I need to make a decision. Soon. I have got to replace this (Windows based) machine from hell. I am so tired of doing hand to hand combat with this machine every time I try to use it. I’m about one heartbeat away from laying this machine in the driveway and running over it with my tanker truck.
So many issues with Windows. Hate it. Hate it. Hate it. Hate it. Hate it. Hate it. Hate it. Hate it.
The obvious choice for me is to move to the Apple platform. Since I’m not independently wealthy (yet), simplest soultion seems to be the Mac Mini. Before I jump in with both left feet, I have a couple of (possible) forseeable issues:
I have hundreds (if not thousands) of files which have to be dealt with, mostly created in Lotus Word Pro 97, Lotus Approach, and Corel Quatro Pro 8. What is required to move these files to the new platform?
I live in Elko, NV. Nearest place for physical support if something goes wrong with the hardware is SLC, UT - about 220 miles east of here. How physically reliable is the Mini’s hardware? (I’ll presume that software issues can generally be handled via phone or internet.) I really can not go without the machine for more than a couple of days without creating some serious problems.
What upgrades to the basic package are recommended? My uses in order of importance: Data and record keeping related to work (Wordprocessing and spreadsheets) - and internet access. (I am not a game player. I believe the pinacle of the video game industry was either ‘Asteroids’ or ‘Space Invaders’ … but would definitely like more speed on the internet.)
Sincere thanks in advance for your advice.