I’m Getting MACcited!

There’s really no question anymore that I’m going to take the Apple Plunge after the first of the year.

I read different numbers, but thousands of folks switch every day from PC to MAC, and so far, I haven’t read a single one that speaks of the conversion as a big mistake.

I have pretty much decided to bite the bullet and go MacPro, but not sure how much I can upgrade the stock machine right away–maybe to 2GB memory and a 750gig hard drive plus the 23″ monitor. But once the sticker shock has passed, I’m convinced I’ll be a very happy camper.

Leopard looks really interesting, and Parallels Desktop recent version really sweetens the migration considerably, letting my continue using my little PC apps while I find MAC replacements over time. (And joy! I’ll have the PC upstairs on Ann’s desk if I get totally “flustereated” at the bottom of the learning curve.

I’ll be collecting links to other “must have” apps, and looking to stock my newbie how-to folder with tips for finding my way early on. Any links or tips or experiences you can share appreciated! I’ve already benefitted from your kind guidance. I’ll need more hand-holding, so don’t go far.

I am pleased that the MAC fund got a little inflow from twenty books and as many note card sets that found homes at the Reynolds Homestead, Taste of Floyd and New River Valley Land Trust Membership events I participated in during the past week. My consumer’s guilt is ebbing just a little and my powers of rationalization are feeling their oats!

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. I switched in 2005 and LOVE my Mac. Still got Windows at work, but we’re not planning on getting another non-Mac at home when Hubby’s monster machine needs replacing.

    There is a learning curve, but hanging out at the Apple store in the mall before the purchase helped a great deal. The right mouse button is what I miss the most, but I’m learning.