I switched.

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  1. El Slotho

    El Slotho Every hour wounds. The last one kills.

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    Two weekends ago, a friend and I were in the Emergency Room near his house to make sure that a superficial wound he suffered was indeed superficial. We made the acquaintance of an Army/National Guard soldier who was waiting for his comrade to come out, and, being tech guys ourselves, we started up with the tech talk. This guy was a trip. Supremely intelligent, as tech-savvy as it comes, and as the subject turned to Apple he made the comment that while one of his professional functions was to use and support Windows machines, he would never own one. He went on to extoll the virtues of the Mac platform to the effect that I could not find one argument to make to the contrary, especially not since one tenet was the ability to dual boot the newer Macs and run a Windows OS if one needed, as was the case for him when he wanted to get his game on.

    By the end of the conversation, even my friend, who is no lover of anything Apple, was agreeing that if I was going to be in the market for a new laptop I should consider the Mac route because my main hobby focus is on Photography and Videography. It was interesting timing for me, because I had just lost my nice Lenovo when I left my previous job, and I had decided that it was time for me to buy a laptop of my own and not be beholden to any workplace for the system.

    So here we are. :)

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    In the past two weeks, I have been familiarizing myself with the Mac OS. My girlfriend has had a Macbook for the past two years or so, and while I once avoided it like the plague, recently I've immersed myself into its function and operation with the frenzy necessary to one who needs to have a power-user level of understanding of an OS. While I didn't really mind the "chicklet" style keyboard of the Macbook, I can already tell from some limited typing on the Pro that I am going to love this machine. I am sure that there will still be some necessary acclimation time needed, but I know one thing - I will not miss having to constantly maintain the OS, I will not miss the possibility of everything being wiped out by a virus, and while I will miss the proficiency that I had with a Windows machine, I am looking forward to learning as much as possible about this system.
     
  2. HaXoC

    HaXoC Pill Counter

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    I can't believe the applecare box thingy says that
     
  3. El Slotho

    El Slotho Every hour wounds. The last one kills.

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    The1Ash10 Active Member

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  5. lowfat

    lowfat 24/Mac/SciFi/PC Crew OT Supporter

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    Have you used Tiger? It really isn't all that different. Tiger >>> Vista.
     
  6. urban ape

    urban ape take that take that take that

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    every iteration of OS X has shit on windows to the nth degree
     
  7. unorthadox

    unorthadox New Member

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    Did you get glossy or the other option for your 15" screen?

    Just trying to figure out what model I should choose.
    Thanks.
     
  8. Pseudonym

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    so sexy.
     
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    xenon supra OT Supporter

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    welcome to the club. I'm guessing the other box is for a printer?
     
  11. El Slotho

    El Slotho Every hour wounds. The last one kills.

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    Thanks NSX, I appreciate it!

    I chose the matt screen because I didn't like the way it glared when a lot of light hit the screen directly, and it did seem to oversaturate colors/overboost contrast, etc. when I tried to process photos in CS3 on a friend's glossy MBP. I am sure it is well worth the money for video playback, etc., but it didn't seem right for my application.

    That printer was $96 at the Apple store at time of checkout, and had a $100+ rebate attached to it so I figured why not - I have an older Dell SLC-series server with a laser printer attached to it in one of the back rooms that can handle heavy printing duties, but it isn't color like the "freebee" printer:

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    ...Which reminds me, I need to clean that room up a bit. :rofl:
     
  12. a-money

    a-money OT Supporter

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    did you get a glossy or a matte screen?

    grats and i hope you enjoy using OSX
     
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    Nice purchase. I've owned Wintel PCs my whole life but I have to admit: If I had the money for a nice laptop, a 15" MBP would be my #1 choice.
     
  14. V

    V Corrupt and Immoral

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    i'll be getting a mbp but i'm holding out for the next revision :hsd:
     
  15. Raider007

    Raider007 om nom nom nom

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    fyi, osx still needs maintainence...
    run disk utility and repair permissions once a quarter or after a major install....

    other than that, congrats
     
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    Pitt 1-1-11 — Never Forget OT Supporter

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    or just buy the current one so you won't be holding out for bug fixes :dunno:
     
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    Bolicious Handleobraese

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    It's amazing that so many OTers are switching. I've noticed a severe lack of apple hating threads over the last two years.
     
  18. HaXoC

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    More and more people I know are switching that are computer savvy or are/were CS Majors. I made the switch when I bought my macbook back in Oct 07 and I fricken' love OSX.

    The best part is spell check on everything!
     
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    I love that the unboxing pics even include the fed ex guy! :rofl:
     
  20. dirteemac

    dirteemac hey, how are you?

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    lol no shit
     
  21. V

    V Corrupt and Immoral

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    i can wait :o
     
  22. El Slotho

    El Slotho Every hour wounds. The last one kills.

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    I did a good amount of research and had this same thought initially, but decided to buy regardless. The current MPB is powerful enough to get me through the next generation, and then I can always splurge on the newest series in a few years. In the end, I wanted a machine now, and not in an indeterminate amount of time. I won't say that I'll feel somewhat regretful if Apple releases the newest batch in a month or so, but there's nothing I can do about that.

    In the meantime, I am really enjoying this thing. :bigthumb:

    Took care of it. I've loaded a good amount of applications since I took delivery, and when I repaired the permissions it actually took a while, and had a somewhat sizable log!

    Thanks for the heads-up man!


    I've been in the game for a while. I hold an older MCSE (in NT 4.0 and 2000), and I have spent a lot of years supporting Microsoft software, including the year I spent as a Senior MCT training prospective candidates for the MCSE program. While there are definitely those more OG and immersed into the IT game than me, I'd like to think that I've been around. That said, I love this machine. There are enough features to keep me constantly smiling as I find new shortcuts, functions, and surprises. For instance, I cannot believe how good the speakers are on this thing - Loud, clear, and while there isn't any bass, when I connect my Shure headphones that I use on my iPod/iPhone, the sound is great! Much better than either portable device, and while I can listen to anything, through any gear, I am a serious sound snob when it comes right down to it. :bigthumb:

    Heh. I had just swapped out the telephoto for the 24-70, and Holmes showed up. I felt like such a stalker, shooting from behind the drapes. :rofl:
     
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    Chadder007 OG Diamond Member

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    Especially since all of the 8600 series NVidia cards are defective and should be recalled.... :mamoru:
     
  24. El Slotho

    El Slotho Every hour wounds. The last one kills.

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    Yep. I read that too. :big grin:
     
  25. HaXoC

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    I knew I got a regular macbook for a reason! :bigthumb:
     

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