I can't believe I'm here writing this. All my life I never thought it would happen to me, you know? I always thought I could fight it, I wouldn't be the guy who gives in. I've been making fun of the people who do as long as I can remember. The snide remarks, the slightly-less-than-playful jokes. I thought I was stronger than they were, better, cooler. But no - last Friday I gave in... I broke.
My name is Zachary Cohn... and I just switched to Mac.
I've been thinking about it for a while. The sleek unibody aluminum design, the efficiency resulting from it all being designed to work together, a unix base under the hood with a user friendly blanket on top. It was pretty tempting.
I've been using Windows for all my life. Started with 3.1, then 95, then 98. After a brief stint with ME, I got my first XP box. It was awesome! I knew how it worked, inside and out, I had grown up with it, and life was good. I built a desktop and got a laptop. My desktop slowly became a Frankenbox, my laptop got stolen and replaced with my current one. I graduated college, moved to Seattle, and now only have my laptop. It's definitely mine, covered in bumper stickers ranging from Streetlight Manifesto to TechTV, American Parkour to Unicycle.com.
But my laptop is dying. It's old, it's slow, and last time I tried to install linux on it, it was a disaster (Several pieces of my hardware aren't supported). A fresh install of XP (won't run 7) would probably get me another 6 months out of it or so, but recently the battery has gone to hell, it's been BSODing, fans have been failing, and it's overheating like crazy. It was time to move on, and I figured with Black Friday right around the corner, I should hold out until then.
I wanted something reasonably state of the art. It didn't have to be a powerhouse, but I wanted something that wasn't going to be completely obsolete AND useless in a week. I wanted something with solid state hard drives. They cost a penny or two, but I think they're worth it. Mostly I wanted something that had a unified user experience, that was sleek and user friendly and all the pieces were designed to work together... so I started looking at Macs.
I spec'd out a specific one: 15", i5 core, 128gb solid state, 4gb of ram a while ago. Then I waited for Black Friday and watched the Refurbished section on the Apple store. Black Friday came around, and while their deals weren't that impressive (and didn't seem to stack with the educational discount), something of interested popped up on the Refurbished section. 15", i7 core, 128gb ssd, 4gb of ram.
So I bought it. And it arrives later this week. I can count the number of times I've used a Mac on my fingers, and now I'm taking the jump. I have no idea how to use one, I don't know how to install (or even find!) programs on it. But I guess we'll see how it goes...
I'll be using this blog series to chronicle my experiences learning to use a Mac. Check back when I receive my new laptop later this week for Part 2 of ???