So how did a Mac come into play to someone who has obviously grown up and used Microsoft products his whole life?
I think the change started back in 2005 when I moved away from Vancouver, BC for work and ended up living in a small town of around 9,000 people. I moved away from my regular gaming buddies and although I tried to maintain the gaming by myself, it just wasn’t the same. I continued to game, and still do, but not to the extent that I used to and it just wasn’t a priority any more. 2 years later I ended up getting married and found there were more important things to spend my time on than playing games in front of a computer. I took up DSLR photography and started learning how to use Photoshop… of course Apple also has their awesome marketing campaigns and although I vowed not to get drawn to a system just because of marketing, I definitely was curious why more and more people were going to Macs.
From My History of Computing post:
In October 2008, I was at our local Futureshop looking around at the computers and gadgets like any normal geek and I started talking to one of the Apple associates in the store. He started with the normal speal about the Apple products but once he realized that I was someone who actually knew something about computers proceeded to get into the nitty gritty details of how Macs are built etc. I spent about an hour and a half with him playing around with the MacOS and came back a few days later and played around with the OS a bit more, did some research on transferability of programs from Windows and ended up buying a white MacBook.
So my Mac history so far is as follows:
- October 2008: White 13″ MacBook, Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4Ghz, 2GB DDR2 RAM, 160GB hard drive; upgraded it myself to 4GB DDR2 RAM, 320GB hard drive (currently my wife’s computer).
- May 2009: Silver 15″ MacBook Pro (used), 2GB DDR2 RAM, 160GB hard drive; upgraded it myself to 320GB hard drive. Sold it in August 2009.
- August 2009: Unibody 15″ MacBook Pro, 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2GB DDR3 RAM, 250 GB hard drive; upgraded it myself to 4GB DDR3 RAM, 500GB hard drive (currently my computer).
It’s been just over a year since I made the switch over to Mac and I have to say that I have absolutely no regrets. When people ask me to suggest a computer for them to buy, my standard response to them is something like “IF you’re not planning on doing any gaming, AND can afford the higher price of a Mac, then I would definitely suggest going with a Mac. The stability and ease of use has no comparison to a Windows system and everything just works out of the box; no need to spend countless, frustrating hours searching for drivers online. Also, since Apple started using the Intel chipsets on their computers, you can very easily install Windows on a partition just in case you just can’t do without a certain program that doesn’t run on MacOS.”
I don’t think I would call myself a MacTard because in my opinion, MacTards are those people that are Mac-this and Mac-that and don’t even consider anything else at all. In my opinion they are very close-minded and should just go find an island to live on. As for me, I’m not closed to the potential that Windows 7 will be an awesome OS but for my current needs of Internet, Office Suite use, Photoshop use, iTunes syncing, and keeping my calender in sync with my iPhone, I’m going to stick to my Mac… BUT, I am definitely not close-minded towards what the future holds and may make a switch later on if it’s really worth it.