my laptop, in hindsight - page 3

Before I started school I had questions about needing a laptop or a pda and what was important? So I got a laptop and I used it all year, everyday. I wanted a dell and I got all the goodies... Read More

  1. by   NsgTiger
    I have been considering getting a Mac but I don't know much about them. As far as transfering data b/w Mac and Windows, how does that work? Could I receive a windows/word document from someone and have it work properly on a Mac? And things like powerpoint presentations etc, can you create/view them with a Mac? Thanks for any info... as you can tell, I belong to the Mac-illiterate club.
  2. by   yoga crna
    It is easy to transfer files from a PC to a Mac, provided you have the correct applications programs. I transfer Power Point and word files all of the time through email or on a CD (which I easily burn on my Mac). There are several programs that you can purchase--Virtual PC is one. My best advise is to go to <apple.com> and you will get great information.

    I am setting up a new business totally on my 12" Powerbook. It goes with me to the OR, the office, meetings with my attorney and accountant.

    Yoga CRNA
    Mac computer user, Miller 2 blade for intubation (not everything in my life is a Mac!)
  3. by   traumaRUs
    Hey guys - I just got a Sony Vaio TR3 - the one that is 10.1 inches - 3.1 pounds, wireless, built-in camera and whew - I love it!!! Going to St. Louis this weekend and then to St. Thomas next week so am really glad I got something small. (I'm in an online MSN program!!!)
  4. by   JJRN
    What is so fabulous about an Apple computer (that's a MAC, right) versus something like a Dell? In layman's terms please...
  5. by   u-r-sleeepy
    Quote from JJRN
    What is so fabulous about an Apple computer (that's a MAC, right) versus something like a Dell? In layman's terms please...
    Where do we start? (and this from a long-time "pee-cee" user myself)

    - ease of use (no "computer tech" skills required here)

    - reliability of both hardware and operating system (near-bullet-proof OS)

    - pretty much impervious to viruses

    - cross-platform friendly - you can do just about anything with a Mac (powerbook, i-book, etc.) that you can with a PC including exchanging files from Word, Powerpoint, etc. If you have PC specific software (not available for Mac) you can purchase Virtual PC software and run just about ANY pc software on the Mac. Sort of the "all-in-one" computer stop here - think Swiss knife practicality. ;-)

    They TEND... to be very reliable over long periods of time. I mentioned that above sort of, but the truth is these machines tend to remain useful for far longer than the average pc.

    I still use PCs, I want to mention. I just prefer Macs. They are simple, smart, sleek, and reliable. If you look at portables (like I am shopping right now), they are very powerful for what you are paying. I would encourage you to get the "AppleCare" warranty for any notebook as I think it's smart, especially if you are new to Macs. They are a little "pricey" when compared to "bargain basement" PC notebooks, but you are not comparing apples to apples when comparing the two.

    Best advice - walk into an Apple Retailer if available in your area. The CrapUSA (Comp) & other brick & mortors aren't always the best to show you what these machines can do. If nothing else, like Yoga said - check out http://www.apple.com and start reading. The only PC notebooks I think come close to Apple's are a few of the Vaios, Fujitsus and Sagers - http://www.sagernotebook.com/index.html (veerrrrry nice notebooks!).

    Happy shopping!

    Sleeepy
  6. by   u-r-sleeepy
    Quote from JJRN
    What is so fabulous about an Apple computer (that's a MAC, right) versus something like a Dell? In layman's terms please...
    PS - If you really want one of these but the money is discouraging you, you can try their online apple store and go to the "refurbished" section. I don't know if this link will work http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPL....3.1.1.0?84,52 - if not, just go to apple.com and click on their store - then scroll down and on the lower left you will see "special deals". That can save you $400 or so depending. If you want to go to this site --> http://dealmac.com/ and go to their "forum" - just ask away "Why should I buy a Mac?" and you will find some of the most friendly, helpful individuals on the planet. That's another reason so many people like Macs - the people who use them!

    Sleeepy

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