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Old 07-17-2007, 10:23 AM   #21
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Originally Posted by feministmama View Post
gotta love Mac rabid die hard fan here
Kinda how I feel about Linux
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Old 07-17-2007, 10:43 AM   #22
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I had horrible experiences growing up with macs. The ones we had in school (we only had macs... all the pcs were in the science labs and no one was aloud to use them unless it was during class) were truely horrible. They crashed constantly. They would get bogged down if you opened up more than one program.

All this time, I urged my family to only buy PCs. They're stuck on them now, afraid to try anything new. They just recently (about a year ago) bought this POS dell for about $400 and is basically unusable. I can run photoshop, firefox, trillian at once, but both my photoshop and illustrator programs are corrupted since install. While the computer was cheap and easy, its still a POS that just kind of sits here and doesn't do anything worth while.

For a good mac, it might cost you a bit more than your regular PC, buw what you're getting is stability, cleanliness, and a lack of all the extra crap that you get in a pc. You don't have to get scared poking around in all of the folders on a mac.

You can have 10 different programs open on a mac and switch between them seamlessly. They run in the background when not in use, so they don't take up all of your memory and processing power, like a pc would.

Anywho, I'd suggest taking a look at what you need. Do you want an investment? Or just another computer to take up the general daily needs that will probably need to be replaced in a year or two?

If you want an investment, go with a Mac. They're super easy to learn, and they look pretty. Go to your local mac store and just sit down and play with one. Don't even bother with the salesman for your first try.

I'm not even sure I was any help... Its a bit early for coherrent thoughts... But I tried

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Old 07-17-2007, 10:48 AM   #23
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I switched from PC to Mac when I started grad school. I love my Mac! I run a lot of graphics programs now that I've started working from home, Photoshop CS2, InDesign, Quark, Illustrator, and my computer handles all of them at once perfectly. The one thing I will say is OS X takes up more room on your hard drive than Windows. I have an 80 GB hard drive and righ not I have about 50 GB left open. I got an external hard drive to back up my entire system. They're relatively inexpensive, you can find 500 GB external hard drives for about $230. The other thing, if you're going to run Microsoft programs like Word on your Mac, I would recomend getting an antivirus. I got a virus on my Mac from one of the computers at my school's library. It was a macro virus from Word, so it was easy to fix but scary none the less, it infected my Master's thesis the week before I had to defend.
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Old 07-17-2007, 05:26 PM   #24
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Thanks so much guys for all the advice

It turns out that the AVG software that I recently installed was the culprit - so I've taken it off and loaded a different brand of security software which suits my PC much better!

It took both myself and my husband all day to get AVG and also some old Norton! (Don't ask - long, long story!) off and the new stuff loaded but it is now finally done and my computer is zipping along nicely again.

Thanks so much for all your help,

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Old 07-17-2007, 05:54 PM   #25
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That's odd, I've installed AVG on quite a few people's Windows machines with no problems at all. I've always felt that it was one of the better free AV apps out there.
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Old 07-17-2007, 06:06 PM   #26
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I am very surprised too. My boyfriend have been using AVG for years and his entire family is using it. I use it too. We never heard of something like that!

It's good to know, though! I'll look into that. What version was it?
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I'm yet another shocked person! Maybe it was entirely Norton's fault?
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Old 07-17-2007, 06:28 PM   #28
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I'm yet another shocked person! Maybe it was entirely Norton's fault?

Isn't it always?
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Old 07-17-2007, 07:52 PM   #29
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I have AVG on my desktop and Avast! on my laptop. I've had the Avast longer, and I prefer it. I'll keep an eye on the AVG. Thanks for the heads-up, Sue!

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I think AVG is great - it just doesn't suit every pc!

My husband used the free download and loved it so much that he loaded it onto my machine (about a year or so ago) and we couldn't even get my PC to boot up!

Then just in the last month or so he bought a license for 3 pcs and put it on mine as well as his and our DS's computer. His and DH's are absolutely fine but mine slowed down so much that it made it unusable! Absolutely no idea why - but apparently it is not unheard of!

BTW - my alternative software found a really nasty spyware that AVG hadn't apparently - DH fixed it all up for me last night whilst I was out at meetings so I'm not sure what it was!

Anyway - right now everything is running beautifully - especially as I have now got the max memory allowed on my PC cos I originally thought that was the problem!

Long may it continue!
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