The Mac experience

Jay Moonah explains why he isn’t getting a mac. Good for him, be your own mind and make your own decisions. I’d still greatly respect Jay if he told me he was getting a Commodore-64.

It seems that no one can make a compelling argument to sway Jay, and while that’s fine, he also points out that no one can explain the Mac Experience to his satisfaction.

I can completely understand where Jay is coming from, no one could sway me for the longest time. I’ve been a PC user since about 1983. Let me tell you something that happened today, that for me sums up the Mac experience.

I was at my desk (Macbook on the left, PC on the right) and my eyes wandered to the right side of the Macbook pro to the DVI-video port. I’ve never used this port on any machine, my Dell flatscreen is hooked to my PC by VGA.. Starting blankly at this port, I remembered that my flatscreen has this kind of input, and I got a DVI cable with it. I hunt the cable down, and plug the screen into the macbook pro, not sure what will happen..

Will it duplicate what’s already on the screen? will it freak because the macbook is 1440×900 and the Dell is only 1280×1024 ? Will there be smoke? Am I toasting the the screen and the mac?

I plugged it in, and it worked.

There’s the “Mac Experience” Jay, I plugged it in, and it worked.

No popups to install/configure/reboot/jump up and down. The mouse smoothly goes from screen to screen as if it was just one huge honkin’ desktop. I put Firefox on one screen, Audacity in the other, and seamlessly bounce from screen to screen. Wow.

I’ll say it again, I plugged it in, and it worked.

That’s the Mac Experience.

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10 Comments

  1. Vergel Evans says:

    It sounds easy enough… but the cost of having that experience means paying a premium price tag. On a PC you can pretty much have that same experience…. for monitors.

    But if we were talking USB or Firewire equipment… the Mac is pretty awesome and straight forward. But once again…. there’s a premium cost for that simplicity.

    Maybe Jay isn’t ready to buy in… maybe he’s has a different $$$ value on his time to “figure out” glitches when they happen.

    I can’t speak for him, but I for sure don’t mind a running XP. As awesome as a Mac is… when it comes to computers, good enough is all I need. Rocket scientists and heart surgeons who need to rely on a rock stable machine might go Mac… the rest of us just get by with what we got.

  2. A Macbook (not the Pro) is under 1300 bucks, You can get refurbished Macbooks and Pros quite cheaply. The ‘they are expensive’ argument is not really that relevant any more. Now if you want one of those Quad core dealios, they ain’t cheap….

  3. James Carter says:

    i long since reached the stage where i don’t trust any operating system (any software actually), that doesn’t come with source code.

    not that this means i can’t buy a macbook – the hardware’s good, if expensive. it does mean that i’m not inclined to use OS X, though. (suppose i could use the kernel and most of the command line tools. 😉

  4. julien says:

    yep, i do that too with the screen here in the room. it’s an old CRT and it just works when plugged in. the whole thing does, as vergel says, come with a permium price tag, but avoiding the hassle of PCs or Linux machines is worth it.

  5. Chris says:

    I just happened to spend a couple of hours in the Apple store in Manchester today, and was blown away by it. Grea and helpful staff – not a “salesman” in site and the machines themselves – absolutely blooody brilliant. It’s just a matter of time now before I get a mac. I think I’m going to wait ’til I get to Canada, but it’s going to happen. Can’t wait (but have to)!

  6. Hi Bob,

    I think you’ve found a great marketing strtagegy for Apple.

    “It just works.”

    Unfortunately, one does get that “ah-ha” until one buys in. I would agree that there is a steeper buy in. Not just for the hardware, then there is the re-investment in software that as we all know is NOT compatible.

    In my role outside of podcasting (yeah…really) I work about 50/50 Mac/Windows. There are things that I need to do in Windows (Outlook) that I just can’t do on the Mac. Then there’s that whole web design for IE nuanses….so needless to say, I’m comfortable in either environment and know that there are somethings that Windows is better and and things that Mac does better.

    My experiences say that for the beginner, the Mac offers a better more seamless and less bumpy learning curve than Windows. As you state, “It just works”.

    For audio and video editing, it’s a draw. Final Cut on the Mac is Adobe Premiere so it’s a wash.

    For the hardcore business person, for raw power and CPU, the upper hand here goes to Windows. All the pretty windows and intuitive user interface does eat at some of the CPU horsepower that many Excel halting people need.

    In the end, I think it boils down to “buy in”. Dell and others are selling computers, Apple is selling a lifesytle.

    Andy Bilodeau
    andy.andycast.net

  7. I’ve been figuring out how stuff works since my Commodore Vic-20, it’s not that complicated. I’m allergic to “creative” types who are Mac snobs, everytime I’ve been to the local Apple store they turn up their nose and declare that I must spend about 3 times what I have on the PC side for roughly the same experience. Granted, I point newer non-technical people toward Macs when asked; but folks with a “knowledge itch” should go PC. Windows or Linux, whatever. It really boils down to ease of use and the user’s experience these days, no matter what you choose. There isn’t much any of them CAN’T do.

  8. I hate all people that generalize.

  9. Patrick Guenette says:

    A computer is a tool. Identify your needs and chose the best tool for the job. Listing pros and cons is a distraction unless they address your needs.

    Nobody looks for a screwdriver when wanting to drive a nail in.

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