I learned a lot as a result of yesterday's post. **Blushing** I didn't realize I was naive until I clicked on a link or two and found myself wondering, "What do you do with THAT?" There are rabbits and dolphins and a lot of other devices I never knew existed. Someone out there in the Internet world with a sex toy business is actually sending me a gift basket of toys. Thank you very much – you know who you are! In any case, I'm sure we'll come back to sex related topics sometime soon, but for today I'm onto a slightly less controversial subject. Although for some of you, this may still be controversial?
Briefcase surprised me, very generously, on my birthday with the new MacBook. Have you seen it? It's very cool. I was thrilled. My old laptop was having ongoing problems and had been in for work twice in the last six months. (Remember my experience with Masul?) Macs aren't susceptible to viruses and/or spyware. Macs are supposed to be "better" for working with photos and music. I was very excited by my new laptop and couldn't wait to learn how to use it.
This is what I've noticed so far. My Macbook is much faster. The graphics and sound quality are way better on the Mac than on my old laptop (which is a 3 year old HP Pavilion). Working on a Mac is very different than working on a pc. I imagine it is much easier to learn to work a Mac if you are starting off and have no, or very little, computer experience. If you've lived and worked in the pc world for *ahem* a few years, the transition is a little more difficult.
I'm taking the "One on One" classes offered by Apple. I've only taken one so far. I plan to take full advantage of this program because I really want to get the most out of my computer. Hot Apple Employee was very helpful in my first session. I had figured out a lot of the basics myself, but I had a lot of random, scattered, questions too and he answered them all.
I've also learned I'm not a very patient person. I want to know how to do everything right now this very minute. The One on One program includes a rule stating you may not schedule classes more frequently than every seven days. I want to take classes everyday until I am as proficient as any Apple employee. I think it has something to do with my perfectionist nature. (Which by the way, only applies to certain areas of my life and is completely absent in others!)
Apple has a "data transfer" service to move all your information from your old computer to your new one. I have a problem, however. I have some things on our home desktop pc. I have some stuff on my old laptop. I've had no time to drag all three computers down to our local Apple store to get data transferred. Also, did I mention you have to leave the computers down there for two days?
RC does homework on our desktop every night. I don't feel I can take that computer away from him until there's a break from school for a few days. I also know my own fingers are permanently attached to my keyboard. Give up all computers for two days? Nah … we just can't do it. Instead I keep jumping from computer to computer depending on what I want to work on.
Photos and music are primarily on our desktop. All my saved bookmarks (which includes a zillion blogs) are on my old laptop. I haven't had a spare moment to attempt moving data on my own. (Which I just might screw up anyway because … it would be just like me to do that!) Eventually I know I'll get everything on to my Mac, but for the time being I'm playing musical computers.
Have any of you made the transition from pc to Mac? How long did it take for you to feel proficient on your Mac? What features do you like best? If you are a pc user, do you want to, or would you ever consider, switching to Mac? I'm just curious as to your thoughts. I've noticed our Apple store is always ridiculously packed with people. Is there a Mac revolution going on?