So I’ve bought a Mac. A 20″ Intel iMac to be precise. I’m not totally sure what made me decide to take the plunge. Maybe it was the adverts (although I really don’t think so). It certainly wasn’t this article by Charlie Brooker. No, it was just finally losing my patience with PCs. I’ve had my fair share of them and it seems that for every hour of use you get from a PC, you spend another hour tinkering with the damn thing to get it to work: scanning for viruses or spyware, or defragging the hard drive, or downloading yet another ton load of Windows security updates, or restarting it for the third time in an hour because somebody walked past it and sneezed, or trying to get your wireless router to talk to it until, eventually, there’s just a weird clicking noise coming from inside and it stops working altogether. Enough! So, needing a new desktop computer and not fancying more of the same, I thought I’d see what these Apple devotees have been going on about.
Well, it looks great, and I’m really enjoying using it but by Christ it’s confusing. Having been reared on Microsoft and knowing my way around the Windows environment as well as most people, suddenly making the change to an entirely different operating system has proven to be a bit daunting. No right click on the mouse? No CTRL short cuts? No Start bar menu system? Where is everything? What’s the short cut to copy and paste, or italicise or make something bold? Confusing. All of a sudden I feel like an old woman using a computer for the first time, terrified that if I touch anything an air-raid siren is going to go off and the whole machine will just melt in front of my eyes. Even blogging proved a challenge: usually I write in Word, then past it all into Blogger. Obviously cannot do that. Then it turns out that Blogger doesn’t work properly on Safari (the default browser on a Mac) either, so I’ve gone scurrying back to Firefox (having first downloaded the PC version in error, of course).
This is going to keep me busy for a while….