Ten reasons I’m buying a MacBook as soon as I can afford one

I’ve been using Microsoft OS-based PCs since Mom and Dad upgraded from an electronic typewriter. The first program I remember using way back in the DOS days was The Print Shop. I made banners. It was the ’80s.

Times have changed. Here’s ten reasons I’m switching to Apple when I buy my next machine:

  1. Spotlight: Because Windows can’t handle the simple task of instantly finding little tiny digital files that are all physically within a few inches of each other. And don’t give me any “Google Desktop can do that” crap. Google can have my e-mail, my calendar, my search history, and my news subscriptions, but my melodramatic teenaged poetry does NOT need to be indexed, thank you very much.
  2. Genius Bar: In-person human tech support. Where do I sign up?
  3. CS2: Because I need an excuse to buy it. (I get a supercool discount at school.) I’m assuming the Intel-friendly Mac version will be out by the time I’m throwing money at a MacBook.
  4. Because I’m looking forward to the challenge of moving all my music and podcasts to a fresh install of iTunes. Okay, that one not so much. Luckily, I don’t buy any music from the iTunes store, so all I can expect to lose is some podcasts, and really, how many times do I need to listen to that Gillmor Gang from last February?
  5. That big honking touchpad, and the fancy mouse with the little dot in the middle. Yes, I mark out for buttons.
  6. Street Cred: If I’m going to get paid to be a hotshot web geek, a cranky malfunctioning giant loud overheating Toshiba A75 just isn’t the image I’m shooting for.
  7. iMovie: Because Windows Movie Maker isn’t exactly the last word in user interface.
  8. Because the 13-inch MacBook is smaller, lighter, and has longer battery life than the beast I’m carrying around right now.
  9. Hel-fucking-vetica.
  10. Because it comes in black.

Vendor sports, SJSU style

I’ve now written stories for the Spartan Daily about Microsoft, Google, and Apple. Is Yahoo next? Thankfully, no. But I’ll keep an eye out, so I can hit the superfecta.

For the record, every single student who has talked to me about the iTunes U story has said something to the effect of “So we don’t have to go to class anymore. Cool.” I left the folks I talked to lots of openings to really explain how podcasts could be used as supplemental audio/video material, and not just class lectures, but I must have hit the wrong sources, because no one really took off on that angle.

There’s obviously a lot more to it than just class lectures, but we’ll have to wait and see what happens if/when they launch. I know SJSU is trying to teach folks how to podcast, use Skype, etc., but I don’t know what the adoption rate is looking like yet. I’m sure that would make a lovely thesis for the folks in the Instructional Technology department.