This blog is going to make my buddy Greg White very happy. When we were shopping for new computers a while back, and considering the Apple products, Greg told me that they are not as failsafe and perfect as many Apple owners would have you believe and we would have problems with them, too. Greg has forgotten more about computers than I will ever know, and I usually take his advice, but I had been fighting with Windows-based computers for years and really wanted a change. So about a year ago we bought a matched pair of iMacs.
The idea was that with two identical computers, Terry and I could switch over to the other person’s machine if necessary, if one had a problem. But that probably wouldn’t happen because Macs never have problems, right?
Overall, the iMac is an impressive machine and it has a lot going for it. However, there have been some frustrations, too.
Making the transition from a Windows-based computer to the Macintosh format wasn’t a problem at all. A lot of people seem to think there is going to be a major learning curve, but there really isn’t. Once you learn the basic commands, which just have different names from those on a Windows computer, it’s easy.
However, I have found a number of things that I can’t do on the iMac that I could on my old Dell computer. Some programs that I use a lot, such as Windows Live Writer to write my blog, don’t seem to have a corresponding Mac program. We use Stamps.com to print mailing labels with postage, and it’s another program that is not compatible with the iMac. The same with Microsoft Streets & Trips, which I use for most of my trip planning. So I still keep the old Dell running to access those programs when I need them.
And yes, Greg, iMacs break too. A few weeks ago my machine stopped reading the CD/DVD drive, and I had to take it back to the Apple Store in Mishawaka. They kept it overnight and when we went to pick up the next day it was fixed and running. Yesterday was the first day I needed to use the DC/DVD drive since then, since then, when I tried to burn some of our 7-in1 CDs. And the darn thing is broken again! I will call the Apple Store this morning, and hope they can do something to get it running again fast, because we are only going to be here a few more days.
And finally, about those two “identical” machines. Yes, Terry and I have identical machines, bought at the same time, with the same operating system, and yet things work differently on hers than they do on mine. If she wants to accomplish a certain task, she does such and such and it’s done. But when we try to do the same thing on my machine, it won’t work.
I’m not regretting buying the iMacs, but I am disappointed in them at times. For the money these things cost, I expect them to work, not to have to run them back to the store for the same problem a second time around. Right now I have the taste of sour apples in my mouth.
Today we should be mailing out the last of the new issue of the Gypsy Journal. That gives us about three days to do the rest of the things we have to get done before we leave for Celina. I think what we would really both like to do is just keep the curtains closed and vegetate for about 48 hours, but there’s no time for that.
Thought For The Day – Love that is not based upon friendship is like a house built upon sand.