The Age: Switch to Apple Mac; just say no to Microsoft Windows

“In this column two months ago I mentioned my intention to move to the Apple Macintosh. I have now done so,” Graeme Philipson reports for The Age. “When my MacBook Pro arrived I threw myself straight into it. I started using it immediately, for a large and important PowerPoint presentation I needed the following Monday.”

MacDailyNews Take: You should’ve used Keynote instead of crappy old PowerPoint, Graeme. It would’ve looked a lot better; no question about it. Take a Keynote presentation into a room expecting a PowerPoint snorefest and you’ll wake them up posthaste. But, we digress.

Philipson continues, “The first thing was to copy all my files across from my old PC. This was a simple enough job – I didn’t try to network the machines, but used a 5 GB USB drive I have. Then I installed Microsoft Office for the Macintosh. I’m not getting rid of Microsoft entirely. It’s Windows I can’t stand. I’m a heavy user of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and the fact that they are available on the Mac made my decision much easier. All these applications actually work better on the Mac. The interface is cleaner. And the files are identical to the PC versions, so any Office file created on the Mac can be read by the PC, and vice versa. No compatibility issues at all. I can report that PowerPoint on the Mac is a little flaky – it has a nasty habit of disappearing and not saving your file.”

MacDailyNews Take: Graeme, here’s what you do: drag PowerPoint to the Trash and use Keynote instead. You have a Mac, so take advantage of it. But, again, we digress.

Philipson continues, “But what is the Mac like to use? In every department, it beats the PC hands down. The machine itself is quite handsome. The file structure and the way all the utilities work are different, but very easy to get used to and far more intuitive than with Windows.

“That’s the way it is with just about everything on the Mac, you plug it in and it works. Now, none of this is news to Mac users. They have been smugly asserting for years that the Mac is better and easier. I have often criticised Apple over the years, and commented on the Mac’s declining market share, but I have always acknowledged its technical superiority,” Philipson reports. “I was for many years of the opinion that Windows was good enough, and that the advantages of a much greater choice of software and the ready availability of technical support – not to mention the lower cost – made it the more sensible choice. But I eventually tired of the endless reboots, the constant threat of viral infection, and the incredibly clunky nature of Windows. I live on my computer, for work and play, and it’s important to have the best. Once the Mac went with the Intel processor, my mind was made up.”

Philipson writes, “That means that the Macs can now run Windows. I could set my machine up to boot Windows if I wanted, but I can’t see any reason to do so. I need to run the odd Windows application (my wine cellar software is the most important), but my old PC, now relegated to a corner of my desk, can do that. I can see absolutely no reason why anyone should not run a Macintosh. Microsoft ties itself in knots trying to get Vista to market, while Apple has a better operating system now.”

MacDailyNews Take: Boy, some of these Mac newbies sure love that they have “Intel Inside” even though Mac OS X Tiger is exactly the same thing with PowerPC inside (unless you plan to run Windows at native speeds, of course – which Philipson doesn’t plan to do). We could hand him a PowerBook G4 and he wouldn’t know the difference. Oh well, whatever it takes to get them to finally switch, we guess… and, yes, we digress.

Philipson reports, “The Mac makes it all easy, with maximum integration and with a supremely elegant operating system. And I’ve had to reboot twice in two weeks, down from twice a day under Windows. I’ve been amazed at how many other people I’ve met recently who have moved to the Mac. There is definitely a move on. The Mac’s market share is up. Windows – just say no.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: We nitpick above, as is our wont, but this is a very positive piece for Apple and the Macintosh platform. Get a Mac, world! We’re not quite sure why Philipson’s having to reboot Mac OS X twice in two weeks, though; that seems an awfully high amount. Software updates, maybe? We can’t get Tiger (10.4.7) to kernel panic even if we try.

MacDailyNews Notes for Newbies: If you cannot quit an application in the normal way, try forcing the program to quit by choosing Force Quit from the Apple menu or by hitting Command+Option+Escape. In the dialog box that appears, select the unresponsive application and click Force Quit. Also, drag your hard drive(s) into the right side of the Dock and leave them there. Then just click+hold or right-click on the drive(s) to access the contents. We have no idea why Apple doesn’t ship Macs configured this way by default.

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43 Comments

  1. I reboot only when required for Apple software updates, and for those few occasions when a severe storm is nearby, I unplug the Mac. Other than that, it just sleeps when I do. I really can’t remember the last time my Mac locked up, and I’m doing graphics on an old 800Mhz 15″ FP Mac.

    I suspect the author is unnecessarily rebooting and may not know about “Force Quitting” applications. Some web sites can make Safari appear to lock up.

  2. We’re not quite sure why Philipson’s having to reboot Mac OS X twice in two weeks, though,

    My guess is that he still THINKS like a PC user. I found my sister rebooting, even though she didn’t have to, because the habit was so ingrained in her from years of using a DELL.

    She is using a PowerBook G4 and loving every minute of it.

  3. Ok well I switched over from winblows about 2 years ago. I have everything Apple except M$ office 04 which I got for 15$ from school. I was wondering if I switch to iWork and get rid of M$ office how will that affect me??? I mean if I type a word type document in iWork will it be able to be read in Word? not for me but lets face it most of the population has M$ Word. Say I were to send a resume on Monster.com and they require a .doc extenstion will it read what I wrote in iWork. Basically what I am getting at is if I don’t have my PB to show what I have will other people be able to see what I have done in iWork using there office apps???

  4. There is no question that Keynote is vastly superior to Powerpoint: both in ease of slide preparation and in the way the slides look and transition. HOWEVER, thiere is one major problem with Keynote: it is Mac-specific. Most places I go to give talks have PCs hooked to their projectors, especially at large meetings and conventions. And, even if Macs are available they rarely have Keynote. This means I have to at least carry the Keynote program as well as the presentation, and usually I have to carry my whole laptop. Even then, at large meetings, where the projection is done by professional companies, it is usually impossible to get them to accept anything but Powerpoint slides since they know nothing of Macs and can’t be bothered to stop and hook one up to the projector in the middle of the meeting. Of course Keynote slides can be transformed into Powerpoint, but the transformation is almost never perfect. Apple will need to release a Windows version of Keynote, as it did for iTunes, if it ever wants the program to really compete with Powerpoint for anything other than small group presentations.

  5. I did have Apple tech support recommend rebooting on the order of once a month. If you are in and out of numerous programs, there may be “memory leaks” and other cruft that accumulate over time, and rebooting clears that up. But anything more than weekly is a holdover from FeeCee habits.

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