Switching from Windows to Mac can be surprisingly smooth

“With so much talk about the iPod these days, one could almost forget that Apple still makes peppy, eye-appealing computers. Fortunately, they still do, and I recently had the opportunity to coddle one of their new iBook G4 laptops,” Brett Burney writes for The Cleveland Plain Dealer.

“Portable Apples come in two flavors – the affordable and friendly iBooks, and the higher-end PowerBooks. If you’re a student or average computer user, the iBook G4 provides plenty of power packed in an elegant, white, ultratough polycarbonate plastic shellm” Burney writes. “Apple’s operating system (Mac OS X) is extremely intuitive. Granted, it does take a bit of getting used to if you are a Windows user, but switching can be surprisingly smooth. Since I am a big ‘right-clicker’ in Windows, I did have to get used to the single button on the iBook. This wasn’t hard at all, but I eventually plugged in an external mouse with two buttons (and a wheel) that installed and worked perfectly.”

“The iBook G4 laptops ship with a tremendous amount of useful software, including Safari (Internet browser) and the incredible iLife suite, which includes iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie and GarageBand,” Burney writes. “If the iBook is the rocket, then iLife is the fuel that empowers you to organize, manipulate and create digital music, photos and movies. Without any training, I was able to comfortably combine images and music into an impressive QuickTime movie.”

Burney writes, “You’ve undoubtedly heard the interminable debate between Windows and Apple users. And while I’m not trying to take sides, I was thoroughly delighted with the iBook and Max OS X. The vast majority of computer users in today’s world work on Windows-based machines, but I see how an Apple can become your primary computer.”

Full article here.

More information about easily adding an Apple Mac OS X machine to your computing arsenal here.


  1. “…I see how an Apple can become your primary computer.”

    I’ve done it. I bought this here G3 PowerBook on the 20th anniversary in January, and I haven’t looked back.

  2. Me too! Got an iMac for my rents’ first computer las Sept., loved it, got a PB 17 for myself and now am gradually switching the computers in my small business.

  3. I still think the task based GUI for Windows is far superior blah blah blah Longhorn will blow away OS X blah blah blah Transcoding on Longhorn will be better blah blah blah Apple are going bankrupt anyway blah blah blah I’m a twat blah blah blah

  4. heh heh heh, I love that quote too, Yak. In fact, I’m selling my PC setup right now in anticipation of my Dual 1.8Ghz G5 tower which is on the way right now. More than 2 years ago, you prolly would have heard me laughing at the Mac way of life. Here I am, firmly rooted in that very life. And loving every minute of it. 😀

  5. I switched in 1984, before Windoze was born. Yeah, I’ve been forced to use Windoze in my various jobs since then, so I know what a real turd it can be.

  6. congrats on those who’ve switched from the pain of windows, to a surprisingly affordable mac solution (I got an eMac here…)

    what a delight to use

  7. What I want to know is what did Brett Burney install to get his two button mouse running on OS X.
    Mind you, I don’t use one but both my sons do. They never installed any drivers.

  8. I switched a couple of years ago. I’m now happily running my G5 constantly, and supporting 4 other macs, including my wife, daughter, 80 year old father in law and his 85 year old brother. No major problems to report, the old folks send email and use Safari.

    I’ve bought about a dozen PC’s for my software business over the years. I’m trying to make my house a Microsoft free zone. It depresses me that I have to use a PC for work.

    My friends are all afraid of the Mac because they have so much invested in their PC’s, they think they will be trading one set of problems for another.

  9. MacFinn, I use a Kensington Orbit 2-button trackball. No drivers were needed. I’ve never had an issue with it, except when my 1-year old crawls under the desk and grabs the cable ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  10. Hey! What’s with pop up ads that circumvent my google toolbar?? I’m on my Winblows machine at work right now and I use IE because I design websites and have to see what the poor suckers on Wintendo see. God that’s annoying.

  11. What I want to know is what did Brett Burney install to get his two button mouse running on OS X.
    Mind you, I don’t use one but both my sons do. They never installed any drivers.

    MacFinn: OS X supports two button mice and scroll wheels natively, just plug it in to the USB port and you are good to go. You can use the particular software for your particular multibutton mouse to add more features, but it is not necessary.


  12. MacFinn,
    I have Wacom Graphire and Intuos 2 tablets connected to all three of my Macs (iBook, PowerBook G4 and a dual G5 tower). I love the freedom that gives me to use either the cordless three button mouse with scroll wheel (included) or the cordless pen (included) on all of the machines. They work perfectly although one does have to install a driver to use all the features of the tablets.

  13. Two things that jumped out at me when I switched a few months ago…a Mac is truly plug and play, not the plug and pray that you’re used to with Windows. And also “sleep” mode actually works. That blew me away because every Windows PC I ever had would be unstable as hell afterwards if it would even wake at all. Once you go Mac, you’ll never go back.

  14. I’ve also used two-button mice (with scroll wheels) with no problems, and no drivers required. Although my MacMice one did come with its own driver which supposedly gives the user more control over features. Frankly, I thought it was a bit too hyper and switched back to my cheapy Logitech one. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

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