Thursday, March 31, 2011

My big Mac attack is finally subsiding.

Well, the inevitable finally happened...I bought a Mac - a "big Mac", no, not the Mickie D burger but my very first Mac computer.

"So how's that working for you?" I hear you asking, with concern in your voice.

As a PC diehard, loyal to HP products I might add, I found I had come to a fork in my computer road and had to make a choice...

a - stay true to my loyalties and my PC inbreeding

or

b - get that long overdue divorce from my PC and start dating Mac!

My decision was helped along by the fact that my daughter, the ever talented Miss CP, has been a Mac loyalist for about four years and my writing buddy, Gill, has been Mac-ing around for some time as well.

I admire these gals and their opinions count - so...off to the Mac store I go...this was back on Friday, March 18th the day after my trusty PC up and died. Really, the nerve of some computers - thank God I do regular backups that's all I can say.

(Note to all of you reading this, DO YOU HAVE A BACKUP PLAN? It's not just the impending earthquake or a freak tsunami you need to be preparing for, but a major and most inconvenient crash of the technological kind - so, after reading this post, get right to it and back your computer up!)

Okay, where was I...oh yes...me and Mac!

MARCH 18TH - FRIDAY (the end of an era...)

After spending an inordinate amount of my precious time (like I had anything else to do on a Friday night in one of the most exciting cities in the world) I finally left the Mac store with visions of sugarplums and MacBooks dancing around in my head! (it's still close enough to Christmas to have the sugarplum thingys dancing in my head - so there)

Home went I on it sleep I did - a little Yoda touch for my fellow StarWars fans (of course I only liked the original three - not those three barf-worthy cheap wanna-be StarWar movies that came out later - gag me! - I think it's a generational thing, anyone in my vintage will have nothing to do with the "bad three" as I call them)

MARCH 19TH - SATURDAY (the day of new beginnings...) 

Okay, now we are on day two of my saga - March 19th - the big Mac attack day! Thank God for all those "legal" nerve calming drugs available without having to lurk around some back alley with old running shoes hanging off of telephone pole wires!

I was calm (don't let CP tell you otherwise) and ready to lay my money down and buy myself some "love"! I can see now why people actually "love" these little guys - they are so user-friendly and the online tutorials are, well, like you know, totally like, rad dude! I think you sorta hafta do the cool lingual stuff - am I right or am I right!

Okay, okay - enough already with the trying to be a cool Mac-dudette! But I AM having a love affair - I just hope it doesn't end badly...for Mac. It never ends badly for me - I've got the HAMMER, remember.


No Hammer dents...yet!

A WEEK AND A HALF LATER (new computer, new job, new man, new life...)


"So how's that working for you?" I hear you ask. Well...just great thanks! (and with an exclamation mark to boot)

I now live at Mac's former "hangout" (aka store) and all his "hanger-ons" (aka staff) are groovin' with me and like, you know, chillin' and being all like, "hey" and "s'happenin" and you know, super friendly...they even think I should, like you know, work there! Too cool!

I'm taking advantage of the One to One program, Workshops and Personal Projects time - I figure by the time I'm finished I'll have turned into a MacBook Pro myself - sleek, good looking, creative and very intuitive!

MARCH 30TH - WEDNESDAY (a wee reality check...)

I had a class on the Numbers program in iWorks (the equivalent of Excel's Spreadsheet program) and I must say - impressive! (okay, I'll add overwhelming...if you insist on knowing everything)

Of course, (and here it comes), you have to have an open mind and be willing to think outside the PC box - which can be hard for diehard PC users - but I'm a sucker for "new and exciting" so I'm always willing to try and learn a new trick - see, you can teach an old dog a new trick - ask Lucky!

I'm just now working with iPhotos and have started to make a "Book" of photos for my mom - I know she will love it! More on that later...

Happy Mac-ing to those of you that are fellow Mac users.
And to those of you that are still PC-ing it...okay...Happy Times to you too!

Jenny