28 September 2009

Mid-Life Crisis

No, I've not purchased a Harley Davidson. Worse. I confess. After years of thorough skepticism about Apple products, I've succumbed. I am so disgusted with my PC and its foibles and susceptibility to viruses that I ordered a Powerbook late last week. I am having a bit of a hard time coming to terms with this mid-life crisis in part because I really do feel much the way Charlie Brooker does ~ while I've grown to think Microsoft is a sterling example of the failings of private enterprise, my religious upbringing makes me leery of the cult-like enthusiasm of Mac users. Hopefully I'll be able to turn down the cool-aid when someone offers it around.

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9 Comments:

Blogger Jacob Christensen said...

A PowerBook™? Didn't they go out of production in 2006? On the other hand, it is well-tested technology.

Anyway, I've been using Macs for almost twenty years. I suspect that tinkering with Linux on a netbook must be the indication of my mid-life crisis. :-)

PS: The hard-disk on my present iMac blew up after eight months and the dvd-drive has mysteriously disappeared. If His Serene Steveness is a divinity, his messengers to us mere mortals can be a bit fickle.

28 September, 2009 18:04  
Blogger Matt said...

Cult like indeed. I'll do my best not to let your choice of computers be the solitary source of your identity.

28 September, 2009 18:51  
Blogger Jim Johnson said...

Jacob,

You are right it is a MacBook Pro that I ordered. That says something about my ambivalence I suspect!

Jim

28 September, 2009 20:46  
Blogger L. said...

Jim -- Congratulations! I made the switch 3 years ago and have never been happier ... it's a good choice. Trust me.

Trust me.

Your favorite monarchist,
-- Lynn

29 September, 2009 01:11  
Blogger L. said...

Jim -- Congratulations! I made the switch 3 years ago and have never been happier ... it's a good choice. Trust me.

Trust me.

Your favorite monarchist,
-- Lynn

29 September, 2009 01:12  
Blogger Hans said...

How bizarre that you´re hanging here, Jacob.

/Gissur

29 September, 2009 02:33  
Blogger Stan B. said...

Blasphemer!

29 September, 2009 09:49  
Blogger jakobtrane said...

Congratulations, but I understand your sentiment.

I borrowed a mac a few years ago and found it less prone to virus than the pc.
Also, as regards computers I follow and learn from the herd. I cannot educate myself as regards computers, so I just picked what looks nice and what my friends use. I shifted two years ago, and have been content with how the software works, but was very NOT content when the harddisk broke down after one year. Remember to backup, remember to backup...

trane

P.S. Jacob has written some posts in Danish to help other mac users here: http://æbletræet.dk/index.php?title=Forside
There should be some similar - and very helpful stuff - for you I am sure.

29 September, 2009 14:16  
Blogger Walter Dufresne said...

I know, I know, Apple's Macintosh is a cult. You can mitigate it, though, by learning the Unix command line underneath the GUI goodness that is Apple's pretty interface. Unix is kinda hardcore groovy circa 1969 and Bell Labs, and it takes this 52 year old man back to his boyhood, back to crystal radios and vacuum tubes and delivering newspapers.

30 September, 2009 00:27  

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