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Old 06-20-2006, 08:22 PM   #1
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I was traveling the last few weeks, and was only able to get home for the weekend inbetween going to Sacramento and Chicago. When I checked in last Saturday, I saw the most dreaded message on my computer screen... Operating System Not Found. It wasn't a big surprise. The system was new in '99 and was slower than molasses, and I could never really get anything done on it anymore. Many of you know that I moonlight as a musician, composer and arranger, and so my computer is more than just a device for chatting on HBT and a platform for Promash. Now that my system is gone, replacement is at hand, and soon. The dilemma is that some of the software that I use is now only available on the Mac platform. So within a week I will officially be a Mac convert and will be sticking it to the man with all the rest of the hippies.
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Old 06-20-2006, 08:31 PM   #2
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Ya know, I've always been a DIY PC guy, but after years and years of replacing this, reloading that, I'm sick of it. I just want the damn thing to work.

I'm probably going to break down and buy a Dell or something, but I wouldn't rule out a Mac.
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Old 06-20-2006, 08:35 PM   #3
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I bought a Dell last year and have replaced the 2-250G HDs on it twice!

Service has been great though.
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Old 06-20-2006, 08:39 PM   #4
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The PC getting replaced is a Dell. Worked great for several years. One time when I reformatted the HD, I had to call up their service center to get a driver for the video card. The guy on the phone was great. I had given him a incorrect model number, I transposed a 0 or O or Q or something like that. He still figured out what I needed and was real nice about it. If I didn't have to go Mac, I'd probably get another Dell.
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Old 06-20-2006, 08:39 PM   #5
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Quote:
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Many of you know that I moonlight as a musician, composer and arranger, and so my computer is more than just a device for chatting on HBT and a platform for Promash. Now that my system is gone, replacement is at hand, and soon. The dilemma is that some of the software that I use is now only available on the Mac platform. So within a week I will officially be a Mac convert and will be sticking it to the man with all the rest of the hippies.
I'd like to learn more about your musical activities. (I am a composer and teach theory/composition at Kansas State.) PM me if you don't want to discuss it on the board.

I'm also a Mac guy
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Old 06-20-2006, 08:47 PM   #6
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From most accounts, Dell's service lately has been atrocious. Most of my computers at work are Dells (I have one older Compaq as well), and I haven't had too many problems - the nice thing is that problems at work are taken care of by the IT guys!

My home system is a homebuilt system my buddy Booger cobbled together for me for $200 (combo of his old parts and some stuff we bought at a show). Starting to show its age, it's running out of hard drive space very quickly. Gasp, I had to - and I hate, HATE admiting this - I had to *delete all my porn* before the wife went looking to make space on the hard drive and found it. Aigh.

I know, Cheesehead, I'm hanging my head in shame...

Anyway, I've always been a PC guy, always hated Macs - but I have to admit, we were down with some friends in DC a couple weeks ago, and they have a pair of these very tiny Mac notebooks, tiny but they were very functional, I could type on them very well (I have bass-player hands). After lugging around my eight thousand pound Dell laptop (exagerating a little bit), they were starting to look very nice... and with the new dual-boot system, whatever you call it, I *might* look into the Mac alternative when the time comes.

 
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Old 06-20-2006, 08:55 PM   #7
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Quote:
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I'd like to learn more about your musical activities. (I am a composer and teach theory/composition at Kansas State.) PM me if you don't want to discuss it on the board.

I'm also a Mac guy
I'm kinda half way into a full time music job(s). I have a regular 9-5 (where I am right now) but I also teach some music lessons (guitar, bass, and brass), and I am part-time staff at my church doing just about everything music. This fall I am starting to work on my teaching credential at Cal State Long Beach, and I'll probably start my masters next fall. I have a BA in Music Theory and Composition, and Commercial Music. How long have you been at Kansas State? Your position seem about exactly what I want to do.
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Old 06-20-2006, 09:41 PM   #8
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Being an IT guy, I prefer the mac. I never had a whole lot of exposure to macs until recently when I had my girlfriend get one for her computer. She got a very stable powerbook & I got a new toy

They're rock solid and pretty much bullet proof (no viruses to speak of). The biggest downside is the lack of software for them. The mac has a bunch of productivity software and that's almost it. Depending on what you use it for, I'd definitely go mac. If I weren't into playing pc games I'd have a mac as my primary pc.

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Old 06-20-2006, 09:59 PM   #9
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I bought a Dell laptop and am extremely happy with it. I did have one problem at first, but I have to say that you'd be hard pressed to show me a company that is as customer service oriented as Dell. My CD/DVD drive didn't work and me being into computers new it was a hardware issue, but I let the tech on the phone go through his checklist and diagnostics. After about 15 mins on the phone the tech deemed it a bad drive and said he would put in a request for replacement at no charge. He said the drive would arrive in 3-5 business days but it didn't...


...it came at 10:30am the following day!

I was still stunned as I replaced my bad drive with the good one that I called one day and got the replacement part the next. Truly amazing. I have had no other problems.

I'd buy another.

 
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Old 06-20-2006, 11:32 PM   #10
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I bought a Mac mini about a year ago for SWMBO and we both love it. It's so easy to use and it always works. I don't even have any anti-virus on it and haven't had any problems with it. My brother-in-law has been running macs since they came out, has never run any anti-virus and has only ever had one virus- and it came from a floppy-disk about ten years ago!
I still run a Dell and some other cobbled-together PCs for various reasons, but after I get tired of dealing with microsoft, it sure is nice to sit down at the Mac and know it's going to work.

"PC Load-Letter?!?! WTF does that mean!!!!"


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