some more research on shifting to a Mac :-)

February 7, 2009

Spent an hour at the iStore at Mahalakshmi with a very helpful bloke called Arjun.

Took my portable hard drive and a couple of old cd’s / dvd’s along.

Realized that:
1. most of the files i have are either photographs – or windows – office files – word, excel and powerpoint! so definitely need ms office for mac – and that adds another 9k to the cost of the mac.
2. while dual boot with windows looks simple, it beats the purpose, right? why use the mac hardware to run windows if you can avoid it. it also forces you to partition the hard disk for the second OS – and the space – and the files created on windows can be used only by windows – rather schizofrenic! also adds the cost of windows OS + anti-virus.
3. an alternative is to use parallels – to use windows applications within the mac OS – virtualization rather than dual boot using boot camp. problems – slows down the mac dramatically – and costs 13k. so going to try to stay away from that too.
4. should not have problems connecting to my wi-fi:-)
5. no on site support for mac-books. something i’m rather used to – for my desktops. when my amateur fiddling around fails.
6. need to get a cable to hook up displays – top use with projectors for presentations. cable not available now. add between  1 and 2 k for this.
7. should i get iWork – the mac equivalent of MS Office – while it seems better and more intuitive – am not too sure. either ways i’ll end up having to export all the files to the office file formats (note – you need to export each time – you can’t save to these formats by default)
8. apple care – 13 K for three years for a machine that costs about 75 K. does not cover “man-handling”(sic). very expensive – is’nt it? and since i think man-handling is what is likely to cause the biggest issues – i – mean coffee on the keyboard, or a broken screen ( i have broken the screen of a laptop because the backpack it was in fell down; and another time, i sat on palm pilot (remember palm – pilots?))
so thats round two of the “khod kaam”.

see you guys.
enjoy the weekend.


5 Responses to “some more research on shifting to a Mac :-)”

  1. Try Dell. Went across Mac, Vaio before settling for Dell a year ago. And they have everything against man handling etc.

  2. Cory Says:

    Welcome to the world of mac. Once you go mac you don’t go back. I promise you. 🙂

    I don’t use any microsoft programs on my machine. I find exporting files useing the share option which allows you to copy the document in word, pdf or apple formats and drop directly into an email is enough to avoid saving multiple files. I would suggest you just go with iwork and nothing else.

    I use to partition my mac to have windows as well. I love parelle’s. But i never used it. I find that anything you need to do on a windows computer can now be done on a mac. You name it, i have a solution for it. Try me. 🙂

    You also have me as a technical support person on the ground here in Mumbai. Im allways happy to get together and tackle tricky tasks with macs 😉

    hope all is well with you!



  3. Mark Says:

    There are 2 large hurdles for using a Mac in India.
    1. CorelDraw
    2. Fonts
    Would recommend using Parallels so you can run CorelDraw. Sooner or later you will receive or have to convert between Illustrator and CorelDraw. As far as fonts go, you can outline your text. But if you want it to be editable and a cross-platform font you will need to use OpenType fonts.
    Bottom line is you can’t completely swim upstream with the Mac in India and will have to interact with PCs and CorelDraw.

  4. Boby Says:

    Macs are still the preserves of maverick technology pioneers/lone rangers (I am sure to get hit by the cyber equivalent of rotten eggs for this). And unless driven by a very strong urge to differentiate, shifting from Win to Mac is equivalent to a by-pass surgery in my opinion. Personally am yet to find out a decent enough motive to voluntarily do so….

  5. Kshitiz Says:

    Good rightup, sir. Actually, you pointed out what is very practical… cost vs. benefits. While the saying truely says that an apple (mac) keeps doc (support) at bay… it also may truely turn out that you have to self-medicate (learn things yourself, solve your own problems). With hardware now, hardly being different, it makes really no sense to put Windows on your system, might as well buy top of the line PC with oodles of RAM and Enterprise Series harddisk with 32MB buffer for faster often read data loading.

    And yes, repair of PC does not cost a bomb. I am not too sure you would go for a Dell, knowing your earlier experience with it.

    Rest all, as recessionary as Bush. Oh! Baa…

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