Adam Baney

Once You Go Mac, You’ll Never Go Back

My first computer was not an Apple computer. When I was in grade school, I began using Microsoft Windows based computers, the kinds with huge 5.25″ floppy disks. In 1998, my dad bought our first home computer, a Dell XPS with 256 MB of RAM and Windows ’98! We were all impressed and excited that we could add a custom desktop background, surf the net and check email with dialup, use MS Word, and play games.

In my first years of college, I was still a Windows guy. I had heard of Macs, but didn’t want to go into that realm of the computer world. I had learned the PC (Windows computer) well, and didn’t want to start something new or unknown. As a high school graduation gift, my parents bought for me a Dell Inspiron with 512 MB of RAM and a 40 GB hard drive! I felt powerful and on the cutting edge. That computer felt fast (compared with the XPS). I played games on it, surfed the net, and used Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator for school (and fun).

Before I graduated from college, I had to take a set of classes which still haunt me to this day. Actually, these classes set me up for the rest of my design career! Had I not taken these classes, I don’t know if I would have ever been introduced to a Macintosh computer in such a great way.

I remember the first day of class. I walked in, looked around the room full of white iMac computers, selected one to use, and sat down. I noticed that the computer was not a PC, but a Mac. I was a few minutes early, so I decided to turn the computer on and get acquainted with it. After searching (for what seemed way too long), I asked my instructor where the power button was. It was on the back. “That’s easy enough,” I thought. I don’t remember all of my initial experience with the computer, but I remember finding 3 major differences from a PC: (1) the Finder app will allow me to search through the entire computer’s folders, files, and applications, (2) the Command key takes the place of the Control key on a PC (of course, the Control key is still available on a Mac, it just has a different function), and (3) programs (“applications” on a Mac) are not placed on the desktop, but rather in the “Dock”, by default, at the bottom of the screen (even when any application is open!).

After 2 weeks of using these computers for 2 hours a day for 3 days a week (about 12 hours total), I felt very comfortable with the Mac. I realized that while performing the same functions on a Mac as on a PC, I was overthinking how to do things. For example, if I wanted to open a file, I just needed to open a new Finder window, either by clicking the Finder icon in the Dock or by clicking “Cmd + N” while viewing my desktop. I didn’t need to click the “Start” menu button, click either “My Computer” or “My Documents”—which I could never remember which one I needed, and typically opened both before I found what I was looking for. Everything was accessible with just 1 click, as opposed to 2 or 3 clicks (or several more if I clicked the wrong button). Macs were (and are) just better organized and more intuitive. That’s what first started me liking the Mac. Though, I was still not yet a fan.

My instructor, David, was very knowledgeable about Macs. He knew keyboard shortcuts, software / hardware capabilities, and even many deeper technical aspects of Macs. He wasn’t trying to sell anyone in the class on Macs (as this was an advanced design, print, and web class), however, he felt strongly about using a Mac for work. Here’s what I learned, and what really sold me on Mac computers…

Mac computers:

  1. Are designed with an intuitive interface
  2. Save time through usability
  3. Rarely get viruses (even without anti-virus software)
  4. Rarely crash applications
  5. Rarely shut off (for no apparent reason) while I’m working
  6. Self-repair lost or damaged system files on start-up (no more defragmenting!)
  7. Run OS X (the most advanced operating system)
  8. Run on top-quality hardware
  9. Adhere to the rules of “good design” with both software and hardware

Once I saved enough money after college for my first Apple laptop and began using it, I swore to never use a PC ever again! I have to admit, my frustration level went from about a 10 to a 2 once I switched. I wasn’t expecting to feel such a relief, but I did!

I have strictly been using Apple computers professionally for over 8 years now, and will never go back to using a PC. As one of my bosses once said, “Once you go Mac, you’ll never go back.” Isn’t it true? I haven’t gone back, and I never will. Not to say I haven’t had to use a PC now and then, and every time I do, I remember how thankful I am to use a Mac for home and work and not a PC. Nothing frustrates me more than poor quality workmanship or unnecessary time-wasting.

How about you? What has your experience been with Apple computers? What things do you like best about your Mac?

7 years ago | Nov 16, 2014 | 11 Responses

About the Author

Adam is a visual communicator (currently Sr. Graphic Designer) at Calvary Church in Albuquerque, NM. He has been designing for print, web, and digital advertising for over 15 years, and is passionate about helping small and large businesses succeed through advertising and brand identity.

11 comments

  1. Danita says:

    I have to agree 100%. I recently fell in love with my Macbook and I haven’t looked back.. not even a glance!

    It’s OS is amazing. Startup is super fast and use it every single day. My old windows based laptop was such a drag. Hanging, freezing, startup problems…

    I will never go back to any other PC. I love my Mac.

  2. Steve says:

    I work with both Windows and Macs, and much, much prefer Macs. The reason I still use Windows is because I’m in college on a career refresh and it’s necessary to know both systems in the IT world. That’s the reason I have an Android phone, too. But if I had my way, I’d be all in on Macs from their watches to their ultimate Mac Pro. I have a few iPads, too.

    Working with Windows even on a casual basis makes me feel like a full-time sysadmin even with the new Windows 10. I recently had to put a brand new website together as part of an advanced web design class. I started it on a Windows machine. Shortly thereafter, I quickly finished it up on my iMac because it was just easier, faster, smoother, and more pleasant to do my work on. When I absolutely need to get things done, I do them on a Mac, not a Windows machine. And the Windows machine I have is an industrial strength workstation-gaming-class machine. It still got the bejeesus beaten out of it by my 2011 27″ iMac.

    • Definitely, Macs are more efficient when it comes to getting real work done. I wish I had one during my early years in college! Since you’re going for a system admin, I can see why you’d need to know both platforms. Great comment, and good luck with the rest of your college, Steve! :)

  3. Tee Jay says:

    I was a Windows guy until recently, as I invested in a lot of money with Windows media Centre, Windows Home Server, generally the Windows Ecosystem, then Microsoft killed both of these, killed of Technet which I still feel was a bad mistake and Windows 8 Metro was just the last straw. My Phone and tablet were Apple so it just made sense to move to a Mac. It has been fairly easy, and I too think I will never go back to a Microsoft based PC. I have looked at Windows 10 due to the fact I am PC support for my friends and even though certain things are back, I still think the OS sucks, so yes I will not go back!

  4. Elwood says:

    Howdy! This post couldn’t be written much better! Reading through this article reminds me of my previous roommate! He continually kept preaching about this. I’ll send this article to him. Pretty sure he’ll have a great read. I appreciate you for sharing!

  5. Britney says:

    A++++.

    I spent countless hours working for windows for free. I bought countless OS’s retail -Media Center, XP Home, XP Pro 3X. Because you don’t get the OS disks with the sale, no that will cost you 200$ or so after you get your BSOD (which we had happened regularly.

    Lost 4 or 5 total Drives due to some kind of virus, which were not recoverable in any way, Thus loss of pictures, Documents etc…

    Built 4 or 5 household computers, was gifted 2 dead stick windows computers.

    Always buying hardware because something was outdated, and would not work with something else because it was not compatible.

    Had a Vista Toshiba laptop keel over at 95 days right after factory warranty was done, that was a grand out the door at BBY in 2009.

    Ended up on Linux until we could start making the move to Apple. Because the laptop was engineered only to run on Vista with specific drivers for that laptop only.

    My god what a waste of resources and time over the years, such a waste.

    Bought my son his iPad for class 2013
    Bought our iPhones Feb 2014
    Bought our First Mac(13″Pro Retina) August 2014
    Teetering on the next MacBook Pro this Holiday season.

    I also quit working on everyone’s computer and now just advise them to buy Mac, what can I say I am retired from voluntary computer work. Someone stopped by last week requesting a build, and I just said I am burned out on working on windows. Sorry, check out mac.

    Never, ever,ever going back. Does not make ANY financial sense at all. None.

    Cheers.

  6. Richard says:

    I cant deal with pcs anymore…
    sloppy everything,
    and that goes for Android as well.
    What a crock. Crappy F’n machines that 3rd parties throw junk at the consumer.

    iMac, iPhone etc…it’s just seamless, well decided in the plan and architecture of its design and well defined in its purpose and experience to the customer.

  7. Jowy says:

    Can I just say how well rounded this entry was? I finally got a Macbook with the help of my partner just 2 days ago. For years I’ve had a PC and for the love of Tech-gods I will never go back to a PC. I’m not a tech person but troubleshooting on my mac was easy and accessible. Everything is where it needs to be, everything is straightforward. I’ve made the same connection when going from Android to an iPhone. A PC’s design makes you over think of steps upon steps of folders and drives. A mac however has a clean interface with a powerful Finder/Spotlight that leads you to everything all in one keyword. So that being said, to anyone who comes across this entry again, If you want accessibility, simplicity, no virus, no maintenance laptop that looks sleek and is mega portable. Macbook for the win. A PC is to a creaky House as Mac is to an Urban Condo.

    -J

  8. lolno says:

    “For example, if I wanted to open a file, I just needed to open a new Finder window, either by clicking the Finder icon in the Dock or by clicking “Cmd + N” while viewing my desktop. I didn’t need to click the “Start” menu button, click either “My Computer” or “My Documents”—which I could never remember which one I needed, and typically opened both before I found what I was looking for.”

    I don’t think that I have ever read something more stupid. You could have just pressed “Win+E” to open the Explorer and navigate to the file the same way. This just shows that you were too dumb to learn Windows at its shortcuts yourself – you needed an instructor to tell you about Cmd+N.

    Incredibly stupid.

    I hope since then you have learned that it is wise to spent some time learning your tools, whatever it is.

    • Glad you read my article, and it peaked your interest! I’m always happy to get comments from real people. 🙂

      First of all, please be professional in your speech. Second of all, based on your comment, did you understand the time period I was referencing in the post? Not sure of your age, experience with various operating systems, hardware, etc. but…

      I grew up in a time before people had smart phones and home computers. TV, landline phones, Walkmans, and computers at school with floppy disks were the tech of the day! Home computers became more prevalent near the end of the 90s. Keep in mind that technology is constantly in a state of change as it progresses over time. Also, note when this post was written, and what time period I was referencing in the article. Basically, early 2000s. Tech has made leaps and bounds since then.

      At the time referenced in this post, I owned a Dell laptop, which did not include a Windows key. I still have that laptop in a box in a dark corner of the house, and just verified by looking at it. Most computers produced at the time referenced in the post did not have that Windows key. Primarily, just Microsoft brand hardware did. At that time, what percentage of people actually bought Microsoft hardware? Most I knew bought Dell, Gateway, HP, etc.

      “Cmd + N” is a Mac (Apple) keyboard shortcut. And you’re right, I needed an instructor at the time to tell me all about Apple. As I stated in the post, that was my first ever experience with Apple computers. Until college, Apple was an enigma to me. I was 19 at the time, and had been using computers for about 5 years. What else do middle / high schoolers use computers for? Fun! And some homework. Technology then was nothing like it is today. Late 90s-early 2000s: dialup internet, Netscape browser, AOL email, tons of animated GIFs on very basic HTML websites, etc. Get the idea?

      I’m sure the latest Windows 10 OS is lightyears ahead of Windows XP. However, due to Microsoft’s continuous track record in lack of keeping up with modern web standards (mediocre browsers: IE and Edge), and producing an OS that still requires a third-party antivirus software be installed for security, these are just a couple things that make me realize that I’d rather own a Toyota than a Yugo (so to speak).

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