I want to own a Mac.
I just don't think I can justify it.
I know Apple computers are more stable, but, and this may only be my impression, PCs are far cheaper, and they have infinitely more programs available by actual count… because I'm still counting.
And never having used a Mac, I don't know how much easier it is to use on a daily basis, but I do know that Vista is unnecessarily complicated, though once you get through the learning curve, it's not so bad, I think… but I'll have to let you know for sure when I do.
There's a Microsoft ad running now that tells how people were given Vista to use and they were apparently told it's a future operating system in development – and the loved it. The point apparently is that the wonderful new operating system is available right now, so rush out and get one.
Except that the ad has me screaming every time I see it, so it's fortunate that I've only happened upon it a few times.
First, you know these ignorant morons were thoroughly coached, something that Microsoft doesn't do for people who actually buy their product, and second, the ad talks about some great features and things you can do with Vista, but it doesn't tell you that you can't do them with the system as it comes installed on your computer. At minimum it requires add-ons and upgrades.
And on the other hand, I thought I needed Vista to take advantage of all the news technology that's out there – and I do, but only because Microsoft abandoned Windows 98 and XP, and so outside developers must as well.
But here are the bigger problems in switching to a Mac, at least as I perceive them:
1) The cost is prohibitive. last May, I bought the Dell with a 2.4g processor, 320g hard drive, Blu-ray ready video card, and a 24" monitor for $750. delivered. My belief is that a Mac of similar configuration would have been fifty percent more?
2) I haven't bought a program for my computer since the early nineties. Everything is available for free, and more comes out everyday, and I marvel that I paid forty bucks for Print Shop in like 1990, and now you get programs that would have cost hundreds back then, and they cost nothing.
And I probably install two or three on an average day (which is likely one of the big reasons I have problems). There are programs for literally everything – sticky notes, checking all your email accounts, web and POP3 from one program, and other utilities that wake your head spin with delight, a lot of which you didn't realize you needed until you see them and read what they do.
And then there are the tweakers – which are probably another huge reason why I have to reinstall Vista every other month, but some of them work shockingly well, such that I bet I've sped up and already fast system by a third to fifty percent.
In other words, I think I'm going through a painful period of readjustment, and that when I find what works, and what doesn't destroy the system I'll be a lot happier. So I expect some problems, it's just that I'm never prepared for the size and scope of some of them.
Regarding the Mac, I'd be willing to pay more if it could do all that I can do with a PC, but only marginally more – like fifty bucks, and I'd go a hundred for something dazzling. Otherwise, Dealing with Vista is both painful and stressful, and the help screens are worthless, but I can usually find answers on the Net, and when I can't, I know it's because I've done something no one else is experiencing, and yes, that means I take responsibility for causing a number of my problems…
But I'd never tell Dell that.
Besides, I like those darn Indians, and I get to talk to them for five more months. I'll tell ya, if I didn't already have a wife… who better than an Indian woman who knows Vista?!