Mac & Me

While this usually surprises people, I used to loathe Macintosh computers. It was the 1990s, and not only were they not insanely great, they were insanely slow. 1 I was a PC guy. Windows for life.

Or so I thought.

When I first saw the iMac, I thought it was a fun design. But wasn’t it just a toy? When I first saw OS X, I thought it was beautiful. But again, was it just visual candy? It wasn’t until I moved out to California that Apple really entered my life.

An iPod bought for the drive out west was the gateway drug for me. After about a year working in Hollywood — very much a “Mac town” even then — I bought my first Apple computer, an iBook G4.

Being forced to use a Mac on a daily basis at work, I came to appreciate all the little details that could never be adequately described to a PC user because they seem like things that shouldn’t matter. Yet they do.

My iBook wasn’t faster than my Dell laptop. But it was intangibly better.

Before long, I had an iMac as well. Then a MacBook Pro. Then a new MacBook Pro. Then a new iMac. Then a MacBook Air. And so on.

It’s been fun to watch so much outpouring of love for the Mac today, 30 years after its inception. I came late to the party, but now it’s hard to imagine ever leaving. Especially if Apple makes me my dream Mac.

Happy birthday, Mac.


  1. Compared to their Windows counterparts. 

  1. keiththemac reblogged this from parislemon and added:
    This sounds awfully close to how I got addicted to the Mac. Instead of a job forcing me to use OSX, it was a roommate...
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  4. donschaffner reblogged this from parislemon and added:
    What he said, ‘cept a few years later.
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    I was early to the party but this makes me smile.
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    Good little read from MG Siegler
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