I wonder where the guy gets the 'single button' mouse idea from.
The 20-inch iMac he bought comes with a mighty mouse which is multibutton.
Well, the Mighty Mouse comes preconfigured to behave as a single button mouse, you have to go into the preferences to turn on multibutton behaviour. So it's quite possible that the reviewer didn't notice this. Lots of people never visit preferences, and thus never discover useful features.
Actually, he didn't say anything about a one button mouse. He just said, "There's also the issue of a mouse without a right-click. The one that comes with the iMac does some very interesting stuff, but I can't use it to do the good old one-handed right click copy/paste. If you want to do that, you have to buy a new mouse." Perhaps he just didn't have it configured properly or couldn't figure out how to work it.
1. (it has never crashed on me), but I still have various software freeze-ups every week.
- every computer, even Windows, needs maintenance, try downloading a great FREE utility like OnyX and run it once per week.
Heck, even running Apple's own Disk Utility once per week would help.
I'm sure you run your spyware utilities more often than that.
3. There is also the really annoying problem of not having Excel and Word, or at least a decent equivalent, pre-loaded on the machine
- you realize that stuff isn't free?
4. And it's not impervious to virus and hacker attacks as some would have you believe.
- please let me know the last time an OS X Mac was hacked or had a virus or spyware
Enquiring minds want to know.
As for Windows viruses and spyware - it's in the thousands
The author as a "computer hobbyist, consumer electronics reviewer and longtime Windows user" should do a little bit more homework before spewing opinion as fact.
And me? I'm a computer consultant who works both sides of the street, i.e. Apple and Microsoft
Like I said, if you still have these mysterious "freezes", please email me, I can arrange for an appointment. I'll even give you a rate.
You wrote pretty much what I was thinking when I read the article.
The other thing that struck me was the authors comment that all the Mac hardware was unique to Apple. He put a positive spin on it, but the statement just isn't true.
What irks me is the amount of misinformation people have about the Mac and articles like that just confirm some of these misconceptions. I'm participating in a few discussion groups (not Mac or Computer related) where people are thinking of switching to the Mac but they are hesitant because "Files get lost on the Mac" and "You can't browse on the Web anymore" and "Nobody can read any email attachments" and "Macs cost twice as much as a PC" etc. etc.
Location: Ottawa (where Torontonians go to watch NHL-calibre hockey, but where Montrealers go to get sleep)
Here is the response I sent to CBC concerning this review:
RE: Moving to a Mac
February 2, 2007
By David Conabree
Not an absolutely terrible review, but still, some huge errors from someone who is supposed to be a tech writer for Canada's national media:
"It's a great computer, but in this price range, there is plenty of good stuff available from the competition too."
- Please name one other computer in this price range that offers you the power of iLife, the robustness of no viruses and malware, and the ability to run Windows, Apple OS X, and linux, all on the same machine. Please - name one.
"It's easy to set up and use an iMac, but it doesn't have the ... software availability that Windows does. "
- Again, your Mac is the only computer out there that can run any Windows software, and Apple software, and others. How does this limit your software availability?
"Mac OS X ...is not impervious to virus and hacker attacks as some would have you believe."
- Really?! Please, as a Mac user, I am trying to keep my Mac free from the viruses you are saying exist for my machine running OS X. For the good of all Mac users everywhere, please tell us which viruses you have found that attack Mac OS X?! Please!
Honestly, this information is not hard for a legitimate reviewer to find. I find the inaccuracies in your review inexcusable.
Maybe you'll get it right next time, or move to the Windows-only department at the CBC.
The one-button mouse comments:
Did he change this part recently because of feedback?
This is what I read tonight in his article:
There's also the issue of the mouse. The one that comes with the iMac does some very interesting stuff, but default setting designates it as a one-button mouse - you press down anywhere on the front edge of the mouse to click on things on the screen. As a brand new Mac user I was fooled into thinking this was the only configuration, and I thought that I'd have to buy another mouse to get two buttons. In fact, under the one-piece moulded shell there are actually hidden right and left buttons built into the iMac's standard mouse. After I first posted this column, helpful Mac veterans pointed out that to use the mouse to do the good old one-handed right-click-copy/paste, for example, you can go into the "Keyboard & Mouse" menu and turn on the right button.
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