My friends with Macintosh computers are in love. But I am not there yet.
Saddled with a dying, virus-weakened PC, I took the plunge and purchased an iMac in December. Love often begins with attraction. I was drawn in by the huge screen, its promise of easier graphic design and multitasking. How could I resist the hope of living in a virus-free world even temporarily, knowing that someday evil forces will crack the Mac, and innocence will be lost.
Once I figured out that the “command” key is the equivalent of the “control” key on a PC, I started making the Mac my primary computer. But then there was also the optional Magic Trackpad to get used to. The mouse replacement is a flat pad with its own sign language. It requires me to learn to use one, two, three or four fingers depending on how I want it to move within a document and among other open windows.
It is kinda cool, as all Mac products have that “cool” factor to them. But I still have not mastered it, so I cannot report the “Wow” factor as of yet. The track pad also requires me to click a bit harder, which has aggravated a right wrist already weary of two-plus decades of mouse clicking. Benefitting the most from the Mac requires a complete conversion to its world. I don’t have an iPhone. While my carrier now carries the phone, I am contract-locked. So, I will have to wait to fall in love with the symbiotic connection between my computer and phone. Let’s not forget the iPad. Living without one in today’s world is a miracle in and of itself!
My delicious 27” window to the world became a brick wall once I asked my iMac to fulfill the demands of my PC. But how could it, when there are still many PC programs not Mac ready? Mac does offer new applications for free or at little expense. Some programs are less expensive than those I bought for the PC, but the prospect of replacing everything at once is daunting and costly. It took me years to replace my cassette tapes with CDs.
For the $2,000 I paid, it would have been nice to actually get a book that explained everything, including how to use it and what it can do. But those of us who still like to read on paper are outmoded. Instead I bought a book from an independent author.
My delicious 27” window to the world became a brick wall once I asked
my iMac to fulfill the demands of my PC.
I did finally attend a free class at the Mac store. The trainers, young enough to be the children of the three attendees, were friendly and helpful. They are as comfortable in front of computer screens as I am with books and paper.
They encouraged me to experiment and go online to get specific questions answered. “Oh, sure,” I thought. “I have plenty of time to play on my computer amid raising my children, keeping house and running a business. No problem!”
I am still waiting to fall in love with my Mac. I am hopeful that I will. In the meantime, I use both computers.
If you are considering making the conversion to the Mac, my advice is to prepare. Clear off your schedule so you can spend a lot of time getting to know it.
When my schedule clears, I am going on vacation!