Using Windows less and less; columnist prefers Mac ‘because it works’

Sandy McMurray, writing for The Globe and Mail, has a new column called, “iThink.” Here are some excerpts:

“This new column is written for Mac users, and for those who are curious about Mac stuff. As such, I thought it might be a good idea to begin with a few words about my ‘conversion’ from PC to Mac user.”

“It happened gradually. I’ve been writing about computers for almost 10 years, and I’ve been using PCs and Macs side-by-side since 1996 or so.”

“Right now, there are two computers in my office. One runs Windows XP, the other Mac OS X. Both computers are powerful and useful. They’re both connected to my printer and my high-speed Internet connection.”

“Most of the time, I use the Mac.”

“It’s not that there’s anything wrong with the PC. It’s just that I find my blood pressure goes down when it’s turned off.”

“Mac OS X is stable and reliable, and usually does what it’s told. I don’t have to deal with unexpected system crashes and blue screen errors. I don’t have to reboot twice a day. The new Mac OS uses protected memory, which keeps bad programs from harming each other or the system. If a program does crash, other programs keep working and the system is unaffected.”

“I don’t worry about computer viruses. Most viruses specifically target Windows, so Macs are immune. Although there are a few Mac-specific viruses, there hasn’t been a new one since 2001.”

“I still have a Windows machine, but I use it less and less each day. I’ve switched to the Mac because it works and because it doesn’t make me miserable.”

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  1. Excellent article. I am a tech support worker (PCs with Windows 9x, 2000, and soon XP), and just last week was telling one of the people I support about why I have a Mac instead of a PC at home, so I emailed him a link to this MacDailyNews page as reinforcement of what I was talking about.

  2. Formulaic and derivative. Overly simplifies Mac maintanance. This is pie-in-the-sky, perfect (Mac) world prose and regretfully, misleading, judging by a quick read of user reports at say Macintouch or MacFixIt.


  3. A review of support sites like MacFixIt will of course show mainly problems–people don’t seek support when they don’t have a problem! For that matter, any forum is more likely to include problems rather than “all is well for me” posts. There’s not much motivation for the latter, so the minority of problems becomes the majority of discussions. Which is as it should be, so that they can be solved.

    Sandy’s impressions of Mac vs. XP are not identical for everyone, but they do mirror what I–and in my experience, most people–tend to find. Macs aren’t perfect, just much closer!

  4. He does make one mistake… he says you can’t get new Mac for $799! Must have written the article a month ago, then–an eMac is $799, or $749 for eduation. And a nice machine, too. (I’m biased: I’m posting from an eMac–one less well-equipped than the current bottom end, but it’s a great machine.)

  5. Won wrote:

    >Formulaic and derivative.

    His column appears to be directed at newspaper readers with some interest in technology, but are perhaps not technically inclined, so I suppose he has to talk down to them a bit. After all, it does say “Sandy McMurray has been writing about technology in plain language since 1995.”

    > Overly simplifies Mac maintanance. This is pie-in-the-sky, perfect (Mac) world prose…

    Maybe it just seems that way next to Windows. Sorry, couldn’t resist ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  6. “This is pie-in-the-sky, perfect (Mac) world prose and regretfully”

    Actually, this “Pie-in-the-sky” you refer to is a reality on the Mac platform. As someone else said… To a Windows user it must seem truly unbelievable, but thats why most Mac users avoid Wintel like the plague.

    We have four Macs in our home office.

    Performa 8600

    iMAC DV


    And the new Flat panel iMac.

    The 8600 is 7 years old, the G4-500 is 5 years old, the Imac DV is 5 years old.

    NONE of these machines has ever had a single hardware failure nor the need to EVER reinstall the system software other than to upgrade to a new version of the Mac OS. Nearly all the machines are on 24/7 and have been their entire lives. They are all still running their original components (Hard Drives, CD/ROM drives etc.)

    Who said Macs were more expensive? Most PC users would have bought a new PC at least once in the last 7 years. In fact, find me a Wintel machine thats 7 years old that isn’t now in a landfill! LOL!

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