Thursday, April 15, 2010

Makin' the Switch...

So it's official. After years of wondering and months of plotting and planning... I'm a Mac Girl. We've been waiting for the new Mac computers to come out, and when IBM announced their updated line on Tuesday, we were ready. Actually, Aaron was ready...

He came home after work with a new backpack for me. A computer backpack since I get such a shoulder ache from lugging around my four-year-old (and 40 pound) IBM Thinkpad. I was ecstatic about the  backpack, but when he settled in on my shoulders I realized that it was too heavy to be empty. Aaron told me that my old computer was in the case, and since I needed to get some work done I opened the pack to find... my new computer! He bought one of the last three "old" models in the store for a deep discount. How cool is that? Apparently, the guys at the Mac store told him that the last of the old models would be gone by the time they closed that night. Yikes. People like their Macs.

So... Is it all it's cracked up to be? We'll see. So far, I love it. It's user-friendly, the screen is backlit and crystal clear, and it automatically converted my old files. Cool. I'm still figuring many things out, and I'm sure I will be for a long time to come. And right now I miss some of my IBM standbys--like my little "Page Up" and "Page Down" keys. Boo. But learning curve aside, I'm ready to kiss the blue screen of death goodbye. I was actually just having a moment with my old computer when an illegal operation was performed and it shut down my current work in progress. Grrrr. That would explain why I'm writing this post on my new Mac...

Your turn: IBM or Mac??? Why?


  1. Okay, I'm not going to lie to you. The astronomy lab at my college uses Mac's and I can't stand them. I just don't like the feel or the look of the Mac, and I'm not a huge fan of the way it performs. I know I'm being really could just be that our university's computers in the lab are downgraded versions and testy because students are on them all the time. It could also be the network. I don't know. I just don't like them. Sorry. :( I'm definitely a PC girl. Lol.

  2. My husband is a convert too...he used a Mac on a recent mission trip to Haiti, fell in love, and just bought one of the new ones on Tuesday. Personally, I like my PC, but then again, I don't like change (nor do I like the price tag that comes with the Macs). Who knows, he'll probably convert me in time :)

  3. I've been a Mac girl for two years now, and I really like it. My PC just kept crashing all the time, and I've had very few problems since "the switch". If you need a quick button to get you back to the top of your page, hold down Command and then hit the up arrow. Works that way for me! Enjoy the Mac! :)

  4. Lauren, I'm glad you're a PC girl. I battled indescribable guilt at switching... I'm a LOYAL girl--it was very hard for me. But I got so fed up with my computer crashing that I just had to do something... We'll see how it goes.

    Amanda, I'm not a big fan of change either--especially when it comes to my computer. It's almost sacred. My goal was to make the switch in between books so that I could start my new book on a new computer... So far, so good. :)

    Everyone else, thanks for the warm welcome! And Brandi, thanks for the tip. Command and the up arrow works! Wonderful! :)


  5. I just got my very first laptop (I've used work-provided ones in the past) for Christmas! I would have LOVED a Mac, however we didn't have that in our budget at the time. I love my HP laptop so far but I haven't used it a ton yet and am sure down the road I will get a Mac :) Happy writing with your Mac!

  6. Thanks, Britanie! A Mac was on our wish list for years--took a while to save up for it. So far, I'm loving it.