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Old 09-16-2008, 02:13 PM   #43
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I own 4 Macs that are in current use – 5 more are packed in storage, I don’t have the heart to throw them out. I even have one of the original Mac “toasters” from ’84 and still keep it in its canvas backpack. Fired it up two years ago and it still ran. Since then I have kept current with their products. I also use both Macs and PC’s side by side at work (university requires me to do budget and personnel on PC). All are good units so I won’t dog PCs (although my opinion of Microsoft products is pretty low). My preference is Macs by far. Mostly because of look and feel issues. There is a transparency to the operating system, elegant handling of the mouse, and intuitiveness that is head and shoulders above any other system.
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Old 09-16-2008, 02:37 PM   #44
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...We are going to get the AppleTV and transfer all our DVDs and music,
then just take it from the house to the A/S when we travel...
nice idea, but NOT with the current version of a-tv, because the hdrive is WAY TOO SMALL.

it's fine for music and tiny compressed, watch on a pod video, or photo files...

but real dvd storage of uncompressed/full feature video takes about 5-8 gb per movie...

so an a-tv will 'store' only 12-15 flicks, which ain't much.

i'm ripping dvd movies to a hard drive this week and already at .5 TB of data (about 80-100 flicks)....

and expect to FILL the 1 TB in a few more days...

a nice 1 TB hard drive (firewire 800/esata) can be had for much less than the price of a-tv.

and even 2.5 inch, portable external firewire hard drives (250-500 gb) will store and play 2x has many videos for travel...

again for less $ than an a-tv and can be used BOONDOCKING too!

if you want an apple product for this purpose (dvd storage) a 1 TB time capsule works,

but at 2-3x the cost of a good stand alone hard drive.

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Old 09-16-2008, 02:47 PM   #45
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Old 09-16-2008, 03:01 PM   #46
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2airishuman, you are right and wrong.. Yes dvd are that big but you can compact them to under a gig, change the format and you are set... I even have some blueray that are under 2 gig...

Don't know if you can do this with the apple tv but I have them on a portable hard drive... Thats why I have a media PC instead of the apple tv. I record tv shows with it and download my British shows with it.. (that I can't get on US tv) And can surf the net on a 52 inch LCD...
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Old 09-16-2008, 03:13 PM   #47
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... you are right and wrong...
well just so i'm batting 1000, that's the goal...

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Yes dvd are that big but you can compact them to under a gig, change the format and you are set...
I even have some blueray that are under 2 gig...
sure the native videos can be compressed, special features deleted, sound tracks trimmed, captioning removed and so on...

but even the BEST compression schemes will result in a lesser dvd and add hours to the process.

the point is just dat the drive STORAGE side of the a-tv is way TOO SMALL for "transferring" dvd as the poster wants 2do ...

otoh IF ya wanna SHARE info on what software u are using (my guess is handbrake) i'd love to check it out....

and the apple gear will LET folks copy the disc, but it will NOT let the video PLAY (unless ripped first) after the transfer...

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Old 09-16-2008, 03:21 PM   #48
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I grew up in the age where we had Apple IIc's in elementary school and Mac LC's in high school. I've always stuck with them.

I have my college 1997 Powerbook 1400 that I still use when I need to scan film with an old Canon SCSI film scanner. I sold my 2001 Titanium Powerbook 667 to a friend and he is still using it daily and running the most modern operating system Apple has to offer.

I use a 2003 G5 Tower as my home computer and it's just barely starting to slow down running the most grueling movie editing tasks. Talk about longevity.

I broke down and got the iPhone and it is by far the greatest camping accessory ever made. I can check state park websites and find out the best hiking trails, find local attractions while on the road, etc. This past weekend I was busy checking the weather radar as the remnants of hurricane Ike passed over Illinois.

I think Apple has the best home computing solution out there.
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Old 09-16-2008, 03:53 PM   #49
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Old 09-16-2008, 05:02 PM   #50
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Old 09-16-2008, 05:36 PM   #51
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Well, I'm definitely not artsy. I bought a used Airstream because it was the most cost effective trailer that met our needs. I also use PC's because they're the most cost effective computer that meets our needs. (Spare me the "Mac's are cheaper in the long run" nonsense).

I have to tip my hat to Apple and their marketing strategy (they've certainly got my kids brainwashed!) but for an average user they cost more to buy, really don't do anything more than a cheaper PC does, and they're not upgradeable. Nope, PC's today are just as easy to use and provide better value -- just like my Airstream!
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Old 09-16-2008, 06:36 PM   #52
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I have a Imac and 3 Iphones. I also have 3 PC Laptops and a couple of desktops. We took two laptops and the Imac and Iphones on our Gustav evacuation, the Imac in addition to being a great computer made a great HD TV. If I had to stick with just one system it would be MAC.

I am a MCSE and run a Microsoft Active Directory Exchange (ADEX) network daily for a living, really to supplement my retirement, Microsoft has been very good to me.
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I own 4 Macs that are in current use – 5 more are packed in storage, I don’t have the heart to throw them out. I even have one of the original Mac “toasters” from ’84 and still keep it in its canvas backpack. Fired it up two years ago and it still ran. Since then I have kept current with their products. I also use both Macs and PC’s side by side at work (university requires me to do budget and personnel on PC). All are good units so I won’t dog PCs (although my opinion of Microsoft products is pretty low). My preference is Macs by far. Mostly because of look and feel issues. There is a transparency to the operating system, elegant handling of the mouse, and intuitiveness that is head and shoulders above any other system.
The silver box is cool too…
I have a NEXT CUBE and a SLAB and my brother has Apple 1 with a letter from Steve Jobs apologizing about how bad it ran. I did have a Lisa network but it got away from me, man I wish I had that back.
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there are 2 linked in post #7 one 4 hardware and one for os...

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Old 09-16-2008, 08:03 PM   #56
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My wife uses the PC and I use the MAC in the AS. I think the MAC is easier and faster to get on-line and surf the net. It's a personal preference I think.
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