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My iMac…a year later…

A little over a year ago I made the switch over to Apple buying my first Macintosh. Since high school I’ve been mostly stuck in a windows world. My high school used Macs and a college internship provided Mac experience but 99% of my computing experiences was in front of a Windows PC. After speaking with Mac users and hearing all the praise I made the decision to make my next computer purchase a Macintosh. Enough is enough, and it’s time for a change!

I made the decision to go with a 20inch G5 iMac for a few reasons. My main reason was at the time I didn’t own a LCD. When I was first making plans to get a new machine I was going to get a PowerMac and buy a 20-24 inch monitor. After pricing everything out I would have went WAY over my budget. Further reasoning was why buy a balls to the wall Mac just in case I don’t like it. The iMac provided the full Mac experience with an amazing monitor at a good entry price.

The road traveled so far has been quite positive. There has been very few tasks I’ve been unable to do that I could on Windows. The freeware market is strong so finding an application to get a job done doesn’t require too much effort. Most of the “good” applications do cost money. There has been many times I’ve wanted to use an application but the price of entry was too much.

On my home network I currently run one Windows 2003 server and a Windows XP Dell laptop. Networking with my Windows server has been effortless. Mapping network drives and sharing files and music has never been a problem. My laptop is pretty much unaffected by the Macintosh but never the less I’ve never had any issues with sharing files.

My main complaint has to be the overall speed of the OS. I’ve upgraded to 1Gig of RAM but still I run into the Spinning Beach Ball Of Death. Using Firefox is S.L.O.W. and really I’ve never been impressed with the speed of OS X. I think a migration to Leopard and if I REALLY get desperate and spend $260 on a 2Gig RAM upgrade may speed up things.

Overall the experience has been positive. To tell the truth I haven’t really scratched the surface of OS X. I hardly do anything productive on my comptuer and I have tons of apps (iLife) I’ve hardly touched. In the future I want to buy some software to make my blogging faster (maybe ecto) and I need a SFTP app that matches WinSPC. Anybody looking for recommendations for their next personal computer my advice would be to get an Apple. The price of admission is worth every penny and if you want less and less headaches OS X is where you are going to find them.

Category: Apple


7 Responses

  1. hellokittn says:

    You couldn’t be more right than you are right now. There is just a freeing feeling associated with coming home to a Mac after spending countless hours fixing PC’s.

    Sometimes I wish I would have went “balls to the walls” with my Mac… but I think this ‘lil Macbook will keep me happy for many, many moons. Well, after memory upgrade ;-) .

  2. FLO says:

    Wes, I would have to agree with you on every point that you made. My switch over to apple has been a mostly effortless affair. As you know, I have had some issues with file transfers and networking between my mac and a windows pc. But those instances are few and far between. I agree with you on the slow os. I have a full gig of ram in a 1.83 ghz MacBook Pro. I figured applications would fly. But they do not. I get the spinning beach ball of death more often then I would like. But, on the flip side to that, I have a tendency to run a lot of apps and I do have dashboard running. I’ve contemplated disabling dashboard because I’ve come to find out that I really only refrence it about one or two times a day, and that is mostly for weather. So, I guess I could turn it off. But for some reason I guess I like knowing it is there. We’ll see. Anyway, next to my camera and associated equipment, my mac is the best two grand I’ve ever spent. I would strongly urge anyone to make the “switch”.

  3. Jeff says:

    Well, you guys should take into consideration the fact that you are running on the preinstalled system installation, so there is all kinds of shit that is on there slowing stuff down.

  4. vanlandw says:

    you make a good point…i should totally overhaul my system. a backup wouldn’t take long and the extra space would be nice….maybe i will do it on labor day

  5. hw says:

    did you try reinstalling the internets?

  6. Jeff says:

    You cannot reinstall “the internets,” because such a thing does not exist at this time.

  7. Kramer says:

    You have no idea how happy it makes me to see you and Flo using Macs.

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