Ok, would you “Adam and Eve it?”* finally, I am doing it. Yes, having been a staunch supporter of the PC and Windows since the dawn of 3.1 I am switching my allegiance. I have purchased an iMac.
I have an iPhone, I have an iPad but to date, I have not had a personal iMac. Up until now, those sleek, white machines have resided at the office and I and my laptop PC have resided at home.
So, you may well ask, what has wrought this sudden change? Is it the advertising power of the Apple sales team? Have I succumbed to the gorgeously simple yet luxuriously tempting lines of the Apple stock? Am I at last seeing the sense of owning a machine that is compatible with its more vociferous partner when the reverse cannot be said to be true?
Not exactly, although, I have long admired the sensuous shapes and touchy-feely nature of the Apple. No, rather it is the utter inconvenience and frustration of those Automatic Windows Updates that are causing more and more ‘blue-screen-of-death’ errors on my PC.
In the past year I have had to completely re-format my hard disk, three times. Fortunately, I have backed up important data but this does not mean that seeing one’s hard drive crash into oblivion is not seriously upsetting nor that it is a pleasant task to have to restore all software and settings when in the middle of an important missive.
There is no shortage of advice and sympathy on the web for this problem. However, it seems as fast as one problem is solved then another arises. Microsoft seem to have lost their way somewhere.
Other members of the family own MACs. Why has it taken me this long to realise their worth?
The final persuasive element in my decision was having Windows Updates being foisted upon me, with the message that I was ‘missing important updates’ and as a consequence, my system would ‘be at risk’ if I did not allow the install. The blue screen that replaced my desktop once the updates had been added, not five minutes later, was the final straw.
So, I hurried off to the Apple Store to pick myself up a brand new silver iMac. I don’t expect it to be totally trouble-free nor do I think that I will throw away my several laptops any time soon but I already love it.
With the current raft of Microsoft adverts appearing on our television screens, extolling the virtues of Windows 7, and with every Tom, Dick and Harriet claiming, “I’m a PC’, I can say with some smugness, that I am not.
I have taken a bite of the Apple and I am hooked!
*”Would you Adam and Eve it” translation: “would you believe it” (cockney rhyming slang)