Once you go Mac…

The lifespan of my desktop PC is in jeopardy. I believe I'm ready to make the switch. I'm becoming a Mac guy.

Before you light up my comment box with questions of why and what happened, I'll go ahead and answer them before you have the chance. Nothing happened. There is no great event that happened that's causing me to re-think my 20+ years of being a PC guy. But, there are several smaller events that have been happening. I think the straw that broke the PC's back came last week when I decided to finally upgrade my Macbook to OS X Leopard. Apple was kind enough to offer the Mac Box Set. It comes with OS X Leopard, iLife and iWork. Separately, these products would have cost around $300, but with the box set it was less than $200. To upgrade my PC to Vista and Office would cost nearly twice that. And I'm not even sure there's a competing product for iLife. Even if there is, the cost of it would be oppressive. I remember years ago when I used to tease a buddy of mine who was on a Mac because all his products costs twice as much as my PC versions. Those days are long gone, it appears.

Obviously, my switching to the Mac isn't based on price alone. Really, that's a very small part of it, but it's an obvious one that everybody can relate to. My Macbook boots up in less than 1 minute. It shuts down in about 30 seconds. It's auto-detection for new devices is quick and reliable, every time. I haven't once had to do a hard-boot my Mac because my machine has locked up. My PC has twice the RAM my Mac has and yet loads programs half as quickly. My Mac is simply superior to my PC in just about every way I can think of.

No, I'm not going to be throwing my PC out the window any time soon. My multi-monitor setup at home will need some adaptation for the Mac before I'd consider turning the PC off for good. I may be forced to buy a desktop Mac to replace the PC, but that won't happen until the PC goes belly-up, which could still be a year or two away. But, I will use my PC for less and less as I go forward. I'm going to spend more time getting familiar with the “under the hood” portions of the Mac that I'm just not used to at this point. I've got 20 years experience working on PCs and only about 1 year working on a Mac, and that's only been part time. But, I've decided that I have purchased my last piece of PC software. From now on, anything new that I need will be purchased on the Mac. I figure this will be a good way to force myself to use it more and more.

Wish me luck.

p.s. I do find it just the slightest bit funny that I wrote this post on my PC.

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  1. Dave Courvoisier on February 3, 2009 at 3:32 am

    Been there…done Mac…now I'm back

  2. Omni on February 3, 2009 at 7:57 am

    Totally understand man. I am a PC guy whose work gave a very nice macbook pro. I love it! I am considering going full on mac someday.

  3. ahockley on February 3, 2009 at 7:58 am

    I'm a PC guy… always have been. I used to toss those same quips to my Mac counterparts. The platforms really seem to have their own strengths and weaknesses. From what I can tell, when the Mac works, things are great, and "it just works" as the Mac folks like to say. But if something goes wrong, I love the fact that I can rip apart my PC which uses standard, generally inexpensive components and fix it. My Twitter stream is filled with comments from Mac-owning friends about having to make a Genius Bar appointment every time any little thing goes wrong.

    Is one or the other better? Not necessarily. Would I switch? I'm not sure. I have a fairly heavy investment in PC-centric photography software that would make the switch an expensive affair.

    I hope the Mac journey goes well for you. It'll be interesting to see how you feel in a year or two with more time as a Mac guy.

  4. vegasgeek on February 3, 2009 at 8:24 am

    @Dave Interesting. Was there a something that happened that caused you to go back?

  5. vegasgeek on February 3, 2009 at 8:25 am

    @Omni So you start a new job and it's going to end up costing you money. Love it. 🙂

  6. vegasgeek on February 3, 2009 at 8:29 am

    @aaron that's a very valid point. I have, on many occasions, ripped open my PC and replaced a fried video card. I certainly wouldn't be doing that with my Macbook, that's for darn sure.

    Things to think about… that's for sure.


  7. Carl on February 3, 2009 at 8:51 am

    Welcome to the fold, my friend. It's fantastic to see the blinders come off yet another peecee user.

  8. Sean Libationblog on February 3, 2009 at 8:57 am

    Yep nope I am a mac guy and will be till the end of time. Really it amounts to a few things but, when you make part of your living in high end video, audio, etc. the decision gets real simple. Moreover I never have to worry about being on the net and having my computer catch a flu!

  9. Krimonster on February 3, 2009 at 9:04 am

    It's about time, John. I love the mac!

  10. vegasgeek on February 3, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    OK, I just realized my first major hurdle I need to cross on the Mac side. Contact management. On the PC I use Goldmine and I've got roughly 7 years worth of contacts and email history stored up in there. Any suggestions on what to use as a Mac equivalent?

  11. Brian on February 3, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    John, I've been using a Mac as a primary computer for the past few years. Once I upgraded to the Mac Book Pro and got Virtual PC, that pretty much killed my actual PC use. I've got everything I need to get the best of both worlds. VPN to work? Check. Remote Desktop? Check. SSH? Check. Apache + PHP natively? Check. And really, most everything does just work on a Mac. You should really try multi-monitor. You'll be amazed how much easier it is to use than on a PC. And one of the best features of OS X is consistency. User interfaces and keyboard shortcuts are consistent across almost every application. I use more keyboard shortcuts on a Mac than on a PC!