“Maybe it’s because I’m a tech guy, but everyone in my orbit who makes ‘The Big Switch’ always seems to tell me about it first. Voice low, eyes wide, they confess to buying an Apple the way one admits to robbing a liquor store, or running off with another woman: Having loved their sleek and functional iPods and iPhones for years, they finally broke down and crossed all the way over to the Dark Side. And yes, they are inevitably happier as a result,” Marc Stephens writes for The Biscayne Times.
MacDailyNews Take: The Dark Side is Microsoft, Mr. Tech Guy. Those people finally crossed over into the light, took the red pill, woke up and finally bought themselves Macs.
“And it’s not hard to see why. Both the iPod and iPhone remain the gold standard in personal-service hardware — two near-miraculous pieces of machinery, as practical and well-designed as they are addictive,” Stephens writes. “Who wouldn’t be tempted to thrust their daily computing chores into the 21st Century at long last, and with the same company that made music and communication so much fun?”
“But first the downside… most people who switch from PC to Mac must also learn to navigate the inevitable ‘two-timing’ challenge. Unlike longtime Apple owners, a PC user also faces the irreducibly backbreaking chore known as ‘migration’ — i.e., relocating all of your resident programs, games, and vital work processes to a new and different computing platform. Laziness and/or technical difficulties often follow, so that in many cases this transformation is never fully realized, leaving our poor idealistic Mac owner with a shameful PC crutch sitting back home in his den — not to mention the massive headache of switching back and forth from machine to machine, depending upon the task at hand,” Stephens writes.
MacDailyNews Take: It’s not as hard as Stephens makes it out to be. In fact, the easiest way is to let Apple do it. If you buy a Mac at an Apple Retail Store and bring in your old Mac or PC, a Genius can move all your files for you. For free. Or you can use a USB or FireWire hard drive or a local network to transfer photos, music, documents, and more. Learn how to move data (files) from a Windows PC to Macintosh computer here.
Stephens continues, “The general Microsoft Windows graphic interface was likely lifted from the Macintosh decades ago anyhow, and for all the MS-Windows iterations since that time, the Mac operating system still enjoys a well-deserved reputation for stability and dependability far beyond that of XP. Besides, if it is Windows interoperability you want, the Mac operating system now comes preloaded with Apple’s “Boot Camp,” a built-in Windows interface that allows all Microsoft-related software to run locally, as if it were resident on a genuine PC.”
MacDailyNews Take: Not exactly. You still need a copy of whatever version of Windows you plan to slum with on your Mac. Boot Camp comes with every new Mac, and it lets you run Windows natively — as if your Mac were a crappy PC. If you want to run Mac OS X and Windows side by side, you can purchase Parallels Desktop for Mac or VMware Fusion. Install one of these applications, along with the Windows Installation CDs, and you can slum it with Windows programs right next to your Mac applications, without having to restart.
Stephens continues, “I’ll leave you with just one final question: Have you ever seen an Apple store empty? Me neither.”
Full article, which contains even more disinformation, but with an overall positive tone towards Mac switching despite it all, here.