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    I'm thinking of replacing my PC with an iMac

    Good idea?

    I used a Mac way back when they were black and white, and in that little box. Now I'm thinking of replacing my current decktop with an iMac. Any thoughts?

    Thanks
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    they look cool

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    I love my iMac Intel Core Duo...
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    writing this communication on a mac mini,
    my family gave it to me for christmas a couple years ago,
    was a little skeptical about it at first. have it sitting on a shelf
    right next to my easy chair with a scrounged up flat panel display
    and a laptop style keypad with integrated touch pad so that i don't
    need a separate mouse. i can just sit in my recliner and surf away,
    as i am doing right now. the apple works that comes with the system
    is ok for light wordprocessing or spreadsheet. i've loaded mac office
    which give me complete interchangability with pc office that i use
    at work- so i can send a file home, work on it then send it back.
    only caution is make sure your ISP will support the mac format,
    some ISP don't work well is mac (peoplepc for example). based
    upon my pretty fair experience with the mac mini, we got our
    teenager an imac for his pc- it has been good for him also.

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    Personally, I'd replace it with a Mini, but in general, I dislike so-called desktops with a built-in monitor. It was fine back in the Mac Classic and SE/30 days, but now?
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    Quote Originally Posted by R900
    I've used a Mac way back when they were black and white, and in that little box.
    I started out with a Mac Plus myself.

    Quote Originally Posted by R900
    Now I'm thinking of replacing my current decktop with an iMac. Any thoughts?
    Now that they've got Intel CPUs, I'm seriously thinking of that too. Apparently pre-Intel software runs OK on the new iMacs, but more slowly that versions which have been upgraded to be Intel native. For the moment, I'm waiting until the next version of the Mac OS (Leopard, v10.5) comes pre-installed with iMacs (it's in Sneak Peek now) and until Adobe releases more native apps:

    Adobe decided to go just as slow in releasing a version of its Creative Suite applications (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, et. al.) that supported the new Intel chips at native speeds.

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    Do it. Love my iBook.

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    Thanks guys! About the new OS, if you buy now can you get a free upgrade, or better to just wait for the new OS to come out?

    I think the first Apple I used was an Apple IIe, we did some simple programing in HS - that was a long time ago...
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    Quote Originally Posted by R900
    Thanks guys! About the new OS, if you buy now can you get a free upgrade, or better to just wait for the new OS to come out?
    Interesting question. I looked around Apple's site, but didn't see anything about that. I've had such trouble upgrading Microshaft OS versions that I wasn't going to try it with a Mac, but it should be a much easier process.

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    The nice thing about switching to Macs now is that you can still run Windows, either inside of the Mac OS with Parallels or VMWare, or as a dual-boot with Boot Camp. So, while you're learning the new OS, you can still jump onto Windows in a pinch.

    I personally don't have a Mac, but I'd love to have one. I run Ubuntu Linux and, when needed, use Windows in VMWare.
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    Upgrades are free until you hit the major releases, such as the pending 10.5. If your Mac ships with 10.4.9, you'll have to pay the upgrade freight to 10.5.
    As far as upgrade problems, I've been running OS10 since beta, and never had an upgrade related major issue. Some little stuff from time to time, but mostly just logical transition issues.
    iMacs really are fit anywhere, really functional machines. Check out the iLugger cases if you want the worlds heaviest portable. I've even carried my 17" aboard a plane with no problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dewaday
    Check out the iLugger cases if you want the worlds heaviest portable. I've even carried my 17" aboard a plane with no problems.
    Does that case have to go in the overhead bin?
    <edit=Oh, my gosh! iLugger even has a case for the new 24" iMac!>

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce Rosar
    Does that case have to go in the overhead bin?
    <edit=Oh, my gosh! iLugger even has a case for the new 24" iMac!>
    If your on a Boeing, it'll slide angled under the seat. Embraer or similar kinda depends on how lenient your steward wants to be, as it will extend into your foot space a bit.
    That's assuming your carrying a 17, if your trying a 24, you better buy it it's own seat.

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    Definitely wait for Leopard to come out if you can.

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    Hi All-

    I run a Windows PC machine (work) side-by-side with a Macintosh machine (personal) and I have to give the nod to the Apple product. The overall build quality appears superior and the O/S is a piece-of-cake to learn.

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    If you buy a MacBook, I'd seriously consider buying the AppleCare warranty. I normally don't advocate extended warranties on anything but laptops, but on laptops, parts are so specialized that if something breaks, its almost a foregone conclusion that the costs for repairs for anything but the hard disk will set you back almost as much as a new laptop.

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    yes. it's a good idea.

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    My iMac and i agree its a great idea

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    Quote Originally Posted by R900
    Good idea?

    I used a Mac way back when they were black and white, and in that little box. Now I'm thinking of replacing my current decktop with an iMac. Any thoughts?

    Thanks
    It likely still had a tv out card. My old apple IIc had a tv out card in colour. Games kicked ass

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    I don't like Macs, not as much software available. that's my only beef

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    Quote Originally Posted by DirtPedalerB
    I don't like Macs, not as much software available. that's my only beef
    Did you see this prior post?
    Quote Originally Posted by sizzam
    The nice thing about switching to Macs now is that you can still run Windows, either inside of the Mac OS with Parallels or VMWare, or as a dual-boot with Boot Camp.

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    if your running windows on a mac it defeats the purpose of the MAC itself

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    Windows is sometimes necessary. The goal (for some of us) is to run it as little as possible.

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    I'll stick to my windows for desktops and linux for servers .. no use for a mac .. those are a graphic designers toy.
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