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  posted on 8/12/2010 at 07:47 PM
My PC is starting to die so I backed up a lot of stuff today. It's having a hard time booting and finding windows and wants me to choose safe mode or to start windows normally. So I know it's just a matter of time before my C: drive dies.

Ok should I convert and go with an apple of should I stick with PC. I want to edit sound and video files and I know most people that do that use Apples, or so it seems. But I've been a PC guy for a very long time. I'm kind of intrigued by Apple and I think they do a great job so I'm kind of leaning that direction....Help me out here.

Anyone know how to save their outlook contacts or ship them to a gmail account or my provider account until I get this straightened out. I've had this computer for about 8 years so it's seen it day

 

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  posted on 8/12/2010 at 07:49 PM
I switched over to Apple around 4 years ago, and I have never looked back.
 

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  posted on 8/12/2010 at 08:25 PM
My laptop is an Apple, but it also has Windows installed in case I need to use it.

I really like the Apple operating system (OSX) but sometimes you just need Windows for things.

 

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  posted on 8/12/2010 at 08:27 PM
Just made the switch last month, and I'm very happy.

Outlook is a bit of a problem for Apple. You should be able to save your contacts - shipping them to gmail and then Apple sounds like it will work. Mine were in hotmail, so I exported them to the new mac.
Any messages you have in Outlook that are not on your mail server will get lost. There is some 3rd party software out there that can do it for you. I used Message Save and it worked out fine, after some aggravation.
The only other snag I ran into was multi-session DVDs. Apple can't read them, to the best that I know. As far as other stuff, TLH is pc only but there are other Mac programs that do the same. Audacity is on Mac.
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  posted on 8/12/2010 at 08:37 PM
I was gonna create a gmail account and forward all my inbox messages I want to there. I guess I could do contacts I really haven't looked...lazy if I can have someone tell me how why look...

So you can load windows on a mac? Do you do that by partitioning the drive or as a seperate user under Mac?

 

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I was gonna create a gmail account and forward all my inbox messages I want to there. I guess I could do contacts I really haven't looked...lazy if I can have someone tell me how why look...

So you can load windows on a mac? Do you do that by partitioning the drive or as a seperate user under Mac?




You have two options (not mutually exclusive): you can either install Windows on a partition of your HDD and it will run natively on your Apple computer through software called Boot Camp, or you can use some special software (VM Fusion or Parallels) that will allow you to run Windows while also simultaneously running OSX (performance will not be as good as running it natively from a partition).

However, you can do both (as I do). If I need something in Windows just for a few minutes then I load it up from within OSX using Parallels. If I need to use Windows for an extended period or with more resource-intensive programs then I will load it through Boot Camp.

 

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  posted on 8/12/2010 at 09:04 PM
Switched to Mac nearly two years ago. Well worth it, especially if you're editing, or using adobe programs such as photoshop.

A bit on the expensive side of things, but I can't see myself ever going back to a PC again.

 

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  posted on 8/12/2010 at 09:07 PM
I jumped ship and did the Apple.....Great choice!

 

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I jumped ship and did the Apple.....Great choice!

 

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  posted on 8/12/2010 at 09:34 PM
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Would you like to elaborate???? You seem to not like Apple is there a reason??

 

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  posted on 8/12/2010 at 10:44 PM
I'd love to have a Mac. I am a certified Apple IIe and Mac service tech. Got trained in Rolling Meadows, Ill. I even met Steve Jobs there. What a d*ck.
Saw the Mac before they came out along with the commercial that made the Superbowl. One day, when I settle down and quit spending so much money on fishing and running around.

 

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  posted on 8/13/2010 at 06:22 AM
I have a Powerbook and the house computer is an IMac.....we got rid of all the old paperweights.

Well worth the investment.

 

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Would you like to elaborate???? You seem to not like Apple is there a reason??

It's not vehement, I just thought there were entirely too many pro-Apple responses to your question.

At the end of the day, computers are 1's and 0's and are built on assembly lines for profit. The thing about Apple computers being better at graphics and audio stopped being true in the early 90's, but that's not to say those industries don't still use Macs for the most part. At the end of the day it's the software that will determine your experience, and if you're used to Windows that right there an overwhelming reason to stick with a PC.

I'm not saying Apple doesn't make nice products, but it would be difficult to convince me of a reason to switch.

P.S. Apple stuff costs more for the brand and is less serviceable.



Microsoft has so many holes and security issues, that is one of the reasons we switched, hackers exploit the Microsoft platform.

 

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  posted on 8/13/2010 at 06:36 AM
What ever you do... DO NOT BUY A DELL!!!!!!!!!!

Trainwreck waiting to happen, trust me.

 

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  posted on 8/13/2010 at 06:58 AM
The wife and I both got Mac Book Pros last month. I was reluctant because I didn"t want to have to learn a new OS. However, it has been a pretty smooth transition. If you get one, and you create a gmail account, it is amazing how many things merge in to that gmail account. I imported my contacts and merged my inbox from my hotmail account without a problem. And hotmail is still available if I decide to check my mail through their GUI.

Garage Band music software comes standard. And after sitting through a quick video tutorial I was laying multi tracks of songs using the mac book immediately.

i Photo is a really nice piece of software that allows you to do some cool things with photos. I hear i Movie is also but I haven't played around with it that much.

To me the ease of performing tasks is worth the money spent.

 

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  posted on 8/13/2010 at 07:30 AM
I recently purchased 2 new PC's with Windows 7 installed. They work great, except I can't network them with my XP computers, my printer and external hard drives do not work because the drivers are not available. Also, my version of Office 2003 that was an upgrade from Works, will not install in the Windows 7.

 

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Would you like to elaborate???? You seem to not like Apple is there a reason??

It's not vehement, I just thought there were entirely too many pro-Apple responses to your question.

At the end of the day, computers are 1's and 0's and are built on assembly lines for profit. The thing about Apple computers being better at graphics and audio stopped being true in the early 90's, but that's not to say those industries don't still use Macs for the most part. At the end of the day it's the software that will determine your experience, and if you're used to Windows that right there an overwhelming reason to stick with a PC.

I'm not saying Apple doesn't make nice products, but it would be difficult to convince me of a reason to switch.

P.S. Apple stuff costs more for the brand and is less serviceable.


I have worked in a Microsoft environment since the 1980s; still work in it here at work. Being "used to Windows" is not a reason to avoid the change. Apple is far more intuitive to use. Learn that to erase you do Function/delete, and you should just about have it licked.

"Less serviceable"? I can't comment on that. If any of my Apple products ever break, I guess I might have a point of view on the subject. There sure are a lot of folks who work on PCs though, aren't there?

 

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After my PC wouldn't stop crashing when I was in the middle of a huge project for school, I vowed that I would never have another one. I bought myself a Mac for graduation. That was more than 5 years ago. I've never had a problem with it, whereas my roommate has had 3 new PCs in the last 5 years because each of them has had a problem. Yes, Macs are more expensive, but for their longevity and reliability, the price is totally worth it.
 

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Have fun replacing your iPhone battery when it dies, fanboy.


I'm sorry, are we talking about computers or phones?

For the record I have had two issues with Apple computers in the past. One with the logic board and one with the GPU. In both instances the issues were fixed within a week's time by Apple at no cost to me while out of warranty. I can't complain.

 

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  posted on 8/13/2010 at 01:12 PM
Apple all the way for me too!

 

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  posted on 8/13/2010 at 01:12 PM
I switched cause of frustration with windows. BSOD (one even happened at the Peking Olympics Opening Ceremonies), having to worry about viruses and spyware and deal with them when they occur - and they do, no matter how careful you are. The worst is the "essential security updates". One of them interacted with my firewall and crashed the pc, took me 2 full days to fix. One of them took away my printer, and a new version of IE (I can't remember if it was 6 or 7) also crashed my computer.
 

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My PC is starting to die so I backed up a lot of stuff today. It's having a hard time booting and finding windows and wants me to choose safe mode or to start windows normally. So I know it's just a matter of time before my C: drive dies.

Ok should I convert and go with an apple of should I stick with PC. I want to edit sound and video files and I know most people that do that use Apples, or so it seems. But I've been a PC guy for a very long time. I'm kind of intrigued by Apple and I think they do a great job so I'm kind of leaning that direction....Help me out here.

Anyone know how to save their outlook contacts or ship them to a gmail account or my provider account until I get this straightened out. I've had this computer for about 8 years so it's seen it day



export your contacts as vcards. That should work with any program not just outlook.

I have supported Macs and PCs professionally and find the Mac to be superior in all aspects except initial cost.
as an IT manager I could justify that because of lower support costs. Mac is easier to use and that reduces
the need for IT support staff. at one point I was the only Mac support guy. the need was next to nil.

I have always owned Apple Computers since the LISA was around.

Windoze 7 is superior to any offering by Microsoft so far but still falls short of Apple in term of security.
More baddies attack windoze just because of its market share even if it was superior to Mac OS X in security.
(which it isn't)

AS far as sound and video go, It used to be Mac dominated, but now PCs can run most of the same
software for those companies that do support both Platforms. So I think that doesn't sway
the decision making.

this post came from a MacBook

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  posted on 8/13/2010 at 01:33 PM
Apple products certainly aren't for everybody. They are relatively expensive (although I firmly believe that you get what you pay for); their offerings do not admit to much "customization"; they won't do certain things (I have to run a Windows program at home in order to access my work computer; of course, I am able to run Windows on my Mac, so this isn't any problem ); if you think Flash is important, look elsewhere, etc.

And Steve Jobs has certainly miscalculated concerning the direction the industry would take in the past. But the bottom line for me is that their products are designed with a very high degree of user friendliness. They are easy if not downright fun to use, so you spend your time getting things done (and enjoying it) rather than spending your time figuring out HOW to get things done or dealing with frustrating problems and dead ends. A lot of times, with an Apple computer the answer to the question "how do you do that?" is "You don't. It does it itself." Apple users don't spend a lot of time yelling at their computers or throwing them across the room.

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  posted on 8/13/2010 at 02:23 PM
If I'm surfing the internet, it has to be PC, but Mac does work good with photoshop, illustrator, etc.
 

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If I'm surfing the internet, it has to be PC, but Mac does work good with photoshop, illustrator, etc.


Firefox on a Mac or Linux, is superior to IE on a PC. IMO

 

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