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Just Bought An IMac - How Do I Use It?  
User currently offlineEg777er From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 1837 posts, RR: 14
Posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1289 times:

Well, it's not actually me, but a friend. He's just bought an iMac with 800mhz/DVD-R/256/60 etc. etc. (basically the top one).

He's been used to Windows 98 but he's a slave to design and cool advertising. Does anyone have any tips to remember when using it? I'm on it at the moment and it looks very lovely.....just a different way of working to Windows.



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User currently offlineD L X From United States of America, joined May 1999, 11422 posts, RR: 52
Reply 1, posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1268 times:

I thought the whole idea about the iMac was that you could simply plug it in and go...


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User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 19
Reply 2, posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1255 times:

Yep, but all you get with it is the operating system which will not run his old Windows software.
He'll have to go out and buy a fortune worth of Mac software (which may well be very hard to find as the market is small, and will be very expensive, typically 2-3 times at least what the equivalent PC package would cost).

A better solution that many have taken is removing all the electronics and turning them into fancy techy-looking aquariums. Far more soothing, cheaper to operate, and just as usefull.



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User currently offlineJared From United States of America, joined May 2001, 685 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1252 times:

Um, right.

So MS Office costs 2-3x as much for a Mac than for Windows? Right. Why don't you go look it up.

If he is a slave to design, he will know the software he needs. And if he is a slave to design, then he has chosen the correct platform to use his skills.

Jwenting,

You must not be familiar with Pro Tools or any kind of media like movies/tv. Those fields are completely dominated by Macs.

You want games, buy a PC. That is the only advantage.

And Mac software is hard to find? Heh. You don't get anything with it? iMovie, iDVD? Oh yeah, that's everything you need to import from a dv cam and burn a DVD. But that's right, the computer doesn't come with anything but the OS.


User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21486 posts, RR: 53
Reply 4, posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1236 times:

Just relax. The neat thing with the Mac is that it´s easier than you might expect. (And it´s usually the other way around with Windows, from my experience...  Wink/being sarcastic)

There are lots of excellent applications and utilities at reasonable prices or even for free; From my experience, it´s predominantly the thousands of crappy junk programs that you´d miss on the Mac. Or you might not, at that.  Wink/being sarcastic

Just relax!  Big thumbs up


User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29802 posts, RR: 58
Reply 5, posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1217 times:

You tie a rope to it and use it for a boat anchor.

The Mac has been since 1990 the computer equivlent of the 352 Ford engine.




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User currently offline174thfwff From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1214 times:

Here's a tip...you won't get another windows related virus again...EVER!!!

I love Macs! They are the best at making a stable software that's not opensource!


User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7786 posts, RR: 16
Reply 7, posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1212 times:

Bear in mind some Macs make better anchors than others. The iMac is far too light, let me suggest something like a Power Mac 7100, that thing weighs a ton.

I all seriousness. In my use of Macs I have never found the OS to be as intuitive as Windows. Unless you have all your software shortcutted on the desktop you have to go through the rather messy process of getting to it from the "Mac HD" icon. It is a little akin to opening Netscape via the "My Computer" icon. I think the Windows start menu works far better in that regard. And I may just be dumb, but I found hardware management to be next to impossible with MacOS, is it under control panel, extensions... why can't there be a menu like Windows has.

I've known plenty of hardcore Mac purists out there and they will admit the shortcomings of MacOS. I've seen plents Macs frozen and crashed too.

Where the Mac has been and generally is superior is in the internal bits. With the exception of some of the ill-fated consumer Macs, they were built with fast SCSI buses and the Motorola chips are generally stronger than comparable Intel/AMD chips. My only beef with Macs, and other Mac loyalists as well, is the lack of internal expandability on all but the highest end Macs (but today even the G4s have little internal expandability). One friend had a beige G3 tower with a zip and CD-R daisy chained from his SCSI port. Any decent Wintel machine all that stuff could be installed internally.



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User currently offlineDinker225 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1066 posts, RR: 18
Reply 8, posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 1199 times:

I absolulutly hate Macs. They stupid things are always freezing and loosing data while they freeze. My school gets deep discounts through Mac to purchase tons of them for the school in hopes that the kids will use them, like them and go home to tell their parents to buy one. The school ones have the least amount of memory possible and can only run basic word processor programs. You try and load Microsoft powerpoint and it runs out of memory and freezes. The Macintosh servers are also extremely unreliable. This year alone the Macintosh server has gone down 3 or 4 times while the PC server has yet to go out. Same way last year too. My suggestion would be to put it back in the box and ship it back to Mac and get your money back.

Dinker



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User currently offlineJetService From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4798 posts, RR: 11
Reply 9, posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 1188 times:

"The school ones have the least amount of memory possible and can only run basic word processor programs. You try and load Microsoft powerpoint and it runs out of memory and freezes."

Dinker, do PC's run good with inadaquate RAM  Insane

After that comment, I doubt the Macs at your school are properly maintained. That could explain why they 'go out' all the time.

A computer is only as good as the people that maintain it.

Its just the opposite at my work. We are a Mac house with Mac servers & Mac workstations and most important, a Mac tech. Those things are souped out and maintained well. They are incredibly reliable and powerful. We have 3 PCs that don't get tended to. They are shit-boxes that get barely muster enough strengh to run the OS.



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User currently offlineExitRow From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1180 times:

Muslims vs. Jews...

Boeing vs. Airbus...

Mac vs. PC

 Yawn


User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 19
Reply 11, posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 1164 times:

Mac software is very hard to find, at least here it is.
Where I live there must be a dozen stores selling PC software (all kinds, not just games) and only one of those has a single shelf of Mac software (mostly older stuff too).



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User currently offlineLHMark From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 7255 posts, RR: 46
Reply 12, posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1159 times:

Suuuure.... "Your Friend." bought an iMac  Smile

Here's a tip- with no right mouse button, be ready to learn lots of chords on your keyboard.



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User currently offlineJetService From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4798 posts, RR: 11
Reply 13, posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 1141 times:

Jwenting, Mac titles are available for anything, but I do agree it is difficult to find them in a store. You usually only find them when bundled with the PC version on a CD. But Mac users are generally accustomed to ordering their titles from a catalog anyway, so its not a big deal that the stuff isn't at Best Buy or wherever. I challenge anyone to come up with a software catagory that you can't find a Mac version for.


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User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21486 posts, RR: 53
Reply 14, posted (12 years 4 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 1129 times:

Yawn...

http://www.apple.com/myths/


User currently offlineDinker225 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1066 posts, RR: 18
Reply 15, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1108 times:

JetService. I agree with you about how the things are maintaned. Just seems kinda odd to me that you would sell a school a whole heap of macs with nobody trained to service them. Kids think they don't work right there going to go home and tell their parents that they are a piece of junk and they should buy a PC instead. Kinda defeats the purpose of selling them cheap to schools in the first place to get the kids to purchase one.


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User currently offlineJetService From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4798 posts, RR: 11
Reply 16, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1104 times:

Dinker, well, that sounds more like the school's problem rather than Apple's. My sons school's Macs run fine (according to him). IMHO, its the responsibility of the facility or the individual to see to it that routine support is maintained. I mean what can Apple do about that? Hire support for them or refuse to sell to them? The school just needs to hire the right people or even a freelancer. But I think its a mistake to judge the entire platform on that situation.



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User currently offlineJared From United States of America, joined May 2001, 685 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1101 times:

Heh.

Apple doesn't sell computers to schools so the kids will go home and tell their parents and then they will buy them.

To all of you who said stuff about a mac basically being a paperweight or anchor or whatever, you really are missing a whole lot.


User currently offlineSaxman66 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 518 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1085 times:

PC's blow
The one I have is absolutely impossible to manage my digital photos. Install the software, upload, everytime I move the photo its saved as another one. Then the fact that everything has to be in the right folder for an application to run or for my website to work. Mac's, you can have something saved as under one name with no ".xxx", and it will find it.



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