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Hello Mac Buh Bye Windows

Updated on December 23, 2009

First let me say, Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Happy New Years and Happy Holidays.

There, I think I've covered all the PC greetings. But regardless - the wishes are sincere!

I wanted to discuss today, the passing of an era for me. After more than a decade, I am going Mac. They say, once you've gone Mac, you won't go back. I now know that to be true.

I have always been a very strong advocate of the Windows operating system given the fact this older Geek-wanna-be learned on a Windows OS. I stayed with Windows through all of the patches they were slow to fix - sometimes actually going into denial ("What breach? We don't have no stinkin' breach!").

Even when those really cool and funny Apple commercials with the "Cool" Mac guy standing next to the dorky PC guy came on - I'd staunchly defended the PC - even going as far as to yell out loud to the T.V. - "Yeah - but Windows has better customer service according to Consumer's Report!"

And that held true for years - Mac stinks when it comes to customer service. One huge problem is the fact Mac screens mysteriously crack and Apple WILL NOT repair or replace them on their dime no matter who is at fault. A chance unrelated search revealed a very poor record with numerous complaints about Mac screens cracking and often it was a crack from within. The complaints always seemed to result in Apple not honoring their warranty. On a Dogpile search, type in "Mackbooks screen cracking" and read the numerous and countless complaints.

Then Best Buy sold Macs. Best Buy has THE best laptop warranties and frankly - that's when the germ of an idea began to form - maybe I should go Mac. But I remained loyal up until a year and 1/2 ago when my husband and I bought identical Compaq laptops with 17" screens and a brand new Vista operating system.

I did the prudent thing - I didn't buy a new OS until over a year after Vista was released. I won't upgrade any computer I own. I've tried that in the past. It's a nightmare. So we bought the "new" Vista OS notebooks and frankly, while quirky - I didn't have nearly the problems everyone else seemed to have. We were happy with our new computers.

Then THREE MONTHS after our purchase, it was announced that Windows was coming out with Windows 7 and that they would release it over a year earlier than they anticipated.

I was TICKED.

I am SUCH a Geek-wanna-be. I own the Storm 2 9550, a Kindle and I'm considering a Barnes and Noble Nook. We have desktop PCs and laptops all over the house to include one of those cute little net-books.

I LOVE electronic gadgets and always crave the latest one.

So I finally caved when I knew my Compaq PC had to go back to the factory for a fix (completely covered under the warranty). I ended up with the Macbook Pro 13.9 " screen (that seems larger than it is BTW) pictured here. I wanted the 15 inch screen size, however - I thought this would be a great introduction. If i like it, I'll get the 17 inch somewhere down the road. Plus, to try out a completely different OS and pay over $1000 more just to get a bigger screen (or so it seemed that's why the price jump) just wasn't going to happen until I knew I'd love it.

I love it. I LOVE this Mac and my only regret is that I didn't go to Mac sooner.

Today the Wall Street Journal has a great article about the differences between a Mac and Windows PC.

There definitely was a learning curve and frankly, I have little patience and don't do learning curves very well - but I have to say this learning curve has been worth every minute.

Just something simple in the design like a lighted keyboard rocks my world. Even the key characters are lighted! BRILLIANT!

And something not often discussed is the part that you plug your power cord into on the PC. The little thing gets yanked, or simply becomes loose, therefore eventually tricking your PC into thinking it's no longer plugged in. That's what I had to bring my PC into the Geek Squad for recently.

My PC had to be sent back to the manufacter - to replace that part, which I found out is soldered onto the motherboard.

I'm told THE MOTHERBOARD must be replaced to fix this problem.

I was stunned. Especially when the techie guy told me this is THE MOST COMMON REPAIR THEY SEE IN THE STORE. For all brands!

You'd THINK that PC makers would figure this out!

So while my PC languishes FOR WEEKS in the HP fix-it place somewhere - I have a Mac with a MAGNETIC connection so that if it is tugged or jolted or I trip over the cord - it simply disengages. No harm to the part, no harm to me, no harm to anyone or anything. BRILLIANT!

I am a bargain person. I don't like to pay retail and in fact, take pride when I get fantastic bargains on anything at all. It's just my thing especially given the fact I was in retail for years from everything to jewelry to electronics.

SO going for the big price jump was very difficult. But - I had a rebate, I saved my "allowance" and did my research. I went in (because I wasn't certain which model I'd buy) and walked out with SUCH a great deal including the warranty and Apple's version of MS Office that regardless of the huge price jump from Mac to PC - I was satisfied.

That is the only real criticism I have though. I don't care for Mac's iWorks. Not a fan. I love MS Office 2007 but that version for Mac has too many bugs to warrant buying it. So for now I'm stuck with the inferior iWorks. It's not a disastrous Word processing program, but it's no Office 2007. The features compared to MS Office are very limited, but I can save a copy in Word format, so for now, it's what I'll use.

For this Geek-wanna-be it's so long to Windows - Bah, Bye! HELLO Mac! I'll probably always have a PC in the house but my main computer is definitely going to be a Mac from now on!

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    • eovery profile image

      eovery 

      8 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

      I have to care for pc at work so I get by at home and have no real issues.

      Had Mac in college, and the were good for somethings, but suck at other. I run too many programs that are for windows only, so Mac's are not a option for me. If you do internet and simple word processing and spreadsheats, Macs are good, but a lot of programs do not run on Macs.

      And the cost difference. Wow, I play aroud with older computers to keep my costs down. I couldn't afford a Mac if I did want one.

      I am happy for all of you who are liking you Macs.

      Keep on hubbing!

    • cjv123 profile imageAUTHOR

      Carol 

      8 years ago from Michigan

      I didn't know you were a Mac lover Pop! I should have known, as we've been saying - GREAT minds think alike! LOL!

    • breakfastpop profile image

      breakfastpop 

      8 years ago

      Dear cjv,

      I love my Mac and I am so glad you love yours too. It is the best!

    • jobister profile image

      jobister 

      8 years ago from Anaheim, California

      I love my Macbook as well. It can handle a lot more work load than PC laptop I was given for work. I love the User Interface and all the free gadgets that are readily available as well. Good hub!

    • cjv123 profile imageAUTHOR

      Carol 

      8 years ago from Michigan

      As I said Hmrjmr1 - my only regret is I didn't change over sooner! What with the cost of all the virus removals I've had to make over the years on all of our PC's - I could have paid cash for a 17" Macbook Pro AND SOME!

      I'm Mac now though and I'm here to stay! As you said - Great Minds DO Think alike!! LOL!

    • Hmrjmr1 profile image

      Hmrjmr1 

      8 years ago from Georgia, USA

      CJV - Just shows Great Minds Think Alike, I got my MacBook in 2007 and it survived over 2 years of world travel and Iraq dust and crude storms. Love my MAC. I have Office for mac 2005 on it and no problems.

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