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Hey all, so it would be helpful in my current job if i learn a little Mac so i was thinking of getting one to start learning. I dont want to spend a lot of money so i didnt know if there was something i should keep an eye out for that might be my best bet at getting one. Of course older will be cheaper but i want to make sure its at least new enough to run the current OSX version.

Any thoughts tips or suggestions would be appreciated
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post #2 of 19
Craigslist.

Edit: Or use one at an Apple store.
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Originally Posted by Paratrooper1n0 View Post

Craigslist.
Edit: Or use one at an Apple store.

i was thinking a little more specific then that, would a mac mini be my best bet, g4 tower, imac, i dunno which will be my best bet in the used market.
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Aside from that a 2009 Mac Mini will run Mountain Lion.

Thanks, is mountain lion the current version?
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post #5 of 19
If you look around for some Macbook Early 2008 machines, you can have a mac for about 300-400 bucks. If you live in the US, check on Newegg.
 
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post #6 of 19
You can snag cheap Macbook (Upto 2010), Macbook Pro 13" (upto 2009) and Macbook Pro 15" Pre-Unibody range for around 500.
Those would be goos starting points to get into OSX. You can possibly get second hand Mac Minis even cheaper or even the new base line one that is 600.
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I would go for a Mac Mini. If you go for an older Macbook, make sure OS X 10.8 will run on it.

Are you familiar with Linux/Unix? My experience with OS X command line carried over 100% to using Linux on a cluster computer, since OS X is a variant of Unix. Also, the new Ubuntu Unity interface is very similar to OS X, though coding will be very different. There are a few OS X specific features you may be looking for, like Objective-C, the .app method of packaging applications (executable folder containing all program resources, no shared libraries/DLLs, ect), or applescript.

For the heck of it, you can do some pretty wild stuff with applescript. For example, heres how I can have my mac send me a text message when my university's cluster finishes running my several day long matlab program. At school, I set up a computer to mount a volume linked to my space on the cluster. When my program finishes, a file is output to that volume. I'll set up a symbolic link from that volume to dropbox, so it is transferred to dropbox. On my mac, which is connected to dropbox, an applescript will check for that file to appear in dropbox, and when it does, it will send a message using iChat, which is linked with iMessage and my phone number, to send a text message to myself. If you want to get really fancy, you can download this thing called Siri proxy which uses Applescript and Ruby to let you control any of the Apple created applications on your mac with an iPhone.
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post #8 of 19
Here's a list of computers which run Mountain Lion, OSX 10.8, the current version.

I like Xeb's advice on this front, but any of these machines may suit your needs better.
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post #9 of 19
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lord Xeb View Post

If you look around for some Macbook Early 2008 machines, you can have a mac for about 300-400 bucks. If you live in the US, check on Newegg.


This is where I would start. And yes, OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) is the latest OS that Apple has released.


(taken from http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5444)
To install Mountain Lion, you need one of these Macs:

iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)
MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer)
MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)
MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)
Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)
Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)
Xserve (Early 2009)


Check out craigslist/kijiji/ebay/local sellers and I'm sure you'll be able to find any one of these models for a steal of a price. Most people don't know what they are worth and tend to sell them at low price points so that they can get the newer tech.
    
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post #10 of 19
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Originally Posted by Flatliner View Post

This is where I would start. And yes, OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) is the latest OS that Apple has released.
(taken from http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5444)
To install Mountain Lion, you need one of these Macs:
iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)
MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer)
MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)
MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)
Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)
Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)
Xserve (Early 2009)
Check out craigslist/kijiji/ebay/local sellers and I'm sure you'll be able to find any one of these models for a steal of a price. Most people don't know what they are worth and tend to sell them at low price points so that they can get the newer tech.

Thanks that's exactly what I was looking for, with that list I can hunt around for one till I find a deal.
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