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Old 06-01-2007, 11:37 AM
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Hey All,

I just bought a new IMAC yesterday...what can I expect from it?

The main reasons I switched was I do not like VISTA and I hear they are almost immune to viruses and spyware.

How many of you have a MAC and what are your likes/dislikes aside from the learning curve?
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Old 06-01-2007, 11:43 AM
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Here We Go - 6/1/2007 12:37 PM

Hey All,

I just bought a new IMAC yesterday...what can I expect from it?

The main reasons I switched was I do not like VISTA and I hear they are almost immune to viruses and spyware.



How many of you have a MAC and what are your likes/dislikes aside from the learning curve?
I have a PC for work and the iMac for home/family use - it is spectacular - particualry the iLife programs. the abiltiy to shoot video on a DV camera, plug it in to the mac and with a few clicks make a movie, with fades and titles, burn it as a DVD that we can send to relatives to play in their DVD player is priceless.....
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Old 06-01-2007, 11:45 AM
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I have 4 macbooks in my family, and we love them. I also have a 2yr old IMAC and hate it. It has this fan issue, where the fan sounds like a 747 on takeoff after 3 minutes online. The apple store black shirt guys have had it back twice, have not fixed it, and I havent had the time or guts to take it further.

Sorry if this is not what you wanted to hear. From what I understand my issue was very common when the IMAC first came out. Maybe it is fixed now and you will love yours. Good luck.
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Old 06-01-2007, 12:56 PM
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Sign up at Mac Owners Support Group

http://www.macosg.com/group/

Ask any questions there. The users there are glad to help and quick, too.

The hardest thing you'll have to learn is that you can do most anything with half the steps you're used to.

ONE MORE THING - I recommend you (and ALL Mac purchasers) spring for the three-year AppleCare. I got a new power supply 2+ years after my purchase, and a friend just had his old G5 iMac replaced with a new Intel iMac at Apple's insistence almost 3 years after his original purchase (I just think they didn't want to spend the time finding the problem). It also gives you 3 year U.S. telephone support without long waits, to boot. Without AppleCare, the hardware is warranteed for one year, and free telephone support is only 3 months.

I hope you had some extra RAM installed, too. Installing more in the G5 was a snap (only 3 screws) but I fear the Intels are harder to open.)
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Old 06-01-2007, 01:22 PM
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I have three systems up in front of me...2 windows (company supplied), 1 mac powerbook G4(mine)... the mac is and has been bulletproof.

No comparison.
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At the risk of someone not knowing my feelings for anything Mac (Apple) we have had Macintoshes since 1985 and have never had a problem that I myself could not fix in minutes (usually something stupid I did). On my desk at this time are two big screen Macs which We cannot live without, every hour of every day.

Macintosh computers are absolutely perfect, and so dang easy to use to accomplish almost anything.

Here We Go,....You are gonna love your iMac more and more every passing day.

I had a near new Sony laptop (with XP) which I hated so much I gave it to a neighbor kid. On second thought giving him that PC qualifies as child abuse.



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Here We Go - 6/2/2007 8:37 AM

... I hear they are almost immune to viruses and spyware.
They used to be but itís not that way anymore. Now iApple machines are the target of choice. I wouldnít worry about it, tho. You pretty much need to be careless to get a virus, i.e. open email attachments from some girl named Candy that wants to have a secret affair with just you.

I hang out with someone that works at Symantec (aka Norton anti-virus, etc). He said the iApple is targeted a lot by virus authors but the iApple market just isnít big enough to justify the resources to develop/support anti-virus product for macs.

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t3rockhall - 6/1/2007 12:56 PM

Sign up at Mac Owners Support Group

http://www.macosg.com/group/

Ask any questions there. The users there are glad to help and quick, too.

The hardest thing you'll have to learn is that you can do most anything with half the steps you're used to.

ONE MORE THING - I recommend you (and ALL Mac purchasers) spring for the three-year AppleCare. I got a new power supply 2+ years after my purchase, and a friend just had his old G5 iMac replaced with a new Intel iMac at Apple's insistence almost 3 years after his original purchase (I just think they didn't want to spend the time finding the problem). It also gives you 3 year U.S. telephone support without long waits, to boot. Without AppleCare, the hardware is warranteed for one year, and free telephone support is only 3 months.

I hope you had some extra RAM installed, too. Installing more in the G5 was a snap (only 3 screws) but I fear the Intels are harder to open.)
I've been an Apple user since 1983.
I'm with Ray, do yourself a Huge favor and purchase the AppleCare. At home I have a newer iMac and a Macbook Pro. I work we have 7 Macs in our graphics department. Right now I'm sitting in front of 2, yes 2 30 inch Apple LCD's. We also have some Dells that we are forced to use. Some of our programs (Rips) will not run on the Apple platform. Things take twice as long to do on a dell and are not user friendly. What you will notice 1st is ease of use. Apple got it right many years ago and microsoft is still playing catchup. iMovie, iDvd, iPhoto not only very easy to use but very powerful tools. If you have a Digital Camcorder with a firewire plug just plug it into your Mac and go. Use iMovie and then burn it to a DVD via iDvd. If you ever have a need to call customer service you be talking to a person who can speak and understand English very well. The longest I have ever been on hold is 7 minutes. What else is their to say? Apple Rocks. Can you tell I love my Macs yet
Virus? Whats that?
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Eyeball, Never had a virus or any other like problem with my Macs, but then again Candy hasnít e-mailed me yet.



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Who knew the Apple OS X was so powerful? Here are some little known facts about this incredible O/S:

Guns don't kill people. Apple OS X kills People.
There is no theory of evolution. Just a list of animals Apple OS X allows to live.
Apple OS X does not sleep. It waits.
The chief export of Apple OS X is Pain.
There is no chin under Apple OS X Beard. There is only another fist.
Apple OS X has two speeds. Walk, and Kill.
The leading causes of death in the United States are: 1. Heart Disease 2. Apple OS X 3. Cancer
Apple OS X drives an ice cream truck covered in human skulls.
If Apple OS X could poop, it would be used as currency in Argentina.
Apple OS X can lead a horse to water, AND make it drink.
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Old 06-01-2007, 03:51 PM
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Man...I don't know what you people are doing with your PC's, but I have a room full of servers that 7500 people log into and don't have as much problem as y'all say you do with them.
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Old 06-01-2007, 04:14 PM
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Joe - 6/1/2007 3:51 PM

Man...I don't know what you people are doing with your PC's...
Mine's in it's little carry bag behind a chest of drawers, I think. It's a Pentiuim 90 laptop running Win95. Someday, it might make a nice paperweight to hold down the newspapers recycling.
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Old 06-01-2007, 04:59 PM
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I dispise Windows and switched to Mac. Unfortunately, the business world is firmly in Bill Gates' clutches. I'm gonna haveta get parallels or bootcamp, and buy Windows XP. Alot of videos won't open and run under Mac. I'm just about fed up trying to sort all of it out..computers usedta be fun, now, just a pain in the butt. Apple has a better idea, but the world has bought into Microsofts hype.
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billinstuart - 6/1/2007 4:59 PM

A lot of videos won't open and run under Mac.
Make sure you install (free) Flip4Mac, which runs the now-unsupported WMV files in QT.

The only vids that don't run here are on MS-backed sites, like CNBC.com (SURPRISE!)

Apple has a better idea, but the world has bought into Microsofts hype.
Well, that's the beauty of BootCamp and Parallels. You CAN have both.
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... I hear they are almost immune to viruses and spyware.
They used to be but itís not that way anymore. Now iApple machines are the target of choice. I wouldnít worry about it, tho. You pretty much need to be careless to get a virus, i.e. open email attachments from some girl named Candy that wants to have a secret affair with just you.

I hang out with someone that works at Symantec (aka Norton anti-virus, etc). He said the iApple is targeted a lot by virus authors but the iApple market just isnít big enough to justify the resources to develop/support anti-virus product for macs.
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Do NOT put that CRAP on your perfect machine.....they are more of a virus, than any virus....

Be careful, download anything you want....then only install what you trust, NOTHING can run without you typing a password.......
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Old 06-01-2007, 08:45 PM
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Norton Antivirus for Mac is a bloated, unnecessary app. It will take you forever and a day to remove it. There are better alternatives, including (to date) none. AS OF NOW all any Mac anti-virus program will do is catch Microsoft Office macro viruses and keep you from passing them along to PC users who, one would hope, have virus protection of their own. SO FAR, there are no OSX viruses out there. This may not be true in the future, but it's true NOW.
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Old 06-01-2007, 09:25 PM
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ohhh..neat. Thanks T3rock..
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Old 06-01-2007, 10:14 PM
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rayteagarden1 - 6/2/2007 12:44 PM

Eyeball, Never had a virus or any other like problem with my Macs, but then again Candy hasnít e-mailed me yet.
Ray, just the other day Candy's sister, Tammy, was asking about you. She's sending you email.

Hey, I have never seen a computer virus in my life. We have 4 PC machine running over here, one still running Win 98 since, well, 1998, and none of them have ever had a virus. Of course, I stay on top of virus protection and just stare at Candy's msg in the in box without ever opening it.


Fwiw, for a couple of year I didn't even have anti-virus s/w in place, 2002-2004, I think. I don't surf porn and I don't open any unexpected email attachments, even from friends if they are unexpected. That right there cuts out most of the chance of introducing a virus. I'm just a low risk web surfer.
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Old 06-02-2007, 07:27 AM
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I bough my wife one, for her video editing. WoW what a pleasant surprise to me, outside of the OS learning curve which I have not mastered after a year of solving problems with it, I would buy another one. I may be old and too long with DOS and windows stuff but I find the MAC does so much for you automatically that you do not think it has really done it right or correctly but it all works some how. There are some issues with it like burning DVD etc that I just do not understand quite yet but I/she gets them to work somehow. I highly suggest that you get the package, not that expensive, if you live near a Apple store, and take the classes they offer, you can register for them and ask for specific training. We did this and it help us over some of the issues on the OS and others and we need more after converting to Final Cut express.
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Old 06-02-2007, 07:32 AM
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Thanks Guys,

I'm experimenting with it right now. Just got done importing some pics to iphotos, did some editing and then was pleasently surprised when I used the remote to start a slide show.
I'm liking this machine so far.
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