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Old 10-04-2008, 04:14 PM   #1
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This can be a thread for Apple/Mac users - tips, links, suggestions...

So if you Mac 'ers have some helpful sites and posts add then here.
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Ok I'm a new MAC owner - but a former PC Windows software trainer and also used to train people on how to use the NeXT (a souped-up MAC for Schools/businesses in the 90s - didn't make it unfortunately...)

#1 best advice tp a new MAC owner is to pay $99 to get all the training you want at the Apple store!

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I have a MACBook and I absolutely LOVE it.

I run Parallells - a dual platform with 4 Windows software programs on my MAC. Why? Because when my PC laptop crashed, I had just purchased two of these very expensive software programs for my landscape design business and neither one of them are MAC OS compatible. I also own WordPerfect 9 for Windows. I have never converted to Word.

It's a simple process to switch back and forth between Windows based software and Mac. They do run a little slower so when I am running one of my landscape programs, I tend not to be running anything else. In the beginning I was having problems with the landscape program crashing. Once I discovered it was due to having too many programs open at the same time, I just closed everything else and just run the landscape program. All is well now.

In addition, it took me a while to figure out where all my photos were hiding from me! For someone who has been dubbed "iPod stupid" that was quite a task. Now I can find things a bit easier. I just have to keep in mind that when running Parallels, it's a partitioned hard drive and I have to "open" the door and go look on the MAC hard drive for my photos and bring them back through the door onto the Windows hard drive in order to use them in the windows based program.

The biggest program is that the landscape program has no support for MAC users. Fortunately, there are a few of us who use the program on MACs and we've been able to answer each other's questions on their forum. Hopefully, with enough prodding, the company will eventually provide a MAC based program.

I chose parallels rather than bootcamp on advise of my computer guru. He has a MACBook exactly like mine and this is what he uses. If it's good enough for him, it's good enough for me. That way, if I have questions, he can answer them and he can show me what needs to be done.

Unfortunately, there is NO Apple Store in Boise so I don't have the luxury of walking into an Apple Store for assistance. Every chance I get, when I travel, I go to one for help. Those Apple Genius' are just that, Geniuses....talk advantage of all the free stuff they offer!!!
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A Mac truly is a Wonderful thing!

I have so many friends who've switched, (and I've owned "both"), I will NEVER go back to the "other side".

Love my Macs!
Entire family runs on 'em!
(And, if you might be misinformed and think that they're expensive, think TCO (total cost of ownership) and, you get what you pay for, sometimes, sometimes less, and rarely more!)

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A Mac truly is a Wonderful thing!

I have so many friends who've switched, (and I've owned "both"), I will NEVER go back to the "other side".

Love my Macs!
Entire family runs on 'em!
(And, if you might be misinformed and think that they're expensive, think TCO (total cost of ownership) and, you get what you pay for, sometimes, sometimes less, and rarely more!)

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our school runs off of iBook G4's, and i love the fact that there are not many virus that can affect them because most of them are designed to infect system23 on DOS (windows operating system) or in command propt. i do also love how user friendly they are to people who have minnimum experience on a computer unlike windows. but there batteries seem to die extremely fast in the G4's we use... idk if mac has fixed that in the newer models, but im assuming they did.

However, i am alot better at programming and writing commands on DOS than OS X. and i do like vista after they got all the bugs worked out. i guess since there are so many more PC's than Mac's in the world i guess its kinda an unfair advantage.
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Any thoughts on iPhones? The only smart phones I have owned have all been Blackberries. Some of my friends have them and have let me play around with theirs. All I can say is, iPhones are sweet. Those Apple boys make fine products.
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Now that I think of it, I do have one critique of Apple's iPhone. You are basically carrying around a hard drive, and hard drives are delicate pieces of precision machinery. The iPhone would be more shock-resistant if it used solid-state flash memory. Other than that, it remains a sleek gadget with a cool UI.
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The iPhone my son has does not have a great battery life.

Perhaps that has changed with the newer models?

The touch screen is very "touchy" ...it does not respond to all touches. You have to touch it a "certain" way. Frustrated the beejeebees out of me last summer when I tried it.

I do like the meow meow keyboard app, and the koi app.
I would use that in the doctors' office waiting for my doom, and blood pressure readings.
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Apple,
wether a Mac,
iPod touch,
iPhone,
they're all great.
I have so many friends "switching".
Especially their youngsters.

Even guys who have "worked" on the "guts" of winduhs" for years, are enjoying watching their teenager's buy MacBook Pro's , etc.

And, if Absolutely necessary, you can run winduhs. (My new iMac is "Clean" of anything MS! and, i'm kind of proud of that, or, let's just say happy.)
I can run anything on Apple stuff, or, I don't need it!

Hope you all have a wonderful day.

An Apple a Day....
Keep the doctor away!

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Ok I'm a new MAC owner - but a former PC Windows software trainer and also used to train people on how to use the NeXT (a souped-up MAC for Schools/businesses in the 90s - didn't make it unfortunately...)

#1 best advice tp a new MAC owner is to pay $99 to get all the training you want at the Apple store!

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Did that when we bought our iMac last year; we were also coming from Windows computers. For us, it was a waste of money. Buy the Missing Manual for Leopard for around $40; it'll give you all the info you'll ever need.

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