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Wednesday, February 02, 2005

New iBook & Advice for Switchers

I bought an iBook, i've had it 3 days now, it's my first ever mac and I love it.

If you are considering switching to a mac or getting one to use alongside your current PC then finding impartial advice can be difficult. There are also a lot of myths surrounding macs that may never have been true, or are throwbacks to the pre OS X days, which only serve to cloud the issue.

The main myth about Macs is that there are a lot of compatability issues when working with PC’s, this could not be farther from the truth. A lot of popular software for PC’s have Mac counterparts, MS Office, Adobe Photoshop and MS Internet Explorer to name a few. There are also a lot of freeware options such as Open Office that perform as well as MS Office and are capable of saving and reading files in Office format. Exchanging files between Macs and PC’s is also trouble free, Apple’s version of WiFi, Airport, will connect to a wireless network of PC’s and wired networking is also no problem.

CD’s written by Macs can be read on PC’s and vice versa and the increasingly popular USB flash drives also work.
Other popular file formats are also cross-platform compatible; obviously HTML pages are no problem, but Jpeg, gif, pdf and MP3 files are also perfectly compatible.

Therefore if you use a PC to surf, check e-mail, compose documents, listen to music or watch DVD’s then with the right (free) software you will have no problem straight out of the box.

The only drawback is that you will have to learn to use OS X. It's a very capable OS, being based on Unix, but it does take a bit of getting used to if you have previously been in a PC only environment.


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