I am not, by any means, an expert on computers. I know enough to get by, certainly, and I’ve usually been able to fix whatever software or hardware problem I’ve encountered through a combination of persistence, searching with Google and shouting profanities until I have a breakthrough.
Friends and relatives who encounter problems with their own computers and gadgets will often ask me for help and I’m happy to give it. Seeing as they are typically PC users, more often than not it comes down to updating or installing anti-spyware and anti-virus software and generally spring cleaning their hard drive. In the last year, however, when asked for advice on any computer related issue I have given only one response: “Get a Mac”.
Since switching last year I have never looked back and have become, as so many do, a walking endorsement for Apple. My dad took one look at my iMac and subsequently went out and bought a MacBook instead of replacing his (faulty, naturally) desktop PC. A friend asked me to help him pick out a new laptop at the start of the year: I converted him to the cause in about two minutes and the next day he went to the Apple store on Regent Street and also bought a MacBook instead of wasting money on some ugly and inferior piece of shit from Currys or wherever.
I still have a laptop that runs Windows but I only use it because it’s there, it’s portable and, if I need to log in to my work’s network, it has to be on a computer running Microsoft’s ubiquitous and irritating operating system. If it weren’t for that, I would have sold it / given it away / started using it as a dinner tray a long time ago and bought a MacBook myself.
I have had my iMac for nearly a year now and, in that time, it has never:
- Crashed. Not once. Not ever.
- Slowed down to a halt for no discernible reason
- Refused to acknowledge any piece of hardware I plug into it
- Been infected with a virus (no surprise there) and therefore has never:
- Required a system scan to look for malicious software, hogging the system’s resources while it does so and taking about two hours to complete
- Started running unwanted programs without my permission, thus taking about half an hour to boot up
- Needed to scan for spyware
- Frozen instead of shutting down, requiring it to be unplugged from the mains
- Made me feel like picking it up and throwing it out of the window in sheer rage and contempt
Any one of which is likely to happen with the average PC on any given day and that is why I never intend to buy one of the cursed things again. I have converted to Macs with an almost religious zeal. The Apple Store is my church and Steve Jobs is god.