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#214659 - 07/08/08 02:46 PM Re: Switching to the Mac/MacBook [Re: Ken.C]
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Looks good, for 2x2GB, $104 vs the $200 upgrade charge at apple.com

Them's good RAM.

RAM.
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#214660 - 07/08/08 02:52 PM Re: Switching to the Mac/MacBook [Re: medic8r]
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bingo.

Although OtherWorldComputing may also be competitive. They're pretty good, too.
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#214661 - 07/08/08 02:58 PM Re: Switching to the Mac/MacBook [Re: Ken.C]
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Wait, Apple's offering 4GB of ram for $200 now? They seriously improved their prices! 4GB used to be like $1000.
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#214663 - 07/08/08 03:42 PM Re: Switching to the Mac/MacBook [Re: Ken.C]
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Here's a screencap:



For the upgrade from 2GB to 4GB, +$200, from 1GB to 4GB, +$300.

So, about $100 per GB, whereas at Crucial.com, 4GB = $104 or $26 per GB.
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#214674 - 07/08/08 04:52 PM Re: Switching to the Mac/MacBook [Re: St_PatGuy]
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In a feeble attempt to get back to the subject , take a closer look at the apple.com home page. Click on "Store" and look in the lower left corner andf you will find a link to Refurbished Mac. Sometimes some pretty good deals.

They also have an education store that will give you a discount if you have a student, teacher or administrator in the family.

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#214676 - 07/08/08 04:55 PM Re: Switching to the Mac/MacBook [Re: medic8r]
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Hi,

I got Buffalo Techworks RAM for my MacBook Pro from NCIX.com, great stuff too if you're looking for an alternative other than Crucial at the same price. Their Techworks brand is labelled as "Apple RAM", tested and compatible with Mac hardware.

On the MacBook, you can also easily replace the hard drive by yourself. So if you want to buy your own 2.5" drive, let's say a bigger and faster 7,200 RPM drive, you can go ahead and follow the guide provided by Apple here :

http://manuals.info.apple.com/en/MacBook_13inch_HardDrive_DIY.pdf

The online Apple store is your best bet, and if someone in your family is a student (K-12, College or University) make sure you buy from the educational store, you'll get a 100$ discount on the MacBook and a free iPod.

Enjoy your new Mac! \:\)

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#214705 - 07/08/08 09:35 PM Re: Switching to the Mac/MacBook [Re: medic8r]
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 Originally Posted By: medic8r

And, yes, the TV ads are hilarious.

So here's the deal. My wife surprised me the other day with a request for a MacBook and a home wireless network.

The main reason for this post (other than hoping for some cool points from my Mac-using friends) is to ask for advice as I purchase the MacBook. I anticipate that we will share this computer for the usual purposes: of web browsing, minor word processing, CD and DVD burning - photo CDs, DVDs of our camcorder tapes, music CDs, etc. Later we might get a second MacBook, maybe an Air, which would be cool to take on business trips.

Questions:

1) Any advantage of buying at an Apple retail store vs Best Buy vs Apple.com? The nearest Apple retail store is 60 miles away. Worst Buy is 10 miles.

2) How do you guys like iLife? I imagine it will suffice for a n00b like me, but should I consider pre-installing any of the fancier software they offer for video editing?

Any and all advice is appreciated.


Yes to all the above. Personally,I live in a 2 computer world. My wife and I are a mixed marriage - She's a little bit Mac, I'm a little bit PC - to borrow a line from Donnie and Marie. OK, more like a lot than a little. Our current setup is an iMac as the base station which is host to the printer and the N-1 router. I do most of my work on a HP laptop via wireless. We also have an iBook that makes the rounds thru the family.

Because of my lack of experience with Macs, and my laziness with other things (like starting a photobucket account), I upload pictures via our iMac account and website, then use my PC to insert the photo's URL - all because I haven't learned how to do it all with the Mac.

Other than that I think I lean toward Mac. Much more intuitive.

Scott
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#214721 - 07/09/08 12:24 AM Re: Switching to the Mac/MacBook [Re: a401classic]
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Wait wait wait. You use the iMac to upload the photos, and then go back to your HP to post on the forum? You know, web browsers pretty much work the same on any computer. ;\)
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#214731 - 07/09/08 04:48 AM Re: Switching to the Mac/MacBook [Re: pmbuko]
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Registered: 11/29/06
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Loc: Alpharetta, GA
Yep. Old dog, new tricks sort of thing. I'm sure it's me, but I can't figure out the matching key strokes on the Mac for identifying the proper url link. Right-click on the photo then properties then cut and paste the url on the HP works for me and doesn't give me the correct url when I try the matching strokes on the Mac.
I've got a Mac guru coming in this weekend and I will get a private lesson on the finer points of Mac utility.

Scott
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#214776 - 07/09/08 01:21 PM Re: Switching to the Mac/MacBook [Re: a401classic]
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Registered: 04/15/08
Posts: 267
Loc: Seattle WA
Right-click on the photo or link and "Copy image address". Use clover-v or Edit->Paste to paste.

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