Macintosh Computer Day 2023 is on Wednesday, January 25, 2023: What do I do with old computers in New York State?
Wednesday, January 25, 2023 is Macintosh Computer Day 2023. Keeping it Simple (KISBYTO): Macintosh Computer Day Macintosh Computer Day
New York City has a program where you can drop them off at designated places on designated days. It's a new thing and the days are very infrequent. You didn't say you were in the City but maybe this information on electronics recycling can lead you somewhere good. Who knows maybe you will even be in the city with your old Macs this fall.
What is a Macintosh Droplet?
The Macintosh Droplet is just a tiny 68K application that asks the Java interpreter to execute the zip file stored in its data fork.
Have a nice day!
What are Mac computers like?
What are Macs like these days? They're much better than anything on the PC market, that's for sure. Don't get me wrong, I used to believe that PCs were superior, and they were, but times rapidly changing. Microsoft is aging and the Windows platform is going stale, just as the Mac platform did back in the 90's. Today's Macs are powerful, sleek and quite versatile. Mac OS X is unlike any Macintosh operating system before it, being based on solid Unix. Mac OS X is rock solid as far as security and stability. It's also very lightweight and easy to use. Even the year old Mac OS X Tiger puts the new Vista to shame. Why? There are many features in Vista that us Mac users have been enjoying since 2005, such as instant desktop searching (called Spotlight), Widgets (which Vista calls "Gadgets") and Exposé, which has been poorly implemented in Vista as "Flip 3D". When I said that Mac OS X is lightweight, what I meant is that it performs better than Windows Vista, even on machines with the same configuration. The age old argument that Macs lack software is quickly becoming a thing of the past. There's software for everything, you just won't find it at Wal-Mart. There's a lot of great open source software that's been ported to Mac OS X, as well, thanks to it's close relationship with other Unix platforms. All in all, Macs are really great machines. It would be hard for me to explain it all here. If you want to know how today's Macs compare with today's PCs, go to your local Apple Store. They'll be more than happy to show you what makes a Mac a Mac, and believe me, there's a lot. When my friends buy a Mac, I usually sit down with them for hours showing them all the wonderful things they can do, yet I can barely scratch the surface. You might want to think twice about buying that new PC. After all, today's Macs are a pretty good value, especially when you have to buy a $1,500 PC in order to get any kind performance out of Windows Vista. Also, today's Macs have Intel processors. What does this mean? Macs can run Windows. Apple has a free utility called BootCamp which will allow you to dual-boot your new Intel Mac with Windows XP or Vista. Why buy a PC when you can have both? If you have any specific questions about the Macintosh, just send me a message. I'll be glad to help.
As I said, this whole lack of software argument is quickly becoming a thing of the past, especially when you take into account that Macs can run Windows natively, meaning you can run any PC applications just as you would on any other PC.
After reading your additional details, I really do believe you'll love the Mac. Web surfing is a breeze with Safari RSS. Playing web-based games shouldn't be a problem at all. You'll love the intuitive interface in iTunes. IMing is easy, with either iChat or Adium X. iChat is compatible with AOL IM, while Adium X supports all major IM services, including AOL IM, Yahoo and MSN, plus many more. If you don't like buying software, you'll really love the Mac, as there are a plethora of open source applications, such as NeoOffice and The GIMP. Watching videos? Easy. You can watch DVDs using the built in DVD player or watch videos downloaded from the web using QuickTime. Even Windows Media will play in QuickTime using Flip4Mac, which is free.
(I don't want Windows in the first place, I want Mac OS X. It's just nice to know that I can still play a few of my old favorite PC games in the process.)