MacIntimidated But Moving Ahead
Generally, I’m a cautious person, especially when it comes to doing something where the stakes are high, my base of knowledge is low AND most particularly when there’s a good bit of expense involved. All three conditions exist with my current critical point, and yet I’ve decided (with some waffling still) to make the transition to MAC sooner rather than later–in weeks rather than months.
I’ll still have short term and long term projects underway that are computer critical, but the current PC desktop will be upstairs in Ann’s room if I have to revert to my old ways of doing things.
If I think about this excessively, I’ll wait too long and fret too much and this thing that should make me technologically satisfied will end up making me miserable. So I’ve decided to bite the bullet and make quick work of it, and start the process towards purchase this week. But I wish I had more answers. Pardon me while I ruminate…(and please feel free to offer rants, opinions and donations!)
Current PC programs I’d like to not have to replace:
- Academic version of Adobe Creative Suite (esp Photoshop CS2 and InDesign CS2)…I’m wondering if I will be able to load them on the MAC, since this seems to be a one-machine license. And is there an upgrade path or will I need to make a new purchase (>$1500) of this software for the Mac? Yikes!
- MS OneNote 2007 purchased a year ago. I’m using it to create a rough draft of the next book. I don’t find any Mac equivalents and would probably want to run it on the Intel Mac Processor.
Additional PC Software I’d like to run on Mac until or unless I find Mac replacements (and I’m open to suggestions if you know any!)
- Ecco Pro 4
- NoteTab Pro
- Dragon Naturally Speaking 9
Which Virtual machine software: Parallels or VM Fusion?
I’ll need to buy a fresh copy of XP. Which version?
I assume the current Comtrend ADSL2 modem and D-link DI-624 router on my desk will be plug and play wit the Mac. Right or wrong? And I purchased Network Magic a couple of years ago; it really has worked well with the home network. Should I inactivate it and let the Mac do its work finding other computers (PC desktop and IBM laptop) on the home wireless ystem?
MacPro comes with 2Gb RAM. Buy 4 Gb more from 3rd party (cheaper)?
I won’t spring for MS Office replacement. Will I be happy with OpenOffice? And should I get a .mac account the first year?
What downloads will I want the first week? Top of the list is Quicksilver–sounds like it is a good match for my style of navigation.
Do I get a second internal 750Gb hard drive ($$$) or use the WD750 external for backup, even though so far it has not done well connected to the PC for the two weeks I’ve had it?
What kinds of problems will I have the first day/week that I haven’t even anticipated yet and might avoid?
And I assume I’ll be wise to get the 3 year extended warranty. Yet more $$$. Just do it.
Computer Pros in Roanoke: here I come.