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Computer Decision Update

So some time back I posted about my desire/intent to get a new computer to replace my ancient desktop.  I was trying to decide between another Dell PC, with Vista, and an iMac.  Well, I put off that decision for a while, mostly because I was torn between wanting to get away from Windows on the one hand, and not wanting to spend lots and lots of money on the other.

Well, I am SO glad I waited.  Two things have happened in the last few days to make up my mind for me.  First, on Sunday, my daughters' brand new (December) Windows Vista machine came up with a malware problem.  A pernicious program called Antivirus-1 had gotten on the machine, no doubt while one of my kids trolled around the web visiting game sites or shopping for clothes.  It took me hours to get the computer back to normal, and by the time I was done, I was ready to take a sledge hammer to the thing.

And then today Apple announced that it has dropped its prices on the iMac significantly.  My mind is now made up.  I'll be buyng my new Mac within the next few days, probably right after I finish my WIP, which is very close to completion.

Thanks again to all who offered advice.


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Mar. 4th, 2009 04:33 am (UTC)
Good man! You'll never look back.
Mar. 4th, 2009 04:53 am (UTC)
So I've been told. I'm actually pretty excited -- new toy and all.

Hope you're well. I'm in the throes of finishing my latest, but when I'm done I'll send you a proper email and catch you up.

Best to Rob.
Mar. 4th, 2009 04:55 am (UTC)
cool nanas!
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Mar. 4th, 2009 04:01 pm (UTC)
When you factor in the educational discount that you'd get, it's a difference of several hundred dollars. Compared with prices a week ago, you can now get a machine with a paster processor, more RAM, a larger hard drive, and the bigger monitor for less than you would have paid for the inferior machine. Apparently Apple got tired of being under sold by Dell....
Mar. 4th, 2009 05:03 am (UTC)
Welcome to the Mac side of the farce.

Just recently I ordered a used G4 iMac off Ebay and I'm hoping to get it by this Friday. I was hoping to have the money for a G5 or MacTel machine in about 4 or 5 months, but the drop in new machine prices means a serious drop in used prices, meaning I may get a newer iMac in 3 or 4 months.

One word of warning, your iMac may come with a program called "X11". It lets you run Windows programs on the Mac, as long as those programs have been "altered". But, first you have to set up X11, and that requires you to read the instructions. Instructions written by people who can't teach a dog to way his tail. You know, PC instruction manual writers.

You'll probably be getting the latest version of Leopard (10.5) on your machine. If not, you can download the latest and update quickly. Next up is Snow Leopard (10.6). When that version is out update as soon as you can. One thing to note about Mac set up assistants is, they actually assist you in setting up.

Enjoy the beast.
Mar. 4th, 2009 04:04 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the words of caution and advice. My plan is to make the break completely -- no windows programs if they're not also written for Mac. I'm not going to do parallels. What's the use of getting rid of Windows if you're not really getting rid of Windows, right?

And for the record, my oldest brother is a tech writer. He writes those software and computer manuals you're talking about. He's brilliant and a terrific writer.
Mar. 5th, 2009 04:24 am (UTC)
"My oldest brother is a tech writer."

That bastard, giving computer manual writers a good name. Doesn't he know he's supposed to make computers sound complicated and confusing, so people don't try things for themselves and have to rely on tech support for everything?
Mar. 5th, 2009 04:37 am (UTC)
Lol. No, I guess he doesn't, but I'll be sure to let him know....
Mar. 5th, 2009 01:38 pm (UTC)
Not to be a total dork and to go correcting stranger's posts or anything... :)

But X11 is for X-Windows programs, which are not Microsoft Windows at all. If you want MS Windows, there are other emulators out there (I use parallels, e.g.), but they don't come free.

HOWEVER, with X11, you can use certain applications that were developed for Linux or other UNIXes (Unices), and this is a good thing. Why? Free software! Most people don't use 90% of Photoshop, for example, so if you don't need that high-end color matching and typesetting, you can use GIMP for free: http://www.gimp.org/, or for an Adobe Illustrator replacement, there's Inkscape: http://www.inkscape.org/, which gives you access to all that lovely vector graphics without the $800 price tag.
Mar. 5th, 2009 04:20 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the info. Fact of the matter is, without dorks the world would be without computers, cell phones, the internet, hybrid cars, and a host of other things including, yes, fantasy novels....
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Mar. 4th, 2009 04:06 pm (UTC)
How very true. Not that I need the help, mind you. But accessorizing with my computer does appeal to my latent fashionista....
Mar. 4th, 2009 12:54 pm (UTC)
Welcome to the pod!
Mar. 4th, 2009 04:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I think it's fair to say that you sired me....
Mar. 4th, 2009 05:24 pm (UTC)
Very good choice, Sir Coe! Eventually, I'll be able to afford one for myself. Windows is a nasty blight and will suck your very soul!

(Or will, at least, make itself quite inconvenient. That's why I like Linux. It's all about...convenience? Hm. I need to rethink here.)
Mar. 4th, 2009 05:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the support. I'm good with convenience. Though from what I've seen, that convenience also seems to come with cool, fun stuff, and I'm way into the cool and the fun.
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