“I’ve got a funny story this week. Some of you might recall that I told the story of my purchase of a gleaming new Apple iBook in last week’s column,” James Derk writes for Scripps Howard News Service. “Well, that column was picked up by MacDailyNews, which suggested that every Mac reader send me a note welcoming me to the Apple fold.”
“Nice sentiment, but I wasn’t aware of this welcoming gesture when I was sitting in my computer repair shop and decided to check my e-mail (using a Windows machine, naturally) and received so many e-mails that Outlook Express choked on its own lunch and died a horrible, flaming death,” Derk writes. “So thanks for the nice notes, even if I have to FTP in and manually retrieve them one by one someday.”
Derk writes, “I am enjoying my iBook and am undoing my years of Windows programming. I have found most of my applications, even. One of the first things I did was install a 1-gigabyte memory chip from Crucial.com, which triples the installed memory of the iBook… I also am experimenting with Virtual PC 7, which allows me to run Windows XP or 2000 on the Mac. I just got it installed and patched to the latest version and have successfully installed XP Pro. I do confess it’s pretty odd to see the XP desktop on the lovely Apple hardware. (A second confession: When you compare the two desktops, the Apple desktop is elegant and refined and the Windows XP desktop is pretty clunky looking.) Next step is installation of Microsoft Office, but I have to wonder if I need it given Appleworks, which I have not had time to fully examine. I am guessing it is along the lines of Microsoft Works — which I quickly outgrew — but you never know.”
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Er, uh, sorry James. Next time, check your email on a real computer, your Apple iBook with Mac OS X Tiger Mail 2.
In response to Derk’s previous article, we wrote, “Not yet understanding that they are finally free, they stand dazed, blinking in the light of a new world. He still clings to Windows, yet now he bathes in the light of Mac OS X. The initial spark of disdain for Microsoft’s mediocrity is but a day or so away. This moment won’t last long, but Derk has captured it well for posterity.”
Already Derk is proving our prescience by writing things like, “the Apple [Mac] desktop is elegant and refined and the Windows XP desktop is pretty clunky looking.”
Of course, the “we” in the headline means all of us Mac users who emailed Mr. Derk. Thanks as always to all MDN readers!
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iPod Halo Effect strikes tech columnist, gets new Apple iBook after fifteen years of Windows – August 23, 2005