Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Right in the middle of all the chaos of moving, my computer crashed hard. Luckily I have a little netbook, which I’ve been using ever since. Although great for vacations, the netbook is not a great full-time computer. What a nuisance. That particular Dell laptop had originally crashed after only six months of use. I had set it aside and gotten another one. The second laptop crashed while I was on the farm so I pulled out the original one, re-formatted it and started using it again; six months later, another hard crash. After many years of owning Dells, I decided I wasn’t getting another one but where to go now?
Although I’ve always had PCs, I’d been contemplating getting a Mac for a long time. They are significantly more expensive than their PC counterparts but oh the mystique. Aren’t Macs just cooler than PCs? Their recent series of clever commercials certainly seems to suggest so. Being a gadget person, I was always curious. One of the networks I used to administer was about half Mac/half PC so I had a little experience with them but not enough to be able to judge. Were they really better? At this point better, or at least more dependable was something in which I was ready to invest.
I started doing my research and was amused to discover the firestorm raging between Mac and PC people. It turns out this is a very controversial and acrimonious topic! People do love to get worked up. I also read a lot of reviews and they were all positive on the subject of the new-ish 13" MacBook Pro, including one, which called it a nearly perfect laptop. That sounded pretty good to me.
I emailed a couple of friends who are stalwart Mac people including one who has worked for Apple for a long time. I got some good advice and decided to bite the bullet. My new toy should be here tomorrow and I’m all atwitter with excitement. I hope I love it as much as the Mac people say I will. I hope the switch isn’t so overwhelmingly frustrating that I regret my choice. At nearly twice the price of a comparable PC laptop, that would be unfortunate.
I don’t know what’s going on over at Dell but they certainly are to blame for driving me to the dark side. Plus there are those cookies…. (When do you get those exactly?).
I’ll let you know what I think. In the meantime, what about you? Are you a Mac person or a PC person? (Dare I ask?)
Posted by Mary at 7:38 AM