Get A Mac

Alright, I admit it. Yesterday, I slept with my Apple iBook.

Cybersex? Not quite. I was watch­ing a DVD and I dozed off. But I do, it is true, have unnat­ur­al thoughts about my iBook. Why unnat­ur­al? Because, for the past dec­ade, I’ve been using a Windows PC, and my nat­ur­al beha­viour towards a com­puter involves sigh­ing, slap­ping the mon­it­or upside the head, and reboot­ing to estab­lish even tiny changes I make to the computer’s con­fig­ur­a­tion.

Now that’s in the past. Last July, I pur­chased an Apple iBook G4. It is simply a fant­ast­ic machine. Friends raise their eye­brows when they see it. Microsoft Office works fine, and though I’ve heard that Macs have few­er applic­a­tions than Windows PCs, I’ve nev­er failed to loc­ate an applic­a­tion that did pre­cisely what I was look­ing for: Standalone blog­ging soft­ware, news­read­er, etc.

I won’t say the iBook is per­fect. In the pro­cess of installing buck­et­loads of soft­ware over the past months, I have suc­ceeded in mak­ing some applic­a­tions crash, but it was easy to zap them. Once (I think), I even made the whole com­puter hang — but I was run­ning about a dozen applic­a­tions. I’m the kind of user who pushes his com­puter to the edge of the per­form­ance envel­ope. It remains true that the iBook is one of the best com­puters I’ve used (and I did work in the IT sec­tor for eight­eenth months, so I know a little of what I’m talk­ing about; no, I wasn’t fired!).

The guys — and gals, I hope — at Apple have come up with new cam­paign called ‘Get A Mac’. It fea­tures a few reas­on why you might want to get a Mac if you’re a PC user:

  • (1) No vir­uses (more or less);
  • (2) Head-turn­ing design;
  • (3) Microsoft Office works fine (this is true; I use it sev­en days a week, no com­pat­ib­il­ity prob­lems);
  • (4) A superb user inter­face and oper­at­ing sys­tem.

Check out these great videos. I know they’re pro­pa­gand­ist, but behind the spin is the best home com­puter in the world.

Author: Ian Hocking

Writer and psychologist.

5 thoughts on “Get A Mac”

  1. Hi Ian, how’s it going? I use a mac at work and a pc at home. There’s no doubt macs look much cool­er and are arte­facts worthy of wor­ship. But I do find microsoft word is a little easier/better on the PC. Sacrelige, I know, and a bor­ing reas­on for pre­fer­ring any­thing.

    By the way, the pub­lish­er took a quote from your review of TC and whacked it onto my amazon page! No dot­ted elipses either. (‘Roger Morris … has writ­ten.… some­thing… ’) Thank you for that. Did you ever get that fruit bas­ket?

  2. Nice to see the review snip­pet — though I’m sure I said more pos­it­ive stuff than that.

    Gulp, just real­ised I’m ‘tak­ing com­fort’ from my iBook. I’ll be steal­ing lapel pins off the bod­ies of old men next.

    No, I have not yet taken com­fort from a delight­ful array of fresh fruits…

  3. I feel like a lapsed Catholic who has come back to the faith. I began using Macs way back in the early 90s, and sang their praises against the dullards who com­plained that they were too expens­ive, there wasn’t enough soft­ware, blah-di-blah. Then I drif­ted away, mainly because I was work­ing in Windows places.

    But last sum­mer, I had to get a new laptop. And, like Dr Ian, I got an iBook G4.

    And yea, there were angels sound­ing trum­pets and the smell of incense and it all just felt RIGHT. Bill Gates, I laugh at your funny spec­tacles. I love the holy trin­ity, the Jobs, the Woz and the Ive.

  4. And The Man Upstairs said, ‘Let there be Macs.’ And he saw that it was good.

    Amen, broth­er.

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