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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Dell cannot compete with Apple’s new Mac Pro price or feature set – August 15, 2006
Microsoft Windows five times more expensive for users than Apple’s Mac OS X – August 15, 2006
Apple’s Mac OS X Leopard is 64-bit done right, unlike Microsoft’s Windows Vista kludge – August 14, 2006
Computerworld: Microsoft Windows Vista a distant second-best to Apple Mac OS X – June 02, 2006


  1. JEG

    I don’t agree that Keynote for Windows wouldn’t sell. It is so superior to Powerpoint in terms of the look of the presentations, and there is such a powerful incentive in the business world (and the science/medicine world where I live) to deliver dynamite presentations that I’m pretty confident word would get out and it would start getting adopted pretty quickly (assuming Powerpoint didn’t catch up). Programs like Keynote that produce a file that has to be used on different computers in different locations need to be cross-platform to be optimally useful.

  2. An article and a thread like this must strike the fear of God into IT maintenance departments and not a few businesses like MS and Dell.

    At long last recognition of the Mac as an amazing product is really taking place… and about time too!

  3. Actually MDN, you couldn’t hand him a G4 Powerbook and he wouldn’t know the difference.

    Sorry but the G4 was a dog of a chip compared to the Core Duo in terms of performance.

    Maybe his point wasn’t that he needed specifcally an Intel chip to switch, but what he needed was performance in a laptop that was at least similar to what he could get in the “windows” world?

    Maybe if the PowerPC group could have managed to get the G4 to scale beyond it’s ever decreasing increments in performance, or better, the G5 to no longer require liquid cooling, then he would have switched without Intel?

    my 2 cents


  4. Re: MS Word & PowerPoint via Apple’s Pages & Keynote.

    First, “Carlo” has it correct. Just about everybody can read PDF files. It is the best way to send files. It preserves the original look of the document.

    If you export a Pages file to a Word file (or Keynote to PowerPoint) reload the saved file to see if it looks the same. Word and PowerPoint do NOT have all of the same graphics features as Pages and Keynote. As such, you will loose most of the professional look and effects that the Apple applications offer.

    To prevent this, save your Pages documents as PDF files and if possible, save your Keynote presentations as a QuickTime movie (if they have iTunes on their Windows box, they have QuickTime already installed). Keynote can be one of the lowest price TV advertising creation tools by combining multiple simultaneous video clips and text effects.

    Police voice over a megaphone, “Put the MS Office CD-ROM down on the floor and slowly walk away from it, and no one will get hurt.”

  5. Even the IT expert where I work requested I reboot my Mac when the DHCP wouldn’t give me a valid address.

    Here they put it even on the instructions to get connected (and registered) the first time. After all is done the last point is “reboot”.

    On Windows is absolutely necessary. On Mac OS X as you enter the required information to get DHCP access BOUM you are connected. I have sent I do not know anymore how many emails stating “Guys, rebooting is a PC Windows thing. Not required on Mac OS X. Stop putting that silly request for Mac users: it is a non necessary evil”

    But it is still there. I even showed it real life to a so-called IT expert here, just a guy with a Windows certification, that is totally IT nincompoop, and he went out “Jeez, I do not believe it even as I see it. All your emails were classified as ‘the usual Mac zealot'”

    The instruction “Reboot” IS STILL THERE.

    Sux big time to be on Windows, after a while you turn into a MORON.
    Oh wait, you must be one already to freely choose Windows. Oh well, never mind.

  6. I had kernel panics but then again my quicksilver got hit in an electrical storm.
    After I used the insurance money to buy me a new iMac and MacBook the kernel panics have seemed to go away.

    btw does anyone want a real nice quicksilver case?

  7. @MacDoc
    “HOWEVER, thiere (sic) is one major problem with Keynote: it is Mac-specific.”

    Sorry MacDoc you got it wrong, go into a Keynote presentation and select “Export” under “File” and you have MANY choices available to you including saving as a Microsoft Powerpoint Presentation.

    MW = asked
    as in, you should have asked not presumed. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”tongue wink” style=”border:0;” />

  8. FUDsucker, you should’ve read MacDoc’s entire post – he’s aware you can export as PowerPoint but it’s not always 100% right. I was gonna suggest exporting as a QuickTime file. (The PCs are more likely to have QuickTime installed, aren’t they?)

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