My First Mac?
Dear me, I’m weakening. The marriage bonds of PC with Mac software and hardware has enticed me. I never thought I’d do it. I haven’t yet. But I feel the gravitational pull of Apple drawing me into its orbit!
There’s just no joy or energy in the prospect of doing the Dell/Vista thing when the time comes to replace this 4-yr-old desktop system. Besides, we’ll keep the current PC desktop should I have (Mac users will laugh) “Windows withdrawal” because–you can’t really appreciate the enormity of this statement–Ann wants this box upstairs in her office! But that’s another story.
I got all excited a few days back, early in my hopeful and eventual conversion. The Mac Pro/Quad 2.66GHz Xeon lists at $2500. That’s steep, but it’s about where my PC systems have settled for the past couple of computer replacements–with the same dollars buying more and more machine. Then I realized in my giddy shopping spree-glee that the monitor is not included in the price. Gulp. And what software will I need to transition to a “universal” or Mac version? Does a Mac come with the equivalent of MS Office, for instance?
And it seems the “universal” dual-OS thing on the same machine is not quite ready for prime time. “Non-native software (notably Adobe Creative Suite) must be translated via Rosetta Stone.” That’s coming along, but sounds like I should wait a while, and can’t jump anyway until I am able to purchase it from the Words and Pixels account (Lilliputian income from writing and photography). So keep those book and note card purchases, sponsor visits and sidebar donations coming in! Maybe there’s a Mac coming to Goose Creek in our lifetimes!
Suggestions, warnings, encouragement appreciated in this scary change of life adventure. It’s a bit overwhelming. Virtual PC? Boot Camp? My First Mac is bookmarked and as good a starting place as any, I suppose.