Why I don't have a MAC...

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  1. SoKo

    SoKo New Member

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    and it doesn't have anything to do with me hating macs.

    I just don't know how to use one :( and when I try it seems frustrating...

    any like "mac for dummies" guides?
     
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    Dunno, but I think the basics are pretty easy to get, then anything else is just picking up new tricks here and there.
     
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    i was the same way. never used a mac pretty much since the days pf the Apple IIe's in my elementary school. then last summer i started dating someone with an iBook. started using that alot since i was at her apt for a considerable amount of my time. learned to use it, fell in love, picked up a powerbook myself. best thing i ever did...
     
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    i have to get a new computer sometime this summer probably, and want to keep my mind open, so i'm gonna go to the lab at school and use a mac for awhile, see how it works out
     
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    It may also be beneficial to download a linux distro and get aquainted with it. They have some unix similarities after all. Of course OS X is just way more user friendly, so anything you manage to learn from linux could only help, and it's free anyway. That was my stepping stone, at least.

    You may find that the more experience you get with non-MS systems, the easier it becomes to get settled into alternatives. I think it would be difficult to switch if you still have a strong dependency on MS. But if you start weening yourself off , it's really not that hard to branch out and into other things.
     
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    i'm on a powerpc g4 right now, not too shabby, i was on a g5 i think but the internet isn't on those at the lab

    all i use at work/home is PC, but i wouldn't say that i'm soley dependant on that, if there is an alternative

    i can't say i'm a huge fan of this way too soft keyboard, and where is the right click :hs:

    but it isn't bad, now i just gotta figure out how to get into my webmail...

    ps: this one has internet explorer on it, haha
     
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    omg, i did f5, and it worked :o
     
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    You can plug in any usb mouse you want, 2-button, 5-button, whatever. I believe it's similarly flexible with keyboards too.
     
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    i understood about 5% of what you just said

    what is a linux distro?
     
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    Ha, ok

    linux = free open source OS, another alternative to windows. It's a good alternative too, but lacking a bit in the user-friendly department. But it can be fun to learn, and if you get at least some familiarity with it, OS X will be a breeze. Well OS X should be easy enough on its own, but it could still be beneficial to learn if you're not quite ready to take the mac leap just yet. Don't let the microsoft "90%+ market share" fool you, there is a whole world of alternatives out there (mostly *nix-based like linux and mac). The more you know, the better off you'll be.
     
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    oh, i know what linux is, can't say i can use it very well :o i just didn't kno what "distro" meant, sounds like a nice italian place, the kind where they put garlic bread on your table and free house wine
     
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    "distribution"/version/..
    (fedora, mandrake, suse, ..)
     
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    :o

    i priced the mac i want, w/ the educational discount, bish still ain't cheap :(

    my uncle has used macs since....macs were around, maybe he knows somebody that knows somebody...
     
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    If you don't have a Mac because you're nervous about getting used to the OS, don't be. It's a very user-friendly, yet still powerful OS.
     
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    *cough* mac mini *cough*

    ...you're the reason why apple made the mac mini's.
     
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    not really, i like the mini, but along with the mini i'd have to buy keyboard and monitor, which would make the cheap mac mini, not so cheap

    i have a dell inspiron 4000 laptop now (pentium 3, 900 mhz)
     
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    So you not getting a mac is more due to money than not knowing your way around the OS. In any case, the mini is the cheapest option you're gonna get outside something used on ebay.
     
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    your best bet would be to buy a used ibook or powerbook and play around with it. I never truly touched a mac until i bought my used Pismo G3 powerbook and now im in love. My girlfriend bought an ibook after she started using mine.
     
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    find out what time your local mac store opens and closes. stay there from open to close and play around with OSX. if a sales rep bugs you (doubtful), just say you're in the process of making your decision
     
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    go to an apple store. they can show you whatever you want. heck, you can even pretend that you already OWN a mac (so they won't be pushing it on you) and you just want to learn how to use it. this will probably show you a lot more a lot quicker than reading a book
     
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    some mac stores even do demonstrations of their programs & OS
     
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    newsroom_can Canada eh?

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    If you can use Windows, you can use OS X.

    I also made a switch few weeks ago. Best move ever.
     
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    :werd: However I don't know how someone could have trouble with the Mac OS, my GF bought an iBook (having never used anything but PCs her whole life) and was using it and surfing the web/word processing/etc. from day one without ever asking me for help (not that I could have done much I hadn't used a Mac since 7) :dunno:
     
  25. bmxenbrett

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    mac=wack
     

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