Recovering PC User Tells All: Why I Obsessively Love my Mac

I Heart My Mac

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Alright, this post is just a shameless plug for my iMac on the Leapord OS X. But really, this computer has allowed me to use so many organizing and helpful tools so that I can expand both my business and improve my use of time. I know this is a bit off topic, but I just have to share some of the reasons why my Mac has made it possible for me to progress my quest for organizing, budgeting, and overall happiness since I have owned it.
For years I have wanted a Mac. I just never was ready to take the leap until Parallels (and Boot Camp) arrived. I bought my first laptop mac, but was quickly scared by my failure to get Boot Camp working and quickly returned it and went back to the comfort of my PC.

Now, I know that most Mac converts already know this stuff, but a lot, and I mean a lot, of PC users don’t. So, I’m going to share my version of what you’re missing out on if you still own a PC.

Time Machine Rocks

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What PC Users are Missing:

  • I can use my mac and PC software at the same time
  • I don’t have to buy or install virus software all the time, that comes with the mac worry free
  • I don’t have to worry about backing up my files. I just plug in an external hardrive and Time Machine does all the work without me thinking about it. If you want to revert, its actually FUN to enter into the time machine which looks sort of like a star wars show and go back in time to a previous edition of a file, etc.
  • Built in video, fun tools, iPhoto, and so much more. I’m not kidding, the list goes on and on with the features that PC’s are leagues behind on.
  • Expose is awesome to be able to view multiple windows that you are working on at once and the dashboard widgets are also an easy and simple way of keeping your workspace clean, but allowing for quick access to widgets of your choice.
  • There are many applications that come standard with the Mac and many free or cheap ones to install that just run, there is very little to do to get your apps running.

Trade Offs – What Will I Loose if I Switch from a PC?

  • Old software that isn’t compatible may not work. Its unlikely though. You can get Parallels to work with XP or a newer version of windows, which works with most old software.
  • Add on software tools do have an upgrade cost associated with them, such as Parallels. For some reason Parallels tells me I don’t have enough 3D video memory for optimal performance, which surprises me as I got my mac not 6 months ago.
  • You have to adjust to folders and icon sorting, as well as a slightly different way of using applications, but the newer version of PC operating systems like Windows 7 and Vista are moving in that direction anyway.
  • That’s all I can think of off hand. You can still use Microsoft Office if you are addicted to that. However, I have also become a large fan of iWork and the Mac Office tools. UPDATE: Please see the comments below about compatibility issues if you are an avid Microsoft Office and software user. You may not be able to make the switch if you are, because it just plain wouldn’t be worth it.

If you can, I say ditch the PC. Its worth it.

3 thoughts on “Recovering PC User Tells All: Why I Obsessively Love my Mac

  1. Although I'm pleased to hear that you're enjoying the switch, I'd have to say my own experience of starting to live with a Mac after 20+ years on PCs is by no means an unequivocal win. I've noticed, however, that the complaints I've had don't seem to matter to others, so I think at the end of the day it's a case of 'horses for courses'. In particular, I'm noticing that I was always in the top 5% of 'power users' for business management tools (things like all the advanced functionality of Outlook, Excel, Exchange Server, etc…) and so the struggles I'm having using Office for Mac (which is nowhere near as capable as the Windows version) go unnoticed by most other users. And although I could run them on Parallels, it becomes clumsy and, yes, unstable, if I'm running most of my most intensive applications in that environment all the time.
    If I want (or need) full Exchange support in my client apps I really can't use Mac Mail/iCal, so I use Entourage for Mac (Business Edition) – but there's still no dragging and dropping of emails to create tasks/appointments, it crashes a couple of times a day, it uses the screen real estate very inefficiently. And the Mac versions of Office applications have no VBA support – in other words, all the advanced programming of Excel spreadsheets that Windows users have learned to leverage very successfully simply won't work on native Excel for Mac.
    Of course, I do enjoy my Mac – it's a very slick machine, and a lot of the 'home entertainment' tools (things like managing my photos, music, etc…) are very cool. I love the battery life on my MacBook Pro, and there's no doubt it makes a very professional impression with clients. But there's no beating the productivity of Windows for true power business applications operating in multi-disciplinary, integrated environments – and if a majority of your work is done in those settings, why would you boot up off OS X just to then switch to Parallels?
    Anyway, just my 2 cents 🙂

  2. Thanks Philip, I can appreciate your perspective. I especially had no
    idea the Mac version of Office is not supported.

    As I mentioned in my post, everything is not perfect for me either, as
    some of my PC software doesn't work with Parallels, and its not
    supported as something that my Mac coverage or Parallels support can
    really help me troubleshoot. I have also noticed a slightly slower
    response when loading my apps on Parallels. However, my system itself
    is much more stable than any PC I've ever owned.

    For years, I had hear mention that Macs were better for design and the
    creative type, and that may actually hold true in your case. It may
    not be capable of supporting PC software as much as it should be for
    certain people to make the switch.

    There are many reasons why businesses can't just switch back over to
    Macs, and you've hit it on the nail with those reasons – there are
    still compatibility issues that are not receiving the correct support
    because they are made by competing companies.

    For me, having to only buy and maintain 1 computer to do web design
    alone is worth some of the compatibility issues.

    Since my post is really quite biased towards my personal, web design
    and organizing needs, I'll add a little disclaimer and list a few more
    reasons why you may not be able to use a Mac. Thanks!

  3. Thanks Philip, I can appreciate your perspective. I especially had no
    idea the Mac version of Office is not supported.

    As I mentioned in my post, everything is not perfect for me either, as
    some of my PC software doesn't work with Parallels, and its not
    supported as something that my Mac coverage or Parallels support can
    really help me troubleshoot. I have also noticed a slightly slower
    response when loading my apps on Parallels. However, my system itself
    is much more stable than any PC I've ever owned.

    For years, I had hear mention that Macs were better for design and the
    creative type, and that may actually hold true in your case. It may
    not be capable of supporting PC software as much as it should be for
    certain people to make the switch.

    There are many reasons why businesses can't just switch back over to
    Macs, and you've hit it on the nail with those reasons – there are
    still compatibility issues that are not receiving the correct support
    because they are made by competing companies.

    For me, having to only buy and maintain 1 computer to do web design
    alone is worth some of the compatibility issues.

    Since my post is really quite biased towards my personal, web design
    and organizing needs, I'll add a little disclaimer and list a few more
    reasons why you may not be able to use a Mac. Thanks!

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