Yesterday, I was walking through New York’s Union Square Subway station and noticed a panel of Microsoft “I Am a PC. Are You a PC?” advertisements. I have been a PC since I was a young gal. I grew up in a PC family using Windows 95, then Windows 98 and then Windows XP desktops.
When I went to college, all I wanted was a Dell Inspiron 8200 laptop (my college friends will remember the name I gave it – “Delly”) and when I graduated I bought a Sony VAIO running Vista. But the ad made me ask myself: am I really only a PC? If I don’t know anything other than being a PC, how can I be sure? That’s probably not what the Microsoft marketing execs wanted.
I have only used Apple computers for one project. When I was editor of the Union College newspaper we had Power Mac G4 desktops running Mac OS X v10.2 (Jaguar). I did all my work as editor on my Inspiron and only did layout using the Apples in the newsroom. Since then, I haven’t used Macs. I haven’t even reviewed them for LAPTOP Magazine (only once did I do a piece on Apple security software). I figured it was time to give Apple and its Mac OS a real shot to decide if I am just a straight PC shooter. I plan to use this new Macbook I am typing on for the entire week. My promises: I will not use my Sony VAIO FZ Series laptop for the next week. I will not use my work Dell Desktop (unless I have to use our work network to check in an articles to one of my editors). I will not use Microsoft OS laptops (unless I have to review a new netbook). Are you thinking of switching to a Mac? Or just interested in a newbie’s experience? I encourage you to follow me on my journey of Mac discovery. For those experienced Mac users any advice is welcomed. This morning alone I have learned about Expose and Spaces.