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elfcape tech: How Many Mudcatters using MACs? (175* d) RE: tech: How Many Mudcatters using MACs? 09 Nov 07

Mac user since 1994. Used DOS before that. I use keyboard commands by preference and there is very little software for the Mac that doesn't support them fully. Even Word, which is pretty grim as software goes, supports customized keyboard commands.

In addition, I have no use for mice and had a 4 button trackball for even my first Mac, in 1994.

Although I have installed RAM and hard drives in my Macs at one or another time, I can't imagine actively wanting to do those types of things instead of processing images or creating art work. Even getting to my end-of-year P&L is as simple on the Mac as it was way back when Intuit ported Quicken to the PC. And I listen to music all day long on my Mac - listening to Travelling Folk right now, in fact.

Apple is not going out of business at this point. Its stock is in excellent condition, its primary product (the iPod) has no competition and a good profit margin, Jobs got into the hand-held multipurpose computing device with extreme finesse well ahead of the rest of the market, and with the transition to the Intel chip, more and more people are figuring out that they don't have to be stuck with a PC and all its malware 100% of their computer using life. Macs are competitive in price to PCs and their value holds for many years, they don't require continual anti-malware maintenance yet which makes them considerably safer for the ever-widening group of users who will always only use computers by rote.

Currently I'm using a Titanium Powerbook (G4) which is 8 years old, still runs the most current version of the Mac OS, has built-in wireless and microphone and drives an external keyboard, external monitor, external hard drive and burns DVDs. It was an off-the-shelf product when it was first manufactured, did not require any upgrading except of RAM, and has a resale value of $600 at present.

I have never had my browser hijacked by a porn site, receive very little spam and spend no time dealing with computer diseases. I do not have to hunt around in My Computer for my camera's flash cards when I insert them into my card reader, and can control what my computer does with other media when I insert them.

And, if it were my style I could run UNIX on my Mac from its command line interface.

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