He's No Dummie!

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Arnold ReinholdSwitching to a Mac for DummiesI've said it myself – and I've heard others say it, too – "Next time I'm getting a Mac!"  When our computers act up, when Windows shows us nothing, when the wrath of Bill Gates cuts us off from the world with a frozen system…that's when we start to think of all the people we know who love their Macs. 

I haven't done it…yet. But if I do, I'll have a guide thanks to my first cousin Arnold Reinhold, who has written a Dummies book on switching to a Mac. On his support site for the book, DitchMyPC.com, he says, "My book is aimed at PC users who are thinking of giving Apple's Macintosh computers a try, as well as those who have already bought a Mac and are trying to make the switch."

Sounds like just what I'll need!



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Judi Glamb
Coldwell Banker Hearthside - Hellertown, PA
Associate Broker, ABR

I here ya.  My original Mac 128 is sitting in the garage.  I hated the day I switched to PCs.   As an exsoftware engineer, all I can say is that standards went way down with the PCs.  I was in support for a non-PC (non-Mac) workstation product and if a system hung or crashed we were often on the next plane out.  Not, hit CTRL-ALT delete and call your local overseas hotline next week if things don't work.

Funny, I was talking about embarrasing moments to a friend today.  Back in 1980, I had just switched majors to computer science and joined the college computer club.  We were helping out at a convention and I was told to sit and keep the wife of someone getting an award.   I was clueless - I asked the wife what her husband was getting an award for - it was just something simple like building a computer in the garage.  Yep, Steve W. co-founder of Apple.

Oct 30, 2007 02:20 PM #1
Rebecca Savitski
BSR Real Estate Group - Cary, NC
NC Real Estate Listings

I can not connect to my wireless network - can't figure out why? some cooky windows thing. I had to connect to the internet tonight through my blackberry using it as a tethered modem. YUCK! I think I am ready for a Mac.


Oct 30, 2007 02:21 PM #2
John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate

I'm not in the market right now, but have heard enough great things from Mac users that I'll definitely compare the next time. Must be nice having a great go-to source right in the family!

Oct 30, 2007 02:24 PM #3
. 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC
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Hi Margaret~ 

Most of my brokers have good old PCs...but one just got a MAC...so now we are all keeping a close watch on how it works for him. We'll see.

Oct 30, 2007 02:30 PM #4
Chul KIM McGuire
CorpusTV.com - Corpus Christi, TX


Great getting my attention on using "Dummie" instead of "Dummy."

I'm a PC guy because I'm more a left brain person when it comes to PC and business use.

I hope to see more posts on Macs after you switch. I understand people prefer Macs for graphics and stuff like that because of ease of use.

Cheers, KIM.

Oct 30, 2007 02:31 PM #5
Susan Trombley
Trombley Real Estate - Wake Forest, NC
Broker/Realtor, Raleigh, Cary, Wake Forest, Youngs
What are you waiting for. quick switch to a Mac and you will never regret it. Ask Jeff Turner he is our pro. and you to will subscribe to his blog
Oct 30, 2007 03:13 PM #6
Todd and Danielle Millar
Glenn Simon Inc. - Edmonton, AB
Sixteen years of excellence!
I will never ever ever go back to a PC but my husband feels they both have problems. Mac's have a lot of quirky breakdowns - at least ours do!
Oct 30, 2007 05:35 PM #7
Rosemary Brooks
BMC Real Estate - 209-910-3706 - Stockton, CA
The Mother & Daughter Realty Team
I refuse to dit my pc.  I appreciate the invite but I say no.  I just say get a better pc or laptop and be faithful to your choice.
Oct 30, 2007 05:42 PM #8
Aziz Abdur-Raoof
RE/MAX Rewards - Columbia, MD
Howard Co. Real Estate Scoop
Margaret --come join us and have your apple a day which will keep the doctor away.
Oct 30, 2007 06:00 PM #9
Rich Jacobson
Fathom Realty West Sound - Poulsbo, WA
Your Kitsap County WA Real Estate Broker
I would LOVE to switch....but it's hard to justify the expense.
Oct 30, 2007 06:19 PM #10
No Longer Active
Real Estate - Fallon, MT

Occasionally I'll sit down with a Big Mac but when it comes to computers I haven't touched an apple since the IIe.  Never even think to look at those pricey renegades...

Oct 30, 2007 08:10 PM #11
Neal Bloom
Brokered by eXp Realty LLC - Weston, FL
Realtor CRS-Weston FL Real Estate

Hi Margaret,

Long time no speak!

Anyway...I was thinking the same last night while I was yelling at Dell on the phone. I never used a Mac but keep hearing it is another world out there.

Oct 30, 2007 11:18 PM #12
Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
Mike Jones NMLS 223495

Hey, Margaret!  It's been awhile for me too.  I started in the computer world with a Mac, and loved it.  The corporate world drove me to the PC, and I've been here ever since.

Mike in Tucson

Oct 30, 2007 11:59 PM #13
Ann Cummings
RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine - Portsmouth, NH
Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent

Hi Margaret - I've read a number of great things about Macs here on AR, and it does give me reason to think about it.  I'm not in the market for a new computer as yet, but it's nice to know that there are resources like your cousin's book to help us out if need be.  How cool for you to have someone right there in your family to help you out!


Oct 31, 2007 03:20 AM #14
Stephen Joos & Chris Brubaker- HouseFront
HouseFront - Denver, CO
GO MACS, I really dont know why anyone gets anything but a mac these days especially with the ability to put windows on the computer for any of those programs that are back in the stone age and are only built for windows.  I can't say enough about macs except everyone get one plain and simple, and if you need get that book too.  Thanks for the post.
Oct 31, 2007 10:00 AM #15
Jasen Edwards
Creator, Good Selling Formula™ - Austin, TX
Careful...you think AR inspires rabid fans?!  Mac users are cult-ish, fanatical, crazy, and elitist.  And I'm proud to put myself in that group!  I just upgraded to their newest operating system on my MacBook laptop and it just keeps getting better and better.  Love ya!
Oct 31, 2007 02:24 PM #16
Los Angeles, CA

Doesn't everyone want to switch to a Mac because there aren't as many virus codes written for them yet?

Nov 01, 2007 03:49 PM #17
Monika McGillicuddy
Prudential Verani Realty - Atkinson, NH
NH Real Estate Broker
Jay wants a Mac big time...it is not yet compatible with our MLS system though so he must wait.
Nov 04, 2007 11:48 AM #18
Sam Miller
RE/MAX Stars Realty - Howard, OH
Knox County Ohio Real Estate Specialist

I made the switch to a MAC earlier this year and I am VERY happy.  As far as the MAC not being able to run your real estate software...I added XP Pro SP2 on Parellels and I use the Windows portion of the computer less than 10% of the time yet it allows me to use MLS and lock box features.

Thumbs up to Cyberstar Ira Serkes for the recommendation to make the switch to a MAC.

Nov 04, 2007 01:18 PM #19
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