Cheap way to dip your toe into the Mac world...

by John Henderson 8 replies
Hi there. I've noticed that a few warriors have been having security, reliability and/or virus problems with their PCs. I had exactly the same experiences when I was a PC owner, and it was these frustrating episodes that finally made me switch to using Apple Macs.

However, I realise from experience that switching computer systems is much more easily said than done. Apart from investing money into a machine, an operating system, software applications and peripherals, people invest a heck of a lot of time and effort in learning how to use those assets until they become proficient. Switching to another system cannot be taken lightly.

But if there was a cheap way to try an alternative, one that could be tested in addition to your existing machine, might it be worth giving it a test drive?

I was chatting online to another Mac user the other day, when he pointed out that there is one model of Macintosh that offers a lot of machine for the money. It's called the eMac and on eBay, these machines can sell for between $50 and $100. eMacs are all-in-one machines (everything's in the same case apart from the keyboard and the mouse) and resemble a pumped-up version of the small, colourful iMacs that came out in 1997.



The downside to the eMac is that its 17" CRT monitor makes it a heavy machine - about 56 pounds in weight - and its cooling fan isn't the quietest that you'll hear. But it will still run a recent version of Mac OS X, can take up to 1GB of memory (the later models will unofficially take 2GB) and if you don't like the idea of staring at a CRT screen, you can plug a cheap 1024x768 LCD screen into it. The eMac has a G4 processor which is more than enough for most of the day-to-day tasks that people undertake with their computers and can run the free Office-like suite "OpenOffice" or its Mac-specific cousin "NeoOffice".

So there you go. If you want to try an alternative to a PC without spending hundreds of dollars, check out the eMacs on eBay.

P.S. I'm not trying to start a PC vs. Mac flame war here. I just thought that if PC-using warriors are as tired of Windows as I was 5 years ago, then they might be interested in trying a cheap alternative.
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  • Profile picture of the author Star69
    Oh you smug Mac people just rubbing it in... :rolleyes:

    Thanks for letting us know. I'm going to see what's on eBay right now!
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    • Profile picture of the author John Henderson
      Originally Posted by Star69 View Post

      Oh you smug Mac people just rubbing it in... :rolleyes:
      Oh, I hope you don't think that I'm one of those!

      Originally Posted by Star69 View Post

      Thanks for letting us know. I'm going to see what's on eBay right now!
      That's great, Star69. I've seen quite a few "Can you help me with my Windows machine?" posts on the Warrior Forums, and I just thought that there might be a few warriors who were open to the idea of trying another way of doing things...
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      • Profile picture of the author KimW
        Originally Posted by John Henderson View Post

        Oh, I hope you don't think that I'm one of those!


        That's great, Star69. I've seen quite a few "Can you help me with my Windows machine?" posts on the Warrior Forums, and I just thought that there might be a few warriors who were open to the idea of trying another way of doing things...

        Sure theres another way of doing things, it's called Linux.

        Course, with the emacs, you need to count on another $50 or so for shipping and handling......
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            Originally Posted by John Henderson View Post

            Oh, Kim! Are you trying to tell me that you've finally left Microsoft TrainWreck behind? Good for you, fella!


            Yeah, but it's a one-off cost. Unlike Windows virus protection....

            Oh, not at all, I'll be a MS cheerleader forever. I am looking forward to windows 7 release!!
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  • Profile picture of the author jdjenkins
    Nice idea; and I don't mind CRTs - I'm currently using a 20" display as a second screen for my laptop. I've made my Sony laptop dual boot for Linux and Windows, and found I can do most things on Linux; I still need to test a few more bits of software, like SEO Elite and that kind of thing.
    One thing that's speeded up the XP boot-up is uninstalling Office - the free version is just fine for my needs. Back to the subject though - I like the user-friendliness of the Macs I've seen (there's a couple I have to use at work sometimes), so it's good o hear about this cheap way to try it at home,

    best wishes,

    Jon.

    Originally Posted by John Henderson View Post

    Hi there. I've noticed that a few warriors have been having security, reliability and/or virus problems with their PCs. I had exactly the same experiences when I was a PC owner, and it was these frustrating episodes that finally made me switch to using Apple Macs.

    ....

    So there you go. If you want to try an alternative to a PC without spending hundreds of dollars, check out the eMacs on eBay.

    P.S. I'm not trying to start a PC vs. Mac flame war here. I just thought that if PC-using warriors are as tired of Windows as I was 5 years ago, then they might be interested in trying a cheap alternative.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Motley
    I love the imac 24" Intel and mac proc, dual boot o.s., big shiny display


    makes me tingle in my stinky spots.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kelpsi Media
    Mac rocks but just too over the hedge for normal guys.
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