Monday, February 3, 2014

My Conversion

The world is full of conversion stories.  Some dramatic and unimaginable.  Others subtle and unimpressive.  But my conversion, it’s nothing short of miraculous.  It happened so quickly - I hardly know how to say it except to just say it quickly:

I’ve been converted from a PC to a Mac.

There, I said it.

It all started several months ago when my trusty Dell laptop began to be not-so-trusty.  The browser began to freeze up.  Programs would die right in the middle of something I’d spent a lot of time on.  Not to mention the fact that on startup, I could pretty much cast on for an adult sweater and complete the ribbing by the time the thing was actually completely booted up and ready to use.  It was annoying, to say the least (and when have you ever known me to “say the least”?).  The problems were not the result of a virus or malware.  The poor thing is just getting old.  I know how it feels.

The Husband has been a Mac person forEVER, it seems, and he has harassed me with every Windows-based problem I’d encountered for years.  I always thought “Apple people” were elitists who were brainwashed into buying something simply because they thought it was cool, not because it was actually any better.  I had taken to calling them “Job-ites”.  Reinforcing this idea was the fact that with each new iPhone The Husband upgraded to, the changes seemed, well…non-existent.  I still hold this notion about the iPhone. The Hubs just got a 5s and all I see is Apple tossing a crumb to the masses with micro-changes that don’t amount to much.  My Motorola Droid Maxx dwarfs the iPhone in screen size while pretty much doing the same things (If you’re a true Job-ite, right now you’re saying, “No, it doesn’t.”  Yeah, whatever dude…it sure does.)

So why the sudden openness to the Apple world?  I blame my iPad.  Over a year ago, The Husband bought me an iPad and I haven’t gone a single day without using it since.  Who knew how subtly this small device would work on my technological affections?  Aside from a few small frustrations with web pages that wouldn’t display correctly (and the ever-annoying lack of a Flash player), the tablet has been wonderful.  And hello…the iPad is the only platform on which to get Knit Companion at this point (although the developers are making a drive to raise funds to do KC on the Android platform which would’t make me mad at all since I’m still running my Android phone—if you want to help, go here).  I'd be lost without my KC.  Seriously.

Honestly, I think The Husband bought me the iPad with the end view of bringing me over to the dark side, the sneaky rat. 

And so, I present to you my very first blog post completely composed, edited, and published using my brand new iMac.  It is lovely so far and while the jury is still out on how lovely since I have to get used to some things, so far, I like what I see.  Plus, the screen is ginormous which gives these aging eyes a break.

So what are you?  A Mac or a PC?


Lisa

10 comments:

  1. I bought a new laptop recently, had a lot of teething problems and wished I had looked into buying an Apple. The teething problems are now all gone, but I will definitely look at an Apple next time. With my track record though it will be years before I buy another computer. I'm still using a mobile phone that only makes calls and sends texts. It doesn't take photos or connect to the Internet, but I won't buy another one unless I lose it or break it!

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    1. I know what you mean about hanging on to the computer as long as you can. I hope the iMac lasts me a good long time.

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  2. I converted 3 ½ years ago and have never looked back. In fact, I partially credit getting my Macbook Pro with getting my book published. I think you are really going to enjoy it once you get used to the differences. And I love that you can phone Applecare and get help when you need it. Like so many others who have made the switch, within a week of using it I was asking the question, "Why on earth would anyone ever buy a PC?"

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    1. This is encouraging! I haven't had as much time as I'd have liked lately to play around with it, but it is starting to make sense to me.

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  3. MUAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Welcome! My husband and I go back and forth with PC v Mac. I adore my MacBook Pro and the IOS is an impenetrable fortress! I've had mine for more than three years now, and I've never had any issues.

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    1. Good to hear! I thought about getting a MacBook but I carry my iPad with me constantly, so thought an iMac would be a better fit and I LOVE my huge screen. : )

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  4. You know I'm all Apple, all the time!!

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    1. Yes, my friend, I'm afraid it's true...

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