Many of you may be shocked to learn that I am a Fanboy. I don’t have an Apple tattoo and I don’t talk about Apple products everywhere I go but I have to admit I love them and I totally buy into the marketing. I have ever since 1984.
However, it wasn’t until 2009 that I got my first Apple product. I got an iPhone and instantly fell in love with everything i.
Of course the problem with Apple products is they cost a lot more than most PCs. I could (and did) buy a HP desktop PC for under $400. I couldn’t even walk into the Apple store for that amount.
I’m a PC but in my heart I’m a Mac
I wanted the simplicity the iProducts presented. Everything was clean, crisp, organized and easy to use on an iProduct. My iPhone was so much more than a phone. It was an MP3 player, a movie theater, a game console, a toy for my children on long car rides. It did everything I could think of and more. So when Apple announced the iPad last year I knew I had to have one. I also knew I couldn’t afford one and I didn’t need one.
No one needed an iPad. It didn’t do anything that a laptop or desktop couldn’t do. In fact, it couldn’t do a lot of things a desktop could do.
I still needed one
I worked my tail off to get one. And when I finally got one it was everything I hoped it would be and so much more. I used it for everything and then realized there was so much more I could do with it. The iPad inspired me. It cost a lot even though I got the cheapest one, so I better justify its purchase.
When I wasn’t using it my daughter was making creating movies and images on it. She used it all summer long to work on her math and reading. She watched movies on it and created book after book on it. Today we still use it everyday.
My PC mocks me
In the last year I have had my website hacked, my email hacked and too many viruses and trojans to count. I have completely wiped both my laptop and my pc three times because of trojans. I wrestle with my PC on a regular basis, cursing it most of the time. It stares at me and grins because it knows I have to use it. It is the tool of my business. I couldn’t live without it. My PC only works as well as it has to and no better. My PC does not make me happy, it makes me want to cry. I have pulled considerable hair out over my PC.
It’s time for a divorce
Or, at least a trial separation. Last month, after dealing with both a new virus, email hack again and a website hack (I know this wasn’t the fault of the PC but it didn’t make me feel better about the damn thing) I gave in and bought an iMac. I had to beg, borrow and nearly steal to get it and it was worth every last cent. I still don’t know how it all works but learning has been so much fun it doesn’t seem like learning.
So happy together
My iMac makes me happy. There, I said it and I refuse to be ashamed. I look forward to work because I get to do it on a Mac. I don’t worry about viruses or trojans at all. I can sync my other iProducts seamlessly with it and I don’t have to call the boys at Apple every five minutes to do it. Yes, there is a learning curve but so far it’s been fun. I don’t recall having fun with my PC. Ever.
It might seem rather silly to give credit to Steve Jobs for Tribal Blogs, and I don’t really. But if it weren’t for his innovation and really cool products I might have thrown in the towel and tried something else a long time ago.
Thank you, Steve.