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Doobsy
7th March 2008, 12:45 PM
Hi,

Just thought I'd share my first two weeks of ownership as it's been, shall I say, interesting...
I've alway loved how cool Macs looked as a friend of mine is a graphic artist and has always had them and she was always able to do specialised stuff that I couldn't on a pc.
3 months ago, I visited my mate in QLD who is a big tech-head and does a lot of photography as well and he took my into his study to show me his new toy...
I wish I had a photo of my jaw hitting the ground...
Spankin' new 24" iMac.
I said "Where's the 'tower'?"
He replied, "Doesn't have one, it's all in here" and gently patted the slender, sexy monitor before showing me his photographs in stunning display and a quick run-through of all the cool features of iLife.
Then we put itunes on - through his companion III... holy...
That was it. I had to have one. I couldn't let him sit there with the smug look on his face any longer.
3 months later and two weeks ago, we pick up our new baby.
I get it home and start unpacking.
It's even packed sexy.
We got apple care as I knew that I would need help learning the new OS and finer points after 20 years at the keys and mercy of that Gates creep and cheap, unreliable, hardware manufactured God knows where.
After the ups and downs of not knowing where everything was straight away and slowly reading, searching here and apple 101, I've already learnt some really cool things that are making my everyday work easier than ever.
My SO had a few yells at me over the past two weeks as she made some errors due to automatic office pilot but last night she was loving it all realising that it was different but it's definitely better.
Also after yelling at Optus for not telling me that the modem couldn't be configured by Leopard so I had to wait an extra day to take it into work, configure it and FINALLY hook it up, I'm on the fastest browser and connector and everything's just a pleasure.
That along with having all my photos in events and not on random cd's, all my music cd's stored in the garage because I have them all in coverflow in itunes, I'm just stoked and can't wait to get home to do more to make my life simpler.
Thanks to all the guys in here that are veterans and provide invaluable tips. Look forward to paying in kind after I go to Mac school tomorrow morning and further teach myself the coolest OS ever.
Cheers!

purana
7th March 2008, 12:47 PM
Excellent news, by the way fixed your topic title :)

snark
7th March 2008, 12:51 PM
That's great to hear.

No doubt, those iMacs are among the most impressive computers you can get.

Currawong
7th March 2008, 01:15 PM
Very cool story. Even though I have a MacBook Pro, I still am stunned every time I see a 24" iMac.

I've moved your thread to the Help/Switchers forum. I wrote up a quick Switchers FAQ (http://forums.mactalk.com.au/16/43503-switchers-faq.html) which you might find useful as well. Don't forget to grab an external Firewire drive from a Mac reseller to use for Time Machine.

fiark
7th March 2008, 01:38 PM
:)
Aahh the joy of being released from prison.

Doobsy
7th March 2008, 01:57 PM
Very cool story. Even though I have a MacBook Pro, I still am stunned every time I see a 24" iMac.

I've moved your thread to the Help/Switchers forum. I wrote up a quick Switchers FAQ (http://forums.mactalk.com.au/16/43503-switchers-faq.html) which you might find useful as well. Don't forget to grab an external Firewire drive from a Mac reseller to use for Time Machine.

Cheers Currawong. Ext firewire drive... that would be time capsule yeah?

snark
7th March 2008, 02:10 PM
Ext firewire drive... that would be time capsule yeah?
Not quite. Time Capsule is network storage (wired/wireless) that you can share between different computers, whereas ext firewire is directly attached to just one.

FineWine
7th March 2008, 03:25 PM
Cheers Currawong. Ext firewire drive... that would be time capsule yeah?

I too recently switched and I am thoroughly enjoying the experience. You can read my story here (http://forums.mactalk.com.au/16/40817-finally-switched.html)

I bought a Lacie Extreme BigDisk 1Tb (triple interface) external drive (http://www.lacie.com/au/products/product.htm?pid=10922) to use as my Time Machine backup. Works great and has saved my bacon a couple times due to stupid newbie errors.

Have even created and put up a home page (http://web.mac.com/chasandstephen) using iWeb.

Welcome to the club. This forum has also helped me allot prior and post Switching to Mac. The Switchers and New Mac Users forum (http://forums.mactalk.com.au/help-switchers-new-mac-users/)is a great source of material. You could also try Apples discussion forums (http://discussions.apple.com/index.jspa) as well.

Good Luck and enjoy the "Force" of Apple. :)

Doobsy
7th March 2008, 04:27 PM
Very Tidy set-up fine wine.
I am tidying all the cables up after a quick trip to Bunnings on the way back from mac school tomorrow. Will post a pic of the stealth system when finished.
Which brings me to my next point/question;
I bought a small, mobile desk to keep everything on as when the land-lady (Mum) visits the spare bedroom/office is no longer able to accommodate the office part and we want to move it into our room or the lounge whilst she visits.
I thought that time capsule would allow me to move the desk/system anywhere, making it virtually wireless with the time capsule connected to the DSL/ethernet cable which would allow me to back-up and connect to the 'net without cables.
Am I correct? If not, is this a possibility?

[MREVO8]
7th March 2008, 04:31 PM
Yes, by connecting your DSL modem to a Time Capsule, you would be able to connect to the internet, and backup to the Time Capsule wirelessly.

Doobsy
7th March 2008, 04:40 PM
Suh-weet! Thanks man. This mac experience just keeps getting better.