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Old December 18 2008, 06:53 PM   #31
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While you say goodbye to it the British Navy just has just equipped twelve nuclear submarines with Windows. If it's good enough for them, it's good enough for me...
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Old December 18 2008, 11:12 PM   #32
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While you say goodbye to it the British Navy just has just equipped twelve nuclear submarines with Windows. If it's good enough for them, it's good enough for me...
Pixar uses Macs, and that's good enough for me.

I ordered my Mac today. Had to get a different one but it's better.

Apple iMac Intel Core Duo 1.83 Ghz
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I got it brand new for $600!

I can't wait!

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Old December 18 2008, 11:18 PM   #33
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Good deal for that price. If the RAM turns out to be an issue, you should be able to buy more and install it yourself. Some models make that easier than others, though.
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Old December 18 2008, 11:24 PM   #34
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Good deal for that price. If the RAM turns out to be an issue, you should be able to buy more and install it yourself. Some models make that easier than others, though.
Yep. RAM will be a snap to install. Literally!

The Intel Macs have the easiest access of any Mac. I also found 2 GB of DDR667 3200 (Mac) for $29, so I'm all set!

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Old December 18 2008, 11:31 PM   #35
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Actually the render farms are using Linux... I'm in favor of different systems. And there are good things to be said about OSX - that it is not installed on my PC, for example. But there are rumors in that in the future, Apple will release it for every computer. Another real downside is how annoying and complicated it is to share files between Mac and Windows on a network. I couldn't make it work.
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Old December 18 2008, 11:34 PM   #36
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I haven't had much chance to fool around with the Windows Sharing option in OSX, but with an entire section of a control panel devoted to it, I can't imagine it being *that* hard.

I doubt Apple will open OSX to all machines. They're a hardware company first, and the business model would have to change dramatically to make that practical.
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Old December 18 2008, 11:41 PM   #37
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When I get my Mac, I'll let you know, since my network has a Win PC on it.

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Old December 22 2008, 06:29 PM   #38
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Hi John, have your Mac already? I'd like to know whether you made it work...
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Old December 22 2008, 07:26 PM   #39
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Hi John, have your Mac already? I'd like to know whether you made it work...
I've got 7 more days until it gets here. If I knew it was coming from Washington state I'd have sprung for the extra cash to get it here by air instead of ground.

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I've tried, over the last few months, to exclusively use a Mac laptop that I got from work. There are some things I like about it, but many more that I don't. We all have things we don't like about Windows / Micro$oft, but I say Windows (XP) is the way to go.

Keep in mind that Boot Camp is a deal where you need to reboot the machine to switch between operating systems. If you want to pay for the ability to switch between on the fly, you'll have to buy something like Parallels or VMWare Fusion.
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Old December 23 2008, 01:23 AM   #41
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I've tried, over the last few months, to exclusively use a Mac laptop that I got from work. There are some things I like about it, but many more that I don't. We all have things we don't like about Windows / Micro$oft, but I say Windows (XP) is the way to go.

Keep in mind that Boot Camp is a deal where you need to reboot the machine to switch between operating systems. If you want to pay for the ability to switch between on the fly, you'll have to buy something like Parallels or VMWare Fusion.
After using Microsoft products all my life, I'm ready for something better. I'm hoping that Mac OS X is that "better". As for Boot Camp, yep, I have my XP SP2 disk here if I need to install it, which I might to run some of my older Trek games, otherwise, I'm going to be happy with OS X. Why didn't I choose 3 day mail!? Oh yeah, because it was $20 more.

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Old December 28 2008, 02:56 PM   #42
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While you say goodbye to it the British Navy just has just equipped twelve nuclear submarines with Windows. If it's good enough for them, it's good enough for me...
Speaking of.....
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Old December 28 2008, 03:01 PM   #43
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There are some things I like about it, but many more that I don't.
Anything that an experienced user can help out with? EG, is it related to problems finding how to do stuff?

Keep in mind that Boot Camp is a deal where you need to reboot the machine to switch between operating systems. If you want to pay for the ability to switch between on the fly, you'll have to buy something like Parallels or VMWare Fusion.
Also note that any such "side-by-side" environment will be running one of the systems (in this case Windows) inside a virtual machine. It may be a thin layer in this case since the underlying hardware supports the OS, but it will still represent a performance hit over using the reboot-into-Windows approach.
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Old December 29 2008, 09:00 PM   #44
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I'm posting this from my iMac.
It is a fantastic machine.

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Old December 30 2008, 05:59 AM   #45
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I'm posting this from my iMac.
It is a fantastic machine.

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While I'm not a fan of Macs myself I'm glad to hear you're enjoying it. One of my favourite things in life is getting a new computer and using it for the first time (which is quite sad when you think about it).

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