Wanting a new laptop

After installing my new protection system, my computer has slowed down loading everything from webpages to programs. And it’s frustrating. So now I want a new system… unfortunately, I still have about 2 years left on my term with Dell (and it’s already 2 years old!). But I’d still like to get some feedback from people who used to be PC users and have switched over to a Macs. I would love to get one because I’m convinced that I will forever be fiddling with graphics or photography and I know that Macs are meant to be better than PCs for that sort of stuff… but I’d really like to hear some real-life people’s thoughts.

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  1. Thanks Mark. I figured out a few changes I’ve been able to make with Norton to make things run a little more smoothly. It still crashes firefox when tabular browsing at odd times but it’s something I’ll just have to live with while I have the subscription since I paid for the year.

  2. I’d say stick with the PC route but, as with everyone who has an opinion on this, I’m biased. PCs are more flexible; you’re not tied to hardware; there’s more software options. Yes, there’s more that can go wrong with them but Macs are far too limiting. I saw a good spoof advert a little while ago comparing Macs and PCs where the PC is a top-of-the-range motorbike you can customise, tweak, add to, drive at incredible speeds, pop wheelies … and possibly crash and die if you go around a bend too fast. The Mac, on the other hand, is a tricycle. You can’t do much to it, it trundles along doing what it’s designed to do and it’s almost impossible to fall off. Are you a tricycle or motorbike person?

    Regarding your speed issues: Norton, McAfee, Symantec – any suite in fact – are all bloody awful in my opinion. They take over too many system resources, do too much, and cripple everything. A simple firewall (I use Kerio), a free virus scanner such as AVG or Avast, and fairly regular sweeps for anything else such as diallers (not a threat on broadband) and wasteful cookie clutter using ad-aware or similar software is more than good enough to keep your system running fine.

  3. Omar, can I still use my current version of Photoshop & Macromedia suite with Ubuntu? I tried reading it on their website but it’s too hard to find it. lol If you don’t know, I’ll search harder for the reading, but I thought I would ask you first. If I can use it, I will definitely be making the switch!

    CyberCelt, that’s the thing with Macs… I’d have to get new versions of all my programs… and I have a lot of them… so it’s hard to make the transition. Thanks for your input 🙂

  4. oh i should have read this before posting on the other thread.

    so yes, I got my own mac last September and can’t be happier with it. I had used mac a few times before and I liked it but didn’t know my way around. Once I got my own, everything seemed very intuitive and it was really easy to find my way around. I love how nothing in my mac crashes, and it does what I want it to do…

    I had used windows for about 10 years before this, and I’m very glad I got my mac.
    Definitely get one.

    For that dell you have… I would try some linux (Ubuntu definitely) and see how you like that… although many people don’t really do the switch to linux.

    Have fun!
    -Omar

    omar’s last blog post..And then again, it’s time for another Taekwondo tournament.

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