May 20, 2005 | 12 Comments

That last post was my first ever post from a Mac, making this my second. This week, I became the proud owner of the older model G5 17″ iMac, thanks to the fact that Apple is clearing them out right now. I am still heavily tied to my Dell laptop, and it is my main work computer. However, I’ve gotten to the point that my home machine is really more of a media machine, and especially one that I want to use for editing home videos. Mac simply does this better, so it was a no-brainer. With the iMacs being on sale, I knew I could easily make enough money selling some older computers and parts to make it happen.

I’ve worked on a PowerBook some before, so I knew a bit of what to expect, but I’m loving it nonetheless. Though I am going to use it primarily for media, I do want to use it as an alternate computer for work stuff. I’m trying to decide if Office for Mac will be worth the investment, or if I should just use iCal, Mail, and download OpenOffice for my other apps. For now…I will go with the freebies.

I’ve had lowlights and highlights in the first 24 hours. The lowlight includes the fact that Mac OS X (Tiger) has already crashed once and hung once. It also doesn’t seem to recognize my USB hard drive, which I was trying to use to move some files over. Highlights include a crystal clear audio chat with Zach (and Ava!), and a beautiful picture when I put in a Pirates of the Caribbean DVD to see how it would look.

I’m taking any and all recommendations from Mac users for your favorite Mac freeware and shareware for me to download…

  • My suggestion, come back to the dark side, and get a windows OS, so that you can be controlled with the rest of us. Just kidding, my suggestion is, get good enough with the Tiger so that I can have you do my video editing.

  • Any video I edit is pretty much guaranteed to have Macey or our next daughter in it, and since she won’t get anywhere near you, that’s probably not going to happen… 🙂

  • Is this the part where someone calls you a sellout? Cause I will….I swear I will!! And dont give the whole “I didnt sell out, I bought in!” thing either. Thats all I have to say…..for now….

  • Tim,
    You can call me whateverr your want (and you probably have at times), but I still have a computer I really like!

  • Brewster

    Lets talk. I have perfected the art of the USB hard drive that crosses between PC and MAC.

  • Alright, I have called you skinny before….and have used the term “Post like body” to describe you…..but thats about all. You did get me on the “I still have a computer I really like” comment John. You cut me….you cut me deep.

  • I just got a Mac G4 Powerbook for video editing and graphics stuff.

    I like it so far, except for the whole no right mouse button thing.

  • Speaking of OpenOffice… Download NeoOffice — it’s a better OSX port of Office and it’s also free:

  • John,

    Two pieces I use all the time. Mellel as a word processor which is not free but very cheap and very worth while. ($30 if I remember correctly.)

    The other is a little piece of freeware for iTunes which runs in the background allowing you to skip tracks, pause etc. without opening up the main iTunes.

  • Donna

    How am I supposed to retire if people are buying Macs? (I work for Intel.) 🙁

  • Donna

    John, after today’s announcement, feel free to by Apple. (Next year, of course)

  • I say stick with microsoft office for word and exel. I have wasted money on the “alternatives”. they are just not the same. But stick with mac mail, iCal, and address book for that stuff.

    And More Ram the better. Mac’s Just dont ship with enough of it. I find all my ram for my g5 tower at I think I am running 1gb in my iBook and am now at 4gb in my G5 tower (4 more gb to go!).