What do u use your mac for?

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by BoneyardBoy, Sep 14, 2004.

  1. BoneyardBoy macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2004
    Under the sea
    What does every1 here use their macs for? Just curious really. i just use mine for general music/games/keeping journal/e-mail/website making and some video editing here and there. i'm kinda starting to think i should maybe start to use mine to do something more productive. how about everyone else
  2. paxtonandrew macrumors 6502

    May 10, 2004
    I Come From A Land Down Under
    What to Peecee users use their computers for? I do all of the same things (except gaming) on my Mac, except better. Music/Web/P2P/Photoshop/Photo-keeping/other general Computing. I have never had a super-fast computer, so the use of Quark, Production suite will nevcer have a home on any of my computers.
  3. friarbayliff macrumors regular

    Jul 20, 2004
    MN / IN

    My pb works wonders as a portable student laptop. I love being able to go an entire day on a battery charge. I also love watching most PC laptop users finding places to plug in everywhere they go. :)
  4. AmigoMac macrumors 68020


    Aug 5, 2003
    Take notes about activities (Research), to-do lists, addresbook, listen music, save photos, produce our own family videos, do some posters (Depends on the mood), family databases, download patches for PC users :p ... actually it's along list, a lot of things I couldn't do that easy with a PC ... oh! and read rumors ;)
  5. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    Bitching about Apple
    Bitching about Apple ship dates
    Bitching about Apple specs
    Bitching about Apple prices
    Bitching about Apple
    Bitching about porn
  6. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    I have a Mac AND a Windows "Peecee" (which is currently being fixed).

    I use the Mac for:
    - Almost ALL Web surfing
    - Playing music
    - Programming

    I use the PC for:
    - Converting music to a format the Mac can play :)
    - Running Windows Update :p
    - Programming (in the future, since I don't have a development environment installed yet) :eek:
  7. Diatribe macrumors 601


    Jan 8, 2004
    Back in the motherland
    That's the most productive use I have heard of in this thread or in general. :D
    What else can you do with a computer besides watching, downloading, editing, sorting... porn? :p

    I do a lot of stuff like email, internet browsing, playing once in a while, writing a journal, using all the nifty apps like stickies, adressbook, ical, iDVD etc.

    And I do actually work with this thing too. :D I download porn... oh darn, wrong topic :D
    Photoshop, Excel, PP, Word, etc. for college and work. Oh and ichat/iSight to chat with buddies from overseas(not that this is working ;) )
  8. Jo-Kun macrumors 6502a

    Dec 20, 2003
    since mine is located in my Photostudio...

    I use it for Photoshop
    Scanning slides
    camera control with my DSLR in the Studio
    minor video editing with FCP
    itunes (just to copy everything on my iPod...)
    ftp to one of my clients server...
    burn data CD or DVD's for backup or to send to clients...
    proofprinting before I send something off to them...

    thats about it...

    PS: I did receive iLife with this G5 and I did NOT install it since I only use iTunes... I don't use adress book or mail from apple... I don't like it because I can automate much more in entourage (ok its MS...) to filter out if mails are work or private and put them in different folders so when I'm working I see the work related mails first...
  9. Diatribe macrumors 601


    Jan 8, 2004
    Back in the motherland
    You know that you can do all that with the rules in mail too, right?
  10. Jo-Kun macrumors 6502a

    Dec 20, 2003
    yes I do... but I like the fact that I can use my calendar in the same progam & synch with my palm device (ok iCal can do that too, I know) and send invitations to PC users who use outlook, as far as I know you cannot do that with iCal...
    I don't like to have too much different programs running at the same time I like it combined...
  11. toughboy macrumors 6502a


    May 2, 2003
    Izmir, Turkey
    Well I use entourage just because it works well with Hotmail accounts, thats all.. iCal and Mail does everything pretty well plus they work faster than entourage.. I'm expecting alot from the next versions of mail and especially iCal.. I dont know why, but iCal seems to change alot in a positive way in next release of OS (Tiger)
  12. Chemical Max macrumors newbie

    Oct 16, 2003
    Oxford, UK
    Work and play

    Design educational science software in Flash.
    BBedit 8.0 (sweet)
    Database on Appleworks/ file maker pro (so right compared with Access)
    Worksheets on Appleworks (I teach Advanced level chemistry)
    Word when writing books (due to portability to PCs)
    iPhoto (home photos)
    play music on iTunes
    email on Mail
    Palm desktop (have a Tungsten T3)

    Network with old G3 laptop so sit in garden when it is warm and surf the net. (This is Oxford Englad, UK, so it is too cold now)

    All on OS 10.3.5. The G4 is still speedy. Oh, I wait for the day when I upgrade. Of course you always will get something better if you wait another 6 months....

    Chemical Max
  13. homerjward macrumors 68030


    May 11, 2004
    fig tree
    no mac yet, but i use my pc for spybot/adaware/virus scanning (you have to lol) aim, surfing with firefox cause im not stupid, iTunes, email (thunderbird with my sbcglobal account and gmail on the web) microsoft, notating/writing music in noteworthy compser for fun/my music theory class at school, light gaming, i guess that's about it...
  14. VooDooPope macrumors member

    Jun 9, 2004
    The Heights, Houston TX
    At work all types of graphic design (web and print) as well as email web etc.

    Same thing at home with some light gaming.

    Also Music, Photos, movies, you know all the stuff my Mac makes so easy.
  15. FattyMembrane macrumors 6502a


    Apr 14, 2002
    bat country
    typical student stuff like...

    writing papers (textedit - surprisingly good as a word processor)
    listening to music
    surfing the web
    checking email

    and stuff for work, like...

    graphic design - photoshop, omnigraffle, cenon, potrace, autotrace
    web development - taco html edit, yoursql, php, mysql

    i really think that the mac os is the best platform for web design. there are so many great free tools for it and almost everything you need comes built in (apache, perl, php). no need to upload to a server to see how your site will function.
  16. JeDiBoYTJ macrumors 6502a


    Jun 22, 2004
    Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    typical computer stuff, like email, web, music, a couple games...etc.

    But I also use it for College stuff (portability is nice), and for heavy video editing with FCP, Photoshop. and FlashMX. And this PowerBook just purrrrrs along nicely :D . Of course, i would LOVE to have a Dual 2.5 sitting next to me right now, but I really needed a laptop for college...
  17. NusuniAdmin macrumors 6502a


    Nov 19, 2003
  18. FuzzyBallz macrumors 6502a


    May 2, 2003
    Home of Al-Qaida
    Scanning, Photochop, Dreamweaver, FlowJo, MS Office, iChat, iTunes, Mail (I love this program!), Safari/FireFox. No games, I do that on the PC.
  19. yellow Moderator emeritus


    Oct 21, 2003
    Portland, OR
    A shorter list would be, what don't I use it for?

    Making pancakes. But I'm working on that. Look for "iPancaker™" in mid '05!
  20. DavidLeblond macrumors 68020


    Jan 6, 2004
    Raleigh, NC
    Use my Mac for:

    Web surfing
    Games (Scorch 3D)
    3D Art (Blender)
    etc etc

    Use my PC for:

    Punishing myself.
  21. jrv3034 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 23, 2002
    Editing independent digital feature films. The reason I switched was Final Cut Pro 4. It's simply the best.

    Also: email (Entourage), web (Safari), graphic design (Photoshop, InDesign), sorting wedding pictures (iPhoto), etc...
  22. Crikey macrumors 6502

    Jan 14, 2004
    Spencer's Butte, Oregon
    That's funny! I too periodically get pangs of almost guilt that most of what I do is for fun and not much is really "productive". Though I'm not sure what exactly I would consider "productive" computer use; maybe writing a book? What would you consider a "more productive" use for your Mac?

    What I do is surf (don't have a TV, listen to radio, or subscribe to a newspaper, so all my news comes from the Web), e-mail, keep a journal, write essays/rants, maintain a couple of Web sites, record riffs and tunes with GarageBand, digital photography, listen to iTunes, and a little video editing -- almost identical to what you do. I also use Palm Desktop to keep track of my life details and sync my Palm handheld. Sometimes I do a little Java programming.

    Interesting question.


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