Computer compatibility MAcBook question

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Registered: 11-01-2001
Computer compatibility MAcBook question
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Wed, 02-06-2013 - 8:07am

My eldest is a hs senior.  Much to my dh's, her df's, dismay she would like a MacBook for school next year, rather than a PC laptop.  He has been throwing up all sorts of road blocks any time she brings it up.  She plans to major in Art (plus Business), and sees the benefit of using the Mac since that is what is typically used in the art world.  

Last night my dh started at it again.  He is absolutely convinced she will have no end of compatibility issues if she's using a Mac.  He endlessly asked her who she knows who had/has a Mac in college and what their issues were/are.  He refuses to believe her that she has never heard of anyone having any issues.  He also refuses to ask his friend who happens to be the webmaster at the college she'll be going to if students have any problems.  I finally email the friend late last night and am waiting to hear back.

So my questions are do any of your children use MacBooks and if so have they had any troubles in classes with the software being incompatible with others?  Have most schools figure out the issues?  

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Registered: 02-14-2000
Wed, 02-06-2013 - 9:13am

Hi EK! Hope you had a great holiday and that you are all staying healthy! I don't have any first hand experience with a Macbook but Jason's had a Mac laptop for several years - can't remember if we got it for him when he transferred to Northwestern or when he started med school a couple years ago. But he LOVES it and has not had any problems. We have both a Mac desktop and a 'regular' PC desktop and both are on the home network, both can print to our printer, etc.

As a side note - when I saw df the first thing I thought was 'wow - did her dd get engaged to her bf?? I know they've been going out for awhile'. Then I realized you meant her 'dear father'!

Pam
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Registered: 11-05-1998
Wed, 02-06-2013 - 12:37pm
My son has a MacBook, but he's a graphic design major, so that's practically a requirement. If she's going to major in art, she needs a Mac. In order to use the software in the art/graphic design classes, my son has to have a Mac.
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Registered: 07-30-1997
Wed, 02-06-2013 - 12:50pm

DS20 is a junior art major and they all have MacBooks. They're more conducive to some of the art software for graphic design and other things.  He has had NO problems with any compatibility issues for any of his classes, art or non-art based.  He emails me files and I have no trouble emailing things to him like in Word or Excel (I'm on PCs). 

Sue

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Thu, 02-07-2013 - 12:26am

My ds has always had Macs. Lots of people at college had them too because Apple gave (and maybe still does) a discount to any student or teacher. Here in CA many of the university bookstores sold Macs, and they were often recommended because they would be compatible with the software used by the U. At ds' CA public U they gave each student Word for Mac. Maybe this is a Calif-specific thing because Apple is headquartered here. Ds never had any compatibility issues.

I have always had Macs too. Occasionally there will be a file someone sends me that I cannot open but for the most part its not an issue. If your dd has an iPhone she can sync the phone and the MacBook so her data moves seamlessly between devices.

Why is your dh digging in his heels about the Mac? Yes they are more expensive but you get a lot of bang for your buck. If she does get one, make sure that she gets the AppleCare extended warranty.

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Thu, 02-07-2013 - 8:18am

Our DSs both started off with non-Mac PCs/laptops, but later switched to Macs.  They claimed they were less susceptible to viruses (not sure that is still the case) and that they are better, overall.  I always discouraged them from purchasing Macs because they are priced higher, and I told them if they just stay away from sketchy websites, they can avoid viruses.  But they made their own choices and have never had compatability problems with their Macs.  I'm perfectly happy with my $350 Compaq laptop which replaced my $650 HP that was stolen in 2010, but I only need web access, not graphics, gaming or fancy anything.

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Thu, 02-07-2013 - 8:58am

Thanks!

I heard back from dh's friend and he assured me that there aren't any issues of significance.  She'll either need to purchase the MS Office sweet for dirt cheap from the campus store, or simply remember to save Word and similar documents as .doc or whatever files.  Dd and I were well aware of this since the laptops we use now run Linux and we don't have MS Office and we have to do that anyway if we know we need to email the files to anyone.

My dh's primary issue is that he is an engineer's engineer (the guy is an expert in Finite Element Analysis).  He loves to tinker with computers, and thinks his love and knowledge is normal.  He fails to understand that most people truly just want to have their computers run.  He doesn't get that not wanting to tinker, doesn't mean not being intelligent, or that someone is lazy.  Yeah, on this issue he is a bit of a jerk and and a snob.  He has too many other redeeming quailties for this to be an issue to me MOST of the time.  Wink

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Thu, 02-07-2013 - 11:23am
You think DH will give in after his friend's opinion?
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Thu, 02-07-2013 - 12:05pm

He's giving in.  I just hope he can keep his thoughts to himself.  This all has really upset dd who is feeling like a "princess" wanting the more expensive (on the front end) computer.  She knows that her logic is sound, she knows it is the right machine, she just avoids the whole entitled princess thing like the plague.  It's great in general that she feels the way she does, but she really struggles to stand up for what she wants if it involves (more) money because of it. 

gamegaga wrote:
You think DH will give in after his friend's opinion?

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Thu, 02-07-2013 - 3:46pm

In our case that was ds's HS graduation present - not sure that would help, but fwiw...

Sue