Saturday, June 17, 2006
I got an iMac today! I’m using it right now to make this entry. It’s the first time I’ve used an Apple computer, ever (unless you count me playing with it at the Apple Store)! I got the 17 inch iMac. It looks huge here on my desk.
I’d always considered myself to be a PC user. Last year the first Apple Store in Canada opened in Toronto and when I visited it I fell in love with the look of the Macs. But I never seriously considered getting one. Today’s purchase was mostly on impulse.
There’s a promotion on right now – if you’re a college student and you buy a Mac, you get a “free” iPod nano. You have to purchase it, and then apply for a rebate that covers the cost of the iPod. Since my brother is in university, he took advantage of it (although I paid for it – and anyway he has no interest in Macs). The 2GB iPod nano costs $229 CAD, and the student discount is $24, which takes the price down to $205. And the rebate itself is for $205 – so essentially I only have to pay the tax on it and have to wait a few weeks for the rebate. Wasn’t intending to get an iPod of any kind at all – but I thought, since there is the promotion, I might as well, seeing as it’d be the only time I could see myself getting one other than winning it or something. There’s also a student discount on the iMac itself.
First thoughts on the iMac? It’s so pretty! It’s quiet! And it’s so easy to set up! I had some trouble with getting the wireless encryption setting to work with my existing linksys router. But I got my brother to turn off the encryption, did a search on Google, and found the solution right away (you have to type a $ sign before entering the encryption key). Other than that, I had no other problems, and I didn’t have to look at any advanced network/system settings or anything – I am impressed!
The biggest adjustment I have to make right now is the using the Command key instead of the Control key. They are two keys apart and it’s going to take a while to get used to. For some reason the “end” key on the keyboard doesn’t work. And I miss the right click – although I’m sure that there’s an option to change that, I just have to find it.
Right now it’s downloading and installing updates. I’ll probably be posting more about my experience with the iMac later. Right now I want to look through the manual and so on. It’s my new expensive toy and I’m loving it!