Liberal blogger on switch from Windows to Mac: I’m sold

“A few months ago I told you how, after two decades in the PC universe, I was considering buying a Mac. The immediate trigger was a really bad experience with a new Gateway computer. But there was a broader dissatisfaction with PCs and interest in trying out Macs. Also, in the field I work in — journalism and web design — Macs are fairly dominant. So I got a Mac Mini to test the water and a nice Mac Cinema display, figuring that if I liked Macs the display would migrate with me when I got a more powerful Mac system,” Josh Marshall writes for Talking Points Memo.

“So I wanted to take a moment and report back on what my experiences have been,” Marshall writes. “Basically, I’m sold. I’ve been using a PC at home and a Mac at work for several months now. And I just prefer using the Mac. A lot. Some of it is simple ease of use, the ‘it just works factor’. It runs with few or no problems. And not having to worry about computer viruses is nice. I’m also doing a lot more working with video… When I think about it, it’s hard for me to point to any one thing that I prefer about the Mac. I’m a pretty adept PC user. And I’m usually able to fix or workaround whatever problems crop up. I think what it comes down to for me is basically three things.”

Marshall’s list:
Quality: Quality of the physical product and its integration with the operating system itself, which also seems light years ahead of Windows. The thing’s just made really well and it shows
Integration: It’s hard to point to any one thing that makes too big a difference. But they build on each other. And all told, they lead to a more pleasant and productive work experience. The new Macs have a suite of programs (iLife) for organizing and editing your photos, videos, music, etc. Amazingly powerful and well-designed. Just right there, ready to use, perfect. If you’re working with graphics and video and anything to do with design, it’s just not even close.
Aesthetics and It Just Works: I like the way the Mac looks and the physical presentation on the screen is vastly nicer than on a PC. Also, things just work a whole lot easier. I plug things in and they work.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: All together now: “Once you go Mac, you never go back!”

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  1. Microsoft could change their logo to a swastika. Then Ron and 7up can show their true colors at last. As Brown Shirt Fascists.

    But then Ron and 7up probably don’t need to wait for Microsoft to adopt what they already have adopted — long ago.

  2. The problem is there are two ron’s on this site. Ron, the normal, everyday mac user… and ron, the homophobe flame baiting mac basher.

    I’m guessing that this iteration of ron is the backwoods, deliverance loving ron who squeals like a pig for his cousin/brother/daddy and actually likes living in a shack in the Appalachian mountains.

    I mean, give him a break folks. It’s gotta be confusing when your mom calls you over and you don’t know if you’re gonna get a hug or a feel up.

    Besides, it’s not his fault that he’s accessing the internet from a pentium 2 machine with a 14.4 modem connected to a dial up party line phone that gets interrupted every time his brother shoots off another toe “accidentally” and they call uncle fester to come over and sew it back on.

    He’s obviously living in 1993 and hasn’t been connected to the news lately. Anybody that thinks Windows is gonna win in the long run is deluded.

    MDN word is “one”… as in he’s just one more mac hating gay bashing flame baiter. Seems like redmond produces them faster than hackers create new windows viruses.

  3. I looked at his site and I wouldn’t call him a “liberal” blogger, just an “intelligent and reasonable” blogger.

    Man, I wish the USA had an intelligent and reasonable president. That would be so awesome.

  4. Subtract gamers like 7up from the installed base of WinDoo users, and there will be only a couple of hundred people left.

    Same goes for the Internet: Subtract those who use it exclusively for porn, and only the gamers will be left.


  5. Ron, and 7up… 7up your bung? When an animal is threatened, the side effects are ugly. Both you guys need tranquilizers and a nice soft bed, surrounded by nice soft walls. The times, they are a changin’, get with it, or get the f__k out of the way.

  6. Oh, so you liked my Judge Smails comment earlier today, huh Ampar? Here’s another:

    Judge Smails: You know, you should play with Dr. Beeper and myself. I mean, he’s been club champion for three years running and I’m no slouch myself.

    Ty Webb: Don’t sell yourself short Judge, you’re a tremendous slouch.

  7. Yep lets just keep buying those OSX boxes full of security holes. Black Hat just showed how close to swiss cheese this crappy OS is. Apple is ripe for the picking and this will mark the end of anyone using these pseudo computers for anything but industrial art. We have all seen “it just works” over the last few days as Apple sends zillions of security updates to attempt to stop the bleeding of security problems on the macintosh.

    Dell and HP are still the computers of choice for those with a brain. Any intelligent person knows that Windows is fast, secure and runs all the software you could ever want. Or you could stick with playing with iTunes and chess on your mac. Decisions…decisions…

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