Apple sponsors workshops for Mac users at Pepperdine

Basic user information on a
variety of topics gives students an opportunity to get to know their computers.

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Bewildered Apple notebook users now have the help they need to become true Mac experts.

More and more Apple users can be seen on campus, whether typing class notes on their PowerBooks or listening to their favorite music on iPods.

Students have quickly caught on to the new Apple trend, but many are left confused by a different format than traditional PC computers use.

To combat this problem and to make their machines more user-friendly, the company is offering special training courses in basic Mac use for Pepperdine students in the Sandbar.  The first session, held Jan. 26, was titled “Getting Started on a Mac,” and taught users basic skills such as connecting to the Web and sending e-mail, as well as importing photos and connecting to a printer.

Andrea Aguilar, who is employed by Apple’s higher education department, led the session, which highlighted the versatility of Apple’s notebook computers.

“There are several different ways to do one thing,” Aguilar said. “You can choose the method you like best.”

Despite low turnout for the first session, higher education account executive Brad Mauro said that Apple workshops will continue at Pepperdine.

“It’s going to be an ongoing, semester thing,” Mauro said.

The next Apple training session was scheduled to take place today, at 12:15 p.m., in the Sandbar. Students who are interested in learning more about their Apple computers through the session, “Digital Lifestyle featuring iLife,” are encouraged to bring a lunch for the 45-minute workshop.

Students on campus seem comfortable using Apple’s operating system.

“I’ve been using Macs since childhood, so I don’t find it difficult,” senior Art Studzinski said. “But PC’s and Macs have very different operating systems, and they’re very different in terms of things that they allow you to do.”

Sophomore Christie Zona needed a PC because she is a business student.  The Business Division asks students to use a Windows-based platform, and the Computer Store on campus offers Dell Computer laptops that are compatible with this requirement.

Though Apple computers use some programs that were originally run through only Microsoft, including Microsoft Word, they are not run on the same platform as PCs.

According to Matthew Semerau, the manager of the campus computer store, the platform differences are slowly disappearing as both companies see the need to interface with one another. An increased demand on campus has also led to changes in sales at the computer store.

“What we started last year, because we started to see a shift in demand and in university policy, is to try to give more to students’ individual needs,” Semerau said.

Previously, the university recommended to all students that they purchase a PC, and offered special student discounts with Dell Computers. Now, students can choose which computer they would like to use, based on personal needs and preferences.

The computer store offers student discounts for both Apple and Dell computers, as well as printers and accessories that are compatible with both operating systems.