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Fucking iMac

Dear Bill Gates,

I am sorry. I needed a new computer and decided to spend almost three times what I could have bought a decent PC for, and picked up an Apple iMac. Please take comfort in the knowledge that I still have an Xbox 360 and an Android phone. I know the Android thing ain’t you, but it’s not an iPhone, right?

Love,

Me

So I’m seriously, you guys. I did buy an iMac. I know that some people will cry sheep. Well, they can go fuck themselves.

I did. I needed a new computer in the worst way. I was using a laptop as my primary machine. Something I hadn’t intended for it when I bought it years ago. The battery is dead so it has to stay plugged in (yes, so does the iMac), and I’m trying to share it with my sixteen-year-old daughter (who does have an iPhone, so it’s not like she needs to use my laptop.

Really, the biggest reason i needed a new, desktop based computer, has everything to do with trying to get some work done. I find writing to be tiresome on the laptop, the screen was too small, and the keyboard is just there with no way of moving or adjusting it. It also makes me frustrated when I’m trying to work on the fucking internets. I’m seriously, guys. Hurts my brains to try and code or blog or anything on that old laptop.

I poked about at a bunch of Windows options. Also at some barebones stuff that I could have loaded a linux flavor onto. But I kept getting drawn back to the iMac option. And not just because @ohjoey endorses it.

Really the final straw in the poll was plucked when I had to bring my daughter’s phone down to the Apple Store. While we were waiting for the Genius at the Bar, I got to poke around at some stuff and I really liked what I saw.

Also, you can right click now.

I ordered it online. I picked up an i5 2.5 ghz 21.5″ 500gb refurbished (I don’t know what any of that means. It was purty though. But I joke). I went for the refurb because let’s face it, it’s cheaper and these are expensive machines. And it’s not like I’m getting it off of Craigslist or at the pawn shop as a used item. An official refurbished machine from the manufacturer (in this case Apple) carries the same warranty as a new machine, and has been inspected and brought up to snuff by Steve Jobs (or his ghost) himself.

The operating system takes some getting used to, but not much. A few big differences, but the fact that I can’t think of them off of the top of my head makes them small and insignificant. Most of the programs I use have Mac versions, and actually I haven’t found one yet that I couldn’t download and install. And the Appstore is right there on the dock, and you can get a shitload of programs at the click of your mouse.

One of my concerns was streaming music and movies to my Xbox. There’s an App for that! I used Connect 360 and bam! My iMac and Xbox 360 are happily living together in sin. I also downloaded the Pages app, which is a word processor and publishing app that I liked when I played with it on a machine at BestBuy, and it apparently can also export to epublish formats. Which was a major selling point for me.

The keyboard is cute. That’s not a complaint, but it’s not a compliment either. It’s bluetooth wireless, so it’s great for moving around on the desk (or even to my bed if I wanted), but it’s on the small side. I seem to be adapting well, but since I don’t touch type for reals (I use three or four fingers that know where all the keys are) it’s not too bad, and since it’s about the same size as my laptop keyboard my fingers didn’t have to adjust too much.

The mouse is fantastic. It’s called a Magic Mouse. And it really is. You can do all sorts of swipey motions to do things, and while scrolling is backwards as compared to a wheel mouse, I got used to that in about three seconds. It really is more intuitive, and you can set it up so that you can right click.

I also got the touchpad, which is fantastic, but I don’t use it much. I can see where I may use it more down the line, so I don’t see it as a waste.

Of course, I also picked up the Apple Remote. Because I knew this machine was going into my bedroom (quiet and private for working on stuff), I knew that I might want to use it to listen or watch stuff from my bed. So, no brainer there.

Things I thought about doing but changed my mind:

27″ screen. Why? No, seriously. I can see why I might want a TV sized screen. Watching TV and movies on it would be nifty. But as far as working goes, when I played with the larger ones, the extra real estate was more of a distraction than anything. The 21.5″ screen is just dandy. It’s perfectly sized to have two or three windows open and in sight while I’m actively working. I usually have ┬áthe browser and a music program open while I write.

Larger Hard Drive. Why? No seriously. Yes, storage is necessary, especially if you do lots of music and TV/movie downloading. But what apple wants to add more storage just seemed a bit pricey. Especially when additional storage is available cheaply in an exterior type form.

Anyway, so far I’m fucking tickled pink with this machine. I recommend it highly for all who really don’t need a Windows machine for things like gaming (and even then, you can always install Windows for a dual boot machine). So thanks @ohjoey (bastard), and thanks to my Mac-head mom (I won’t call you a bastard) for convincing me that this was the way to go.

I went.

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