Windows or Mac? Easy call for me
One or two people have remarked that I could have avoided a good deal of the setup on my new laptop if I’d only bought a Mac. “It sets itself up,” said one of my friends on Facebook.
Did your friends ever set you up with someone they just knew would be perfect for you? Yeah, that's me and Mac computers.
We had our chance. We just didn't click. (Hey, I made a computer joke.) Apple, I've been through with you for a while. I’m sticking with Windows.
Every few years, since back when I was at Uni, I am tempted to try a Mac. Those Macbooks are sexy as heck, no question about it. The illuminated logo looks great in all those TV shows where the hip kids use them. Now and then I wish I had access to Garage Band. I know lots of smart, talented people who use Macs, who swear by Macs, who scoff at anyone using anything but a Mac.
But Macs have always failed me. Always. Different machines, different software running, virtually every Mac I’ve ever used has frozen up on me, repeatedly, without leaving any clue what I did to cause the failure. Reminds me of the time I took a test drive in an old Jaguar. Great-looking car, British racing green, leather, moon roof, and an engine alert sounded the entire drive. I sure did want that car. But fortunately, I knew better.
I’ve used every version of Windows since 3.11. Each has had its flaws, but every version is better than the last. Since Windows 2000, my complaints have basically been non-existent. (I should add that I’ve never had a machine that used Vista; that might have changed my outlook. Hey, I made a computer joke.) Windows XP has been, in my opinion, superb, and Windows 7 is even better.
In a couple of respects, I don’t have any choice. I’ve used Access for years to do database work, and it’s not available in the version of Office for Macs. I also use ESRI’s ArcGIS mapping software; again, no Mac version.
It is entirely possible that a few years from now I’ll be a total convert to some Google/Android OS. I have an Android tablet that does very well.
But for now I have a laptop with a core i5 processor, a 17.3-inch screen, 8 gigs of RAM, a Blu-Ray drive, and a 640-gig hard drive. It was under 600 bucks, and this baby hums on Windows 7. I’m perfectly content to put a little more money in Bill Gates’ pocket.