by Adam on November 7, 2009
How did I get here?
It’s a statement that I knew I’d have to make eventually, but I didn’t think I’d be doing so quite so soon. Not for a number of years, actually. I’ve written a couple of articles previously on this subject: the first, What is stopping me getting a Mac started off from a rather frosty position towards the Mac, with my second article Considering a Mac (an update) taking a bit of a softened stance, leaving this, my third article charting my total conversion. Sceptical to converted in just three articles? Not bad eh?
I’ve needed a new desktop computer for quite some time now. My desktop is an old warhorse by today’s standards: a battle-scarred six-year-old PC running Windows XP that has already seen its glory years and is heading into graceful retirement as we speak. My laptop is a four-year-old Dell running Windows Vista, but it’s seriously running out of hard disk space, and is starting to run sluggishly.
It wasn’t pretty
So what did I replace them with? Initially, a £600 HP slimline tower running the latest and greatest: Windows 7. It should have been a fantastic experience: 4GB of RAM, a quad-core AMD processor, a decent graphics card, and 64-bit Windows 7 all hooked up to a gorgeous 24 inch Samsung tv monitor. It was awful. If I left the computer running for a while and left it too its own devices, on my return it freely admitted to me that not only had it crashed, it had blue-screened on me. My face went grey. Over the following days it repeatedly blue-screened on as many occassions as it possibly could. When it didn’t crash, it froze. Firefox? That too was either crashing or freezing on me too. Not even my iPod touch was spared: its data was corrupted, and it had to be recovered hooked up to my laptop where my new computer couldn’t hurt it.
I’d had enough. I went back to Currys and got my money back. I needed to get what I trully deserved. I needed to get a Mac. I would imagine this is how quite a few PC owners become Mac owners. And I must say, that I feel quite bewildered at where I find myself right now. Sure, Macs are expensive and you pay a hefty premium for them, but then you realise what you’ve left behind. It feels worth it. All as I need to wait for now is delivery!
I’m going to need a favour
As I’m totally new to this whole Mac business, I’m going to need a few pointers. Can anyone recommend any best practices for using a Mac? And are there any must-have apps that I’m going to need? Cheers in advance!