Ahhhh. Aren't we glad that's over?
Seeing as my PC was about in the shape pictured above, I took the leap of faith and invested in a new MacBook. No no... I invested... In my future. Now I know a computer out of the box is like a fresh banana. It's ripe, appealing to the eye, stands firm, and 3 days later (or the computer equivalent-90 days) it is lying in a molding heap of mush that is unstable in regards to any human interaction. This made me callous and untrusting. But then my Mac came along and said "You don't understand. I'm not a banana. I'm a cashew. Leave me on the counter for a week then come back and eat me later. I'll still be delicious."
For years I considered the switch, but the now cliche "It's too expensive" excuse kept rising to the top like a repackaged Britney Spears song. As time goes on though, I'm starting to realize a few things. 1) I paid $300 less by going with Apple's refurbished service on this machine. 2) Even though the refurbished system had the old OS on it, Apple decided that since they just came out with a new OS they should just throw a copy of it in my box in case I want to install it. 3) Antivirus? Hahahahaha! :lol:Oh man :P those things are silly and expensive. Pass. 4) I need a tuner for my guitar. Wait, what's that? Garage Band has one on it? Oh, well that must be nice for people who can affor... what's that? It comes installed for free on the system right out of the box? But... I thought we were supposed to pay for everything but the most basic possible [trial] media programs. Have I been living in a dream world!?!?
Nope. Just a PC world. Where it is PC to sell products that should come installed free on your computer. Where it is PC to outsource to a host of companies to manufacture programs of the same application where you have to pick and choose which price you can afford and which flaws you can bear to wade through before you'll be able to make a functional slideshow. A world where it is PC to sell a basic OS for $200. That breaks.
But I'm looking forward to the future now. A future where I don't have to catch up with the money I saved on my computer at the front end by repairing it a year later, and where I won't have system failures just because my coding went nutzo. Never let anyone tell you that a PC is cheaper than an equivalent-component Mac.
I'm a happy person right now. I'm a Mac.