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tavilach
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Jul 30, 2004, 03:07 AM
 
For those of you who care, I just bought my first Mac!

I went whole hog on this PowerBook...15/1.5/128/512/5400/SD



I had a huge fight with my parents about money, so I'm not exactly ecstatic...

...but when this baby comes, boy oh boy!

What shall I name it?



This is so amazing! My first Mac! My first Mac!

Off to watch Petie .

Edit: I didn't purchase AppleCare or extra RAM, but that can always be done later. This is so friggin' exciting! Mac OS X! Holy poop! I'm getting a Mac! I'm getting a Mac!

I have been drooling over Macs since January!
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Jul 30, 2004, 05:38 AM
 
So, did you know that you've posted a total of eight threads on this one in the last 5 days in this forum and an identical thread in the Lounge? Just wondering.
     
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Jul 30, 2004, 05:40 AM
 
Originally posted by Synotic:
So, did you know that you've posted a total of eight threads on this one in the last 5 days in this forum and an identical thread in the Lounge? Just wondering.
The one in the lounge was to show people that I'm finally a Mac user. This one was to show that my long chain of PowerBook threads is finally over. They serve very different purposes. It's quite simple.

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Jul 30, 2004, 07:25 AM
 
Well congrats you certainly put a thought and effort into the purchase.

Enjoy, of course the Petie movie is a little spastic, but then who here wasn't excited to get their first mac.

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Jul 30, 2004, 07:31 AM
 
Congratulations, I was VERY hesitant to make the switch .. but when i look back .. i have no regrets. I am a happy camper. One only wonders how long before you become a Mac Fanatic. Make sure u take pictures of yourself opening the powerbook box. The attention to detail is insane .. the packaging is gorgeous .. Much like 3g Ipods .. they match so well =P They paid attention to every little thing .. You're going to love your new laptop

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Jul 30, 2004, 08:19 AM
 
Congratulations. Soon I will own said-machine as well.
     
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Jul 30, 2004, 08:23 AM
 
Get more ram asap or else you'll be seriously handicapping yourself on a very capable machine.

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Jul 30, 2004, 08:36 AM
 
Congrats on your new machine. ENJOY and welcome to the Mac world.
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Jul 30, 2004, 08:36 AM
 
so you went with the superdrive....

Congratulations on your machine...enjoy your Mac.

Mine arrives on monday..12" PB
     
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Jul 30, 2004, 10:05 AM
 
Congrats! Remember; half the fun is the anticipation. Just finished burning a 2 hour DVD copy from Disk Utility using Disk Image in 17 minutes, not too shabby at 4x speed! I use Sony 4x media, VERY dependable. Hope you enjoy you 15" as much as I am my new 1.5 Ghz 17". If you are into gaming treat yourself to Halo if you've never played it; although a bit jerky at times it is a real movie like adventure action title and a must have. Buy a copy of Diskwarrior but MAKE SURE it is the latest edition or it will not work on the latest 1.5 Ghz Powerbooks. Check Alsoft.com for specifics. You can call toll free. Get a 2 button mouse; it eases the transition for first timers from PC to Mac as well as less wear and tear on your track pad and keeps your hand sweat off the hand rest area. Bluetooth rocks. I have a Microsoft BT but the ultimate in my opinion appears to be comming soon in September:

http://www.macmice.com/themousebt.html

If it works it seems well worth waiting for. In Aluminum silver color too, they say.


Cheers!
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Jul 30, 2004, 12:40 PM
 
Yeah, what is it with the sweat on the hand area?

Congrats on your new Mac. Start saving, this won't be the first and only one you own. I switched last year. Now I own two. I'll be driving past the Apple store today, and it will be REALLY hard not to stop.
     
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Jul 30, 2004, 01:22 PM
 
Originally posted by alligator:
Yeah, what is it with the sweat on the hand area?
Heh... I don't have as much trouble with that as I do with my metal-banded watch... I always take it off to avoid scratches.

I'll be driving past the Apple store today, and it will be REALLY hard not to stop.
No kidding. My PB below has been a horrible spending pit for me... all in the last month: (Sure is fun, though!)

BT Mouse: $60
Shareware: $50
Tom Bihn Bag and sleeve: $200 (Waiting on it... it'd better be worth it at that price... sheesh!)

Soon (maybe?):
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Watch out, tavilach... guard your bank account!!!!!
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Jul 30, 2004, 01:43 PM
 
Originally posted by Randman:
Get more ram asap or else you'll be seriously handicapping yourself on a very capable machine.
I'll eventually pay $100 for an extra stick of 512 MB. Is this really urgent, though? Don't you think 512 MB is enough for now?

It's also cooler to experience the slowness of 512 MB before you move to 1 GB .

Anyway, I'm assuming that this is just as good as having paid an extra $300 for a 512 MB stick of Apple RAM?
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Jul 30, 2004, 01:51 PM
 
Originally posted by tavilach:
I'll eventually pay $100 for an extra stick of 512 MB. Is this really urgent, though? Don't you think 512 MB is enough for now?

It's also cooler to experience the slowness of 512 MB before you move to 1 GB .

Anyway, I'm assuming that this is just as good as having paid an extra $300 for a 512 MB stick of Apple RAM?
512 will suffice but I'd say it's the minimum that someone should have these days. In so many apps, ram is more important than Ghz. It's like having a Ferrari and only being able to shift between first and second gear.

Cooler to experience 512? Maybe. But I'd say it's more akin to dating an ugly girl, then finding yourself a babe.

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Jul 30, 2004, 01:57 PM
 
Originally posted by Randman:
512 will suffice but I'd say it's the minimum that someone should have these days. In so many apps, ram is more important than Ghz. It's like having a Ferrari and only being able to shift between first and second gear.

Cooler to experience 512? Maybe. But I'd say it's more akin to dating an ugly girl, then finding yourself a babe.
Still, it's not like getting myself a stick of Crucial RAM won't do the job, right? Wouldn't that be just as good as getting it from Apple, and $200 cheaper? Does anyone actually buy 1 GB from Apple?
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Jul 30, 2004, 02:11 PM
 
Originally posted by tavilach:
Still, it's not like getting myself a stick of Crucial RAM won't do the job, right? Wouldn't that be just as good as getting it from Apple, and $200 cheaper? Does anyone actually buy 1 GB from Apple?
Yeah, Apple ram is overpriced. Way overpriced. And it appears that prices have fallen on 1GB sticks recently as well.

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Jul 30, 2004, 04:57 PM
 
You can get a 1gb stick of kingmax pc2700 from newegg.com for $225 or less w/ free shipping... I would get it there... though crucial is also great!
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Jul 30, 2004, 05:05 PM
 
Originally posted by wuzup101:
You can get a 1gb stick of kingmax pc2700 from newegg.com for $225 or less w/ free shipping... I would get it there... though crucial is also great!
All I really need is another stick of 512 MB, though. Isn't 1 GB plenty?
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Jul 30, 2004, 05:25 PM
 
"All I really need is another stick of 512 MB, though. Isn't 1 GB plenty?"





Did you order 1 512 DIMM in your PB or 2x256?


If the latter is the case you will only be able to get a max of 768 MB RAM since you'll have to take 256 out before you put a 512 in.


768 or 1 GB RAM should still be plenty.
     
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Jul 30, 2004, 05:30 PM
 
Originally posted by rareflares:
"All I really need is another stick of 512 MB, though. Isn't 1 GB plenty?"





Did you order 1 512 DIMM in your PB or 2x256?


If the latter is the case you will only be able to get a max of 768 MB RAM since you'll have to take 256 out before you put a 512 in.


768 or 1 GB RAM should still be plenty.
I ordered 1 SO-DIMM, so all I need is another 512 MB stick .
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Jul 30, 2004, 07:03 PM
 
Just go to CompUSA before the end of the week and they have the 512mb chip for $95 - $30 rebate. I put it in my new Powerbook and it works just great. If I remember right it was PNY (I'm at work so I can't look at it).
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Jul 30, 2004, 08:59 PM
 
Originally posted by beastie28:
Just go to CompUSA before the end of the week and they have the 512mb chip for $95 - $30 rebate. I put it in my new Powerbook and it works just great. If I remember right it was PNY (I'm at work so I can't look at it).
Do I have to buy anything else?
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Jul 31, 2004, 12:49 AM
 
congrats on your purchase, I got the same exact machine (same upgrades and all), but beat you by a day on the order
     
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Jul 31, 2004, 08:35 PM
 
Wow...you have 590+ post in the MacNN forum before your bought your first Mac. That is simply amazing! I think I went to 40 before I purchased mine.
     
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Jul 31, 2004, 08:57 PM
 
Originally posted by buffalolee:
Wow...you have 590+ post in the MacNN forum before your bought your first Mac. That is simply amazing! I think I went to 40 before I purchased mine.
About 100 posts were related to my purchase .
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Jul 31, 2004, 09:01 PM
 
389 defended his unibrow.
     
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Jul 31, 2004, 09:06 PM
 
Originally posted by SafariX:
389 defended his unibrow.
You must be fairly desperate if that's all you can insult...
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Originally posted by tavilach:
About 100 posts were related to my purchase .
     
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Originally posted by SafariX:
389 defended his unibrow.
lol

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Originally posted by tavilach:
About 100 threads were related to my purchase .
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