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Bitter, Snarky Happy Mac Users…

The Rumor is TrueFor YEARS people have said to me, “So, you’re a photographer – so you use a Mac, right?”

Uhm, no? They make all the same software for a PC, and I that is what I’ve always used. I married a PC geek. We have lots of Windows machines in our house. More PC computers than people actually.

And to address the usual comments made:
— No, they do not always crash. I think the Dell Latititude has only crashed once on me. It had a lot of intensive programs open, and it was just too much. Plus, I hadn’t rebooted the machine in 2-3 days. So then it crashed. Pretty much my fault. Otherwise? No problems.

— No, if you have Windows, you don’t need a backup drive because the drive is guaranteed to fail. Mike’s desktop machine is over 5 years old, and has never had a hard drive failure. I’ve had one – on a free PC, no less – over 10 years ago. We do have backup external drives, but that is because I have to backup critical data like client’s photos.

— No, if you use Windows, you don’t always get viruses. You need to have good computer habits and if you have firewall protection as we do – our router blocks unsolicited incoming traffic – you shouldn’t have a problem. I haven’t run a virus software on the Dell in a 14 months, and it has never been a problem. (Shhh, don’t tell. I don’t highly recommend that.) I’ve only ever had one virus, actually – and it was because I downloaded and installed a free screen saver from an unknown source in 1997, and it was infected. I learned. The Mac commercials make me want to scream over this whole virus thing. Oh, and hackers are starting to target the Mac more.

BUT … with all that being said … we went yesterday and bought TWO Macs. I got the MacBookPro (I need the higher specs that it offers for photo editing) and Mike got the MacBook.

Why the switch? When I used to ask Mac owners why I needed to switch as a photographer, I would get responses like, “It is just better.” That doesn’t make me justify a computer purchase. However, it was finally explained to me that the Mac operating system handles memory paging better than Windows. So if you want to have 10 photos open in Photoshop, you can. The Photoshop actions that bog down CS2 there don’t do it on the Mac. I finally had a valid reason. I edit a LOT of photos, and I need the speed. My clients will thank me.

Mike went with a Mac for his FIRST laptop that he has owned himself – not counting all the work laptops he has had over the years – because he likes the eye candy factor of the operating system over Vista, he likes the form factor of the MacBook, and is willing to admit that he is not the hard-core l33t gamer that he was when I met him back in 2002 when he first purchased the (then) kick-ass Dell PC tower that we own. Also, Mac now runs linux underneath it all, something he is comfortable with, and if he wants, he can get software to allow you to run Windows inside the Mac. Matter of fact, the fastest Vista machine on the market? A Mac, according to PC World.

Mike probably would have inherited my old laptop, except Jason enjoys 3D modeling and other things such as that, and my Dell Latitude was pimped out when I purchased it a year ago, and has a lot more memory, a faster processor (Intel Core 2 Duo) and a Nvidia graphics card in it that will help make his computing experience better. Plus he is a gamer, so it will help with that too. We decided that it made more sense, since Mike is a lighter computer user now, mainly using a browser and email, to give Jason my PC and for Mike to get a new one. As soon as Jason found out I was getting a Mac, after asking for the 24″ iMac himself, he then started asking for my PC laptop.

We realized this morning that I am a bitter, snarky Mac users though thanks to the Mac commercials we’ve seen over the years, and the comments people have made. ANY time something happens that counters the commercials, we mock it.

“All you have to do is plug it in, and it just WORKS.” Uhm, no. Mine didn’t just work. I had to install 19 updates, and only had Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger on the laptop when I fired it up, so now I get to do my first Mac upgrade all by myself to get OS X 10.5 Leopard on it. It didn’t just work.

“They never lock up or crash.” I was just using Safari last night, while my 19 upgrades happened in the background, and suddenly found myself watching the pretty spinning colorful wheel. Sure, it was pretty. Nice design, good eye-candy. I was pretty amused that within 2 hours, it had happened to me. Don’t tell me they never lock up. That is a little unrealistic.

“It is just so easy to use.” Again, no. While typing this post, I hit a key on the left by mistake, I have no idea which one, and BAM! My window was GONE! I had to hunt around the monitor to find it, only to discover it had rolled up to the top and was hiding up there. I got it back, but things like that are confusing if you have been using a PC for over 15 years. I know I’ll get more comfortable using it, but I’m *so* not there yet.

All in all, they are pretty and shiny and sparkly, and we’re happy. But I’m not ready yet to say it is sooooooo much better than a PC. Talk to me after I drink a bit more of the Kool-aid and I might change my mind. 😉

By Christine

Christine is an Avenger of Sexiness. Her Superpower is helping Hot Mamas grow their Confidence by rediscovering their Beauty. She lives in the Heights in Houston, Texas, works as a boudoir photographer, and writes about running a Business of Awesome. In her spare time, she loves to knit, especially when she travels. She & her husband Mike have a food blog at Spoon & Knife.

9 replies on “Bitter, Snarky Happy Mac Users…”

I’m always happy when tech geeks get new gear because I know that feeling when you get a bright new shiny toy. Pure joy.

I completely understand where you are coming from because you have both been PC users for so long and I’m sure it is annoying listening to the Mac people. Just a few tiny niggles.

Most educated Mac people would agree that the PC has been very stable since XP. The “it never crashes like the PC” is a hold over from the days before XP when the PC had a reputation for crashing. Anyone who spouts that now, isn’t informed about things on the PC side.

I hope that the only reason you bought this wasn’t for the memory issue because something about that doesn’t sound completely right. I think you’ll like your purchase just the same.

OS X runs on UNIX not Linux.

The “all you have to do is plug it in and it works” is mostly about peripherals which again has become more equal with XP. I remember before XP hearing PC users talk about having to download drivers anytime they got a new mouse, printer, camera, etc to get it to work while I never downloaded a driver for anything. I just plugged it in and it worked. Again that was 10 years ago. Things have changed.

I could go on and on more, but I guess they would be more than niggles eh. I’ll always defend my beloved Mac, but I want to make sure people are using arguments from current days and are listening to Mac users that actually know what they are talking about and not zealots who just hate the PC. (I mean I hate the PC too, but I keep it to myself.. :))

I’ve been on a Mac since 2001 and I’ve converted my husband (who sounds a whole lot like your husband with the fifteen-million pc’s in the house), then together we converted two of our friends and are potentially about to convert another one. I seriously will never go back. Ever. And neither will Josh. Nor will our friends. We’re all hooked. Just you wait, that Kool-aid will sink into your blood pretty quick I think.

Yeah, I’ve gotten more blue screen of deaths (or rather the pretty gray mac equivalent) on my MBP in the last few months than I’ve gotten on my PC desktop in the last 4 years. I think the whole PC vs. Mac fight is silly these days. I use both, and I like and hate both for their own reasons.

One photography thing that bugs me about the MBP? My photos look different on the MBP screen than they do on my PC screens. They’re lighter and the colors aren’t as saturated. That means whenever I edit photos, I have to check them on the MBP and PC to make sure they look OK. It gets annoying.

Welcome to Mac. 😀

And while I can’t say that I’ve never had any problems with my Macs, I will say that in my experience, I’ve had *fewer* problems with Mac versus Windows. For sure. Enjoy! 🙂

Oooooo! So pretty! I have a Mac laptop from school that I use all the time and we use a PC here at home. I absolutely love the hot corners feature. It’s perfect for when people walk up behind me while I’m working on confidential stuff. I just slide my mouse and *poof* all they see is my pretty desktop. And when I go back and forth between various programs I just slide away and find the one I want. While nothing is perfect…(Yes, I have gotten “the spinning pinwheel of death” periodically myself)…you will end up loving the Mac. I was bound and determined to hate it because I worked on them years ago but the new ones? Oh yea, Baby…your gonna LOVE it. Enjoy!


I could have completely written the first part of that post: “You’re a graphic designer so you must use a Mac, right?” Nope. Like you say, everything I need is available for the PC. I still run Windows 2000 and it’s stable, fast and reliable. The last time I had problems with crashing/locking up it was due to a bad video driver. Once I upgraded the driver, the problem went away. I’ve had a virus exactly once, 7 years ago, because I stupidly opened an attachment from someone I didn’t know. My hard drive hasn’t crashed in several years, but I keep a backup and have a RAIDED system just because I need to protect my client’s files, and I believe in Murphy’s Law.

I had an iMac with OS 9 on it for a very short time and hardly ever used it. The reason? it kept crashing. It once crashed so hard I had to reinstall the operating system. The ONLY reason I will switch to a Mac in the future is if Microsoft gets so annoying with the copy protection I no longer have a choice. Right now there is just no compelling reason for me to switch.

The Mac commercials drive me crazy. The other thing that drives me crazy is how Mac users start acting like they just joined a cult or something. And they know it too, hence the kool-aid jokes. Don’t lose your perspective, Christine! It’s just a tool like any other computer.

Safari froze when you were doing NINETEEN upgrades…can you imagine trying to even attempt that on a Windows?
“Hello work? I won’t be in for the week, I’m upgrading my pc.”

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