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User currently offlineSkihigh2002 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 315 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 5 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1581 times:

I'm thinking about getting an iBook for college.. do you guys know the pros/cons of buying one. I know I won't be able to flight sim but that's a good thing since I neeeed to CONCENTRATE  Smile Anyways any opinions you guys have would be nice.. just give me a reason if you say MACS RULE or MACS SUCK.. Thanks.

Chris

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User currently offline777236ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (12 years 5 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1522 times:

A Mac is a PC for an idiot. Go figure.

User currently offlineExitRow From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (12 years 5 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1521 times:

A PC is for an idiot with infinite amounts of time to waste loading drivers, tracing corrupt dll files, removing viruses and e-mailing all your friends an apology for the Worm that got sent from your machine.

Get a Mac. You'll never have to look under the hood.



User currently offlineSkihigh2002 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 315 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 5 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1506 times:

Exit Row:

What kind of Mac do you have? I really love OS X.. I was playing with it in the bookstore at college and it was really simple.. I've heard the Mac OS is MUCH more stable than Windows.. is this true?

Chris


User currently offlineLY772 From Israel, joined Aug 2001, 1340 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (12 years 5 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1501 times:

I have both a Mac and a PC and if you have any questions about speccifc things, email me at ben989@walla.co.il

User currently offlineExitRow From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 5 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1514 times:

Skihigh2002,
Don't have OSX yet. I'd need to upgrade all my commercial software. Besides, I have no troubles with OS 9 as is. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.  Big grin

A friend of mine has X and it works great. It's a little "poofy" and overly graphic for my tastes. I guess they had to dumb down the interface to try and reach Windows users.


User currently offlineHartsfieldboy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 552 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (12 years 5 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1504 times:

iBook, good choice! I'm thinking about getting one in two years after I graduate from college.

Mac OS X is based on UNIX (just like Linux, which I use), which is the most stable OS on the planet, so you won't have have any reliabilty problems with a Mac like you have with Winblows. There are shells availble for Mac which allow you to install Windows programs, so software avalibilty is not as big a deal as one may think. Since OS X is based on UNIX, you should have no problems hooking up to your school computer network, since most networks run UNIX on their servers. Another thing is that for multimedia apps (phaohics, video, audio), MAC out preforms any other OS.


User currently offlineSkihigh2002 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 315 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (12 years 5 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1498 times:

Well most likely I would end up with a Mac and a PC to.. I'm way to much into FS2002 to give it up for a Mac.. and my 500 mHz system.. GREAT on FS98.. Decent on FS2000 and seriously struggling with FS2002 is about to be sent out to pasture for an Avant System. I read somewhere that Mac's lack the ports to hook up a Zip drive.. I really want one to be able to back-up my files in college.. they'll be so precious I can't afford the risk of loosing them..

Thanks..

CC


User currently offlineHartsfieldboy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 552 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (12 years 5 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1478 times:

I read somewhere that Mac's lack the ports to hook up a Zip drive

???? External Zip dives use USB ports, and Macs have plenty of them. Also, you can order a Mac with a CD-RW so you have more space to back up stuff.


User currently offlineSkihigh2002 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 315 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (12 years 5 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1471 times:

Yea.. that's what I was thinking.. thanks!

Chris


User currently offlineJetService From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4798 posts, RR: 11
Reply 10, posted (12 years 5 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1472 times:

I have a Titanium, but people I know with iBooks really love them. I'm an OSX user and love it. I didn't think I'd like it, but I became hooked in a few days. OS9 is good too.

One thing you will find is the biggest anti-Mac people are people that haven't touched one in years if at all. And their only contact was some machine on demo that people screwed with and was never taken care of.

Get the iBook.



"Shaddap you!"
User currently offlineStrickerje From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 723 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (12 years 5 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 1466 times:

I'm way to much into FS2002 to give it up for a Mac

Well, it just so happens you're in luck. There will be a Mac version of FS2002 reasonably soon. (I have no idea exactly when, but it should be before the end of this year.) I own both Fly! II and X-Plane for Mac, but both of them seem to fall short of what FS2002 will offer. Now to hope that FS2002 will run reasonably well on my system...

Anyway, if I were you, I'd get the Mac. You'll find that it's user friendly, stable, reliable, and has a much more extensive line of software available than most Windows users seem to think.

-Jeffrey


User currently offlineSophiemaltese From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 2064 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (12 years 5 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1454 times:

Well I do know that the newer Mac OS is not compatible with a lot of things. For example, a lady I know bought a new camcorder and it won't work with her IMac. My brother is a computer nerd to the max and even though he says he hates macs he has at least 3 and gets Mac World magazine (which he subscribes to in my name.) So there must be something good about them.

User currently offlineDelta-flyer From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2676 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (12 years 5 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1450 times:

So there must be something good about them.

Indeed!!!  Big thumbs up

.... newer Mac OS is not compatible with a lot of things. For example, a lady I know bought a new camcorder and it won't work with her iMac.

Machines installed with the new OS X can still be started in the older OS 9, and her camcorder should work in that mode. Maybe she doesn't know how to reboot on OS 9 -- I'll be glad to help.

I use Windows at work and it's a huge relief to come home and work on my Mac in the evening. For compatibility, I have MS Office Mac Edition, and it actually is more elegant on the Mac than on Windows. I don't understand what makes people mock the Mac ---- jealousy, perhaps?

Skihigh2002 ... you'll be very happy with the iBook. Go for it!

Pete


User currently offlineNeednewairport From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 235 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (12 years 5 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 1438 times:

DO IT. I am a network administrator at a company. We have 45 NT servers, 7 2000 servers, and over 4000 NT workstations. We also have six MAC's and one MAC server.....guess which ones I never have to touch. I, too, am moving to MAC .....



User currently offlineGoodbye From Australia, joined Jan 2001, 913 posts, RR: 10
Reply 15, posted (12 years 5 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1439 times:

It's always the people who have never used a Mac who are the most vocal advocates of a PC. I have been a Mac user all my life, I currently have two Mac's, a PowerMac 5500/250, and an iMac DVSE 500. The iMac runs OS X and it is the most stable and enjoyable OS ever. I used PCs in school and hated them, they would always lock up, crash and have numerous problems. I have never had a crash with OS X, and I will never EVER use a PC again.

I want to get an iBook as well soon, so I would say go for it! If you can afford the extra money, get a PowerBook, but the iBook is the iMac in a laptop...so go for it!!



User currently offline9V-SVE From Singapore, joined Nov 2001, 2066 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (12 years 5 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1424 times:

I just hate MACs, don't know why. And don't tell me I haven't used it before, I've used them dozens of times in school! But they are rather old ones too... Windows 2000 is great!  Big thumbs up Never had it crash before!

User currently offlineTriplebird From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (12 years 5 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1434 times:

I've both a Mac and a PC; gotta love the Mac for its ease of use and no-tools, no-hassle upgrades (no Plug-and-Pray and install/configure 20,000 drivers BS). It also almost never crashes, and its capabilities for graphics can't be beat. The PC I have for compatibility reasons, most of the world uses Windoze unfortunately...plus I can't live without MSFS 2002 Big grin

3-bird


User currently offlineSkihigh2002 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 315 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (12 years 5 months 4 days ago) and read 1425 times:

Wow! Listening to you guys has made up my mind! I am definitely going with the Mac now!  Smile

Chris


User currently offlineSkihigh2002 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 315 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (12 years 5 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1417 times:

One more question, if I can find a reasonable G4 Powerbook would it be worth the extra money or would it just me overpowered for the average college student?

Chris


User currently offlineBroke From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 1322 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (12 years 5 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1405 times:

Mac's are too simple for PC users. When you update your operating system, you don't have to jump through hoops doing reconfigurations on the rest of your software to make it work with the new system.
The Mac system of desk top icons was greatly criticized by the PC as being childish, so here comes Windows, which is a clone of the Mac display.
I was given a PC by a previous company with no training; I had to learn as I went. After about 3 months, I was getting the hang of it. Then they took my PC and gave me a Mac and I had to start all over. In 1 month, I was doing more on the Mac, better, than I had been doing on the PC. Again self learned.
If you want to tinker with computers, buy a PC; if you need a computer that is easy to use and is a tool to get what you want done, get a Mac.
The only problem is that since PC's make up the vast majority of computer, most software is written for them, now you can buy a Mac that can run almost any PC based software.
Most IS departments don't like Mac's because it makes most of what they do redundant.
I was a manager of engineering for a small airline and we used Mac's. Only one other department used Mac's in the company and the IS department finally gave up on both of us.


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