New iBook & Advice for Switchers
I bought an iBook, i've had it 3 days now, it's my first ever mac and I love it.
If you are considering switching to a mac or getting one to use
alongside your current PC then finding impartial advice can be
difficult. There are also a lot of myths surrounding macs that may
never have been true, or are throwbacks to the pre OS X days, which
only serve to cloud the issue.
The main myth about Macs is that there are a lot of compatability
issues when working with PC's, this could not be farther from the
truth. A lot of popular software for PC's have Mac counterparts, MS
Office, Adobe Photoshop and MS Internet Explorer to name a few. There
are also a lot of freeware options such as Open Office that perform as
well as MS Office and are capable of saving and reading files in
Office format. Exchanging files between Macs and PC's is also trouble
free, Apple's version of WiFi, Airport, will connect to a wireless
network of PC's and wired networking is also no problem.
CD's written by Macs can be read on PC's and vice versa and the
increasingly popular USB flash drives also work.
Other popular file formats are also cross-platform compatible;
obviously HTML pages are no problem, but Jpeg, gif, pdf and MP3 files
are also perfectly compatible.
Therefore if you use a PC to surf, check e-mail, compose documents,
listen to music or watch DVD's then with the right (free) software you
will have no problem straight out of the box.
The only drawback is that you will have to learn to use OS X. It's a
very capable OS, being based on Unix, but it does take a bit of
getting used to if you have previously been in a PC only environment.