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I've started, so I'll finish

And that, in a nutshell, is what I've been doing these past few weeks when I've not been on here: I've been indulging myself, mostly in an effort to forget what a crappy PC my computer has become (honestly, I'm amazed it's actually working today). I've been toying with the idea of getting a laptop to replace it, but every time I've gone into town, I've come home with another pair of shoes...What can I say? I know where I am with footwear, and I don't know what I should look for in computers. Should I stay with a Windows platform, or go for a Mac?


Jul. 15th, 2009 01:49 pm (UTC)
Okay, full disclosure: I have a Mac laptop, and I've always had PCs before. Tyson has a PC. According to Tyson, Windows users should probably wait until Microsoft releases Windows 7, because it has Vista beat hands down.

There are benefits to both. PCs are cheaper, but they come with less software, which is one of the big benefits to Macs. The software on them is useful, and not in a trial version. That said, there are fewer free programs, like freeware and shareware developed for Macs, and so if something stops working, it's hard to find a replacement. My experience with Apple customer service has been excellent; my experience with various PC brands' customer service less so.

I will say that I wouldn't worry too much about "learning" the Mac. It's different, but I got used to it within a week or two. My suggestion would be to go to the Apple store (or another electronics store in the area that sells them) and try it out.
Jul. 15th, 2009 06:39 pm (UTC)
Wait until Windows 7? Sounds like a plan!

OTOH, they've recently opened a Mac store/lab downtown, and I may not be able to hold out for that long ;-)
Jul. 15th, 2009 06:42 pm (UTC)
Supposedly, Windows 7 will be out next month, and a lot of the PCs being sold now will come with a free upgrade when Windows 7 is released.

That said, I love my Mac a whole bunch.
Jul. 15th, 2009 06:52 pm (UTC)
My friend, the one I stayed with in Zurich, had just purchased a MacBook, and was proud to show me what she could do with it. I was most impressed.

I also like the idea that you can sign up for private tutorials at the MacStore and learn how to use the different s/w and build a website and all that stuff...Like you say, the Mac support services are excellent...

But first, I've got to stop buying shoes, so I'll have some money in the kitty to get my PC replaced soon.