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I got my new iMac last Friday afternoon. I'm glad Apple uses FedEx as I can just go by their office after 6:00pm to pick up something that needed a signature and it only take about 5 minutes to get there. How it gets from China to here in 2 days amazes me too. I could not play with it until very late Friday night as the niece and nephew came by for a surprise visit and dinner.

System is pretty much setup with several little tweaks here and there. Old PC system was moved to the closet where it will be keeping my weather station updated on the internet 24x7 (I also need it to run Quicken for now). Need to get a fresh copy of MS Office from UNC-CH today. It's so nice to have a system that's fast again. All this time I though part of the slowness in web browsing was by cable modem connection--definitely not the case. Just web browsing as a lot zippier. I have not found anything yet to stress out the 2 cpu's.

Moving my iTunes library was a piece of cake. I just mounted my old PC data via SMB and dropped my old iTunes directory into the application and it pulled everything over (artwork and all). Of, course, it took over an hour, but that was mainly because my old PC was struggling to keep up.

I really like the new keyboard. It's amazing how thin it is and I feel like I have to be very careful with it since it's only 1/4" thick! It really makes the typing feel effortless, but also has that tactile feel to it. Apple did their homework on this.

The only thing so far that does not go is the scanner. :( I have an HP ScanJet 2200c (+5 years old now) and it's not compatible with Mac OS X. So, I need to look for a new scanner here soon. It recognized the HP DeskJet 3650 with no problems.

Overall, I'm very happy with this new system (first NEW system I have bought since college). The 20" version was the right size and glad I did not spend the extra money on the 24". I actually look forward to using my computer again in my home office.


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Nov. 27th, 2007 07:14 pm (UTC)
I am so going to ask you how to do this because Mark is switching to a Mac before I kill him.
Nov. 29th, 2007 02:59 am (UTC)
What's the issue with making the switch? Can he not let go of Windows? Is he anti-mac?

Another selling point is to run a virtual PC on Mac. That usually gets people over the hurdle too.
Nov. 29th, 2007 04:20 am (UTC)
Virtual PC...Hush yo' mouf! It's Parallels. And he has a MacBook that he dearly loves. he'll never be without one again. But we both have desktop computers, too. His is a PC with his iTMS library on it and it's a pain in the dick...

I don't want his 130GB of music clogging up my HD on my iMac, but I think I'm going to have to make the sacrifice. :-(

I think we'll probably keep the PC until it completely dies, because EVERY file from every computer he's EVER had is on there somewhere. I don't know how. Things that he doesn't even have software for...*shudder* When I get a new computer it's usually house cleaning time.
Nov. 29th, 2007 04:27 am (UTC)
Wow. 130GB of music? I think I have like 8GB. That's an incredible library, or a very high bit rate. Almost sounds like you need a more centralized storage solution for multimedia files. LaCie makes some slick stuff these days in small packages for reasonable prices.

Keep the home directories separated--you don't want that drama. :p
Nov. 29th, 2007 04:29 am (UTC)
He'll have his own user name...it's why I want to buy him an iMac that has enough space on it to do what he wants. I just need to find one used. I'm not financing another one this year, or next.
Nov. 29th, 2007 04:35 am (UTC)
Macs do hold their value, so it may be tough to find something used AND cheap. Sometimes there are some good deals on refurbished Mac stuff (I just picked up a 40GB appletv for $229 (new is $299)).
Nov. 29th, 2007 05:36 am (UTC)
I <3 refurbs.
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