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Author:  MacBiter [ Tue Jan 09, 2018 11:01 pm ]
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cbbob wrote:
not that I remember. Yes, I do have Norton and also Quicken 2015. Plus Outlook 2016 for mail, also OneNote

Avoid Norton like the plague - it is a disaster area in OS X, and completely unnecessary on a Mac.

Author:  Dave Braine [ Wed Jan 10, 2018 8:00 pm ]
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Leewave wrote:
Well, there are MacBooks and there are MacBooks! It depends on which one we're talking about! MacBooks have evolved quite a lot over their history. See MacTracker if you want detailed information of specific models.

So what ports they have really depends rather a lot on the exact model.

Earlier models (from 2006 to 2010) had 13" screens, USB 2 and FireWire 400 ports, but old CPUs.

Then there's a big gap in time before the new models which have 12" retina screens. They started in early 2015. These are much different and are much more capable - but much less upgradable! They will be significantly more expensive than the earlier white polycarbonate types.

True, but cbbob gave no indication that he was looking to buy secondhand.

Author:  Leewave [ Wed Jan 10, 2018 8:14 pm ]
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True also, but he did not say he wanted to buy new either and previous comments were focused on that, in the absence of any other information and thinking that he may not be willing to spend a lot of money for a new model, I figure he's looking for a secondhand model - but only he can tell us!

I think he told us way back that he used to have an older iMac, but replaced it with a Windows machine because it was cheaper, but I'm not sure now.

cb, if you could give us a bit more information on what you're looking for, and what sort of price bracket you had in mind it would help! :)

Author:  Leewave [ Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:16 am ]
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Regarding transferring data from your Windows 10 machine to another Mac, surely you don't have to pay $99 to have somebody else do it, doesn't Setup Assistant allow transfer of data from Windows machines? Or if not - I think there's some device you can buy to connect the two with some software to transfer the data directly. I'm sure it doesn't cost that much.

No need - You can use Setup Assistant at the time of installation, or Migration Assistant can also do this later.
Here's a link. Transfer your files from a PC to a Mac

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To use Migration Assistant, make sure your PC and Mac are on the same Wi-Fi network or, for faster transfers, connect them with an Ethernet cable. Then, on the PC, download and install the Windows Migration Assistant. Run that app on your PC and Migration Assistant on your Mac. Follow the prompts on both computers to transfer your data; for complete details and step-by-step instructions, see About Windows Migration Assistant on Appleā€™s website.


And regarding Microsoft Office documents. If you have Microsoft Office X, that can open most normal Office docs directly and there's always the free open source LibreOffice which is compatible for the most part with MS Office files. Most other normal files are open format and are directly Mac compatible, it's usually only Microsoft that makes things difficult (on purpose) for non-Windows users, but there are often ways around that.

Author:  Anndra [ Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:05 pm ]
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Leewave wrote:
Most other normal files are open format and are directly Mac compatible, it's usually only Microsoft that makes things difficult (on purpose) for non-Windows users, but there are often ways around that.


How about Quicken?!

Author:  cbbob [ Thu Jan 11, 2018 10:09 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: I'm thinking of purchasing a MacBook

Leewave & Anndra:

Lee: I am looking to go back to Apple but do not want a desktop. I would prefer a laptop.

Anndra: I have quicken but it's for windows.

Sorry for being late in answering but am a little tired after Chemo

Author:  cbbob [ Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:02 pm ]
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BTW I also would want to use a mouse with it. Can I use the Magic Mouse?

Author:  loughor [ Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:26 pm ]
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A Magic Mouse would be an excellent option but not the only one.

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