Choices of MAC
Now that you have decided that you are going to get a Mac, it’s time to figure out which Mac is the right one for you. There really isn’t a wrong choice here, it’s more a matter of getting the best use out of your money and not over or under-spending your hard-earned cash.
Here are some questions to ask yourself to help narrow it down
1. Do you need portability?
2. What are you going to use your Mac for?
3. What is your Budget?
4. Intel or Power PC?
Starting with Question number 1. Do you need portability?
This is fairly straightforward but I think you should really take some time to
Consider this question rather than just jump into it, for example here is a list of Pros
and Cons for each choice.
Laptops are ultra-portable, great for the person on the move or even just carrying it around the house. Why not surf the Web from your couch?
Laptops take up very little space and are great for small work areas or even people who want to use them on a boat, motor-home or maybe a dorm-room situation.
Laptops require no setup, everything is built-in and ready to go.
Laptops generally cost more than Desktops and can sometimes have less raw power, speed, space compared to their Desktop equivalent.
Laptops are generally harder and more expensive to upgrade because of all the miniaturized components that go into them.
Desktops have the rawest power and performance for the money.
Desktops can be upgraded easier and usually for less than a Laptop.
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Desktops take up more space and usually require a bit of setup like keyboards, mice, speakers and monitors to a plugin.
Desktops always require household power, no power-no computer.
Question 2. What are you going to use your Mac for?
It’s important that you match your computer to your needs or requirements. Higher
end Macs have more than just enhanced specifications, they tend to have more
feature geared towards the professional user.
PowerBooks and MacBook Pros have PC Card slots for even more connectivity.
PowerBooks and MacBooks support the Apple 30 inch Dual-Port DVI monitor.
They also have high-end video cards capable of supporting multiple monitors each with their own desktop.
Another cool feature is the ability to plug in a USB keyboard to a PowerBook or MacBook with the lid closed and use an external monitor saving your Laptops built-in monitor life-span and at the same time giving you a home Desktop experience with your Laptop.
A PowerMac Desktop is also set up for ultimate performance, It has the most upgradability of any Mac, the fastest processors, tons of room for ram and hard drives, support for multiple Dual-port DVI monitors, PCI slots for audio and video cards, faster ports, buses, and drives.
An iBook, Mac mini, and iMac may not share all of these features so make sure to decide what you need and don’t need for your computing needs.
Question 3. What is your Budget?
If money was no object who wouldn’t pick up a new MacBook Pro? The reality is
money is usually the first thing we consider when making a purchase, well at least
for me it does.
Don’t worry Apple has some excellent entry-level products that include everything
that most people are looking for and then some! For example, even iBooks ship with
DVD burners, Built-in WiFi and Bluetooth, tons of connectivity ports and host of
software that will put a Windows PC to shame.
If you are going to be using your new Mac for basic uses like email, Web-surfing,
Word-processing and other basic picture, music, video, and Web uses then really any
new Mac will be more than adequate.
Question 4. Intel or Power PC?
At this time Apple is going through a significant processor architecture change.
Apple has made the commitment to change all of its G4 and G5 computers from the
Power PC Chip architecture to Intel’s X86 Chip PC based architecture over the course
of this year. You might ask why Apple is making this change? PC based Chips have
experienced leaps and bounds as far as performance goes so it only makes sense
for Apple to ensure they are not limiting performance by solely using Power PC
Chips. Now that Apple is supporting the PC based Chip architecture, they have the
ability to use any Chip they want and at this time the Intel Chip seems to be the
What does this all mean?
In a nutshell, it means that not all programs written for OSX will run on an Intel-based
Mac at this time. Only programs that have been updated to support both
Power PC and X86 chipsets will run natively on all Macs, this type of program is
called a Universal application. To help ease the transition Apple has created a piece
of software called Rosetta that is designed to work transparently translating
program code from Power PC to the new Intel language. The downside to this is
that not all Power PC programs will run in Rosetta and those that do run lack the
performance of the Universal applications.
More and more programs are getting updated to Universal every day, just make sure
that if you are planning on getting a New Intel Mac then also make sure the
programs you need to run will at least run with Rosetta support.
One other new and interesting advantage to getting an Intel-based Mac is the
possibility of running Windows just as if you were using a PC. This could be a big
plus for anyone who needs to run Windows applications.
Apple is always outdoing themselves making better and faster machines. My
personal opinion is that any relatively new Mac with a G4, G5 or Intel Chip is going
to be a great investment, I would even go so far as saying that given the choice of
an outdated Mac or a top of the line PC, I would go for the Mac any day!!
During his time as a photographer and makeup artist, co-founder Frank Toskan found out the dearth of appropriate colorings and textures had to maximize overall performance and end result of make-up for those industries. Further, he found out how constrained conventional products in the cosmetic industry were to respond to the needs of the present day woman. For the first time, ethnicity in make-up turned into addressed. Toskan started out to craft a gap marketplace in the world of makeup. The family joined forces which include brother-in-law and chemist Victor Casale. MAC very quickly cultivated a following in both the fashion and the retail markets. Initially bought completely on the BAY in Canada it fast expanded to Henry Bandel in New York. Nordstrom branch stores welcomed the logo soon after marking MAC’s first foray into the mass North American retail market. Sachs, Macy’s, Dillard’s, and Bloomingdales rapidly observed fit as well as dozens of MAC-owned stand-alone shops. Unsolicited movie star endorsement becomes key to MAC’s success as Madonna, Mariah Carey, Lady Diana, Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, Cher, and Janet Jackson embraced this new world of makeup artwork. MAC continues to be the leader in innovative cosmetic innovation global.
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In the Nineties, the brand had over 100 stores international, earning two hundred million francs.The improvement of the logo the world over, the hole of recent points of sale, and the model of product traces tailored to each continent, left little time for the founders to create new merchandise. In 1994, the employer Estée Lauder took control of 51% of shares of MAC Cosmetics and started coping with the enterprise give up while the 2 founders retained innovative control. In 1997, co-founder Frank Angelo died of cardiac arrest during surgery at the age of 49.At that time, MAC had sales of US $250 million, which doubled ten years later.Estée Lauder Inc. Finished the purchase in 1998, and Frank Toskan determined to promote his closing stocks shortly thereafter before leaving the company at the top of the same 12 months.