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Mac-vs-PC (again)

Following my previous post ‘Are you a Mac (or a PC)?‘, I came across this infographic on Visual.ly (my new favourite site in case you hadn’t noticed. I’ve worked through the data, and I pretty much fall into the Mac category most of the time. I take this as irrefutable evidence that there is such a thing as being ‘mac’ or ‘pc’ – and I’m definitivo ‘mac’!

Take a gander and see where you sit!

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Are you a Mac (or a PC)?

I first saw this film (see the bottom of the post) on JAKEisblogging. And I thought that I would share it some more.

So. Pretty much, there are two types of people in the world. The Macs and the PCs. And, before you ask, I do lump all Linux and what-ever-else in with PCs. Now this isn’t a distinction that I would have readily supported until June 2010. Can you guess what happened in June 2010?

My pre-June 2010 self was perfectly happy with my (relatively expensive) Hewlett-Packard desktop PC. It did pretty much what I needed it to do. Not with much grace, and it did make quite a fuss about it, but it did the job. I also had a Linux net-book that I used for out and about work. It did exactly what I needed. It had a web browser and it did simple word processing. I could write essays, and then just transfer them onto my PC for a bit of last-minute sprucing up. And it was blue (not that I’m a girl or anything – ‘do you know what type of car it was’ / ‘yes officer, it was a red car’). I had an iPod (begrudgingly) and was not that interested in anything else Mac (having paid through the nose for an mp3 player).

So roll on June 2010. I suddenly needed a Mac for work. I ummed and ahhed. Saved and … well, saved. And then the decision was made. I would get a Macbook Pro and sell my desktop (thank goodness for eBay). And if it all went wrong and I couldn’t get along with the Macbook Pro, then I’d have to change back. It had to be tried. Hopefully everything would be ok. I had no experience of Macs, but I had a friend who had recently converted, and I was just a little envious seeing him using his LOVELY new Mac all the time.

So the happy day arrived. A bit like my wedding day, but without the flowers. I joined in eternal partnership with my lovely new Macbook Pro. It took me a LONG TIME to even get it out of the box. The box was so lovely. I liked just looking at the box. Touching it. But eventually, I got on with the un-boxing (no, I didn’t film it). Everything about the Macbook was as promised. Beautiful silver casing. Glowing apple on the lid. Lovely keyboard. Stunning screen.

It took me about a fortnight to get used to the mac-ness of everything, but I was soon a total convert. I migrated my whole life over to Mac. My emails. My websites. My media. My whole existence. I even got an iPhone for full integration. And I’ve never looked back to the old world of PC. My lovely Macbook is all I need.

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So one year on. How is everything? Well, the Mac looks every bit as lovely as it did on that very first day. The brushed aluminium body is unmarked (and I do travel with my Mac a fair bit, so this is good going), the screen is as bright and colourful as it should be. Again, unmarked. I got some excellent screen cleaner for a few stubborn marks that had appeared over the year, and now it is as it once was. It works fast. It works well. The level of integration between all the different software programmes is great. You can access other media and files from within the individual programmes. Less fussing about altogether.

And I’m a pretty heavy computer user. I’m working on this thing at least eight hours a day. And I’m uploading, downloading, and working in several programmes simultaneously. All the time. And it copes. It gets a bit hot under the collar sometimes, but it copes. Which is more than could have been said for my expensive PC (which frequently closed it’s eyes and drifted off into a coma).

So. I promised a film. What is it then? Well, it is obviously made by Apple (or someone firmly in favour of all things Apple), but it shows the machining of the unibody – the single piece of aluminium that frames the Macbook Pro. And it is a beautiful thing. Watch. Be happy.