Gadget Glee – How a PC Girl Turned Into a Mac Fanboi

My first computer was a Commodore VIC 20. My second computer was a Commodore 64, of course. Somewhere along the way, we had one of these, but I digress.

I’m a PC Girl. I always have been. A friend had a Mac in college. I tried it, but was completely befuddled. I certainly wasn’t going to run out and get one. Throughout the years, I’ve heard the fanbois go on and on about how fabulous macs are. I just didn’t get it.

Throughout the years, I’ve been lucky enough to skip the worst of the Microsoft operating systems (Millenium and Vista, anyone?). My most recent laptop is an HP running Windows 7/64 bit. I loved it enough to jokingly call it my “shiny precious”. But…

I’ve had a couple of problems with it lately. Nothing huge, but still annoying. And I feel like I always need to replace my PCs every year or so. I find myself tweaking a lot to get things to work. But my mac friends were often heard saying “it just works”. So I started having mac-envy a few months ago. It started small, but has steadily grown.

Then my PC battery life was getting so short as to be worthless. I bought an external hard drive that the Windows 7 machine didn’t like, despite supposedly being compatible. The laptop won’t shut down if the external drive is connected to my network. And if it goes to sleep, it won’t come back, but won’t shut off. I need to manually shut it off. REALLY annoying. So I’ve had to disconnect the external hard drive, which is pretty lame.

Cut to the holiday season. I bought myself a little present.


A 15″ Mac Book Pro

I must admit I was completely befuddled when I first got it. I really struggled to get anything done. However, after a few hours I was up and running. I *LOVE* the trackpad. I’ve quickly become addicted to two-finger scrolling. So much so that when I use my corporate PC’s trackpad, I keep trying to do the two-finger scroll. Installing applications has been a breeze. Connecting to my wireless printer was stupid simple. I get it, fanbois, I get it!

I still have Skype and Tweetdeck, my “must-have” apps. I polled people via Twitter and Skype (of course) and came up with a pretty consistent list of apps I needed to have:

VM Fusion
Lotus Notes (of course)

I am really loving it. It’s a breeze to use once you get over the learning curve. And it’s pretty much the same screen size as my PC, but it has to be close to half the weight. Height and width are similar, but it’s half the depth. And it’s prettier.

And you know what? It just works.

  • Don Mottolo

    I know what you mean… first I picked up an iPhone because one of my customers wanted to use Traveler with them… then later I got an iPad after I saw all the cool kids at IAMLUG using them… and now even though I don’t own a MAC laptop, whenever someone asks me “what type of laptop should I get?” I say “get a MAC”. Windows PCs are way cheaper, but you’ll spend hours keeping them working. People love MACs because they spend their time using them, not servicing them. (BTW: Sooner or later I know I’m going to get a MAC laptop.)

  • http://elguji.com Bruce Elgort

    Enjoy it! Made the same choice in 2003 and haven’t turned back.

  • Susan Buloch

    nerd. Welcome to the real world

  • http://www.bleedyellow.com/blogs/asktheclient David Barry

    I would add xMarks. { Link }
    Keep your bookmarks and passwords synced across all your devices PC, Mac, iPad etc.

  • http://xmage.gbs.com Tim Tripcony

    It was the iPad that sucked me in. Had an iPod for quite a few years without becoming a fanboi… since I got the iPad in April, I’ve replaced my media center PC with a Mac Mini and my HP laptop with a MacBook Air. The latter is an absolute dream to use; I felt impulsive buying it, but haven’t regretted the purchase for a moment since actually unboxing it.

    Now if we just had a Designer client for Mac, I would ditch Windows entirely (read: uninstall VirtualBox), but in the meantime I’m rather content.

  • Dan Soares

    Congrats. I first got sucked in with the Ipod Touch 4G that I bought earlier this year. Two months ago I bit the bullet and bought a 13″ Macbook Pro. Took me a while to figure out the trackpad. I’m dense that way. Emoticon

    Like Tim I sure wish they had a Designer/Admin client for the Mac. I’d ditch all association with Windows computers. Can only hope and pray.


  • Jeff Falkingham

    Welcome! I did the same thing in October. My first Apple product was the iPad on launch day in April. I’ve always been an ubuntu guy on my Thinkpad W500. Took out the cash and got a 13″ MBP with 256mb SSD and 8gb of memory. Could they make an operating system any easier? I’ll never go back to Windows.