Get A Mac


POSTED ON MONDAY, MARCH 25, 2013 AT 11:42 PM

In the past year, we've seen more people switch from PC to Mac than ever before. Everywhere we go now, we see Macs — lots of them. In coffee shops, in every second advertisement on television and when we walk past various shops and businesses, glancing into their windows (no pun intended), we see an Apple Computer located somewhere on the premises. What's going on?

Fifteen years ago, you used to get laughed at if you used a Mac. People would say "there isn't any software for Macs" or "why would you want to use one of those things?" Times have changed. I never thought I'd see the day come when I actually felt cool using a Mac. But then again, I was always different.

Way back when everyone was buying cassette decks for their customized vans in the 70's, I insisted on buying an 8-track player — much to my friends' chagrin. My first car was a 1972 Chevy Vega. Heck, I was enough of a sucker to go out and buy a stinkin' 1984 Pontiac Fiero (what a mistake that was). I guess that's why I walked past all the PC's one fine day back in 1991 and quickly made my way over to the Mac section, forking out over two grand to buy a Macintosh PowerBook 140 running System 7 with 2 megabytes of RAM and a 20 megabyte hard drive. It was no mistake. That day changed my life forever.

I'm not a Windows basher. Never have been and never will be. If you use a PC and love it, all the more power to you. But it isn't until you look at the big picture and see just what the Macintosh is all about that you can even begin to realize what Apple has done for computing in the last decade. iCloud, the Apple TV, the AirPort Extreme and AirPort Express (Wi-Fi systems which I believe are far superior to any other routers on the market) and the incredible software which comes pre-installed on every new Mac (iPhoto, GarageBand and iMovie) — these are the things which Mac users of all ages have come to appreciate.

Meet my Mom — an avid Mac user at the age of 86 (she can handle a MacBook Air better than most people half her age)

Just the other day, we were at a home show and I snapped a couple of pictures of a bathroom renovation booth with my iPhone. The proprietor of the booth noticed my Apple Specialist Jacket and my iPhone and said "you're obviously a Mac user" — no kidding! When I told him that the pictures I just took were already on my home computer thanks to Photo Stream, he couldn't believe it. After talking to him for a while, I realized just how intrigued he was with the Mac and how that burning desire to "switch" was beginning to show through. I wish I could have shown him how the movies on my iPad stream to my flat screen tv with a couple of taps.

There are plenty of reasons to use a Mac now — more reasons than ever before:

  • Ease of use
  • Lightning-fast Intel processors
  • Awesome, crystal-clear built-in cameras for use with FaceTime (a software application which quite simply, leaves Skype in the dust)
  • Audio excellence to the tenth power, whether you just like listening to music or whether you like creating it (music creation on the Mac is absolutely huge now)
  • Computer hardware and software, both created by the exact same company — designed specifically for one another
  • You don't get the viruses that you do on PC's
  • And guess what else — Macs can even run Windows if you want them to

And a couple of interesting notes for you:

  • The Macintosh has become the computer of choice for creative professionals — web designers, graphic artists, musicians and many others
  • Apple continues to top the list of the most admired companies in the world year after year

In Apple's own words, here's why why you'll love a Mac (and why we love 'em, too). No doubt, we owe a lot of what we take for granted now in the computing world to Steve Jobs.

An old Apple commercial from many years ago — Get A Macintosh!

Sorry for the long delay in posting news — it's been busy around here!

[Updated 04.07.13] Macs are more secure than PC's, too. Check out this article on how Apple's iMessage Is The DEA's Worst Nightmare. It seems as though law enforcement officials are having a tough time figuring out how to track and trace text message conversations through this Apple service (for those of you who don't know what iMessage is, check it out and remember that iMessage doesn't just work on the iPhone and iPad, it also works on Mac desktops and laptops).

[Updated 06.10.13] Apple made a number of new product announcements and demonstrated iOS 7 and OS X 10.9 today at WWDC 2013.

[Updated 09.10.13] Apple introduced the new iPhone 5s and 5c today with iOS 7 scheduled to be released next week on September 18th, 2013.

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