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  •  7 years is a very long-lived computer. I hope (7+ / 0-)

    you had a memorial service for it and thanked the great Flying Spaghetti Monster for allowing you so much time with your old friend.
    As I said, mine is 5 years old. The problem is even though it's a solid computer in terms of hardware, it still can't last all that long because it becomes obsolete in terms of software. I'm approaching that point which is why I think one more year might be the longest I can expect.
    The reason I'm considering a Mac is that my older daughter has had such a wonderful experience with Macs, and she is the opposite of computer savvy. Having one place to go for all your problems sounds heavenly to me. When I run into problems (software issues, updates, glitches) it takes me hours to figure out what's happening and I almost never have any idea of whom to call. And I'm pretty good with computers.

    In any case, I'm so glad you're back and looking forward to reading your diaries again. Wishing you a speedy and reliable computer experience from now on!

    We're not perfect, but they're nuts! -- Barney Frank

    by Tamar on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 03:35:49 PM PST

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    •  Tamar, if you buy a Mac, purchase the Apple Care (8+ / 0-)

      and for three glorious years, you have free technical service on the phone and at the Genius bars in all Apple stores. It is really worth the money. I am a long-time Mac user and lover of Macs.

      "Southern nights have you ever felt a southern night?" Allen Toussaint ~~Remember the Gulf of Mexico~~

      by rubyr on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 03:44:14 PM PST

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      •  exactly what I'll do. My daughter got an extended (7+ / 0-)

        warranty on her first Mac and they kept it going for another couple of years after the first warranty, including things like replacing cracked plastic around the keyboard. She's pretty hard on electronics, so it was meaningful that it lasted that long.
        She also added memory so she could upgrade the operating system (not under warranty, of course, but that was part of extending its life).
        She finally decided to replace it when the fan started running all the time and the charger broke. the extended warranty was up and she was about to start grad school, so we bought her a new one as a going-to-school present (she's paying her own way through with savings and loans so we try to help where we can). She loves the new one even more than the old one.

        We're not perfect, but they're nuts! -- Barney Frank

        by Tamar on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 04:05:02 PM PST

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      •  IMO, Beware the Mac (2+ / 0-)
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        Try it out first. If you're very familiar with the MS OS, the Mac will be a steep learning curve. I regret buying a Mac Book three years ago. The hd crashed after two years and it has never been the same after replacement. I am fairly tech savvy (engineer) but have never got the hang of the system. It seems to do everything differently from MS just to be different. I don't find it intuitive at all. I guess I just don't have time to do all the learning and fiddling necessary to make the most of it. But maybe you're a left-brained kind of person. Any common, useful software has to be bought aftermarket. You can buy MS  software for it, but what's the point? It's a beautiful machine, but takes a lot of getting used to if you're an MS person.

        The trouble ain't that there is too many fools, but that the lightning ain't distributed right. Mark Twain

        by BlueMississippi on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 07:41:44 PM PST

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        •  Only anecdotal, but I have the opposite experience (2+ / 0-)
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          Puddytat, BeninSC

          I bought a 13" MacBook for my wife for Xmas 2006, and figured I'd learn it and teach it to her. (She's a teacher.)

          She got it and powered it up, and said "I know this!" and she never looked back. I bought mine six weeks later.

          Both are still running strong (I'm typing this on mine). I keep thinking about replacing it, but still haven't seen anything that makes me want to give it up. Although my son did mess up one of my keys recently; the 'd' key is now hard to press...

    •  Tamar: before you shell out for a whole new machin (3+ / 0-)
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      e, please consider getting a hard drive for the one you have and putting on a compact distro of Linux. Use it for a few weeks and see if you don't think you'd be better off keeping the machine you have now -- it's saved me a ton of money since I no longer have to buy until the hardware actually quits for some reason beyond solder-and-screwdriver tech support.

      LBJ, Lady Bird, Anne Richards, Barbara Jordan, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Drew Brees, Molly Ivins --Texas is no Bush league! -7.50,-5.59

      by BlackSheep1 on Mon Dec 10, 2012 at 05:33:24 PM PST

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