“Switching operating systems is just like moving to a new city. If you’ve moved, you know there’s some fun and excitement to exploring new places but there’s some discomfort because it is unfamiliar and it might take you longer to get to where you need to go or you might get lost on occasion. We’re excited and having fun exploring Mac OS X, but we can say we’ve gotten “lost” every now and then trying to figure out how to do something.”
That’s the way we described what it was like for us to make the switch from Windows to Mac OS X, almost exactly one year ago. There’s good news and bad news to report. The good news is that we’ve gotten used to the “new city” and things are going well. In fact, this is the first year in many that we will not be purchasing new computers because we don’t feel as though there are any reasons to upgrade. The bad news… has a full year really gone by? Where does the time go?
Here’s what we’ve determined after owning Apple computers for the past year. First, Apple computers really are durable. Usually after I’ve owned a laptop for about a year, there are some definite signs of wear and tear which you’d expect, but both of our MacBook Pro computers hardly look like they’ve been used. It’s not that they haven’t been used much, they certainly have, it’s just that the aluminum holds up pretty darn well.
You know that saying, you can’t teach an old dog a new trick? At first we felt like the old seasoned Windows user, so familiar with Windows shortcuts and the Windows way of doing things that it seemed like learning a new “trick” would be, well, tricky. It took some time, that’s for sure, but us “old dogs” learned all kinds of new tricks and with time, became comfortable with the Apple way of doing things. The saying should probably be, “you can teach an old dog a new trick, just be patient.”
After one year, we have absolutely no regrets about making the switch, even with Windows 7 on the verge of launching. We both still get our fill of Windows daily because of our work computers, but it’s definitely nice to come home to the MacBook Pros.
Have any of you made an operating system switch this year whether it be from Mac to Windows, Windows to Mac, Windows to Linux, etc.?