(Closed) Bee’s Help!! Any accountants, business majors or the like!!

posted 7 years ago in Technology
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ

I’m not in accounting, but I am in one of the only fields that it’s basically a requirement that you have a Mac (design). Don’t get one. They are 2x as expensive and the increase in price is not worth the benefits for a general user. Macs have the same problems with backing up and crashing. Virus protection isn’t really that big a deal or expensive now-a-days. As long as you aren’t going to pr0n sites or illegal download sites or being naive with email spam, you don’t have to worry about that kind of thing too much. Buy a $30 program to cover your ‘puter from viruses, update it every year, and that’s really all you have to do. Mac software is generally also more expensive or not available, depending on what you’re trying to purchase.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’m a CPA and honestly, I don’t use anything on my computer other than the Excel/Word/PowerPoint items for work.  Anything else is a program that’s specified for and provided by my company.  I think as long as you have MicroSoft Office, you should be ok.  Then again, it’s been years since I went to college so things might have changed.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ

LOL. Yes, porn. Sorry. Um…I do have a PC desktop at home, but almost exclusively use my MacBook and I have a Mac desktop at work too. I don’t have any specific suggestions, because the great thing about PCs is that, for a general user, you can really get something on sale and it will be fairly similar to other PCs out there with the same stats. If you’re not doing heavy video work or are a crazy gamer, I would just start looking at local ads to get a good deal. Frys Electronics is always running really good specials. I haven’t purchased a new computer for a few years, so I’m not sure what is a good deal any more. Basically, the bigger the better (as far as hard drive space and whatnot), but for basic word processing, you could just buy a $500 laptop and be good for the next 5 years.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I have a macbook and honestly I’m kind of tired of it.  I only use laptops for the least essential purposes (email-facebook-ummm perezhilton?).  I don’t know if mine was a lemon or what but I had to have the hard drive replace right after the one year mark (and clearly I wasn’t using it to its potential) and the webcam is broke,  there is chipping around the key board etc…  It was pretty fast when I got it initially which was nice and the wireless receiver is really good (it could pick up signals that my husbands non-mac couldn’t) but I dont think that either of those are worth 3X the cost of a traditional lap top.  Unless you need it for design purposes I would say skip and save.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

I’m also a CPA (graduated 07 and 08) and I agree most of that stuff your work will provide when you have a job, I do some audit and some tax and my work takes care of all the programs.   I have a separate laptop for personal and business uses.  One is mine personally and one belongs to my company.  I guess the only suggestion I have for you, I like mac’s but most of the companies you will work for will use PCs and it might be easier for you to work with the same type of computers they do things slightly differently and it might be confusing going back and forth.  I really haven’t had any problems with viruses I have a Kaspursky’s virus protection and it seems to work pretty well.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ

The Mac laptops I’ve had also start to really break down after the 1 year mark. My first MacBook’s CD drive stopped working literally a month after the warranty ran out. At the 5 year mark, the monitor died (not replaceable). I’m crossing my fingers that my current laptop lasts longer, because I will be in school with it for another 3 years. Anywho, yeah, at 2-3 times the cost of a PC, they are not really worth it, IMO. And once you start buying software, you’re pretty much stuck with your OS unless you want to purchase it all again.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@MsBrooklynA:My company provides everything for me on my work laptop.  I have Microsoft Office at my home laptop to do things that aren’t work related.  For example, if I wanted to work on my resume, I wouldn’t want to do this on my work computer.  Also, I just e-mail my wedding spreadsheets to myself so I can work on them at home.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I’m a bookkeeper at a tax firm.  I used to have a mac, but sold it shortly after I started here.  Personally, I just got a PC for several reasons: 1) they’re easier to fix, which macs aren’t, 2) software tends to be cheaper and 3) there are viruses for macs now (not to the same extent, but still). 

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