Win: Do You Remember Your Last PC? Tell Us Your Story!

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ALM1GHTY55

My first Mac was a IICX @16 MHz. I could never afford the current line up. The prices always eluded me. My last Mac way back was a Radius 8100 and I all but just about had given up on Apple. Hardware was everywhere, but software was becoming scarce. A friend of mine told me about building a PC for the fraction of buying a new Mac. I was hooked. I've been building PC's for eighteen years, but I always kept in eye out on the Mac and its' community. I played around with G3's and G4's, but never seriously. In 2009 I bought two Mac Mini's. One for me and my wife. My Wife uses hers seriously, but I mainly toy with mine. I still build very fast PC's for my self that will smoke virtually any Mac should come down the line. I found out that most people including my self adore Apples Mac interface, but refuses to pay the high prices Apple demands. I believe that's the sticking point between PC's and Mac's. I don't agree with Apple's lineup of desktop computers. If your trying to save money you buy a Mini which is incredibly crippled. Only recently the iMac's have become hot stuff, but their hard to modify and what if you don't want Apple's built in monitor. So your left with the Mac Pro, but you'll have to take out a car loan if money is not a problem. I'm primarily sticking with the PC and will continue to toy with the late model 2009 Mini. Its just not practical for a full time computer. Apple made sure of that and the options for upgrading the Mini are very limited. I don't know why Apple has made sure the other desktop options are just as limited in hardware or price.

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joe877

Right. My last PC was a samsung n110 netbook. Black, glossy with a red stripe through the middle of the enclosure. It was really ugly. Running windows 7, I was at first impressed (though I hate to say it!). It was quick and relatively easy to use. This, however, was short-lived. After about 2 months it started to slow - not just a bit, but a lot. Applications wold take forever to launch and the lag was ridiculously annoying. This wasn't a great thing to happen after 2 months!

Another three months later I completely stopped using it. It would take approximately one hour to turn on and before a could even log in, it was automatically updating my software and re-booting again. That was really irritating.

With PC World's year's coverage, I boldly made my way to my local store to sort it out. When I arrived I was almost immediately told that it was "Running the wrong OS for a computer of that power" and that my only option was to downgrade to Windows XP. This came in at around £150 ($235). This was half the cost of the computer to get it working! So, the simple answer was no!

One thing I learnt was that you can buy a PC for $500 and someone will ask you: "Sir, do you wish your computer to work? As this is an optional extra, usually half the cost of the machine".
Truly pointless and stupid. I would never, ever buy a PC again.

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hdemarzo

Hmmmm, let me see here. Windows Machine, oh yeah i remember those. Hard to use, big and clunky? yeah its all coming back to me now. I was the winter of 2010, and particularly cold that winter. The only thing worse than the snow was the lappy that was lurking on my desk. In those days we feared a disease called the "Blue Screen of death" it claimed many an innocent life back then. You youngins are lucky today, they have found a cure since my time. Be careful tho, the last person that looked in the the very same thing, vanished without a trace.

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Fyrenfun

Psssss.......Don't tell anyone but, the last time I remember using my pc it accidentally slipped out of the second story window and fell onto the sidewalk below......That's my story and I'm stickin to it!!!

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Robmal

My story is quite simple. My family has a business that started using an industry specific program that ran on an IBM computer in 1984. As a bunch have said it was slow and unstable to put it mildly. In 1993 my new wife and I bought our first computer for home use and about all I ever did with it was play solitaire, anything else would cause me to become so frustrated that I'd end up just shutting it down. I eventually became comfortable writing letters and creating spread sheets but could never get a handle on anything else.
In 1998 our company bought the first Mac I had ever used to create logos and set type and stuff - this was when I discovered how much easier they were to use. The computer was intuitive and so user friendly that with a little effort I could actually do productive projects and do it frustration free. Fast forward to today and I'm still a Mac guy. I've got a 27" iMac, MacBook Air with the i7 processor and travel with my iPhone 4 and iPad 2. Our company still uses the software which will only run on a PC but I use boot camp so the windows run better on my Mac than it will on a PC. I bought a bookend dock so I can use the full size monitor etc which makes it very nice with the laptop.
My dad retired and became interested in computers for email and Internet. A couple years into his retirement I learned that he looked at me like his IT guy with his crashes and viruses that come with a PC so I finally told him to take a class to learn to use it or buy a Mac and it wouldn't happen anymore - that was three years ago and today he's enjoying the hobby!
I'm married with three kids. In the house we have three MacBooks, an iMac, two iPads and three iPhones in addition to the items I listed above. I don't know what would need to happen to cause me to go back to using a PC but it would need to be earth shattering, I'm hoping with Mr. Jobs passing that apple won't loose the mojo I have come to expect from them because I never want to go back to PC hell.

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edub22

gateway running windows VISTA. NASTY! so glad I have a MacBook now! Its far better and I'll never go back. Best investment in technology ever.

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dbrandonjohnson

My last PC running windows was Acer Laptop and I still have my 7 year old IBM Thinkpad. The acer sucked and the Thinkpad is great. The acer had all sorts of problems, BSOD everyday. The Thinkpad runs Linux and it still works to this day. It sits in the docking station right next to my Macbook Pro running Fedora 15.
The Acer I don't remember what happened to it, I think my ex-girlfriend took it but no skin off my nose since it always crashed and ended up being completely useless.

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IloveJesus24

So I had a Dell and it was trash. 2 minutes to send an email etc. So I just bought a new 60 GB iPod and tried to sync it with this Dell machine. Well the Dell had a virus, wouldn't let me do anything, so to make a long story short I went to the Apple Store to get the latest version of iTunes, went home, tried to install it, nothing. So took the iPod back and bought my first MacBook. I will never forget the guy's comment. I went into the store and said " I am tired of having a computer for 2 years and it, " and the guy at the apple store even finished what I was going to say, he said " slowing down etc." Still have the MacBook my wife uses it, and I upgraded to a new MacBook Pro. so this is my story of retiring the PC for good.

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chsoundman

Just curious, but has a winner been selected, yet? Or will the winner be revealed in a future issue of the magazine?

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CaptainV45

In June of 1999 I bought a laptop for college from a popular PC company. By the fall, the machine was already outdated and a slug. I somehow suffered through using it for most of college. It constantly crashed and a few times I had to open it and reattach a hard drive cable. Then one day my junior year a graduating senior in my fraternity gave me a Macintosh Performa 6200CD. It is quite possibly the worst Mac ever built and was four years older than my PC. But you know what, it blew my PC out of the water performance wise. The PC collected dust for the rest of my time at school until I sold it to an unsuspecting victim, erm I mean buyer via the bulletin board at the campus library. I never went back to using a PC until work forced me to start using one everyday. It crashes at least once a week. While I don't regularly use the Performa, it is guaranteed to start up, load OS 8 and run flawlessly.

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jcollineal

I have a PC sitting on my desk, next to my Mac...Love my Mac, will use the PC in a bind. Very rarely get on the PC. Kinda sad really. PC's are required by the company and the Mac is required by me... LOL

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rickyvt

My last PC was running Suse Linux and I was quite happy with it, but finally I went for OSX, main reasons: ease of use and needing Aperture and Photoshop

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Apple 26.2

Do I remember my last PC?

"Last" is relative... still have to use one at work!

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spacebarshift

My last PC was at least a decade ago. Don't know where it is now. Sold?

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HockeyMom

I wish I could say I've never used a PC, or that it's been a very, very long time...but that would be a lie. Unfortunately at my job we only have PC's, and almost every day it's something new that has to be tended to by IT. When they come to my desk I always smile and say, "You know...if we had Macs..." and I just continue to smile. I'm very fortunate and extremely thankful to have a Mac in my personal life. I would never go back, and I hope I never have to!

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MacThespian

I've never owned a Windows machine. I started on the Apple II+, moved on to the IIe, and then to a Mac Plus. But I have to use Windows machines every day at work (worse, Windows Vista), and I'm constantly struck by two things: the inconsistency between applications, and the number of keystrokes or mouseclicks needed to do what I can accomplish with one on a Mac.

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brandan610

I Remember I Bought A HP Computer For My 16th Birthday. It Was About $1,200 Dollars. At First I Was Happy But Then It Just Got Worse & Worse. It Was A Constant Battle To Keep It Up And Running. Whether I Was Scanning For Viruses/Spyware Etc. It Just Gets Old You Take More Time Trying To Get Your Computer To Run Well Rather Than Using It. I Was Sick of the computer within a year and sold it for a lot less then what i bought it for. Then For x-mas when i was 18 i bought apples entry laptop, The Macbook. I Will Never Go Back to Windows. Every time I Turn my computer on its like i just bought it. Thank You Apple!

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JohnReints

I had A fujitsu Computer with A whopping 4gig hard drive and 256k of ram.... that was a lot back then!!

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AKChris93

I bought my FIRST iMac back in May of this year. I was getting Tired of carrying around a Laptop & iPad. BUT..decided it was Time to Upgrade so..i decided to get an iMac which i did. I got the 21.5 inch sandy bridge, thunderbolt equipped Desktop. The Reason I went with a Mac is cause i'm tired of all those damn Updates. There's Security Updates and other various updates that can be annoying sometimes. Sure there's SOME programs that don't work on the iMac(YET)....Most of the ones I use Do. Not to mention the fact that I don't have to spend over $100+ for a New Version of a Program. So yeah you can say that I've switched from PC to Mac. Everything i got is Mac from my iPhone4 to my iPad, to my First Gen Apple TV.

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chuck B

But the bright side to that is that it's just for my kids. Even with a new HD and fresh Windows load, they're the only ones with the patience to wait for it to load!

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davidi

Back in college computer lab, and that was 7 years ago!

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paisley789

My last PC went bye-bye in a flood with 4 feet of water so our insurance company won't give us money for a new one so we decided to bye macs.

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medic0712

My last desktop was a Dell. I installed Win 7 on it and tried to install my HP Office Jet 8500. It would only get to about 75% then quit with an error. I spent 2 weeks trying to get it installed. Not really worried about it at the time, wasn't critical. I do all the IT stuff for my company so my computers are always last to be worked on. Wasn't high on my priority list at the time. Later that day I was working at the office on some reports. In the middle I had to respond to a call, so I grabbed my HP laptop, stuck it in the sleeve I keep it in and then stuck the sleeve in my laptop bag. I went on the call. We ended up very busy that day so I never used my laptop until I got home.

When I got home I pulled the sleeve with my laptop in it out of my bag. Apparently in my rush I forgot to zip up the sleeve and put the sleeve in upside down. My laptop went crashing to the floor on its edge. It never powered on again.

Meanwhile, my wife was on the desktop when it suddenly shut off. Fed up with the fact that I had destroyed my $900 HP Laptop and I had spent two weeks with trying to get my printer installed, I decided I had enough. I went to best buy and bought a 21.5" iMac and my wife and I each a 13" MacBook Pro.

I will never go back I love the Macs and am in the process of converting most of our stuff to Macs at the office.

P.S. I installed my HP OfficeJet 8500 on all of my Macs in less than 15 minutes. Amazing isn't it? LOL

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philroy

My last PC was a Micron (remember those guys?!) custom-order job that I purchased somewhere around 1997. By the time I abandoned the Windows-based PC world in 2005, I had upgraded that thing as far as I could -- I had added a second hard drive, maxed out the ram, etc. But after 8 years of upgrading Windows versions to the point that the poor machine could take no more, I had a decision to make. Should I invest in a new PC and keep wrestling with Windows to work the way I wanted it to, constantly checking for viruses, spyware, and malware? Or do I take the plunge and move to Mac OS X and that iMac that I had been lusting over for about a year at that point? I decided on the latter, and as I sit here writing this on a mid-2009 MacBook Pro with my 2005 G5 iMac ALS humming along just 10 feet away (and my trusty iPhone and iPad always within an arm's reach), I have never regretted the decision.

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Garebear

Well sometimes at one of my jobs I use a PC. The thing is a dinosaur, and it runs VERY slowly. I can easily say that not having multiple desktops makes my workflow much more difficult and somewhat frustrating.

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potusa1

My last PC was what I referred to as Frankenstein. I previously had an MSI laptop that quit working. I knew I wanted to make the Mac switch, but I waited for the first unibody Macbook to come out. In the meantime I knew I had to make due with what I had, so I took the best of the computer parts I had to make Frankenstein. I took the motherboard, CPU, and RAM from a computer that I built years before, that had died from a power supply failure, and put them in another PC case that had a working power supply. I used an old GPU, sound card, and modem (yes I still had dial-up then) that I had laying around. I put a couple hard drives in there because I wasn't sure which drive had which version of Windows, so I tried the three Windows versions I had with Frankenstein and they all sucked. It literally got to the point I was averaging a BSoD every day. I used it for about 6 months. It was probably the worst 6 months of my life. I have been (mostly) PC free ever since and I love it. I would never willingly go back to a PC.

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macbookpro220

I actually just purchased a cheap PC to take with me to school so my precious MacBook Pro doesn't get beat up too badly.
The PC that made me switch to Mac was a DELL Dimension E310. Before this, my family had a windows 98 computer so I loved it and never knew the world of Mac. Later in it's life I started to see is many weaknesses and it began to act up. it just didn't meet my needs and couldn't do anything useful media related. and did I mention the thing was SLOW!

I saved up for my Mac and finally bought my 15" MacBook Pro 2009 Unibody. I loved it then and I love it now. it feels just as good as it was when I bought it. I will forever use Mac.
My new netbook is solely for simple productivity so that I can carry around something smaller, lighter, and less susceptible to being stolen or getting beat up.

I hope I win the hard drive :-) keep up the great work. I was sad to see Robbie go.

macbookpro220, a happy user of a 2009 MacBook Pro, 15", 2.53GHZ Intel Core 2 Duo, 4GB DDR3 RAM, 250GB Toshiba HDD

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BobR

Yes – yes – I do. It wasn’t all that long ago. I am a new Mac user (almost 3 years) and I can remember that horrible time leading up to “jump day”.
Before jump day came along I was using an emachines laptop with Windows XP. I actually was able to get almost 6 years out of that machine, unbelievable I know, but it is true. Upon the day that it finally died I was already waiting for a new machine from Dell using XP since I wasn’t ready to give up that OS. When I finally received my new package I went about setting it all up and making the final tweaks and transition. Then guess what? The very first night, it went to blue screen!!! The horror – but it gets better. I then spent hours upon hours with Akmal from India, not really his name but, you get the point, trying to fix it and diagnose the problem. When that failed they sent out some replacement memory sticks and after that didn’t fix the problem, they sent out a motherboard and a repairman to my house. That guy was pretty cool and was able to fix the machine and get it running. But, my mind was already made up; I was jumping ship and getting a Mac.
I went about selling the Dell (brand new – but repaired) on Craigslist but with a catch. I actually gave away an old office furniture set as a “juicer” to make the sell easy. Suffice to say it sold quickly. Good riddance!!!
I can remember the look on my wife’s face the day I came home with the Mac, she thought I had gone completely crazy. She loves the new Mac and just today we are waiting for our new Mac Mini in order to run a media center.

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marcobecerra817

i just got rid of my PC laptop a year ago, i was holding on to it so i could save for a MAC. after almost 2 years, i snapped cause of that damn blue screen of death which i got more time than i care to think to about!!! i just got so angry took one deep breathe to calm down, then i just snapped the damn computer in half!!! than i stood up in a sigh of relief, then screamed "NO!!!" as i remember i didn't get any of my pictures or music or anything!!! looked for the HDD and he its smashed open as i then threw it at the dumpster outside, which then i sliced my hand open because of the broken screen.....the bastard computer!!!

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BurningChrome99

my last PC, it's still hanging around and my kids use it, but it is about to be retired and replaced by a mac mini.

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porcupins

Eh? I'm using Windows 7. I'm a gamer.

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LDMartin1959

How about running Windows 7 on your Mac using Boot Camp? I believe it was a Ziff-Davis publication that said the best computer on which to run Windows is a Mac....

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porcupins

Mac's hardware ain't up for the task. The publication said that on the basis on security and stability (Mac's better in those cases, I admit) but not for gaming.

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LDMartin1959

I don't have the article in front of me but as I recall their comments were based on performance. I can guarantee that that there comments were not based on security or stability: Those are OS issues and Windows is still Windows and has poor security and stability regardless of the hardware platform.

And besides, I can assure you that the Mac hardware is up to the task: I run Windows under VMWare Fusion and the performance of it is nearly as good as running on straight PC hardware. Think about that for a second: Running applications on top of an operating system which is (in turn) running on top of a hardware-emulator which is itself (in turn) running on top of an OS. I ran Windows since 3.1, I ran OS/2 (that would be the Microsoft operating system, not an Apple operating system, just so you don't try to twist this and create the appearance that I don't know what I am talking about), I ran GEM, I ran GeoWorks. You aren't talking to an ignorant novice here who will fall for Microsoft sponsored FUD. So go troll somewhere else, please.

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DIVX360

I am a PC user at home and at work, my job dictates that I use a PC and at home I have a Sony Vaio. However since I have got an iPhone4 and iPad/iPad2 my Sony Vaio is rarely used by me and once iOS5 comes out I see no need to use my laptop. My partner doesn't get it and finds iOS devices hard to use, she is blonde ;o)

For web developers and hardcore gamers I believe PC's will always work better, but for creative, editorial, and general use I would choice an iOS product over windows anytime.
Also there is the fact that you can take it out the box and it's working, no techie brains required and if you having problems then take it down to your local Apple store and they will help you, where can you do that with a PC I ask?

Anyhow that's me done, good luck to the winner as I know I can't win. UK not allowed Maclife ;o(

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MacShutterBug

I've had many years of experience, or should I say painful experience, with PC computers. I purchased my first Mac computer in 1997 to compliment my PC for my design and photography business. However, I found that my Mac out lived three or four PC computer upgrades and Windows never really worked properly. I always found myself working on my Mac instead. The introduction of Mac OSX was brilliant and blew my current Windows XP PC out of the water for speed, reliability and eas of use. Unfortunately I still had to keep a PC around for the office, so my Windows days weren't gone. About a year and a half ago my PC died, again, so I purchased a top of the end Dell Quadcore PC with 12 GB of RAM, 5-Drive SATA RAID drives, dual 27" Dell monitors and of course the new Windows 7 Ultimate. About 2 1/2 weeks after I received the computer, I got a blue screen of death during boot-up. I called Dell and their response was, "We are sorry for the problems you are having with your new computer, but unfortunately the problem you are having is Windows 7 related and Microsoft is attempting to fix the issue. Until they have resolved the problem, your computer will not be able to function. Once the update is available, you can download it through Windows Update and it should fix your issues." That's wasn't the solution I was looking to receive, and how can I use Microsoft Update to fix the problem if the computer won't boot-up the OS? Needless to say, I couldn't wait weeks for a fix since I depend on my computer for a living. I walked into the local Mac Store and ordered myself a brand new Mac Pro and MacBook Pro. I now even use my MacBook Pro in the office and told my boss I no longer need a PC. Th only good part about the Dell dying, is that I now get to use the dual 27" monitors at work for my MacBook Pro. Oh, and the Quadcore Dell, it's been formatted, loaded with Linux and runs as my data and print server for my home office. Good bye PC world! Hello to the wonderful world of Mac!

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jjq224

I have been using computers since the days of punch cards (my Uncle worked for Honeywell and used to bring me in the office on weekends to type and load them - I was about 7 years old). My first job was for BiTech Computer Sales - sold TRS-80s and Epson computers (running C/PM). I built my first computer - a Timex-Sinclair. I have been A+ and MCSE certified and even had my own consulting and repair company (until Gateway opened a store up the road and I couldn't compete price wise). I tell you all of this to let you know that I am not the "run-of-the-mill" computer user. I have worked on just about every OS out there - except, regrettably, Apple.

In February, my Father-in-law passed away and my Mother-in-law wanted a computer (they haven't had one in the house in 15 years). After doing research, she decided she wanted a MacBook - due to the fact that the OS is less prone to viruses and such. Of course, I was asked to set it up for her. WOW! That is about the only word to describe my feeling when I turned it on. But for having to enter her WEP key (yes, I set up a network for her as well - LOL), there was NOTHING to "set-up". A few updates and the Mac was running beautifully out of the box. I thought to myself, "THIS is what a computer should be!"

In March, the primary IDE controller on our family PC died. Naturally, I could fix it, but we decided to replace the 6 year old door-stop. Thanks to Apple and no interest for 12 months, we bought an iMac. And, as before, was running right out of the box. I must say I was just slightly disappointed that there was no numeric keypad on the wireless keyboard, but I found one online that connects perfectly. Well, the family liked it so much, I never had a chance to use it. So, for my anniversary in April, we went BACK to the Apple store and bought me a MacBook Pro. We have made the switch from the "dark side" and have seen the light. I have to say, I have never had a better experience in all my computer-use life. OS X is what an OS should be.

I have jumped in with both feet - subscribed to two different Mac magazines, and am studying to take the Aperture and iLife certification tests.

I have since fixed the old computer, installed Linux and am running it as a music/photo server.

Unfortunately, I still have to deal with a Windows based PC at work, but coming home to my Mac is like an ice cold beer on a hot summer day. Pure bliss.

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LDMartin1959

Punch cards? You got me beat. And as far as Gateway opening up down the street and you not being able to compete...well, do I have to ask where that Gateway store is now? Sometimes just being around long enough to laugh at the "winners" is the best revenge!! :)

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LDMartin1959

A wireless numeric keypad? Where? That's what I've been wanting as well.

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macbookpro220

maclife.com/article/howtos/dude_wheres_my_number_pad

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LDMartin1959

They look like real possibilities. Too bad they are different enough that they won't hook up to the keyboard and touch pad with the 12-South MagicWand.

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macgeek95

After dealing with windows vista for 3 years, i finally switched to mac. My old pc was an acer, damaged by the warranty company when sent in for a case repair. It was falling apart. The OS was clunky, slow, and wreaked havoc on all of my computing tasks. The whole comptuer crased and would not boot after a service pack update! Something that was supposed to fix problems! Those days are over. My mac runs great and i never have problems. I used to not back up often, because there are no good automated tools for local backup for windows, now i have time machine and carbon copy cloner. I am unfortunately forced to use windows at school, but cant wait to get home and use a real comptuer again!

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lurch956

Yesterday, unfortunately. I had given my sister a Mac formatted Seagate hard drive (she's always losing photos from failing to back-up) and I figured, she's got Windows 7, plug it in and reformat, she's good. Not so. 7 could see, knew what it was, couldn't do anything with it. Went to her house and could not get 7 to reformat the drive. Called my other sister (big windows fan), she couldn't do it either. Brought it back home and it was reformatted in about two minutes. Even being a Mac user does not insulate anyone from Windows. I get calls weekly. Unless all of your relatives, co-workers, and associated friends use Macs, you're never going to have a 'last time' Windows experience.

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hotgabbage420

i had thought that i was done with my dell & windows when i threw that heaping junk into the dumpster. I got a mac & all was good...until i started working for tv/internet service provider. I was troubleshooting xp, vista, win me, & even win95 everyday (the horror)!!! Every once in a while id come across a customer who had a problem with their mac, & then i knew it was our service that was bad & not the mac. i'd spend all day showing people how crappy their computers....when they would load.

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clasqm

I owned a number of PCs before I went Mac around 2006. But I'll be damned if I can remember them all, they all just fade into an undifferentiated beige mass. No wait, the AMD 386DX-40 setup I had in the early to mid 90s was a sweet system. It ran GeoWorks Ensemble, and later BeOS, like a champ. The rest ... meh.

No, I really am trying, but I honestly can't remember the last PC I had before my first Mac.

I still have to work on an XP box at work, there's an early netbook in the garage to play mp3s and there's a Samsung boat anchor laptop to install alternative OS's on and play around with. For the rest, it's Apple all the way. iMac rules!

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LDMartin1959

So, there are two of us that remember GeoWorks! GW was great, except that the first versions of AOL were GW run-time applications...I think that's what killed GW!! :)

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Paul K

I had a PC but now I have an iMac. Need I say more?

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dirdled

Ok, so I guess I'm Old, My last PC was an IBM XT clone, that had an amber screen monitor, no GUI involved. I don't remember the clock speed it ran at, this was before any of that stuff mattered, it had a "turbo" button though that would make it go "fast". And I used it primarily to access the University's Computers. I used it as a VT100 terminal to log into VAX and IBM 370 Computers, and did chatting on xyzzy. All of this is pre-GUI, and pre-Internet. Yes Kids there was a time before the Internet. After I got out of School, I had the opportunity to get a Mac IIfx and never looked back, I finally got rid of that computer about 4 years ago when I moved half way across the country and space was a premium. The IIfx, and an 8500 got left behind.

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Blurcat8

My first and last PC was a Tandy TRS-80 in the late 70's or early 80's. As a teacher we called them Trash 80's because that's what you wanted to do with it after you loaded a very basic math drill using a cassette deck. If a student even looked at it sideways you would have to start the program over and the reloading took another 20 minutes! To be fair, I really got hooked on the idea of computers, even though it was a PC (piece of crap). When our school gave us Mac SE's I was truly hooked because even without a manual I was able to make my lesson plan sheets with graphics on them. I have been a Mac addict ever since!

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chsoundman

I am a longtime, dedicated Mac user. My first Mac was a used Mac SE/30 when I was a Senior in High School (1995). I have progressively upgraded throughout the years and I now use a Mac Pro (Quad Core).

About one year ago a family member purchased an inexpensive PC laptop but recently no longer needed it so she gave it to me. I had database software that was only available for Windows so I figured this laptop would be perfect. It was less than a year old so it could run the software with no problems and it had Windows 7 which was supposed to be the best one yet.

I loaded the software and all was well until I closed the laptop lid for the night. When I went to use it again the machine took FOREVER to wake up and when it did it ran excruciatingly slow (taking literally 30 seconds to register a mouse click). So I shut the machine down and tried to restart it only it would not restart. I tried again a couple of more times until I finally got something to show on the screen. It was the Windows start-up repair program telling me that Windows failed to start properly and that it needed repaired. I ran the repair program (which also took a long time) thinking that would fix everything then I could go on my merry way. The machine did finally restart and was running really slow again. This time I decided to just reformat the entire hard drive and install a fresh copy of Windows and the database software. The computer needed to be cleaned off anyway...something I should have done before installing the database software. Some time later the re-installation was complete and the computer was working great. I then made the same "mistake" of closing the lid again when I was done for the night. I went to use it in the morning and started experiencing the same problems as before with having to run the Windows start up repair. This time I just reinstalled Windows instead of reformatting the entire computer. Again, the problem went away until I shut the computer down. When I restarted the computer I, again, received a message the Windows was having difficulty starting up and needed to run the repair program to repair Windows.

Needless to say I had enough. For the work I needed to do I needed a dependable computer I could trust to run for more than an hour or two. So, I installed Parallels on my MacBook (that is over 3 years old) and loaded Windows and the database software on it. That has been about a month ago and I've had no problems since.

The PC laptop is currently sitting in my closet collecting dust, probably never to see the light of day again.

What's funny is that my Mac is running Windows better than my PC did. :-)

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