. Having said that, they must be the same size.
 

joecool85

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mad jew said:
Nice! :)

How much RAM? I hope it's 512MB plus, and if not, look into some third party stuff to ensure your new friend is a high flyer.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but he said new iBook, and all the iBooks start at 512, therefore making it impossible to buy anything that isn't "512mb plus."
 

wdlove

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I think that you will be very pleased with the performance increase from the extra RAM. Hopefully you purchased AppleCare also.
 

xrayzed

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Early impressions:

Mac OS is close enough to Windows to confuse a switcher. My current rule of thumb is "when confused try the simplest solution".

For example when I was trying to open photo files on a CD-ROM I kept trying to find the command in the drop-down menus, checked the help files, etc. After about 15 minutes I thought "I wonder what happens if I just drag the files over the application?"

Solved.

Another example: when connecting my firewire external HD I plugged it in, and then began ferretting around trying to work out how to detect and install drivers and such.

Then by chance I look up at the screen and see the icon shows the drive is already mounted and ready to go.

"Oh. Wow. That was easy."

I'm beginning to get the idea of this "it just works" philosophy.

I'm not a Mac-cultist yet - I've had a few hiccups as well with the Superdrive jamming at one stage, a dead pixel, and I'm still not 100% sure about the one-button mouse (I might still try my Logitech, or even check out the Mighty Mouse). No deal killers though, and so far I'm more than happy with the purchase.

OTOH my wife lives in dread of the idea of my dragging the iBook with us everywhere we go. Rightly so, as it turns out. :D
 

AstrosFan

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xrayzed said:
OTOH my wife lives in dread of the idea of my dragging the iBook with us everywhere we go. Rightly so, as it turns out. :D
Just wait till you realize how fun it is to have the iBook with you on vacation at your hotel with high-speed internet!
Might have to sneak it into your carry-on luggage... ;)
 

xrayzed

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I also have to say I don't know why people complain about the look of the iBook. I find the clean, simple design rather appealing.

Maybe it's just a boredom thing, wanting a fresh approach. But it still works for me.
 

Flowbee

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You may want to check out David Pogue's book "OS X: The Missing Manual." It's very clear and easy to read... and helps make the whole switching process nearly painless.

Congrats on your new Mac!
 
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