“After I did the post a couple days ago about my terrible experience with a new Gateway Computer (actually with the computer and the support and pretty much everything else about the experience), I got a number of emails from Mac owners basically saying, ‘Switch to Mac. We all live in computer paradise.’ So I thought I’d answer the question on the site. I must say that from my casual experience, Mac’s always seem to work better, be more intelligently designed, have a nicer screen interface and a bunch of other stuff. And honestly, after this most recent experience, for the first time in my life I’ve seriously considered switching,” Josh Marshall writes for Talking Points Memo. “So, why haven’t I, and, probably, why won’t I?”
Marshall writes that he’s concerned about to cost of switching software and also writes, “I’ve got a decent amount of know-how invested in PCs. I don’t just mean that I’d have to become a computer newbie again. But I can open up my PCs and install things and actually do a certain amount of maintenance on them. Not sure one can do that with a Mac, at least not to the same degree. In the background, I guess there’s also that concern about having ones whole computer set-up and data tied to one company.” Marshall has also become very dependent on using a tablet PC for note-taking.
Marshal writes, “Those are the basic reasons holding me back. (I know the hardware tends to be more expensive. But I pretty much live my life online. So I don’t think the cost in itself, if not too much more, would hold me back.) But I really do sort of secretly wish I could use a Mac because they just seem like they’re better machines. So I’d be very curious to hear from readers. Not just Mac users. In fact, not even primarily Mac users. Who I’d really like to hear from are former PC users who’ve switched to Mac. What have your experiences been? Any major downsides? Either in the final experience or in the transition over — moving your data over, etc? Let me know. I’d be much obliged.”
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MacDailyNews Take: This is some good insight into why the heck some Windows sufferers aren’t killing each other to get to the nearest Apple store first (as all of us here well know they should). Step one for switchers is to take a realistic look at the software they use. What programs do you really use and how much did they really cost? Then take a look at what comes with new Mac. New Macs come with the world’s most advanced operating system, Mac OS X. You won’t need your antivirus programs and spyware scanners and you won’t be wasting processor cycles on viruses and spyware and junk. New Macs also come with a browser (Safari), email client (Mail), IM client (iChat AV), Address Book, calendar (iCal), DVD Player, iLife ’06 ( iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie HD, iDVD, iWeb, GarageBand), Quicken 2006, Omni Outliner, Front Row and more. Next, you need to get on the horn with the makers of the Windows software you want to crossgrade to Mac. You DO NOT pay for a full version and you should not accept such a suggestion from the software company if that’s what they tell you. You have already paid for the software once, you shouldn’t have to do it again. Ask them for the Mac version for the cost of an upgrade (just as if you were upgrading from Windows version to Windows version). It’s just a plastic disk to them at that point. If they refuse you, please let us know about it. Most reputable software makers that value your business will allow for crossgrades from Windows to Mac.
Now, in Marshall’s case, we’re not sure how he pokes around inside his Tablet PC; more likely he’s got a tower and a tablet. For the Mac tower, he’ll want a Power Mac. He’ll find familiar components inside (except it’s much neater inside because Apple actually cares about details) that he can replace and mess around with to his heart’s content. As for the tablet, there’s no Mac tablet. Marshall could keep the Tablet PC (the Mac will network with it just fine) or he could “settle” for a MacBook Pro for now and stay tuned as Apple touchscreen tablet-like patents continue to surface seemingly weekly.
We’re not sure what the concern is about having the “whole computer set-up and data tied to one company,” as any Windows PC you buy runs an inferior operating system that’s — drum roll please — “tied to one company,” Microsoft. Plus the PC hardware itself is generally of lesser design and quality that Apple’s hardware. Apple Computer, Inc. is 30 years old. They aren’t going anywhere. More Windows PC box assemblers have been born and extinguished during Apple’s 30+ years than we can possibly list here. By the way, there is no DellDailyNews.com or GatewayDailyNews.com or LenovoDailyNews.com for a reason. Macs are remarkable, as are most Mac users. Do you want a computer and operating system from a 30-year-old established company known for innovation that has billions in the bank or do you want an operating system from one company that sort of kind of works sometimes if you work at it constantly running on fugly hardware from some box assembler that may or may not be bankrupt, bought up, or fighting for its life within a couple of years?
Please set aside his politics for the time being (pro or con), this is Macintosh we’re talking about here! Please take the points we’ve made in our take and combine them with the best reader feedback from below and write to Mr. Marshall at . He’s teetering on the edge of changing his computing life so much for the better, but he needs a gentle nudge. A few emails answering his concerns should do the trick nicely.
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