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Hussein Baghdadi
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Hi all.
Currently, I'm collecting alot of informations about Apple computers and their OS.
In the next couple of years, I want to switch to Apple world, I mean buying iMac or PowerBook.
I need a powerfull machine for my device, so I have chosed iMac or PowerBook.
So, I have some question and need some advices if possible.
1. I had never owned a notebook (or a laptop), I used to use regular PCs key board.
So, how did you find working on notbook's keyboard ?
I mean, is it painful to work with such a small keyboards ?
2. What do you suggest, iMac or PowerBook ?
I had never owned a notebook and PowerBook is so sexy, I can't resist it but it is so expensive , I found iMac is so cool and hot.
any ideas ?
 
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Well we've had them all... currently I have a Powerbook, and Kathy has a new iMac. They are both awesome, and they have their pros and cons:

I love my powerbook because it's pretty fast, and very flexible.

Kathy loves her iMac because it's REALLY fast.

What I mean by flexibility is that when I'm working at home, my powerbook is basically a flat tower . I hook up a big monitor, an external keyboard, an external hard drive and mouse. When it's time to travel, of course I can take my important stuff with me. (I try to keep non-essential stuff like my iTunes, graphics files, and backups on my external hard drive.) I love the 15" powerbook. I'm a nut for pixels, and for my purposes the 12" just is a little pixel deprived. The 17" has a ton of pixels, but it's very expensive, and really stretches the limits of "portable". The cool thing about powerbooks is that you can drive external monitors with them and effectively have more pixels. My home monitor has 1680 x 1050 pixels - way more than the "native" 1280 x 854 of my powerbook. iBooks can't officially do that (support extended desktops), however if that ever changed I'd recommend iBooks too.

As far as keyboard ergonomics, I really like the powerbook. For my money, keyboard "touch" is very important and in the laptop world I think Apple and IBM are the best. Obviously whn you're at home you can use whatever keyboard you want.

All that said, Kathy's 20" iMac is a wonder! For the money it's got an incredible monitor, and an incredible processor.

I've made it known on this forum before that I'm a huge fan of OS X. I am by no means a Unix guru, but OS X is by far the cleanest, most powerful, and most robust OS I've ever used.

Don't wait a couple of years... jump in and get one! (I got mine refurbished from PowerMax, and it's been bulletproof for over two years!)

Go for it!
 
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Waw, thanks for your great feedback, thats all what I want .
Personally, I became a slave to Apple world.
In the past, I was thinking to switch to Linux world but after I do some researches about Mac OS X (which it is based on Free BSD, so I can run Linux commands) and Apple hardware, I really like this company alot.
Now, I'm thinking about iMac G5 or PowerBook G4 17 inch -Awch, it is so expensive-.

Don't wait a couple of years... jump in and get one!

Well, this is because I don't have a job yet
Ah, another question please....
We can upgrade our PCs (like getting P4 and a combatible motherboard, getting more RAM ....).
Can we upgrade Apple computers (like getting G5 processors) ? or just we have to buy a new machine ?
thanks...
[ February 24, 2005: Message edited by: John Todd ]
 
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Upgrading Macs is possible - probably a bit more restricted than in PC world. In all cases laptops are MUCH harder to upgrade, except for something easy like RAM. If you're really thinking about a 17" laptop I'd propose that you get a 15" plus a BIG external monitor for about the same $. That's my setup and I LOVE it!

How CPU intensive is the work that you do or hope to do?
 
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The 17 inch PowerBook is really good as a "desktop replacement". For example, I'm a contractor and I typically provide my own computer, so for carrying in to work and using during the day every day, a 17 inch PowerBook is perfect. I actually prefer the keyboard to a regular keyboard.

For more traditional portable applications, a smaller powerbook or an iBook is fine. For a permanent desktop, the high end (large display) iMacs are good, or you can get a Mini and a large display. The PowerMacs are more upgradeable, but I rarely end up adding internal boards or drives to a Mac.
 
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I was walking through local Fry's in Dallas. I loved the monitors that come with mac. Does any body sell those white monitors & do they work with regular PCs. I do want to buy a mac in the future(when I have some more disposable income).
 
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How CPU intensive is the work that you do or hope to do?

I want to shift my programming life from my PC to apple.
So, I want to be able to run stuffs like : Tomcat, JBoss, WebLogic, eclipse, intellij .. well, Java world.
I know iMac is (some how) better than PowerBook for my demands, but I had never owned a notebook.
Thanks all for your feedbacks.
 
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