Monday, August 07, 2006

I Went Apple / Mac

I can't believe that I am writing this. If you had told me a year ago that I would buy a Mac I would have told you that you were insane. I frequently referred to Mac's as computers for people who don't like computers. But Saturday morning there I was walking into the Apple store to buy a Mac Mini. What sort of strange series of things had occurred to make this surreal event happen?

There were a number of things over the last year that happened that made me make the commitment involved in learning a new OS and all the things associated with it. To recap, the following things occurred:

1. Video Conferencing - My father in law has been pinging me for many years now about setting up web cams for him to talk to our son Tate. I have constantly been telling him that the quality just isn't there. Earlier this year, we installed a Mac Mini in our office to video conference in our Seattle and Montana based employees. When I was told that we were going to conference people in via video, I thought it would be a big waste of time. What it has been though is simply amazing. At any given time I can stroll over to the Mac mini in our office and plop down and start a conversation with one of our remote employees. And it is REALLY REALLY good.

2. Intel Core - Our home computer has been a real workhorse and I am embarrassed to say that Jessica bought the top of the line home PC in early 1999 and we are still using it today. I mean, as of yesterday. When I spoke with our Systems guy, who is a Mac fan, he walked me through how I can use both the Mac OS and Windows XP on the Mac Mini. I have been charged with getting a new home computer but one of the key requirements was that Jessica wouldn't have to learn a new OS. No computer had really gotten me excited until now. With the new machine I set up last night, we can easily switch between the Mac and Windows world.

3. iTunes Buy In - I took the leap and digitized all my CD collection over the last six months as I have been using the Shuffle when I run.

4. Geek Buy In - All the geeks in my office are big fans of the Mac as it supports UNIX. If they can be into the Mac then I know my time to look at it is here.

So it's still early for me, but I can tell you that I m really excited and look forward to the new computing experience in the months ahead. I am sure there will be some god stories as I settle in.


nick said...

i did this a year ago...laptop/desktop and more and it's easily the dumbest thing i've done...I should have done it years ago;) just don't start spouting Jobs-isms!

Sander van Zoest said...

Enjoy! I only use Windows at work. I love the combined Aqua/BSD that is MacOS X. Keep in mind that Aqua likes to make use of all your RAM. Get as much as you can afford. The Chip Merchant in SD usually has good deals.

Delta Girl said...

Welcome to the Mac side! I've been a Mac Addict for years! (We even bought a little Mac Classic on ebay and have it displayed in our home office.I work at home somedays and it only serves to remind how much easier design work can be on a MAC (versus the PC system I have at work, which is no slouch, but it's no Mac either!)

Delta Girl said...

Welcome to the MAC a confirmed MACaddict, I can honestly say I don't know what I would do if I couldn't leave my PC workstation and go home to my MAC. Perish the thought! Enjoy!

Greg said...

I moved to the Macs about three years ago due to security concerns. Plus Unix appeals to my inner geek. About the only drawback to going to Mac is the lack of games...but I know between family and business you have no time for that. :)

tim erdmann said...

Congrats & Welcome. You will love it more & more each day.