“One of us … gooble gobble, one of us …”
I think you’ll like it. Macs aren’t perfect, and there are things about OS X that I don’t like … but every time I have to use a Windows machine I rejoice that it’s only temporary.
Word to the wise… upgrade the RAM. That’s the only thing Apple sucks at with their lappys.
Cute Kid. On the back. PT it is the only thing that has a chance.
Same thing happened to me re PC vs. Mac a few months back, and for the most part, I’m pretty darned pleased with the new toy’s performance . . . Plus, like your angel-faced firstborn, it’s wicked pretty.
You’re late to the Mac party. You’ll enjoy it. My first computer was a Mac, in 1992. I’m on my fourth one now. Present G4/933 is four years old and going strong. Have yet to have my first virus (knock on wood).
I have the new Intel iMac 20″. I’ve also got a PowerBook and PowerMac, but the iMac is for the wife at home, and I use it for my photo work. It’s a great machine. Do upgrade the RAM, and posthaste. The machine was downright sluggish on basic operations until I did. I added a gig for $130 and it’s as snappy as a Thelonious Monk concert.
I’m quite surprised that Photoshop works just fine even though it’s not a Universal Binary, at least for my minor photo tweaks. I might consider it slow if I had to work on it all day, but Rosetta handles it great.
Last tip, after you spend some time acquainting yourself with the OS, install the free app, Quicksilver from quicksilver.blacktree.com. I can’t say enough about it, it’s truly revolutionary. Trust me.
TO: Stephen Green
RE: General Notions….
“…gatecrashers are usually the best people at the party.” — Stephen Green
…are geneally wrong.
If you doubt this, consider the gatecrasher at that party in Seattle last weekend.
Then there are the ‘gatecrashers’ the Israelis have had to contend with for the last six years.
Not to forget all those people in LA waving Mexican flags and shouting “Mexico! Mexico!”
In other words….
Welcome to the Mac world. The koolaid is FINE.
If you didn’t opt for the larger RAM package, you’ll get it sooner or later. There’s no computer out there that isn’t happier with more RAM.
About the iMac. Yes on the memory upgrade, but don’t go through Apple. Get it third-party. It’ll be much cheaper that way.
Rosetta: Good for running individual apps, but be very careful about running multiple apps at the same time. A couple of weeks after we got our iMac, the OS dropped off the face of the earth. Wouldn’t boot for life or love. I dicked around for a couple of days, trying to figure out what the hell happened. I finally took it into the Apple Store in Towson, and had a Genius take a look. He messed around for a little while, after hearing about everything I did, and then just reinstalled some of the core pieces of the OS over what was already there. Worked like a charm.
We talked about it, and he warned me against running too many applications under Rosetta. It’s great for single-tasking, but is not geared towards handling multiple applications at once. He was pretty convinced that running Word, Illustrator and Safari all at once was a pretty bad idea. And what do you know–Office and Creative Suite won’t be upgraded until at least the end of this year. Oh, joy.
The Core Duo processor is pretty sweet, though. Native applications pretty much fly, and even non-Universal apps are decent. I don’t think you’ll regret getting the iMac over the PowerMac (or Mac Pro as they seem to be indicating it will be called).
Boy there’s some bad advice. I run a dozen or so apps all day, every day. A web browser, photoshop, page layout, Illustrator, ftp client, mail.app, Word, and various Apple apps
Just get more RAM. 1.5GB minimum – otherwise you end up page swapping and it’s miserably slow, with Rosetta emulation in the mix.
Thanks for the insightful commentary, Marco. Not.
Steve Jobs said it himself when Rosetta was discussed as a part of the Intel iMac introduction at Macworld in San Francisco this last January. Rosetta is not designed for heavy lifting. And the Genius was very clear about what they’ve been told to tell people. Running multiple PPC-based programs at the same time is definitely *not* recommended. I think I’ll take his advise (and my experience) over your ‘expertise’ for the moment. Just because you haven’t seen this particular issue doesn’t mean it’s non-existent.
Steve- as a former back/neck pain sufferer, let me tell you what worked for me. I was on the anti-inflammatories (Relafen, Celebrex), physical therapy, special pillow, etc. I saw neurologists, orthopedic surgeons, GPs, etc, none of whom could find anything seriously wrong with me. 5 years later, I have no back or neck pain at all. It was all psychosomatic stress-related pain that I brought on myself. I had a very stressful job, working long hours with negative people who didn’t enjoy their jobs. I moved from the DC area and its high cost of living, terrible traffic, crime, etc, back to my native SC. Less stress = no back pain whatsoever.
I’m not saying move or change jobs, obviously, but I would bet that your pain is caused by the current stresses in your life- new son, work etc. I wish you the best but I would seriously think about some stress-relieving activities in addition to the obvious martini treatments- more exercise, more outdoors, more relaxation time etc.
Welocme to the dark side, Steve. Bwahahahaha.
“install the free app, Quicksilver from quicksilver.blacktree.com. I can’t say enough about it, it’s truly revolutionary.”
Quicksilver is a huge attention sink. It has a steep learning curve, very little documentation, and lots of bugs. It’s a work in progress. It is a quirky work of genius by a solitary mysterious programmer who I think is in France. It makes me furious at least once a day. But its potential is awesome and even having only figured out 5% of what it can do, it is very useful.
If you think the Mac world is Koolaid, wait till you meet the Quicksilver fanatics . . .
I have a four year old Titanium Powerbook that has crud all over the keyboard and have never given me a moment’s trouble aside from the usual minor crashes. No hardware problems after 4 years of hard daily use.
It seems rather silly to choose or not choose to continue on a Windows platform simply because Microsoft has delayed their next version of their operating system. But good luck with your Mac. Hope you don’t lose out on too much of the stuff you liked before on there.