I have done it. I have returned to my computing roots.
For the first time since the early 1990s, I am an owner and user of an Apple Macintosh. Instead this time, I own a iMac G5 instead of a LC II.
Today Katie and I went to the mall in Salem, NH to do some Christmas shopping. A normal shopping day turned into something interesting when we decided to take a look at the Apple Store there. I wanted to check out the iMac my brother Justin just purchased two days ago, the 20″ model.
Within minutes, I had stopped playing with the iMac and seriously starting thinking of getting one. I was fed up with Windows. I needed a new computing challenge. I wanted something that was reliable and a joy to use. The iMac was that solution and stood before me.
I had to do some talking with Katie and we came up with a suitable solution. The iMac would be a joint Christmas gift to ourselves and it would be our main home computer. Her 6-year-old PC would be stripped/sold for parts and the iMac would replace it.
So I put down the plastic and bought the iMac G5. A very nice package, with 512 MB of RAM, 1.9 GHz G5 processor, 160 GB hard drive, and a very nice 17″ widescreen.
I have been playing with it for a few hours and I am very impressed. At least so far, it is the answer I have been looking for when it comes to computers. Very fast, stable, and the software for once is easy to use.
Right now, I am using the following for software:
- Mac OS X 10.4.3
- Mozilla Firefox 1.5 RC3
- Mail 2.0.5
- Adium 0.86
- iTunes 6.0.1
- Citrix (to access work server)
So far, those applications have left me very satisfied. Well worth every penny spent on this.
I still have a lot of work to do on the iMac getting it prepared for use. I just copied over the music from my laptop . Which by the way, on a Mac it is easier to use a network with Windows computers then a Windows computer trying to do it! Anyways, I still need to copy my e-mail over and documents.
As for my Toshiba laptop running Windows XP, I am going to use it for work and as a second backup computer. After all, Katie and I can’t be on the iMac at the same time. One of us will be fighting for it at all times
I also have to find a suitable office product. Downloading NeoOffice right now, let’s see how that goes.
I am trying to decide whether to buy some additional memory (a 1GB stick at Crucial.com is $138) for the iMac. It came with 512 and the computer seems very responsive. I guess I will wait a few days to see if I perhaps need an extra little kick that memory would bring.