New Mac User

iMacYep, you read right. As many of my friends have put it, “I’ve fallen to the dark side”. For years I’ve always told myself, “I’ll never own a mac”. My Step-Dad attended a seminar last October, and quite an expensive one I might add, costing $5,000 if I remember correctly. However, everyone that attended that seminar not only walked away with newfound knowledge, but also a brand spanking new MacBook. Too bad it wasn’t a Macbook Pro. Over the next few months, he spent the time learning and falling in love with Apple computing at its best. I played with it a few times when visiting the family up north and was fairly impressed. However I still retained the “I’ll never own a mac” mindset.

My sister just started attending college. To assist with this my Step-Dad purchased her a 20″ iMac as she was having trouble with her PC (You know Windows). My sister plays World of Warcraft with me from time to time. But now that she has an iMac she didn’t know how to install the game. She only had the disks for the PC version. This past weekend I went to visit, so I went ahead and downloaded the Mac client for her. 30 hours and 3.16 Gigs later (As I was constantly reminded of by my Step-Dad because it bogged down the DSL – he’s now sold on getting cable internet access, Expecially when he found out I downloaded the client in 3 Hours) we had the game installed. During this time I played around with the system and fell in love with it. The next day I took a trip to the Apple store in Fresno.

Now I find myself a happy iMac owner.

  • 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
  • 1GB memory
  • 320GB hard drive
  • 8x double-layer SuperDrive
  • ATI Radeon HD 2600 PRO with 256MB memory

Although I have to say my favorite part about this entire system is the display:

  • 24-inch (viewable) glossy widescreen TFT active-matrix liquid crystal display
  • Resolution: 1920 by 1200 pixels
  • Typical viewing angle, 178° horizontal, 178° vertical
  • Typical brightness: 385 cd/m2
  • Typical contrast ratio: 750:1

This new system has completely eliminated my need for windows, and while I was playing World of Warcraft on my Linux box, It only sports a standard 4:3 19-inch display, I’d much rather play on the 24-inch display. (Which by the way the game is absolutely beautiful on). Now don’t get me wrong I still love Linux and still have my Linux system and have no intention of getting rid of it. I propped the 19-inch display up on a step stool my Step-Dad made for me when I was about 5 years old so I could reach the sink to brush my teeth. (I knew that thing would come in handy again) This brought the screens to about the same height. This brought me to where I now stand. I’m in the process of configuring Synergy to allow me to utilize a single keyboard/mouse on both systems.Apple Logo

Once I have this fully configured I’ll be sure to let everyone know how it runs. but until then, I’m a happy mac user, I may even end up with a Mac Apple on the back of my Truck window.

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One thought on “New Mac User

  1. Now that’s what I’m talking about. If you wanted to corrupt your system you could always set up a dual-boot and run Windows on the backside if you just have to. I’m thinking about doing just that, because I have a specialized browser and a couple other programs that only run in Windows. That way I could get rid of my desktop PC.

    Now if you could help me program a browser like it for the Mac then we’ll be going places. Your Step-Dad is so proud he (me) was able to corrupt you. 🙂

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