New IMac v old Imac

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Fast_Boy_Slim, Dec 6, 2012.

  1. ohgood

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    Bought our first 12" ppc in 2005. New. Dumb. Then two more older 15" ppc used off cl. Then a mini intel. Now a hackintosh quad core with 8gb of ram.

    I get emails from the guy I sold the 12" to now and then, links to photos/videos/whatever. It still works fine after having dropped off a 5' window sill, and water poured on the keyboard (same day, son was born wahoooooo).

    This is how computing should be.
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  2. OhBoy

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    1984 I get a phone call from my brother, "wanna go to SF for a few days, all expenses paid?" How could I say no! I was living in 'Fresno at the time and he was in San
    Diego, so our traveling expenses wee a tank of gas.
    At the time My bro Lance AKA "themobb" was unbeknownst to me was the proud owner of something he called an Apple Computer. The only caveat to the offer was that I had to present myself as a Mac guru in the art of using the Mac for music.
    Lance was in a MUG (Machintosh User Group) subgroup SIG (Special Interest Group) that used the Mac for all things music. He said if anyone should ask me about using the Mac I should reply "double click". I was on my was to SF.
    We arrive at the convention center, get to the booth, are introduced to our personal guide to all the functions/entertainment that will be happening, a dude. So the show must go on. Frankly I do not remember meeting the big guy or hearing him speak. It was a convention and I had been to lots of conventions before (marketing rep for GE). No big deal?
    Around the hall were lots of SIG types hyping their apps. Lots of cool visuals. Data apps I cared nothing about. They did have a roulette wheel with a long line. About every 15 minutes someone would win a trip to Hawaii. That was impressive. I think it was a rigged wheel!
    Oh, did I mention the party? Later. One night our guide took us out on the town. Apparently a new bar had just opened. Rumor had it that Boz Skags was the owner. So off we went. There was a line around the block. No problem, our man took us to the head of the line, flashed a card, in we go. The man had juice.
    The Party was held in a building which I can only describe. An architect would have a better word. Square, many stories tall, all floors having a view down to the ground floor...atrium...hall? Anyway there was an all girl band in white polka dot dresses. They were HOT and rocking. Drinks were flowing as were appetizers and deserts. I had my first experience with a white chocolate swan filled with assorted berries.
    Those were the high points. Money was being made by Apple to have such an extravagant.
    I've finally had a chance to repay Jobs for the party. To bad he can't cash the check.
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  3. Shadow10

    Shadow10 Been here awhile

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    Once you have Mac theres no going back.

    I have to deal with windows crap at work everyday. If we were on a different platform, the IT dept would be half the size it is no.
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  4. miguelitro

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  5. NikonsAndVStroms

    NikonsAndVStroms Beastly Photographer

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    :huh

    I've had Windows 7 on 3 machines so far and adding up their years of running gets to ~6 years now. Only one issue with any of them and that was in the BIOS not the OS.

    When I ran a Mac computer lab I would print this guy out:

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    And have to tape it over a monitor usually twice a month, and this is out of ~25 mac pro's.

    There's also a ton of Mac VS PC shit with my family, I snapped a pic after breakfast while I was down there:

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    That's 4 Macbook Pro's, an iPad, and my Dell refurb which cost less than the iPad and is more powerful than all but one of those Macbooks :D and even then the differences are pretty small except for the 768 GB SSD :eek1 but it did cost over 8 times what mine did.

    Maybe it's because I jumped between PC and Mac every day for years but I can do it without any issues. I liked OSX a bit more than XP due to its GUI but since Windows 7 came out I don't see much of a reason for me to go for a Mac.
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  6. Shadow10

    Shadow10 Been here awhile

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    Just to clarify, I'm talking MAC v's windows, not PC's as other operating systems can be used.

    I guess a lot comes down to environment and intended purpose. I have worked in media for years and the only reliable machines are those that are purpose built, or MAC's, depending on the application. Any point where windows is introduced is a bucket of ongoing, recurring problems. Even if a windows machine is there as a control device, its always the first point of failure, or crash.

    I do a fair bit of stuff at home and Mac's have always been reliable.
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  7. NikonsAndVStroms

    NikonsAndVStroms Beastly Photographer

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    Well yeah, mine dual boots into Ubuntu as well and it was pretty painless for once (this laptop is certified to run it which is a new thing they have going on) but generally unless people just need office apps, and a browser I steer them away from Linux.

    I use a Dell Workstation and haven't had any issues with it for my media purposes....but being a broad phrase I'm guessing they're a little different. I'm doing photos, animations, design, and a tiny bit of video.
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  8. bobobob

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    Excellent advice. The refurbs are great values.
    Apple Care is a must and one to one training is very helpful.

    Max out your memory, but not form Apple.
    And your best speed up will be to swap out the HD for an SSD.
    Huge increase in performance.
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  9. NikonsAndVStroms

    NikonsAndVStroms Beastly Photographer

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    That's becoming harder and harder as they are increasingly making that non-upgradable. The smaller iMac now isn't even an easy upgrade. You have to completely disassemble the thing. It seems to be a common trend for PC makers, I was going to upgrade my HD which is the weak link on my Laptop and it turns out the thing is buried in here so you need to take it apart to get to it.
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  10. troidus

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    I keep hearing this and it bothers me to no end. Why must I pay $150 extra for hardware support on a $500 device? (I bought my wife a new Mac Mini in November.) I didn't do it, so we'll see if that was a mistake or not.
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  11. troidus

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    That would be a deal-killer for me. I don't like it, but I'll disassemble a laptop to change a drive or cooling fan. I expect to be able to add RAM fairly easily and don't like it if the keyboard has to come off to do it. Having soldered-on RAM is a stunt Compaq used to pull and I won't stand for it. Even if they also include a slot, how are you supposed to match pairs if the rest of it is permanently mounted?
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  12. NikonsAndVStroms

    NikonsAndVStroms Beastly Photographer

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    I watched a video for my laptop and there are a bunch of parts that look really flimsy so that has me worried. I'll probably do it anyways in 2 years along with an SSD just because, and if it dies then I wont care.

    I love my Dell T3500 workstation, you can swap any of the boards, HD's etc. without a single tool.
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  13. ohgood

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    Holy shit someone bought an ReallyTryin !


    Nope, its an ipad.
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