Mac vs Windows

A Recovering Nerd Perspective

Have you ever thought about switching camps? Have you ever wondered if you’ve been using the wrong computer all along? Have you ever been curious about what the other side has to offer? Me too. For decades, I was firmly entrenched in the Windows camp. However, I have to say, I am starting to see the Apple Attraction. A great movie illustrates the path of both Apple and Microsoft from their infancy. Pirates of Silicon Valley came out in 1999, but it shows how these two companies have battled with each other to become today’s tech giants, even before the first iPhone hit the shelves.

My background is in IT, but I have always been anti-branding. Do you need a Kleenex? No, you need a tissue. Want to unwind in a Jacuzzi? Nope, you need a hot tub, and so on. When the first iPod came out. People would say, “I need an iPod!” No, I would say, “You need a media player!” I have always believed that there are plenty of low-cost alternatives in the world of tech. You don’t necessarily need to become a member of a cult.

That’s how I’ve always viewed Apple People. Just check out the line at the Apple Store when a new iPhone is released. Why don’t these people recognize they are being hoodwinked into a product lifestyle just by buying a phone? Then I got my first Apple, and I think I see the attraction. My son gave me his old 2007 iMac and it’s still running like a champ. I doubled the memory and it handles most of my work tasks easily. Unlike my 2015 Toshiba laptop, I am using right now. However, the latest version of Windows 10 has really helped speed up my boot time, so it’s not as bad as it used to be.

I was so impressed with my iMac, I decided to pick up another one for home use. This “new” computer is from 2009 and runs like I just picked it up from Best Buy. Since Apple People are obsessed with getting the latest and greatest Apple tech, there are plenty of used iPhones, iMacs, and Macbooks out there. Since Apple seems to build products that last (unlike the rest of the industry), there’s no point in blowing over $2,000 on a new Mac, when you can get a used one on Letgo for a fraction of that cost. Plus, Macs don’t nail you with a major update when you’re trying to boot up your computer for work. Getting hit with a mandatory Windows 10 update at the wrong time can be very frustrating.

So, if you are in the Windows World, you may want to give Mac a shot. There are some amazing deals on Letgo, so you can try one out for a song. One word of advice though. Pick up a wireless keyboard and mouse for Windows. In the Mac World, you use the Windows logo key for anything you used the Ctrl key for in Windows (Copy and Paste for example). There are plenty of YouTube videos and websites out there to help you learn the Mac basics.

There are still some things I haven’t figured out yet, but it doesn’t stop me from hopping on my iMac in a couple of seconds, instead of waiting around forever for my Windows PC to wake up. My wife has even used the iMac a couple of times, and that’s saying something. So give one a try. If nothing else, you can always re-sell it on Letgo and probably get what you paid for it! Happy Computing!   

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