Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Laptopless

Sadly, Molly the Macbook had to be taken to the Apple store for technical assistance. She keeps spitting out dvds I try to watch. She accepts them and then they spin fast and slow down and spin fast and slow down and spin fast and slow down and then she ejects them. And these are good dvds like the second season of Weeds and the first season of The Office. Apple is going to replace the faulty dvd player and rectify the situation. This leaves me with Darr's old Dell for the night.

5 comments:

Cathy said...

We've been looking at getting a new laptop. We've been so loyal to Dell, but have been thinking of making the switch to a Mac. Have you always used Macs? Or did you make the PC to Mac switch? Did you find it easy to get used to. Rumor has it - there's not much to get used to...

christie said...

I made the switch from a regular PC to a Mac when the first iMacs came out around ten years ago. It was really as easy as the marketing campaign stated - take it out of the box, plug it in, and turn it on. That simple. There was no need to install anything and you were all set up to complete normal functions (drafting a letter, surfing the net, etc.).

For the most part, the Apple applications are intuitive and easy to use. Plus, pretty much everything on the Mac is visually appealing, unlike the stoic PC platform. It doesn't take long to get used to the filing structure. And it isn't hard to teach yourself the new shortcuts on the Mac. With a little practice, you'll be able to effectively shortcut your way around both systems without too much trouble.) I would recommend going to the Apple web site to check out the various products like iLife, iWork, and iWeb, and try hitting an Apple store if you have one nearby.

If you are worried about leaving Windows completely behind, you can buy the Microsoft Office Suite (with Word, Excel, Access, etc.) for Macs. I have chosen not to but that's because I've always had a separate work laptop with access to those items.

Good luck with your computer shopping.

Cathy said...

Thanks for sharing...it looks like we're going to stick with Dell for now.

christie said...

Did you check out the Mac and not like it or is it just easier to go with what you know? (I totally understand this reasoning, by the way.)

Cathy said...

It is just easier to go with what we know. And...I've recently heard of two people taking their Macs into the store to be repaired (you and one of my friends around here). Of course both of you are happy with your Macs. That and we use PCs at work...and have always had great help with Dell's customer service. And the price difference.
I actually played around with my friend's Mac and liked the feel of it and the look. He did have the Microsoft Office Suite on it. He did advise that I wouldn't truly appreciate the Mac unless I had one of my own. It took him a few weeks to realize how great it is.