Monday, December 10, 2007

It's all apples

I haven't done much blogging, either writing or commenting in the last couple of days. I have been extremely busy.

I have crossed over to the dark side! I have left the PC camp and am now a proud iMac owner. I have been researching specs for a new computer for the last few months. My old PC was still fine, but the kids desperately needed one that had more grunt than the one my old PC Tech kindly built for me out of spare parts. It was so tediously slow. The kids would open Sims and then could just about have had a shower whilst waiting for it to open. Whilst my old PC isn't a gaming computer, the 1GB of RAM is enough to keep them out of mischief. I had planned to buy the new PC in the New Year, via Credit Card and cash payment - and paying it off very quickly.

I read various blogs and have always been interested in reading ones where the writer has loved the Macs. I know that people who have them, won't use anything else.I also know they are expensive, so I spent hours doing research on working out how it was better, and whether it would suit me. I am very lucky that my dh, although not at all tech savvy appreciates what I tell him and takes it all on board. He respects me and my judgement, so discussing the pros of a Mac with him was a positive experience. When I came home from scrapbooking late on Friday night, I still hadn't decided 100%. I had posted on Two Peas in a Bucket and knew that the Peas would have answered my post whilst I was out. They didn't let me down, and the replies were positive and encouraging. I had rung Myer during the day and the lady in IT told me that Myercard had an interest free offer going. I needed to do some more Christmas shopping, so went out Saturday afternoon. I'd talked briefly to dh that I may just come home with a computer if I liked what I saw, because at this stage I still hadn't seen an iMac in the flesh!!

I organized my Myercard and bought the iMac. I was served by a young guy who knew what he was talking about. I couldn't get the Academic discount, but he threw in a Canon printer and $30 discount off the Apple Care extended warranty.

Mum and Dad came and bought pizza for us and we all had a fun dinner with garlic bread and wine of course. Peter was absolutely exhausted - he works so hard everyday. He had worked that morning, and had had a late night the night before too. We all had fun, and the kids went to bed later than normal and Mum and Dad left not long after 8,30pm.

I started with the new iMac around 9pm and by just after midnight I had my new iMac going. I would have done it all much quicker, but I spent (wasted) time burning stuff onto Cds. Stupid thing spent nearly an hour doing something and then it told me it didn't work!!! The new iMac needed to install around 660MB of updates, so I left it doing that when I went to bed. At least that way it used my off peak allowance, so that was good.

The next day Bunny went to the PGA that I'd bought the tickets for. It was timely as I could spend the entire day guilt free......setting up the new computer. It's time consuming anyway setting up a new machine. My brother built me a computer about two PCs ago, and he was stunned when he saw it a day after he'd handed it over to me. He said he'd never seen a computer changed so much in such a short space of time. I like it all set up in a particular way.

I spent from 9am to midday just sorting out iTunes! I had to set up the old computer close to the new one, so I could share the ethernet cable. I hadn't deauthorized the old computer, which meant I couldn't authorize the new one with my iTunes account, and the iMac wouldn't recognize my ipod because of it. The kids were a bit of a handful during this time, as I had to take their 'new' computer back so I could do this. I would upload a photo showing the set up - I have worked out how to get my photos on to the iMac, but I don't know how to resize them for upload. I am waiting a few months for when Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac comes out and then I will be back in action as far as all my image editing goes. So for now I just have iPhoto.

By 5.30pm, I had managed to instal my saved bookmarks, installed my address book, and the music was playing out of the speakers too....... I went to bed around 9.30pm and I was quite weary. In the course of the day I'd also taught myself a lot about using a Mac. Even today I went onto the kids' computer and I was looking for things in the Mac it won't take long at all.

I am pleased that I made the change, and I look forward to a long association with my iMac.

  • 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
  • 1GB memory
  • 320GB hard drive1
  • 8x double-layer SuperDrive
  • ATI Radeon HD 2600 PRO with 256MB memory
I also added Office for Mac, iWork and the Apple extended warranty.


Michelle said...

Good for you, Jenny! I don't take to change very well - to the point that I always order the exact same thing in restaurants, once I've found a meal I like. Boring, but predictable!

I'm sure you'll have it all set up perfectly and zooming around the net in no time. Eventually, I would bet you'll be on the advice-giving side to New Mac Users, on some cyber message board somewhere!

Chris H said...

Tiz very pretty~ Lucky you.


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