I'm a switcher

I have done it. I have returned to my computing roots.

For the first time since the early 1990s, I am an owner and user of an Apple Macintosh. Instead this time, I own a iMac G5 instead of a LC II.

Today Katie and I went to the mall in Salem, NH to do some Christmas shopping. A normal shopping day turned into something interesting when we decided to take a look at the Apple Store there. I wanted to check out the iMac my brother Justin just purchased two days ago, the 20″ model.

Within minutes, I had stopped playing with the iMac and seriously starting thinking of getting one. I was fed up with Windows. I needed a new computing challenge. I wanted something that was reliable and a joy to use. The iMac was that solution and stood before me.

I had to do some talking with Katie and we came up with a suitable solution. The iMac would be a joint Christmas gift to ourselves and it would be our main home computer. Her 6-year-old PC would be stripped/sold for parts and the iMac would replace it.

So I put down the plastic and bought the iMac G5. A very nice package, with 512 MB of RAM, 1.9 GHz G5 processor, 160 GB hard drive, and a very nice 17″ widescreen.

I have been playing with it for a few hours and I am very impressed. At least so far, it is the answer I have been looking for when it comes to computers. Very fast, stable, and the software for once is easy to use.

Right now, I am using the following for software:

  • Mac OS X 10.4.3
  • Safari
  • Mozilla Firefox 1.5 RC3
  • Mail 2.0.5
  • Adium 0.86
  • Skype
  • iTunes 6.0.1
  • iCal
  • iPhoto
  • Citrix (to access work server)

So far, those applications have left me very satisfied. Well worth every penny spent on this.

I still have a lot of work to do on the iMac getting it prepared for use. I just copied over the music from my laptop . Which by the way, on a Mac it is easier to use a network with Windows computers then a Windows computer trying to do it! Anyways, I still need to copy my e-mail over and documents.

As for my Toshiba laptop running Windows XP, I am going to use it for work and as a second backup computer. After all, Katie and I can’t be on the iMac at the same time. One of us will be fighting for it at all times 🙂

I also have to find a suitable office product. Downloading NeoOffice right now, let’s see how that goes.

I am trying to decide whether to buy some additional memory (a 1GB stick at Crucial.com is $138) for the iMac. It came with 512 and the computer seems very responsive. I guess I will wait a few days to see if I perhaps need an extra little kick that memory would bring.

7 Replies to “I'm a switcher”

  1. Welcome to the club. Your going to love it here.
    I highly suggest more ram. OSX really does shine when you have more RAM.
    Also, for Word Processing, I highly suggest Microsoft Office. It’s a much better product than it’s windows counterpart.

  2. Welcome to the light side 🙂 . I’ve had mine for over 3 months now and it’s been very much worth it. A lovely piece of kit.

    I use NeoOffice as my office suite – it’s based on OpenOffice.org and is 99% the same, but it works more like a Mac application. It’s just a bit slow and clunky.

  3. Hello. I first saw your thread on Neowin and decided to look here. Congratulations on your iMac. I bet it’s the new one with an iSight camera.
    What’s the noise level at. Is it dead quiet like tolerable to sit infront of even when doing tasks such as maybe importing a CD in iTunes or starting the visualizer in iTunes. I have major issues with my iMac and its noise level, but then again it’s also a revision a – and without iSight.

    I think you may have an issue when imorting your e-mails from your Windows machine. I did not have any success in doing so, rather I used Gmail to forward my mails and then sending them again to my home e-mail account on my Mac. Good luck on everything Mac. You’ll love OS X to death I bet. I did. And do.

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