+ 0 Votes Get a Mac NOW LEFT TR 7 years ago and then put your fav PC OS on it AS WELL as the Max OSX. It can be done with a little work. + 0 Votes buyer's remorse Good_Karma Updated - January 21, 2013 at 8:50pm PST I took the plunge and attempted to convert to apple. It's not as intuitive as one would think. Even little things like page-up is different (fn key + the up arrow) + 0 Votes Urge to get Mac? onbliss 7 years ago Then just get one. + 0 Votes Some comments about the iMac for Windows PC users TechExec2 Updated - 7 years ago I use both Windows XP and MacOS (Linux too). Currently, my primary computer is a Windows XP one. But, now that you can easily run Windows XP inside a VM on an Intel Mac, this might change someday. The iMac is an "information, communication, and entertainment appliance". You cannot upgrade it and mess with the hardware in the same ways that you can most Windows PCs. If you like to do that, an iMac may not be right for you. If you don't like to do that, an iMac can be an excellent choice. I suggest you go down to an Apple retail store and play around with one there before you buy one. They love converting Windows users to Mac users so you should get a lot of help and support there. ----- Memory: It is easier to add memory to an Intel iMac than most PCs. You don't even have to open the case. There is a little door like a notebook has. But, there are just 2 SODIMM slots on an Intel iMac. So, you will often have to REPLACE memory sticks in order to enlarge, not just ADD sticks. I don't find this a problem as I just equip my PCs with a large amount of memory from the get-go. ----- Hard Disk: You can replace the internal HDD in an Intel iMac, but there is no room to add one. You can easily add fast and inexpensive external hard drive(s) via FireWire or USB 2.0. ----- Drive bays: None in the iMac. So, no additional optical drives, no internal Zip drives, etc. But, once again, these can be added via USB or FireWire. ----- PCI Slots: None in the Intel iMac (the very expensive Mac Pro has them). So, no additional VGA cards for additional monitors. No addon cards for anything else. If this is important to you, the iMac is not for you. Note: There is a very limited number of PCI cards that work in the Mac Pro compared to Windows PCs. ----- Keyboard: I do not like the feel of the Mac keyboard. I replaced it with the same keyboard that I use on my PC and it works fine (1). This way my hands always feel at "home". The one I bought has special keys for sound volume and mute, to control iTunes, and to get direct access to documents, pictures, music, mail, web browser, calculator, log off, and sleep. They work the same on both the Mac and the PC. Note: The Apple Mac keyboard has some very minor layout differences. For example: 1. There is a dedicated CD eject key on the Mac KB. You just use PF12 on the PC keyboard (just like on the Mac notebooks). 2. There is a special "Apple" key about where the ALT key is. The ALT key does this job fine on the Mac. Apple+C = Copy, Apple+V = Paste, etc. ----- Mouse: I don't like the Mac mouse either! Once again, I replaced it with a great mouse, the same one I use on my PC (2). The mouse I got is fully supported on Mac OS X including right clicking to get context menus (the Mac mouse has only one button by tradition), the scroll wheel, and the programmable buttons. Note: Mac OS X has wide support for context menus via the right mouse button just like Windows. ----- Monitor: When the monitor is integrated into the computer as it is with the iMac, you cannot upgrade it or replace it easily. ----- Third Party Hardware: The number and variety of 3rd party hardware for Macintosh is very limited when compared to the Windows PC world. The Mac does everything it is designed to do very well. But, if you like changing your computer hardware around to make it do different things, the iMac is not for you. ----- It just works: The Mac just works. Period. Example: I recently purchased a 3rd party UPS at a retail store for use with my Mac. I connected it up, including the USB cable that is supposed to enable the Mac and the UPS to work together. Nothing happened. I was not surprised because this scenario never works on my Windows PCs either. But... Upon opening the Mac OS X "control panel" (there was no software to install) I was delighted to discover that the two had automatically started working together! The Mac was already monitoring the status of the UPS and would automatically shut down gracefully if the power ever failed. This exact same thing on the Windows PC was a mess (looking for drivers, installing software, fiddling around, yadda, yadda, yadda). The Mac is simply a joy to use without any reservations or qualifications. ----- (1) Microsoft Digital Media Pro Keyboard http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/mouseandkeyboard/productdetails.aspx?pid=030 (2) Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 6000 http://www.microsoft.com/hardware/mouseandkeyboard/productdetails.aspx?pid=049 (3) Ten thoughts on the new Intel iMac http://news.com.com/Ten+thoughts+on+the+new+Intel+iMac/2100-1003_3-6029335.html + 0 Votes Thank you bakwas.reg 7 years ago Thank you all for such insightful comments. I will go to the apple shop and try using the computer. The store near me also has a getting started workshop. Will try to attend it. + 0 Votes One more question bakwas.reg 7 years ago Is there an equivalent of remote terminal in Xp for Mac? + 0 Votes I've been using PC's for over 9 yrs and just bought a Mac - love it! dm3haggitt 7 years ago I started out in the early 80's with a Z80, VIC20, & Apple IIc. Later I switched to PC's for all the 'software' reasons. Now PC software stinks, esp. Vista. I just bought a MACmini and I love it. OS X is smooth and intuitive (once you switch a few brain gears). There are fewer steps, fewer errors, and less clutter. The software is full featured. I don't have to buy anything out of box (software wise). And if I want, I can run WinXP natively on my Intel CoreDuo MAC. I'm going to start servicing and selling MACs and using them exclusively for my personal use. + 0 Votes It's a matter of needs. warzjohn 7 years ago I switched to a Macbook Pro in Feb, 2006, after years of repairing windows pcs for others, it became mostly saving data or spending hours removing more and more infections, and less of hardware issues. I just plain got tired that windows allowed this to happen to their OS. So after I switched in Feb. 2006, no infections, no spyware clogging, no trogen sending my personel infomation to eastern europe. I for one will have to see a damn great improvement before going back to that pettri dish of a OS again. Although it still keeps me busy with working on others machines daily. ;-) john + 0 Votes You need a MAC mjd420nova 7 years ago If for no other reason than to learn how to use them and service them. They are a different beast from the outside, but inside they still use the same chips and must follow the same logic in diagnostics. It will be a real learning experience and if you really want to learn them, get one for your home and learn how to use it. If you are buying, a PC is the answer, but if you have to get your work to pay for one for you, that way it will be easier to learn and you won't feel so intimidated by them. I learned them when they first came out, but service was reserved for the certified APPLE techs. Hogwash, a computer is a computer, just the overlying software makes it a bit strange, but you'll get used to it. + 0 Votes Yes JulesLt 7 years ago Firstly, in terms of hardware specs, since the switch to using Intel CPU, it is now much easier to compare specs with a Windows PC. Now you only have to deal with comparing AMD and Intel's different ways of measuring performance. Memory - can be upgraded easily enough. Hard disk - less so, but I'd go external if you need that volume of storage. (I'd look at a wireless home network storage device as these are coming down in price. The advantage with these is that you can share them between computers). What I will say is that if you're the kind of person who considers the spec of their machine, then the only Mac you'll be happy with is the Mac Pro, MacBook Pro or an XServe - these are the only machines in Apple's range that are seriously price competitive for the performance they deliver. The lower end machines are all more expensive than equivalent spec PCs, whatever anyone tells you. Partly you're paying a premium for the name (about 15%) but you're also paying for the industrial design, unique motherboards, etc. The USB sockets on my Mac Mini, for instance, are rock solid compared to laptops over twice the price. The only real reason for going for a Mac isn't the spec of the machines, but the operating system and software. OS X is a really great system, especially if you've got any Unix experience. But even if you just stick at the graphical level you can achieve a lot - it took me 5 minutes (including searching the Internet) to set up a folder where I could drag files that would then be transferred via Bluetooth to my phone. You can use AppleScript to automate pretty much anything (even if programs don't support it you can script key-press events) - I've used that to configure my mouse to launch tools. Features like Expose are great, although Vista will bring similar to Windows. Software - there is a LOT less than on Windows. In the old days, when you had to go to shops to buy software, this was a bad thing - little choice. These days I buy almost all my software as direct downloads via the Internet. I would say that while Macs are more expensive, I have found the software to be cheaper. (Mac developers often swear by the Cocoa framework, when they are not swearing at it, for allowing them to develop this stuff rapidly / easily). The other plus side is that most software on the Mac is developed by Mac users / fans - i.e. people who put a high value on a good user interface. My experience is that the average quality of Mac apps / shareware is far higher than with Windows. That is not the fault of Windows itself - the issue is that Windows is the dominant platform so attracts more people out to make an easy buck. Take a look at the following apps : If you can see yourself using them then I'd give the Mac a try : OmniGraffle, OmniOutliner, Delicious Library, TextMate, iMovie, Garageband. I know I have way more installed (including some simple ones like BluephoneElite) but I'm at work so can't check. If you're into higher end video and audio work then there's a whole load of apps out there. Personally - I went from a high-spec AMD games rig to a low-power Mac Mini because I realised my computing needs had changed. I mostly use a console for gaming these days, and I wanted something quiet and small for Internet use and light code editing in the study. It's only 1/4 of the performance of the current Mini, yet I'm more than happy with it, and feel no real need to upgrade (other than the usual itch). + 0 Votes Try A Mac Mini guitarplaya2000 7 years ago I would suggest to buy a mac mini first. It's not big investment, $600-700. It uses the monitor, keyboard and mouse that you own already. If you have any of those as a spare, you can use the Mac Mini as second system and learn the OS until you are comfortable with it. Then when you are ready, you can invest in a iMac. Good Luck!