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PC 40 44.44%
An Apple branded model, aka Mac 25 27.78%
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Old 12-07-08, 10:50 AM   #1
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Computers At Home: Apple, PC or Both

OK, I checked and didn't see this as a poll in the archives and, given that it's cold in a lot of places, now's a great time for a flame war.

So, never mind what's at work, what do you use in the home?

Us?

Apple / Mac
  • 350 MHz PowerPC G4
  • 733 MHz PowerPC G4 "Silver Streak"
  • 2.16 GHz MacBook

PC
  • 2.0 GHz HP Pavilion 9000 Series Entertainment Notebook

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Old 12-07-08, 10:51 AM   #2
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Old 12-07-08, 11:09 AM   #3
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My wife and I have the following:
  • Her desktop computer - Gateway 2.1Ghz AMD w/ 2GB RAM & 250GB HD running XP MCE, with dual 19" LCD monitors
  • Her netbook - MSI Wind 1.2Ghz Atom w/ 1GB RAM & 120GB HD running XP Home
  • My computer - Apple MacBook 2.4 Ghz w/ 2GB RAM & 160GB HD running OSX 10.5.5, connected to a 19" widescreen monitor & a 200GB external HD & 80 GB external HD, with Microsoft Ergonomic 4000 keyboard & Microsoft ARC wireless mouse.
  • Old computer - Gateway 1.4Ghz AMD w/ 1GB RAM & 40GB HD running XP Home
    Currently sitting in a closet doing nothing.
  • Eee PC 2GB Surf - 512K RAM, 2GB SSHD running some version of Linux
    I'm going to attempt to install a stripped down version of XP Home on it soon, just for s**ts & giggles.
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Old 12-07-08, 11:13 AM   #4
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Clone PC XP Pro
AMD AM2 Dual Core 6000+
4GB Ram
8800GT
4TB

HP DV6000 series laptop 2Ghz Vista HP

Sony Vaio TZ28GN Laptop Vista U

Dell D620 Laptop XP Pro

eMac G4 1.25Ghz Mac OSX

Looking into buying a Macbook Air, but it really just isn't worth the money. The Sony equivalent is smaller, lighter and has better features. But Vaio pretty much sucks too if you ask me. I should rephrase, Vaio's suck until you remove the Sony software library they have installed on it. Then they run quite well.

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Old 12-07-08, 11:15 AM   #5
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I use my custom computer. Dual boots Windblows and Linux. I use Windblows most of the time, but once I get a second hdd, I can really see what Linux can do. I just didn't partition out enough space on my current hdd for Linux, so I can't install my games.
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Old 12-07-08, 11:16 AM   #6
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We have 3 Apple computers:

Ours: 2002 Emac 400 mhz, 128 MB RAM, combo drive
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Off the top of my head: (all Intel core 2 duos)
2-iMacs (aluminum ones) home/kid's area
1-MacBook (white one) wife's
1-MacBook Pro (aluminum one) mine and for work too
2-iMac G3s (print server and game machine)

At work
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1-iMac G3 (print & fax server)

1-iPhone 1st generation -wife's
1-iPhone 3G -mine

I have no idea how many iPods.

In the attic the lineage stretches from an original 128k and a 512k fat mac through a couple of Classics through a couple of Performas to several PowerMacs. Including my collection of coffee destroyed PowerBooks: a g3 Lombard, and a PBG4 titanium.

Have been using Macs and Apples since the Apple // in 1979. Purchased my first Mac in '84.

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Old 12-07-08, 11:35 AM   #8
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I do web design and graphic design (years of previous experience, and it's one of my jobs at the bike shop), so I have both.

PC: AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+
3GB PC2 6400 DDR
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Windows Vista (ick!) and MEPIS Linux dual boot

Laptop: Toshiba Satellite 1.5GHz 2GB DDR - very old and slow. lol

Mac: iMac-DV :: OLD iMac. 400MHz - 2GB memory - 80GB HDD - OS 10.2 (Was called "DV" for digital video. ie: it has a DVD ROM instead of a CD-ROM. Oooooo! lol!)
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All Microsoft, with the exception of an iPod Nano.

2 laptops running Vista Ultimate
1 media server running Vista Ultimate
1 office machine running Vista Business
2 HTC 8525 PDA phones running WinMobile 6.0
X360 and Xbox game systems
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Old 12-07-08, 11:40 AM   #10
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Dual 1GHz P3, 2GB RAM, 40GB + 2x 80 GB(RAID1) + 2x 250GB(RAID1), Mandriva Linux 2007 - serves up website and handles home server stuff.

All connected via Gigabit LAN.

I miss my old PowerMac G4. That was a Gigabit G4 400MHz upgraded with a Sonnet 1GHz chip, 2GB RAM, 80 + 250GB drives, Radeon 9200, ATA133 card and a USB 2.0 card. Really nice running machine, but I needed more power.

Also have parts to throw together a couple more downstairs gathering dust.
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Mac and HP-PC.
I could/would never go back to a Microsoft based OS again.
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Old 12-07-08, 12:09 PM   #12
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The cool thing about macs is that I can use Fusion to run
WinXP, Fedora and Ubuntu in addition Mac OSX ( all
at the same time on my macbook pro

We also use a Mac Mini as a generic home server.
On the server I run:

1) A domain name server for my home lan
2) A subversion server for the code I occasionally write
3) A Wiki that I use for trying to remember configuration details
4) A rsync server to ease making copies of stuff ( think iPhoto...)

We also have a PC laptop that dual boots XP and Fedora. On the
Fedora side I also have a virtualized WinXP available using Sun's Virtual Box.

My wife uses a Mac G4 ( Quicksilver).

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Old 12-07-08, 12:12 PM   #13
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We have PC based and Apple based computers here. I don't run Windows on any of them. Mac OS X on the Apples and Linux on all PC based equipment - several desktops and laptops. For Linux I usually run CentOS on the household server and Fedora or Ubuntu on the others.
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Our household has been Microsoft-free™ since 1993.

IBM Z50 (133MHz MIPS) running NetBSD
Sony (400MHz PII) C1XS running Red Hat 9
HP L2000 (AMD Turion) notebook running Ubuntu
iMac (2.4GHz Core Duo) running OS X

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Old 12-07-08, 12:28 PM   #15
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My home - 3 MS OS computers.

My office - 25,000 MS OS Dell machines, plus about 100 or so Macs here and there.
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Why did you just set poll for home use? That skews the results, doesn't it?
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Old 12-07-08, 12:30 PM   #17
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At home (i.e. my apartment in San Diego): a MacBook Pro 17" (1st of the Core2 Duo ones)

At work (my personal computer, owned/maintained by me): an iMac G5 17"

At my parents' place during holidays (i.e. all children home, only counting actively used computers):
for personal use: my MacBook Pro, my sister's MacBook (Core2 Duo), my sister's MacBook Pro (Core2 Duo), my sister's Sony VAIO 15" laptop (Pentium M, bought in 2003)

for a mix of work use (for my dad's office) and personal use: my dad's Sony VAIO 15" laptop (identical to my sister's), a new cheapo eMachines desktop

for work use: MacSE (in original spec of 1 MB RAM and 20 MB hard drive)
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Why did you just set poll for home use? That skews the results, doesn't it?
I think that's the point. Not many of us have a choice of what to use at work (I sure don't), so to answer "What do you use at work?" wouldn't really indicate what we'd use if we could choose for ourselves.

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I have a workstation-grade laptop that I use for photo-editing and work for clients (HP nw8240, Windows Server 2008).

I also have an e-mail server that is LINUX-based (Dell XPS T450).

I then have my laptop that I used to use for work, but is now my sort-of media center. (IBM Thinkpad R40, Windows XP Professional).

Then there's the retired server that I will probably restore and make the main media and SMB storage server. (Dell Dimension CPa, last had Windows 2000 Server)

I have a super cheap laptop (which I discovered it's cheapness when I finally got it up and running), which I was giving to my sister, but I might either donate or switch its role with the Thinkpad (Compaq Presario 2100, might put Linux on it)

Then there's the laptop I'm really giving away to my sister, but I used for a little while as the workhorse computer (IBM Thinkpad R40 WFU, Windows XP Professional).

I might be inheriting another server, which it's purpose has yet to be determined (HP Vectra 400 MHz).

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No Macs yet; I thought I had a need for it some time ago, but it turns out that I don't. I used to have a iMac G3, but it was a PAIN IN THE BEHIND to upgrade to 10.4 (when it had 10.2). The internal CD-ROM gave out, and there was nothing you could do to get it to accept an external CD-ROM. Bummer.
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When Apple starts charging reasonable prices, I will consider becoming a customer. I hate getting ripped off.
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When Apple starts charging reasonable prices, I will consider becoming a customer. I hate getting ripped off.
When MS starts making OS software that doesn't blow so hard I will consider becoming a customer. I hate getting ripped off.
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By the way, I'm a little biased, I got my first Mac in June of 1984, which is nearly 25 years ago. I did own a PC for a couple of years. Utter and complete waste of time and money in every respect. But MS Flight Simulator is cool.
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my wife and i have the following:
  • her desktop computer - gateway 2.1ghz amd w/ 2gb ram & 250gb hd running xp mce, with dual 19" lcd monitors
  • her netbook - msi wind 1.2ghz atom w/ 1gb ram & 120gb hd running xp home
  • my computer - apple macbook 2.4 ghz w/ 2gb ram & 160gb hd running osx 10.5.5, connected to a 19" widescreen monitor & a 200gb external hd & 80 gb external hd, with microsoft ergonomic 4000 keyboard & microsoft arc wireless mouse.
  • old computer - gateway 1.4ghz amd w/ 1gb ram & 40gb hd running xp home
    currently sitting in a closet doing nothing.
  • eee pc 2gb surf - 512mb ram, 2gb sshd running some version of linux
    i'm going to attempt to install a stripped down version of xp home on it soon, just for s**ts & giggles.
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When MS starts making OS software that doesn't blow so hard I will consider becoming a customer. I hate getting ripped off.
Windows ME was horrible, but no troubles otherwise.

Maybe we should rate hard drives. I'll never purchase another Seagate ever again.
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