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    Congrats, So Sumi!

    This latest MB/MBP revision was just to stay current, so it was a typical HD and processor bump.

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    Quote Originally Posted by King Taco View Post
    Congrats, So Sumi!

    This latest MB/MBP revision was just to stay current, so it was a typical HD and processor bump.
    And to incorporate the multitouch trackpad.
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    I'm not going to rehash old ground that's been heavily trod upon in this thread, but just a couple of things I didn't see brought up...

    1) Maybe there's some reason out there, but so far, I've yet to find something that Microsoft Office does that Open Office can't do. Open Office is totally free and totally legit. Just download it from OpenOffice.org. It works on PC and Mac. I use it on both. To answer the usual questions, yes it opens MS Office files. Yes, it also saves them in Office formats if you so choose. It also dumps straight to PDF which is handy. No, it's not hard to learn. Pretty much everything is in the same place.

    2) While it's true that PCs are definitely cheaper than a similarly powered Mac, Macs do come with a lot more software right out of the box, which is something to consider especially if those programs (typically the iLife stuff- iMovie, Garageband, iPhoto, etc.) appeal to you.

    3) The Mac virus thing is a little misleading. I read a lot of different places that Macs will get viruses written for them once they become popular- that's sort of not true. Mac OS is based on Unix which is just inherently harder to virus. I'm not an OS expert or anything, but Mac OS is more like a Linux type setup rather than a Windows type setup- it's just a little more, I don't know what word to use here, secure maybe, by design.

    4) Windows systems take a lot more tinkering than Mac systems to use in general. The constant downloading of patches, updating of anti-virus/ malware/ spyware/ etc, and drivers are necessary to keep a Windows system running desirably. You have maybe 1/10 that in a Mac system. Some folks dig that. Me personally, I get enough tinkering with Windows stuff at work. I don't want to jack around to get my computer at the house to work.

    That massive divide between the PC and Mac has largely been erased over the course of the last year or so and there's a whole lot of flat out incorrect information that was thrown around in this thread. Can you play games on a Mac? Sure. Can you make music on a PC? Sure. Is it easier the other way around? Yes. Point is though, either setup can be made to do what you want it to- it just depends on what you're willing to spend and how much time you want to invest making it happen.

    To me, picking a computer these days largely comes down to what you want to spend. If you're on a budget and plan on being on a budget for the next few years, you're probably better off buying a PC. With all the companies making PC hardware, it is, as you'd expect much cheaper buying PC hardware than comparable Mac hardware. If something breaks, and it most likely will, it's a lot easier to find a buddy or co-worker who can drop in the occasional PC power supply for you than find someone who can work on (and get parts for) a Mac.

    That being said, owning a PC might be more expensive in the long run. Macs don't typically become "obsolete" as fast as PCs do. Because the Mac is basically a closed system, the hardware can be a little more optimized since Apple knows exactly what's in the box and can wring a little more out of it than a Windows system could that has to take into account a plethora of different hardware manufacturers. That translates into not being forced to upgrade as often as Windows folks typically do.

    Like I said though, it really just comes down to money. If I had to throw out a make/ break point, I'd say if you've got a grand or less, you ought to buy a PC. If you have more than a grand, I'd suggest a Mac. There are still some truths to the old statements- if you plan on messing around with music or home movies, Macs do that better out of the box. If you want to play the latest PC games, get a PC. Anything else in between, just get what's in your price range.

    Oh, and one last thing- if you do end up wanting to buy a Mac, I'd suggest checking out MacMall.com. The new stuff is a little cheaper, but if you buy the previous gen stuff, it's a lot cheaper. They also do upgrades for less than Apple.com and you can get stuff like Parallels or BootCamp pre-installed.
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    So I bought my MacBook and love it. The screen's resolution is amazing, and makes my Compaq look like dog meat. But I have just one issue:

    The Mac isn't as fast as my PC I've noticed. Sometimes it takes a good twenty seconds (some times longer) to get onto a website, whereas my PC goes there in a snap, no delays ever. I suppose it's not the biggest deal, but I'd love it if the Mac were just as fast. Why is this happening?

    I'm running Mozilla Firefox because Safari is even slower. Is this normal?

    Also, with my PC I had to run Ad-aware and Spybot in order to keep it clean. Do I need to run such programs on my Mac? If so, which ones would you recommend?

    Thanks for any advice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by So Sumi View Post
    So I bought my MacBook and love it. The screen's resolution is amazing, and makes my Compaq look like dog meat. But I have just one issue:

    The Mac isn't as fast as my PC I've noticed. Sometimes it takes a good twenty seconds (some times longer) to get onto a website, whereas my PC goes there in a snap, no delays ever. I suppose it's not the biggest deal, but I'd love it if the Mac were just as fast. Why is this happening?

    I'm running Mozilla Firefox because Safari is even slower. Is this normal?

    Also, with my PC I had to run Ad-aware and Spybot in order to keep it clean. Do I need to run such programs on my Mac? If so, which ones would you recommend?

    Thanks for any advice.
    Troubleshooting performance issues on Intel Macs

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unfiltered View Post
    Thanks I'll try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by So Sumi View Post
    Thanks I'll try.
    Oh, and Safari got bumped up. It seems to be a little more robust than before.

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