An Ode to My Macs

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Well, the MacBook went to the Apple doctor the other day and I got the bad news.  Although the computer was still running fine, the screen's backlight no longer worked.  They weren't sure if it was the monitor itself or just the cable connecting the monitor to the computer, but it was going to take some effort and money to fix.  As much as I hated the idea of not just fixing the problem so it would work again, I also decided that it was time to move on.  That computer had lasted me almost seven years and while I could probably get another year or two out of it, I figured I could use an upgrade.

I spent a long time debating on what I should do.  I don't know if I've ever mentioned it on the blog, but I've been a Mac user all my life.  From my 1993 Macintosh Performa to my newly departed 2006 MacBook, I have exclusively owned Macs.  Owning one today doesn't distinguish me much, but owning one in 1997 made me a rare breed.  There were times as I kid when I was mad that a lot of computer games didn't work on my computer, but now they are pretty much standard anywhere outside of businesses.

As proud as I have alway been of being a Mac girl, I had a big decision to make.  Now that I am working full time and raising a rambunctious puppy, I am lucky if I use my own computer an hour a day.  It's not like back in college when I was on it for several hours a day and had to insure that no papers I was working on would get lost the night before they were due.

This means I could go out and spend $1200 on a new Mac, or I could spend a few hundred and get a (gasp!) PC.  The fact that I even considered this for a while shocked many of my friends and family.  I was actually told flat out that I was NOT allowed to buy a PC.  As one friend said, "it's just not right."

20 Years of Macs
So, after a week of deliberating I headed to the Apple store.  I had finally decided to buy the MacBook Pro however I was talked into the MacBook Air instead.  I'm happy.  I may have spent more money than I really wanted to but I didn't cause any rifts in the universe.  Also, coming from my computer that was recently called an antique, I feel like I've upgraded to a piece of advanced alien technology.  This computer is so light, quiet, and cool (my old Mac seemed to have a life mission of giving me second degree burns).
Welcome to the Family!

Considering my last Mac survived undergrad, grad school, and life in three countries I think I can depend on the Air to last me a while.  It's interesting to think about where I might be in another six year when I might be buying my next one! 

1 comment:

  1. I have been a Mac girl my whole entire life. In fact, somewhere there's a picture that has my iPod, on top of my iPhone, on top of my iPad, on top of my MacBook Pro. So, yeah, I think I have a problem!