So I finally decided to bite the bullet, part with the bucks and switch sides. I got a Mac.
The few times in the past that I've encountered a Mac I've been so thoroughly disoriented that I swore I would never switch. Of course I said the same thing when the big Windows change came, you know the one that went from keystrokes to using a mouse.... and before that programming the kooky thing yourself using BASIC. I'm sorry, is anyone old enough to remember those days? Methuselah, you reading this honey?
Well, several of my friends have made the transition from Windows to Macs and they speak with the fire of the converted. I've been through enough crap reformatting hard drives, reinstalling new drives, having to deal with dying P.C.s to finally join the ranks of the Apple people.
I've had it for just over a week and I'm still feeling like I never used a computer before... okay that's an exaggeration, but after decades of doing it one way it's a little confusing. I kind of miss knowing what I had to do to make something happen, and where things were and how to fix things that were broken but change is good and learning new things keeps the brain from atrophying, so I'm embracing the new.
I'm really embracing the quiet too. This machine is so quiet I wonder if it's actually plugged in. I mean I hear NOTHING from it. The P.C.s have always rattled and quaked so much I wondered if there really WAS a little man in there turning the drives.
I still have a way to go to feel like I really know how to use this thing properly, but I figure it'll come. And it will be worth it when I finally master the new programs and have things actually work the way I know they ought to. Everyone says Macs are easier to use but when you've spent so much time with P.C.s and have an intuitive feel for them (easy for me because they are clearly as wacked as my thought processes are) it's maybe not so easy as it might be for someone who had trouble with learning P.C.s. But I'm going to persevere.
I miss my right click a bit though, gotta admit.