Why are you getting a Mac?

OK I have to post this because this pertains to the Business school.

An incident happened last week where I overheard someone getting a new Macbook Pro and she does not know how to use a Mac.  When asked if she would like Windows on it, she replied “Of course!”

WHY ARE YOU GETTING A MAC IF YOU DON’T KNOW HOW TO USE A MAC?!?!  Yes granted it is a nice piece of expensive hardware that can run Windows and everyone has one, but that should not be the reason to get it.  In my opinion, you should get a Mac because you like using Mac OS X more than you like using Windows.

I got one for several reasons.  The first reason I ever got a Mac is that I was tasked to be the person to support Macs so I had to have one if the department wanted me to support it.  Now I’m not in charge of supporting Macs, but I still use it because I actually like using Mac OS X better than Windows. It has better built-in tools to do networking troubleshooting than Windows.  Right now, I do Windows desktop support and I still use a Mac because I know how to have both Mac OS X AND Windows install on my Macbook.

Which brings me to the second thing I want to gripe about.  If the software you need to mainly use is only available for Windows, why would you get a Mac?  Granted for me, I have video games that is available for PC only so I have one computer dedicated for gaming and then I have my Mac for everyday use.  But even with the games that I play, there is a Mac version available, but I still prefer playing on my PC because I can upgrade the parts on the PC more than I can on a Mac.

I can go on and on about this, but I think I should stop.  So if you are thinking about getting a Mac, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE don’t get one because everyone else is getting it.  Try one out for a week or two to see if you like it.  Smith IT has loaners you can borrow to make sure you don’t put $1800/$2600 down the drain.  (Prices are the high-end BASE model of MacBook Pros that people tend to want because it has the fastest processor that people think they need to run Office)