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The End Of An Era For Me


Crosstrainer2
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For the first time in more decades than I can remember, I no longer own a self-built high end PC.

A strange feeling, as I sit here, typing this on my laptop, which frankly I wouldn't be using if my ipad was not on charge.

The cable spaghetti has gone, the power leads, the surround sound speakers, the lot. A shelf, once crammed to the gunnel's with PC games awaits it's new collection of software.

Oh, I'm under no illusions friends will need help, things will break, "Phone Jeff...He can fix it for you" will still be a feature of life.

But it's a strange feeling after so many years.

Then,in order to cheer myself up, I only have to look at what is about to land on my doorstep:

http://www.apple.com/imac/

But I wonder, just how far have Microsoft fallen behind? And how much longer they will continue to churn out over-bloated Operating Systems which they will expect users to buy.

I was always a PC person, I started with DOS 3, I was there at the beginning of it all, and I'm glad I was.

And whilst products like Office (yes a copy for mac is on my new machine) will remain the standard for now, allow me to add a caveat for MS:

The tide, Mr Gates is turning.

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Crosstrainer2

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Diemmess

I'm no spring chicken :)) DOS 3 for me, but with the cables gone, and knowing how good my other Apple products are, AND frankly, the old eyes, duff leg and back meant buying a new PC or buying a mac.

I came to the conclusion that since all my other Apple kit is first class, and that I would not trust anyone to build a PC for me (except me) that it was the logical way to go.

It will be my last one, not an ugly tower, but a cable free top end machine that will last me the rest of my day's.

It's true if you browse the forums there are a lot of mac ipad related questions now. as you know, although I was away a while, I've been here a long time (if that makes sense) and we never had any mac related stuff that i can remember.

Perhaps I simply notice it more because of my stuff, but I don't think so.

As I said I was always;s a PC self-build person, and I'm not biting the hand that fed.

It was just time...For a seed change.

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Brumas

Are you planning on upgrading to Lion next week? If so, let me know how you get on in a thread. (If you have an email addy for me it's an old one, and won't post here for obvious reasons)

My first task on arrival of the new machine will be to go from Snow Leopard to Lion, so would be interested to have your thoughts. My spy @ Apple tells me "Probably Wednesday"

I will receive an email when it's live, so will post here too!

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Crosstrainer2

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fourm member

Absolutely right. With a very large discount for services rendered to Apple recently (I'm doing some IP5 Beta testing for them) My admittedly rather high spec. Imac with the software, free Apple care on all my Apple kit for life, came in at £2600.00

For that, I could build a whole bunch of PC's, but I won't be persuaded to build any more.

I guess what used to be fun sort of wears off after you've built your first 50 or so. It then becomes a chore And as I said the body just isn't up to it anymore :))

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ams4127

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Interesting thread because it's something I've been thinking about for some time and, when my current machine goes to the great scrapyard in the sky, I will certainly be going down the Apple road.

My iPad is the first Apple product I've owned (I did work for a year as a computer engineer at a local school which had Apple computers - but spent most of my time extracting paper clips from disk drives) and I love it's simplicity.

It just works.

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Crosstrainer2

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That, in a nutshell sums up Apple kit." it just works" no endless rounds of updates, no issues with printers, they just install without fussy drivers etc.

I already use an app called PrintNshare my wireless printer is in standby, I am using my iPad. If I want to print from here ( propped up in bed after the early start this morning) I just hit print, and it does.

No cables, just sent to the printer via wireless.

Things will be even more interesting when the iMac arrives. I can already stream media to my tv and DTS systems with both my iPad and iPhone, but soon the iMac will join and complete the picture.

All seamless!

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onthelimit1

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Kids all use Macbooks, and I can see the appeal (apart from the price), BUT, having had a new W7 PC for a couple of weeks, I shan't be changing anytime soon.

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Brumas

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Jeff I have no plans to upgrade to Lion at the moment as I'm counting my pennies tbh. Snow Leopard does everything I ask of it so it will be a while, hopefully I'll be getting for a birthday present in September. Also, I am not a 'techie' like you (no offence intended) as long as it works I'm happy :o}

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Brumas

Nothing wrong with Snow Leopard. ( Leopards are nicer than Lions anyway) but the upgrade is free, so may as well have everything up to date before commencing the learning curve with Final Cut, Logic, and of course, the OS itself!

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Crosstrainer2

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Release date for Lion, now set for Thursday 14th ( so I have heard) this works well for me as it's delivery day for my new iMac.

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john 52

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crossstrainer2

I am sure you will love your new imac I bought a imac about a year ago and as other people have said they just work with the minimum of fuss.

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