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From PC to Mac: An Epic Journey (Part I)

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There comes a time in every man’s life where he meets a definitive fork in the road. To cite Robert Frost in the most clichéd of ways, one could easily take the path of those who came before him and continue on happily, content. However, that path least taken can be a seductive mistress, and those adventurous enough might settle upon this route. Such can be the dilemma of switching from PC/Windows to another OS, and such is the dilemma that I will be facing.

For those who aren’t in the “know”, I’ve recently decided to purchase a Macbook. This decision wasn’t derived from any distinct loyalty/disloyalty to any company, but merely to try something new. I was in the market for a new notebook anyways, and my interest about Mac’s was piqued from various friends and colleagues who couldn’t (to put it succinctly) shut the hell up about them. I own two Apple products: an iPod video and an iPhone, and have been very happy with both, so why not move to the next step? This is the story of my deviation from the realm of Windows, and head first into the world of OSX.

To give you a little history on my computing background: I am currently working as an information systems tech for the government. I’m not a computer wizard by any means, but I can find my way around pretty well and do things that most normal, everyday users cannot. I’ve used Windows ever since 3.1, all the way up to Vista. As said before, I don’t hold any loyalties toward Apple or Microsoft, and am not torn between the Mac vs. PC schism. Windows has always been able to meet my needs, though sometimes with more frustration than what it was worth. I’m comfortable using and navigating within Windows; it’s easy for me. That is why I’ve decided to tackle this project and log my discoveries along the way. I’ve never used a Mac, save browsing the internet on my friend’s Macbook. I have no prior knowledge on how to use, work, navigate, manipulate, tweak, or otherwise fiddle with my new Macbook. That’s why this is going to be so much fun!

Another tidbit I feel worthy of mentioning is why I decided to purchase a Macbook. There are certain things I want to accomplish with a notebook, and I felt that the Macbook could address all my needs, all in one shot, with no extra software or external hardware. These “certain things” are as follows:

  • Easy photo editing
  • Easy video editing
  • Streamlined DVD creation for both pictures and video
  • Video chat
  • Video recording
  • Easy podcast/video podcast creation
  • Easy web design (I can’t sit down and write CSS anymore!)
  • Easy blogging
  • Easy networking
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Portability
  • Performance

I think that, for the dollar, the Macbook can address all of these needs, if not exceed them, better than any other notebook for the same price. Will my predictions be correct, or will I be left with a sleek, white, hunk of [expensive] useless plastic? Can I easily learn a new OS, or will it be merely a foreign language to me, distant and incoherent? Only time will reveal the answer.

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The Macbook in question is the 2.2 GHZ model with 2 GB of RAM, and a 160 GB hard drive. Other than the OEM software, no other packages were included. The Macbook was ordered on Sunday, February 3rd, 2008, and should arrive within 3 business days.

Excited? I know I am! Stay tuned for the next installment of “From PC to Mac: An Epic Journey”, where I unbox my brand new Macbook and give it a first run! Wish me luck!

.//chris

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