Love notes to the English language
I've used both PC and Mac platforms for more than a quarter of a century. I use PCs at home for cost reasons and Macs at work because, among other things, I work in Cupertino where Apple products are more numerous than paper clips. I have always liked both platforms and I have always detested both platforms, depending on how smart or stupid I was being with them. But I have also always been aware of an underlying, significant, and heretofore secret difference between the two, which I will now share with you:Macs have free will.
I have a Mac laptop, but I confess that I have used Windows to long to appreciate the Mac. Steve Jobs was a genius and changed the entire landscape of our country and of the world. His kind are few and far between, sadly.
Sherwood: only you would recognize this!! Darlene: i've had Macs from the start, but i have worked on--and own--both for years. pcs drive me NUTS!!
My very first computer was the Apple IIGS with very little, if any software, to back it up. Totally disgusted, six months later I bought a PC and swore I'd never go back to Apple. I never cared for a lot of the features, such as the font, and I prefer having more control, being the control freak I am. My youngest won't have anything but a Mac. I think, as Darlene implies, a lot depends on what you were raised on.
Leslie: A lot depends on what you use it for, also. Mac was always the standard for publishing. It's been at least five years since I've had to send files to a printer, and it may have changed now. But Word was never stable enough, and large commercial printers would not accept a book in that software. So for at least 20 years, I worked on Mac using Quark Xpress or InDesign (formerly WordPerfect) software. For home stuff--making newsletters or one's own greeting cards or blogging, almost every cute new thing was not available for a Mac platform. I bought a PC when I started freelancing, but it made me tear my hair out and I found a way to work around the Windows monopoly.
The public library where I work is one of the very few that uses Macs for all staff computers, even though all the public computers are PCs. Our Tech guy was raised on Macs, so that's why. I like both, and it's good to be bi-computeral. ;-)The D.N.
DN: good for your liberry!!