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Mac Tune Up Giveaway

August 24th, 2009 @ 9:35am (PT) by Rebecca Bollwitt

I was converted from PC to a Mac in 2007 and I haven’t looked back. The transition took a bit of time (mostly because of my nerves and I was paranoid I’d lose all data in a big fiery mess) and I’m not sure I would have taken the plunge if not for the support and patience of my husband. Having that extra bit of motivation, or knowing you have a bit of a safety net, makes taking that leap that much easier.

How John learned to use a Mac

I was recently approached by Macinhome to do a contest involving their services and I thought it would be a great idea. I have not used their services, nor have they paid me to write this post however I sincerely appreciate “going to the pros” when there’s an issue or if you need help. Macs are incredibly user-friendly but if coming from a Windows background there is a learning curve. I’m just hoping to pass on a bit of assistance to a reader so that they can avoid some of the headaches I endured.

Macinhome is listed on the official Certified Apple Consultants list and is locally owned and operated. They also have an arsenal of Windows pros so they’re no stranger to multiple operating systems.

They offer several services including everything from iCal tutorials, to setting you up on your Mac (going from the box, to everyday use) and helping you convert from a PC to an Apple computer.

disk mode

I’m sure you could spend time trying to figure things out for yourself but having some help is always beneficial — which is why I even created a full category on my site for Mac vs PC.

The contest is for a Macinhome consultation, which will go to one reader who needs some Mac support.

Prize description:
Two hour spa treatment for your Mac, with some tutoring on getting the most from your setup – (valued at $190). An Apple-certified Macinhome consultant will visit your home to basically perform a tune up on your Mac, doing the computer equivalent of an oil change & tire rotation.

How to enter:
If you have a story about how you switched from a PC to a Mac, about why you love using a Mac, or even some of your frustrations, please share it in the comments to enter. I’ll draw a winner on Thursday, August 27th.

Current contests on Miss604.com

12 comments

  1. Jamie says:

    We switched to a Mac a few years back. I love it because I don’t constantly have to put what little computer knowledge I have to use fixing my wife’s ‘mistakes’ – moving files around, etc. She loves it because it always does what she wants it to.

  2. Rob says:

    My first foray into the Apple world was my first [unlocked] Iphone that I got when nobody else had one yet. I was going through cell phones every six months before that because I would get bored with them or they would just break. It was exhausting!

    The Iphone just brought me closer to idea of getting a Mac as my next computer. I won’t lie, I was nervous. I used a Mac at my old job as a graphic designer and never felt they warranted the price tag. I had a PC at home that had Illustrator and Photoshop on it and it ran fine. I just didn’t get the Mac hype.

    What I notice now with my new Macbook is it’s simplicity. There’s no need to be updating/checking my virus software, tweaking my operating system to run better or just simply waiting for it to finish doing something [I never asked it to do] in the background.

    I’m loving my Macbook and will never go back!

  3. Tawcan says:

    I switched to Mac last December and never looked back. Never really had any experience with Mac before the switch.

    What made me switch?

    1. My desktop PC was 4 or 5 years old. Since gotten a new DSLR the desktop was having tough times with some photo editing programs. I needed a new computer. Having moved several times in the past few years I hated lugging around my desktop & all its accessories, I knew for my next computer it had to be a laptop.

    2. My old desktop used XP. I was not impressed with Vista performance at all so I wasn’t about to upgrade. I started looking into OS X and the new MS operating system – Windows 7. Back in Oct/Nov I had the chance to play with Windows 7 at work. After a few days of messing around with it I was not impressed at all.

    3. Bunch of my friends made the switch over to Mac and never looked back.

    I love my MacBook Pro. I use a Lenovo T61 at work because I have to or else I’d switch to a Mac at work too!

  4. Cathy says:

    We switched to an iMac last September when our PC crashed and died… again. My husband did not want to buy a new computer with Vista and was determined we get a Mac, and I’m happy he was so insistent. We love our Mac — it’s so easy and intuitive. I rave about them to everyone. I’m not very tech-savvy, but I have created photo-montage movies and want to work on some iPhoto books next.

  5. Sherry says:

    When my youngest son started UBC in 2007, I did some comparison shopping for a laptop for him. I have always loved Mac’s but haven’t had one in a while as I got an incredible deal on a second hand PC. Anyway, long story short, I ended up buying him a MacBook Pro. He was a bit dubious as he had been using a PC for so long. To ease the transition, I invested in Parallels so he could run Windows XP on it as well as the usual Mac programs. Well, you know the rest. He fell in love with his Mac and basically never uses the Windows side. I like to borrow his MacBook when I can as I love what it can do compared to my budget PC. It is hard to wrestle it out of hands though. I think it needs a spa treatment though before he goes back to school. Hope I win!

  6. Jen says:

    We now have two Macs and use them daily for browsing the web and helping us through university. I love how much comes with the Mac and with our busy lives, we have not had the luxury of learning more about some of the programs on our Macs, such as Garage Band, iMovie or iDVD. I use the iPhoto to store all my photos, but I am sure there are many things I still do not use to the fullest, especially the face recognition that is part of the MacBook Pro we have (the computer recognizes people and tags them).
    I would love to be chosen for the in home tutorial/tune up! I know it would be an extremely valuable time for both my partner and I, so we can truly take advantage of all of the features of our Macs! I have never had any major issues with our Macs, no viruses and so far things have been great but I always wonder what I am missing, especially looking at all of the colourful icons sitting at the bottom of the screen while I am typing this! Please help me learn what they are and how useful they can be :)

  7. Jen Williams says:

    I love my mac so much I forgot how to use a PC!

  8. Mom-in-law says:

    What’s a PC? I was always told by my personal Geek Mac’s were the only computers around.

  9. Jess says:

    I have been using a Mac now for over three years. I started out with an ibook, which I had until an enterprising thief decided that it would be a great idea to steal it out of my apartment while I was in grad school. ?

    I replaced my little ibook friend with a macbook that I use everyday, all day at school. Recently, my macbook got a little sibling in the form of an iphone.

    I have had no problems with any of my macs, which has led me to proclaim: “Once you’ve had mac, you never go back!”

  10. Talk Macs says:

    [...] We’re running a contest with a local, Vancouver blogger, Miss 604 ( www.miss604.com ). You can enter to win a free two-hour tune up and tutorial – worth $190. Just post a comment about your Mac here: http://www.miss604.com/2009/08/mac-tune-up-giveaway.html [...]

  11. Roshena says:

    I’m never the first to jump on the latest thing, so I’ll admit that I was initially reluctant to convert to a Mac. But I had to, for school, and now find it frustrating to use a PC! The only problem is that all my computer-geek friends are still using PCs, so I have to troubleshoot on my own… bad news!

  12. [...] A couple of weeks ago, in what could well have been my Mac’s darkest hour, I came across Vancouver blog royalty Miss604.com’s latest contest, aptly titled, “Mac Tune Up Giveaway“. [...]

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