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  1. Anonymous
    January 4, 2007

    Have been using Macs since 1984 and the original 128K toaster Mac (which still works, BTW). Before that was the Lisa (still have 2 of them, but haven’t fired them up in years). Before that was the //gs, //c, //e, ][+, ][, and the original Apple 1 (all *still* in working condition, except the A1, which was sadly broken in a move). Started my career with the DEC PDP-11/23 back in 1976 (!) and have written software in everything from Fortran to Lisp to C/C++ to Assembler to Python. Have designed several embedded systems using ARM/x86/PowerPC/68K. Have written RTOS kernels and Windows device drivers.

    Of all the years I’ve spent in, on, and around computers, I must say that you will never separate me from my Macs. You can have everything else!

  2. John
    January 5, 2007

    Some quick points regarding SPSS:

    * The compatibility of stat software on Intel-based is a *big deal* for researchers and academics (in both the physical and social sciences), and it’s a big deal for many businesses that do data mining, quality control evaluation, and internal & external survey work. Many folks, in diverse settings, rely as much on their stat program as they do their word processor.

    * Justifiably or not, SPSS is one of the best known and more wildly used statistical packages. I agree with an earlier poster–it’s overpriced for what it delivers, and there are plenty of more attractive alternatives–but it’s what a lot of people learned stats on, and it’s understandable that they aren’t going to look favorably on having to change.

    * While you can’t get a guarantee on this from SPSS, many folks (myself included) are using the newest version of Windows SPSS (v15) under Parallels Windows XP emulation on an Intel Mac, and it seems to be working just fine.

    * I hope SPSS gets on the ball with this soon. My university uses SPSS in its student computer labs, and so I have to use it when I teach research methods, even though it’s not what I typically use for my own data analysis. Running it under Parallels emulation works, but it’s an annoying workaround.

    * For folks who have been using SPSS, this incompatibility issue might be a nice time to investigate other stat options that you hadn’t tinkered with or considered before. The SPSS hassle led me to try out JMP, which has great support on the Mac and is a pleasure to use in comparison to SPSS. (There are also plenty of more powerful options than JMP–R, SAS, and matlab come to mind–I just figured that the average SPSS user isn’t a statistician, and so they’ll want more hand holding and guidance than those packages provide).

  3. Nick Young
    January 15, 2007

    Thomas

    I just bought a MacBook Pro myself. Your post just reaffirmed my confidence in my purchase (its still in the mail). I plan on blogging 365 days of my experience with Apple at http://keynote2keynote.blogspot.com. Glad you love your new machine!

  4. Anonymous
    April 13, 2007

    Old Mac user here. I’ve been on Mac’s since 1993. Every once in a while I’m forced into a Windows situation and I recoil in horror and frustration. I just don’t understand the devotion to Windows myself but that’s their business. If you don’t have the money to buy a new mac & you want one, buy a used mac off ebay. They’re very cheap and they usually always work. It will be a good way to introduce yourself to a Mac without having to spend a ton of $$$, then if you fall in love later, you can invest in a shiny new one. That being said I just want to add a couple of simple things that may help switchers.

    The key to making a Mac hum is keyboard shortcuts. Drag & drop features also are important to learn. Mac’s are so simple it’s really hard for a long time PC user to gear down to the ease of their use. I’ve read some of the posts complaining about right clicking and copying, pasting. They’re making it too difficult. To copy something to somewhere else, just drag the darn thing and let er rip! It copies itself onto whatever you drop it on. Simple as that. Apple C, V, X cut, paste, cut copy are some of the apple commands and the secret to controlling your mac, added with the ease of dragging things anywhere you want them. Drag icons to the dock of apps you use frequently. Don’t use it and it’s on the dock? Drag it to the trash. It’s all just so simple. The keyboard commands are listed on the right by the contextual menus, so you can learn what they are. Once you learn the commands, you’re going to fly. One poster above complained of minimizing windows to find a lost window, you can minimize all the windows at once and clearly see the one you’re looking for in Tiger, or toggle them to the front with apple ~. These complaints are just unfamiliarity with the commands & procedure. Once learned you’ll love your Mac.

    I like these computers not only because the quality of the screens is so much better to look at, but because I administer a little network and our employees don’t tear them up. One other issue I noticed someone was complaining about, the resolution was making his items too small on the screen, well then change it! It’s under the little blue apple>system preferences>displays . You can do that. It’s very easy. We’ve had a tech to our company 5 times in the 14 years I’ve worked here, and only once was it for a broken computer. The other times were for upgrading ram and cleaning dust off the insides. When we install a new network we give the old computers to kids or charity because they are always still working, they’re just outdated.

    If you do buy a Mac, be sure to always install the software updates, as they also help keep your Mac in good working order. There’s a few Mac maintenance tips you can use to keep your OS running smooth. We’ve had very few problems with Tiger OS 10.4. The updates usually address known issues and I think most of the issues with Tiger are pretty much tweaked, as far as I can tell. There is a glitch in Safari that freezes when printing. A work around is to use keyboard commands instead of the mouse when printing in Safari, but I don’t know of a fix. I thought it was in the last update but it wasn’t.

  5. Scott
    February 24, 2008

    Well, it was with great sadness that I parted ways with my Macbook this week.. My son now has it. At my great moment of look and despair, I purchased another Mac. This was a refurb from Apple. I got the Aluminum skinned, 20 in Imac. Oh wow! And I thought I loved my old Macbook! Cie La Vie Macbook- I love my new Imac!

  6. Switch Stories
    March 31, 2008

    Thomas, great switch story. It would be great if you decided to publish it on SwitchStories.com

  7. Anonymous
    April 25, 2008

    Congratulations! :-) Curious to read updates on that..Financial Management

  8. momo
    June 18, 2008

    I just wished, Yahoo America would use the maps Yahoo Japan is using. That would be awesome.self storage

  9. Partners in Grime
    November 22, 2008

    Hey, Hawkster, I switched, too. From an iMac to a MacBook Pro. :)

  10. Zawers
    November 5, 2009

    nice purchase

  11. patryk
    November 9, 2009

    Hey dude :) I’m also own MacBook Pro. It’s 2009 17″ glossy version. I was working with PC’s since 1994 and when I saw an iMac in reality and spent about 10minutes with a Mac OS X I knew I was gonna buy one in the future. The design is one great advantage of Apple’s products, no doubt but the most important is the software for me. Easy, fast, clean, just works and regarding notebooks I can add that it works for a very long time on a battery.
    I was so amazed with Mac’s that I made at least 5 of my friends to buy a Mac before I actually did it :D It’s so fun to watch them as they discover that new better world. None of them would back to PC.
    Now I got my second MacBook Pro 17″, I also have 2 iPods and iPhone 3G and I can tell that I won’t ever turn my back from Apple. It’s just pure pleasure to use a Mac. I encourage everyone to try one of Apple’s computers. You won’t regret it.
    Take care!

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