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Which would you buy? Mac or Lenovo?

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by clipper100, Aug 18, 2010.

  1. clipper100

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    My desktop went 'tango-uniform'.

    Any suggestions between a:

    Lenovo (Windows 7) ...

    or a Mac Pro (I 7)?

    Is the Mac a difficult transition for:

    Word processor, email, browsing, photo storage...
     
  2. IndyGunFreak

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    If that's all you use the machine for, I'd say the transition will probably be fairly smooth....

    That's some pretty high end stuff for those minimal tasks you perform, but hey, it's your checkbook. :)

    IGF
     


  3. stooxie

    stooxie NRA Life Member

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    Without any further indication of what you want the Windows folks will tell you to get the Lenovo and the Mac folks will tell you to get the Mac.

    Do YOU have a preference?

    I'll just throw out this little grenade: If you want to be done with viruses and similar garbage get a Mac. (and I DARE someone to quip that the lack of viruses for the Mac has anything to do with market share.)

    :tongueout:

    -Stooxie
     
  4. Linux3

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    I have a Lenovo Thinkpad running, and I do mean running, Ubuntu 64 bit.
    Best of all worlds.
     
  5. Pierre!

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    Well, if there was a Mac tech on every corner, it would be good... Right now, Windows guys are a dime for 100 of em!

    Anyway...

    Get the lenovo with plenty of ram, install Sun/Oracle Virtual Box, then install the Linux of your choice on a virtual machine. Make sure you make a snapshot of it when you are completely done installing... and then only surf on your Linux box. When it has issues, and it will, then just restore from the snapshot.

    Trust me, at some point the Linux system will start griping cause you haven't installed the mounting updates, and then the repositories may go corrupt on you... so just work with the snapshot.

    Does that make sense???

    Seriously do what ever floats your boat. If you have the $$$ to replace all your software, just jump ship and go with the Mac. If you aren't in the mood to learn how to run a computer all over again, don't feel like sitting through all the tutorials on the Apple.com site... stick with what you know!

    Go for it man, ain't no down side!

    HTH....
     
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  6. AmericanGunWorks

    AmericanGunWorks In IL HELP ME

    Mac, all the way. macpro is a bit overkill for what you describe. Mac mini or imac would be good.
     
  7. Slug71

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    Lenovo all the way.
    What a lot of mac people dont realize is that most Intel machines can actually run Mac OSX without the hefty price tag.
    I dont use Windows but Windows 7 is not bad. Definitely one of their better versions.
    If you need Office, look into OpenOffice.org. Its 100% compatible with MS Office but its free.
    Then download Firefox or Chrome web browser. Or even Opera. IE is the most unsafe browser.

    Ideally i'd install Ubuntu. It comes with OpenOffice and Firefox and a good email client. You can also easily install GIMP which is like Photoshop(if you need it) for Linux. All free of course.
     
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  8. stooxie

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    Speaking completely objectively, I don't get all this "Oh, just run Linux" stuff.
    Linux is for those who don't mind spending time tinkering with the OS, and at very technical levels. The install may be one-button but who can honestly say that everything after that (drivers, printers, networking, wireless, graphics, peripherals, software installs, updates, patching, etc) has not required ANY shell level tinkering. :upeyes:

    That's like saying to someone who asks "Ford or Honda", "Oh, just buy one of those cool Shelby Cobra kits. Should only take 6 months to build."

    Or like saying to someone who just wants a simple revolver for home protection that he should really build her own AR.

    Makes no sense to me. :dunno:

    -Stooxie
     
  9. pascal

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  10. stooxie

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    Unfortunately this is going to be true of anything made/built overseas. Foolish to think Apple is any more at fault than anyone else (like the Dell box that costs $499, $100 of which goes to Intel and $60 of which goes to Microsoft).

    The amazing thing is that robots are cheaper on the line in America. In China, etc, human labor is so cheap that they are cheaper than robots.

    -Stooxie
     
  11. pascal

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    From what I've read Apple has a clause about workers conditions, which seemingly is not enforced. In one month 10 workers leapt out of the Factory to their deaths. The company's solution was to put nets around the building. This is totally unsatisfactory of any company or any company that uses parts from them. China is poised to overtake Japan and become the second largest economy in the world. We are next in their sights. The American and world wide people should take notice and take appropriate actions to sanction Chinese products, due to there work practices and pollution.
    IMHO.
     
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  12. IndyGunFreak

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    It makes no sense to you, because you're misinformed.

    I have been using Linux for about 4-5yrs.. usually Debian or Ubuntu, but occasionally others. I've very very rarely had to install a driver, etc. Usually I boot the Live CD, and everything just works. Why is this? Because I research my hardware before I buy it. You wouldn't just run out and buy something for Windows XP, when you know it only supports Vista and 7. I probably open a terminal about as often as a Windows user opens a DOS window. Actually, about the only time I open a terminal, is when giving instructions to people online, simply because I can give them cut/paste instructions, as opposed to "click here and here". Everything else, I use GUI tools.

    I'd be willing to bet my Linux systems, are updated w/ patches, etc.. at about the same rate as your average Windows box.

    Is it for everybody? No... it does take a certain person who is willing to use forums, etc.. to learn, as opposed to picking up a phone and dialing some Indian named Steve.

    IGF
     
  13. Slug71

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    I disagree completely!
    I recently did some installs and had to do absolutely no tinkering with getting networking(wireless) going.
    Installing a printer is probably easier on Linux than it is on Windows these days.
    Software updates and system updates are done just like doing regular updates. You dont need to go in and do software updates separately or from a different location. They just come in as a regular update.
    All the software you could ever need are just a click away available through the repositories.

    In short, Linux is A LOT different from what it was even 5 years ago. Today it can easily replace a Windows install. 90% of any tinkering that is done now is for personal preference like customizing.
     
  14. stooxie

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    I dunno, man, I am willing to believe it's gotten a lot better but some of what you said confirms my position that it takes someone willing to do more tinkering than the average person.

    -Stooxie
     
  15. IndyGunFreak

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    No, it doesn't. You're just hearing what you want to hear. Do you just run out and buy hardware w/o researching it? Software? If you do, you're on borrowed time, eventually you will get burned, if you haven't already.

    A vast majority of Windows users, also solve problems by searching forums.... this is really no different than Linux, other than if you can't find an answer in a forum, you can pick up the phone and pay for phone support.

    IGF
     
  16. stooxie

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    Actually I don't have to research my hardware to make sure it works with my OS because I HAVE A MAC! Remember that little tag line, "it just works"? Ok.

    Now back to our regularly scheduled thread.

    -Stooxie
     
  17. IndyGunFreak

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    So if you're buying a new printer, or video card, or something else, you don't check to make sure it has Mac drivers? Do you buy software w/o checking if it's Mac compatible?
     
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  18. clipper100

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    Thank you....

    That is the answer I am looking for.

    As I have to spend that IRA $$$... I am not looking at cost.

    I have the Apple I-phone ... and I am impressed.

    Maybe the Mac is the way.

    (I'll lite a candle for the suicide victims...)