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Old 29.10.2012, 14:19
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Going back to Windows: madness?

I bought a MacBook Air (13 inches, 128GB) for my wife as Christmas present last year. Well, she loved the cool factor and the quality of it, but after being on Windows for more years than she would allow me to mention here, this was a bit of a cultural shock (the backspace key and a few othe annoyances ).
So it has been a love/hate relationship for almost a year, but yesterday night when trying to get her pictures out of her iPhone (to the MBA) she finally lost all her patience and told me that she really would like to get rid of it and buy what she calls a "normal laptop" . Anyway, when she talks I (try to) listen. I was looking in eBay USA and second hand ones (same specs) are on "buy it now" for around $850. What would be a reasonable price for me to ask in Ricardo, Anibis, or anywhere else here in Switzerland if I don't manage to convince her otherwise? Is bootcamp a feasible -but desperate- alternative to persuade her to keep it?
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Re: Going back to Windows: madness?

Excuse me, how can she not be able to transfer photos off an iPhone?
You plug it in, open iPhoto (if it doesn't open just by attaching), click on the iPhone icon, select all photos and import them.

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4083

Or she could use iCloud, also described there.

What does she try to do?


As for the auction: set the starting price to 1CHF and see how much you can get.
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Old 29.10.2012, 16:15
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Re: Going back to Windows: madness?

If she's had it for a year and can't make the switch, I suspect she either hasn't used it much or spends a lot of time on a PC machine, as well - never heard of anyone having that much difficulty transitioning (Especially if she has an iphone)...Some people have difficulty with change, I was a PC kid for a lonng time - even built my own PC...But once I went Apple (For laptops), I couldn't imagine going back - and no, I don't own an iphone...Boot camp is simple but I never use it and I imagine it would diminish the utility of the Air to begin with...Wait for the Windows 8 Surface or pick up a cheap PC laptop

Shouldn't be hard to flip it on Anibis/Ricardo etc. although the power adapter will be an issue (Even though it will work fine with an adapter) - unless you sell to an ex-pat...As for pricing, check at your local retailer & Anibis etc. to see what they are going for, go from there
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Re: Going back to Windows: madness?

a second for iCloud (over iPhoto).

but it sounds like she's not taken to the apple world. she's not alone, I know two ladies who are fed up with MacBooks. One is into apple big stylee with iPad and iPhone.

It's not a sin and you should make a good amount back on the purchase price.

If you have a non-Swiss keyboard, you might want to move it here.

I'd expect it to get 850-900 if it's in good condition.
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Old 29.10.2012, 16:46
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Re: Going back to Windows: madness?

It's all relative to one's personal preference. I had to switch to Mac 4 years ago for work. The learning curve was surprisingly quick, but I would still prefer a windows (or even Linux) OS far above the Mac version. It's too bad she hasn't adopted to the great gift she received, but many people just prefer windows over mac.
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Old 29.10.2012, 17:00
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Re: Going back to Windows: madness?

Boot camp works perfectly well with the MAC - that way you get to keep it and she can use windows
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Re: Going back to Windows: madness?

Boot Camp, or try Parallels / VMWare Fusion with Windows in it... or even Ubuntu! She should try Win7 or 8 before making any decisions, especially if she has the iPhone (Apple software in Windows tends to be... atrocious (I suspect this is on purpose to push people to switch to OS X)).
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Re: Going back to Windows: madness?

Im with you wife on this one! My husband got me a Mac some years back. Same reasons. We both tried to love it on several occasions for extended periods of time. Now were both back to Windows computers.

Now iPad, thats a different story! Love my iPad!. But never again a Mac.
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Re: Going back to Windows: madness?

Thanks all for the replies. Yep, it seems a case of not making "click" with this laptop (she also loves her iphone and ipad), so i guess it will go to the second hand market for some who will really love it :-).
The bad thing is that here comes again me transferring all the data, including emails, contacts etc to the new machine! Next time i will stick to purses and watches for Christmas presents, they usually go pretty well with no complains
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Re: Going back to Windows: madness?

Get her windows 8 and she'll be asking for the mac back

I have PC and mac and don't mind either, they do the same things...
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Re: Going back to Windows: madness?

Just a thought, but if you are on the fence about this, you might try the one on one coaching sessions at the apple store. When I got my Mac, I signed up for this service, and it made a TON of difference with my transition and at this point, I wouldn't go back to PC.
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Re: Going back to Windows: madness?

Even my mother of over 70 can handle a MAC!
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Re: Going back to Windows: madness?

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Just a thought, but if you are on the fence about this, you might try the one on one coaching sessions at the apple store. When I got my Mac, I signed up for this service, and it made a TON of difference with my transition and at this point, I wouldn't go back to PC.
That's a good one Desert Rat. Let me dig into it. Thanks!
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Even my mother of over 70 can handle a MAC!
I don't think this is about being able to handle it (she works with computers the whole day). It is about she feeling more comfortable with PC than Macs...
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Just a thought, but if you are on the fence about this, you might try the one on one coaching sessions at the apple store. When I got my Mac, I signed up for this service, and it made a TON of difference with my transition and at this point, I wouldn't go back to PC.
How are those things en Suisse?...Are they comparable to the free sessions they have in the US?...I don't really recall an area like that in the Geneva store

My father regularly attends sessions like that back in the US
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Re: Going back to Windows: madness?

Honestly, I haven't tried them here, but when I got my Mac in the states, I paid an extra $100 for the service. It included a year of one on one coaching, (this is different than the group seminars). It was as many sessions as you want to sign up for in any Apple store, so I'm assuming they work here as well.

There wasn't a separate classroom, all I had to do was go on line and schedule an appointment by topic (with my apple ID) then show up at the store and flag down the nearest blue shirt, who then put me at a table with the coach for whatever subject I had signed up for. Each session ran 30 min to 1 hour, depending on the subject.

They had sessions for the general operation system, as well as more specific tutorials on each program and app. For example, I scheduled the training for the Aperture photo editing program, and then went into the store where they helped me buy the program and download it from the app store, then migrate all of my photos into it.

Like I said, it made a huge difference for me in learning how to take advantage of the features that I had available, but would have taken months to discover on my own.
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Old 30.10.2012, 22:21
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Re: Going back to Windows: madness?

Interesting, I wasn't familiar with the one on one stuff with Apple...I like that, if I were still in the US, I'd definitely pay $100 for that despite being pretty computer savvy...A lot of untapped potential with Macs that I have yet to really play with

But I wonder about the free seminars, do they have them here like they do in the US?
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