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PC vs Mac

by osopeligroso / April 28, 2005 2:37 PM PDT

I want to buy a notebook PC. I like the Apple Powerbook (12.1") because I have heard they are more reliable. Ive only used PCs and Windows before and have been since I was 6 or 7 (I am now 21). The laptop will be used for my senior year of college and then Grad school. I am somewhat concerned about compatability with mp3 players, cameras, and the like as well as programs like microsoft works and money because all of my files are microsoft based. Is there any way to reconcile this?


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PC vs Mac
by sgiambruno / April 28, 2005 6:35 PM PDT
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As long as you use reputable apps like MS apps, Adobe and others, and protect yourself when you go online, I feel that WinXP is a very reliable OS.

If you still decide to go with the MAC (I use both WIN and MAC PCs), you should have no problems getting similar, if not THE SAME apps to work under MAC OS. For example, MS makes a verision of the OFFICE suite which includes Word, Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint, etc that is designed specifically for the MAC. The suite is called Entourage, and it is available in Academic versions for just over $100!

Good luck,

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by instantdan / April 28, 2005 9:01 PM PDT
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The suite is actually called Microsoft Office:Mac 2004, Entourage is the program that replaces Outlook and has some neat little features that you'll like a lot.

As for your devices, you have to check computer peripherals to see if they're compatible (I used to have a USB gamepad that didn't work with my Mac). In the case of consumer electronics, most are compatible regardless the OS. In fact, every Mac has iLife, which will help you manage all of your gadgets (digital cameras, mp3 players, etc.) The only problem you may find is that if you use Windows Media Player for encoding your files and for mp3 devices management, the WMA file format is very likely to be be protected and you may not be able to access your own files (Microsoft sets up authorisation codes).

If, however, you feel like you still "need" your PC, you can always get VirtualPC from Microsoft. It emulates the behaviour of a PC so that you can have two for the price of one! It lets you install Windows and run Windows-based applications.

I've been working solely on a Mac for four years now and the only thing I miss about PCs is the EA games, which don't come out that often for Mac. Other than that, good thinking! A PB is really worth its value.

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problems with converting old files in msworks to office
by grimgraphix / April 30, 2005 3:55 AM PDT
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I never had a problem opening any file formatted as a .doc file on my mac, and you can get a copy of ms Word for mac that I think is actually better than the windows version.
Having said this...I had a bunch of msWorks files on an old compaq win98 that would not open in word or excel (I found this out pulling up an old resume'). The only solution I could find was to open both programs and cut and paste from ms works to office ms word. This method still didn't work for spreadsheets so I scrapped most of those along with the floppies they were on. I hope that microsoft corrected this problem in later versions of these programs. Since that time all I use now is MS office since that time since word and excel seem to be the standard worldwide.
As for mp3's and wmf's, Microsoft makes windows media player for Mac that you can download for free...iTunes does the job for any new stuff you download and the best p2p for mac is Limewire.
Performance wise...if you make the switch to mac, the stability will amaze you. I keep at least 2 graphics programs open all the time and a net browser at the same time (I kinda like foxfire better than safari since safari is inconsistant in how scrolling and other functions are done from web page to web page). Just make sure you have extra ram to keep everything running smoothly.

Good luck

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