Wednesday, December 06, 2006

iMac Daddy

So yesterday we bought this. We went with the 24" display and upgraded the memory to 2GB. Otherwise, we went with the standard iMac, which in and of itself is pretty cool.

Setup took all of about, oh, three minutes. We had to connect a mouse and keyboard to the back of the computer, and plug the Roadrunner cable into a USB port, but the overall experience basically entailed taking it out of the box and plugging it in the wall.

I've never seen such a sleek and cable-free design. It's very cool. And that 24" display is truly dazzling.

Then it took my picture. I set up my account, was momentarily puzzled by an onscreen notification to smile, and then was surprised by the fact that my grizzled visage actually appeared on the screen. I'm not sure if I like this, but there you go. With an internal microphone and an internal camera, I am apparently ready to teleconference myself and podcast myself to the world. Look out.

We decided not to go the Parallels route (at least for the time being). We did buy the Mac version of Office, and old docs created with MS Word opened without a hitch. And I bought Age of Empires III. If I cannot literally take over the world, I can at least now virtually do so.


iwiwag said...
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Anonymous said...

Will we be seeing a little white apple sticker on the back of the Whitman mobiles now?

Welcome to the dark side Andy!

John McCollum said...

Welcome, Mr. Whitman.

Karen said...

i'm so proud of you.

*wipes a little tear away*

Anonymous said...

congratulations and welcome to the family. we're really a friendly bunch. and honestly, the technological side of life has become much smoother since i made the purchase in may. soon, you'll begin to wonder what took you so long.

teddy dellesky said...

you are one of "us" now.

e said...

Make sure not to hit that "send virus to PC" button.

It might be someone you know.

Andy Whitman said...

Two things:

1. Anybody want to buy two brand new 512MB 667 DDR2 SDRAM memory chips for cheap? They were inside the iMac, but they were taken out and replaced by the two new 1GB chips that were used to upgrade from 1GB to 2GB. I could sell them on eBay, but I figured that some of you more techie types might want in on the action. Prices range from $70 - $90 apiece online, but if somebody wants them both, they're yours for, say, $100. That will hopefully save you some money, and save me some hassle.

Second, Bryan D., let me bribe you with offers of food and drink to come over to my house and help us set up this iMac and get it running the way we intend. I think we could eventually fumble our way to where we want to be, but your help would expedite the process a great deal. Plus, it would be fun to hang out, and I promise that the entire conversation would not be monopolized by terms such as "SDRAM" and "SODIMM."