[macvoiceover] Re: Mac question

  • From: Jeff Kisecker <kisecker@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: macvoiceover@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 2 Aug 2010 13:21:33 -0500

I have had a macbook for about a year now, and I have not found a need to 
install windows on the machine.  If there are things I can't do on the Mac that 
I have to do in windows, I have access to a windows machine on my home network. 
 I think people put way too much emphasys on thinking they need to run windows 
on their mac.  Embrace the OS and leave your windows behind.

On Aug 2, 2010, at 12:56 PM, Lena Contreras wrote:

> Another question I have before I get a Macbook.  What is the best way to run 
> Windows on the mac?  I heard there are two ways I could go about it.
> I would only run Windows to access Openbook and may be Duxbury.
> Thanks.
> Lena
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Olivia Norman
> To: macvoiceover@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Sent: Sunday, July 11, 2010 8:05 PM
> Subject: [macvoiceover] Re: Mac question
> Hi,
> I will try my best to debunk these myths one at time:
> 1. You can absolutely read documents created on a PC on a mac.  The program 
> to do this is called iWork, and it costs $79.
> 2. Both excel and word files can easily be read and edited using iWork or 
> open office.
> 3. How expensive is Jaws? Last I checked, Jaws cost the price of a macbook 
> and then some.  This is just for a screen reader, which makes a computer 
> somewhat accessible. It doesn't even cover the cost of a computer.  With a 
> mac, the screen reader is part of the computer, and can bepurchased for a 
> fraction of the cost of the PC with screen reading software.  Consider that a 
> screen reader will run you in the neighborhood of $1000 to $1200, on top of 
> the cost of the computer, while a mac will cost you $1200 at the most, with 
> accessibility included.
> 5. Apple products are extremely easily fixed, just take them to an Apple 
> store, or call Apple care, and they will insure that everything is fixed and 
> in working order.  I'd like to see another computer company that offers 
> comprihensive coverage in the same way that Apple does.
> 6. For scanning needs, try Abby fine reader for the mac.  I'll let others 
> weigh in here who haveb more experience, but as far as I understand it, there 
> are plenty of scanning programs which ewill meet your needs.
> 7. Macs have drivers for many common printers, scanners, etc, and what 
> drivers Apple doesn't have installed are easy to get.
> I hope that this helps you, and that you seriously consider the mac and all 
> the amazing things Apple offers.  If you have anymore questions, please don't 
> hesitate to contact me.  I have used a mac for three years now, and would 
> never go back to windows, and it's intherior accessibility!
> Apple is the best company around, and they truly offer solutions that work 
> for everyone!
> Olivia
> "Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower", Steve Jobs
> On Jul 11, 2010, at 2:30 PM, Lena Contreras wrote:
>> Hi
>> I just joined this list.  I'm thinking seriously about purchasing a Mac Book 
>> soon.  I have a few questions to ask, or myths to clear up.  People tell me 
>> that Macs can't read documents created in Windows.  Specifically Excel and 
>> Word.  Also that PDF files aren't readable by Voice Over.  They also say 
>> that there isn't an equivalent program to OpenBook or Kurzweil.  Updating 
>> the operating system is expensive and the programs made for Apple are 
>> expensive because they are proprietary.  Macs are hard to get fixed because 
>> the lack of Apple stores.  I think those are all the questions/myths I have 
>> heard of.
>> I'm looking for pros and cons to switching to a Mac.  I generally use my 
>> computer for email, internet, and Microsoft Office programs like Word and 
>> Excel.
>> Any advice you have is great.
>> Oh, what about connecting the peripherals I have already:  printer, scanner, 
>> card reader.  Probably need new drivers for those.
>> Thanks.
>> Lena

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