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30th June 2004, 04:27 PM
Scattered throughout the forums there are suggestions of why people buy mac but searching the forums there appeared to be no thread dedicated to it. I am just wondering why appletalk users buy macs, ie what do mac people rate highest when considering purchases

In order of Importance my reasons for buy mac were

Software (OS X especially)
Looks (they actually take time to think about designs)
Battery Life
Sick of windows viruses
Price (ibooks are bargains)

30th June 2004, 06:18 PM
xp hates me
osx likes me
nice laptops

30th June 2004, 06:25 PM
Operating System's simplicity and beauty.
Hardware's simplicity and beauty.
Something new and different.

30th June 2004, 06:45 PM
was sick of going back to get my PC laptops, computers etc. looked at every other week... 2 iMacs, 2 iPods and a 17" powerbook later, only been back for the powerbook once, because an ant decided to die in the audio jack!

And more importantly because Macs rock!

30th June 2004, 07:44 PM
The main reason I got the mac is because I had always used one in school. From Apple ][e up till about LCIII's in high school.

I have an LCII, had a Performa 5200CD and now this iBook G3 900MHz beauty.

The old machines were bought because I could do what my mates on PC's with twice the theoretical performance could do.

The iBook was bought when I was looking for a laptop and was just going to get a 2nd hand on. Either a PIII or a toilet seat iBook. I saw the prices of some of the new ones, being a TAFE student, I was able to get 3 year warranty, education price and I had yet to try OS X.

10 months later, I use nothing more then the iBook. Its my main machine. The PC sits there, just like the PSX did when PS2 came out. Both of which never get played. The PC has been migrated from Windows XP to a Dual Boot, WinXP / Linux box...and Windows only gets used for gaming and LAN's.

The things I like about Mac is that there are no viruses. I don't have to make ghost images, worrying about the thing becoming sluggish and bloated more then it already is to have no choice but to format, delete the master boot record and reinstall a fresh OS again. This is what most of my mates do with their XP boxes...sorry, correction...What I do for them, they have NFI...as long as they can look at porn and play games.

The iBook doesn't get restarted unless there is an Apple update that requires so. otherwise 45 day uptimes are the norm, currently 21 days.

Battery life is great. I can spend a whole day at TAFE without a cord in sight. PC laptop Lusers are scattering for a power point like roaches when you turn the light on.

I can watch all the movies they can, with just one app. not 50, and 100 different codecs.

When I start up NeoOffice, it works, until I hit "Apple +Q" myself... you hear the words "Ah Fuck!" ever so often from the Lusers, and they all eventually come begging to me for the class notes...with me saying, "that'll learns ya" $2 and I'll email you a pretty document. Yes, you can profit from owning a mac.

I have had all my apps running on the mac at once, not one issue. other then being alittle sluggish, but with a 900Mhz CPU and only 640MB ram, you can't expect lighting bolts to appear. that was 37 applications.

At the end of the day, Mac is just pure quality, in both Function and Form. It works and looks the bomb. It gets peoples attention. From the glowing Apple logo, to the small size, the battery life, the screen clarity, the fact that it comes with all you need to use it out the box, the fact that it works, and works and works.


30th June 2004, 09:56 PM
The voices in my head told me to.

1st July 2004, 02:06 PM
They rock. :mellow:

1st July 2004, 02:22 PM
no fears of "Palladium" or "Trusted Computing" (yet), more thoughtful design, high quality, quiet, powerful, has a wow factor...

shall i go on?

1st July 2004, 04:57 PM
Its real easy: OS X , Unix based: Means the geek bit of me can get a unix fix and not have to reboot back into _something_ redmond based if I don't feel geeky.

I spent 18 months with a mac as my workstation when I worked at optus, thats what got me hooked.
Once you go mac you never go back as they say.

My current desktop machine triple boots between win2k, Slackware 9.1 and Freebsd 4.9 .

An emac will be replacing the main desktop once the economic indicators get better.

As solid as both freebsd and slackware are I can do almost everything in them that I can with windows as a desktop. Server duties are taken care of by slackware.

1st July 2004, 06:54 PM
hehheh true once you go mac you never go back. I just convinced a guy that was gunna buy a $2000 athlon XP machine for spreadsheet and email only (pfft) to buy an emac. I think hell be happier with the mac, he seemed sold on the no* viruses bit

*I assume no huge bad viruses

2nd July 2004, 11:38 AM
Why do I use a Mac? Well, i like to use a computer, not get used by one!!!

4th July 2004, 10:52 AM
This is an easy one...every time I figured it would be cheaper to buy a PC, I was put off by the crap I would have to deal with using Windows. Linux wasn't an option when I was considering these things. I think at the time there was only a choice between Win 95 and 98, or Mac OS, and I knew which I'd rather use.

Back then though, I was trying to set up an old Quadra as a Netbsd box so I could run Netscape via X11 and MacX so it wouldn't crash my computer. I was praying for a MacOS based on Unix....guess what happened?

An Apple employee once said, people buy Macs for Mac OS X. It's too true.

4th July 2004, 10:58 AM
id have to say that i am getting a mac because
1 there very good in qualty
2 theres no adwear, spywear and virsus so i dont have to spend about 3 hours clenaing it
3 there so damn cool
4 windows is shit

4th July 2004, 02:43 PM
Originally posted by Lucas@Jun 30 2004, 04:27 PM
Scattered throughout the forums there are suggestions of why people buy mac but searching the forums there appeared to be no thread dedicated to it. I am just wondering why appletalk users buy macs, ie what do mac people rate highest when considering purchases

In order of Importance my reasons for buy mac were

Software (OS X especially)
Looks (they actually take time to think about designs)
Battery Life
Sick of windows viruses
Price (ibooks are bargains)
Oooh. for me it's a toss up between OS X and Photoshop for #1

I really like the *ix base of OSX. It just feels like home after years of Uni and Unix =). Photoshop just feels loads nicer in OSX or OS9 than on Windows too. I think much of that comes down to a simple simple thing - the movement of the mouse.

In third place is the collectability of the old macs. I can't say why that means much to me, but it just does. Nice cases perhaps.


4th July 2004, 04:08 PM
This dates me...

It was 1983 and I was at the Computer Expo at Sydney's Centerpoint Building. And it was hot with all the bodies, the crowds, and the aircon losing the battle to cool the joint. None of us minded. We were witnessing a miracle.

Apple was demonstrating the Lisa. Nobody could see what was going on on the tiny 12" screen. The joint was packed, I tell ya. We were catching our first sight of the first mouse driven GUI. Mind blowing! But 10 grand or 12 grand in 1983 dollars, only for the well-heeled.

Moving on to 1984. An acquaintance asked, "you're interested in computers aren't you?" K'noath.

"Come around to my place. I have something to show you." I arrived. I was gobsmacked.

An Apple Macintosh 128k sat on a table as the loungeroom showpiece to beat all showpieces.

He demonstrated MacWrite and MacPaint. WOWEE! And IBMs only had MSDOS running that year. Heheh.

Within six weeks I had my own Apple Macintosh 128k. I've never regretted it. Been a Mac bloke ever since.

I've purchased or built six PCs over the years. It seems ya knead a PC to play games. However, I never have time for games because I'm having too much fun with my Mac. It's simple really. If you have a Mac and a PC side by side, it's the Mac that gets used. The Mac just does everything better.

:rolleyes: :rolleyes:

4th July 2004, 04:43 PM
I'd have to say tho what lured me in years ago was iMovie. I made a cool movie on an iBook G3 500mhz machine, which was top of the line at about the same time that Pentiums were at 1.3GHZ.

1 - my ibook never crashed when making this movie,
2 - it was relatively quicker than my friends comp - Compaq top of the range laptop using adobe video program 1.3GHZ - quicker for the video editing
3 - they had firewire built in, and Combo drives which were unheard of back then... <- in laptops..

There was also a financial incentive.. but i never regreted getting a seemingly SLOW MHZ apple over a windows based laptop...

BUT i would never get an ibook after using my powerbooks...

So yeah to summarise what made me really like apple was the iMovie program that let me make a movie easily and without crashing my computer... unlike windows based machines....

5th July 2004, 09:13 PM
Why? iTunes for all my music, OS X cause it didn&#39;t come from Redmond, the best industrial design in all consumer electronics, and cause a comparable pc laptop would have cost 3k and been 5cm thick.
And besides, I have had 2 conversions and 17 new iTunes PC users due to this baby...

5th July 2004, 09:27 PM
Oh, and Steve looks far cooler in black turtlenecks than Bill Gates does in his suits...
Or is that just the RDF???

6th July 2004, 12:30 AM
as pipsqueek said, it&#39;s the &#39;form and function&#39; of the macs that made me decide to follow the light :lol:

when i was researching it all over two years ago, the iMac DV looked like the one. then the lcd iMac was released and that was it. ordered a week later and had to wait almost three months for the thing to arrive&#33;&#33;

but only macs are able to combine form and function so well, but the appreciation of that aesthetic is not universal.

so we have beige boxes for the masses...&#33;

and we have our macs :D