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Computer Advice Wanted

My desktop is starting to quit on me.  It'll be a slow decline, I think, and so I have time to consider what to get as a replacement, but I want input from you all.  My current desktop is a Dell Dimension 4300 that I bought in December 2001.  I also own a Dell Inspiron 8000 laptop that's only a couple of years old.  But I like working at a desktop for most of my writing.  I'm considering switching to an I-Mac.  Why?  Well, my wife is a dedicated Apple person and loves her computer.  Also, I have no desire to get anywhere near Vista.

I have several applications that are Windows specific, but I can run them on the laptop. (One of these is the foodlink software I use for our local food buying coop.  I'm the coop coordinator -- I run the whole thing, so I absolutely have to be able to run that software on SOMETHING or the coop will die, and I don't want that.)  Other applications are not tied to Windows, including ms word, which would allow me to use both a Windows machine and a mac for writing.

So my question, to those of you who have switched from Windows to Mac:  Any regrets?  Any problems you've encountered, or has it all been cyber-bliss?  

Today's music:  Fiona Burnett (Counterpoint)

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ebenstone
Jan. 16th, 2008 05:14 pm (UTC)
I'm in love! I've got a MacBook and can't remember life before it. I still use MS Word though, but I love the ease of use and interface of the Mac. It's so much...smoother? than my old Windows rig.
davidbcoe
Jan. 16th, 2008 06:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the input! I would dearly love to get away from Windows, blue screens of death, virus and adware fears, etc.
wldhrsjen3
Jan. 16th, 2008 05:32 pm (UTC)
I *just* switched from a Dell to an iMac because my husband and father-in-law pretty much insisted. :) It took me an hour or so to get used to the different format (I am a creature of habit) but once I had played on it long enough it felt like home.

And now I am completely in love with it. Yes, computer bliss. It's totally user-friendly.
wldhrsjen3
Jan. 16th, 2008 05:33 pm (UTC)
oops - make that a MacBook.
davidbcoe
Jan. 17th, 2008 01:59 am (UTC)
I have heard that Mac people are pretty agressive proselytizers (re your husband and father-in-law). But better to be so about computers than about some other things. Thanks for replying.
lindajdunn
Jan. 16th, 2008 07:30 pm (UTC)
I am required to have a PC at home due to work restrictions. Otherwise, I prefer the iMac. The only thing it cannot do is run some of the web-based applications used by teleworkers. [I'm not a teleworker, I just need to be able to test some of these things at home occasionally.]

It's not perfect bliss but when I no longer need to support PCs, I'll be switching back to Apple products.
davidbcoe
Jan. 17th, 2008 02:00 am (UTC)
Thanks for the feedback, Linda.
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davidbcoe
Jan. 17th, 2008 02:02 am (UTC)
I gave up WordPerfect a couple of years ago very reluctantly. It seemed as though everyone I knew, including my agent and all the people at Tor, used Word. It got to be too much of a hassle. I loved it, too, though, and still miss it. Seems like there are no shortage of wordprocessing options for mac users. Thanks for replying, Alis.
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