I have been toying with the idea of switching to a
Mackintosh Macintosh (I have no idea what I was thinking about when I spelt this as ‘Mackintosh’) since the day iTunes stopped working on my Vista.
After many hours of trying to fix the problem over the Christmas holidays, I think it all boils down to me having to re-format the hard-disk before I can put iTunes (and goodness knows what else) back in business here.
So. If I had to go through all that trouble to reformat my hard-disk with crappy Vista, why not upgrade to Windows 7 or better, change to a Mac.
Buying a new computer (as is the case with any kind of electronic appliance) always freaks me out.
When it comes to computer hardware/software specifications, I function like an extinct 286 machine, wholly unable to process all the technical jibberish thrown at me by the computer shops. The good husband who, as a matter of fact, ranks lower than me in this aspect, will no doubt say digesting technical specifications is not the only area where my brain gets fried.
Coming back to buying a computer, possibly the only bits that I can actually appreciate is the hard-disk capacity (ie 250GB better than 120GB) and the width of the screen (17 inch vs 13 inch).
When it comes to slightly more complicated stuff like RAM, yeah, I know that the bigger the number, the faster applications work on the machine. But to tell the truth, I don’t have a feel as to what is the impact of the difference, say, 120GHz, between two machines have on me. Yeah, the one with the higher number works better, but how much better? I really can’t tell.
Then there is the manufacturer (Acer vs HP, Toshiba vs Fujitsu), the make of the processor (Intel vs AMD), the make of the screen, the brand of the sound card, so on and so forth.
I figured that buying a Mac does not require me to go through the same trial and tribulations as buying a PC. Afterall, there is only one kind of Mac machine from Apple right? Either you buy an iMac, the desktop, or Macbook, the notebook. With standard specifications.
When I announced to friends and family that I was getting a Macbook, the same question asked of me by everyone was: “Are you getting a Macbook, Macbook Pro or Macbook Air?
Darn. This means that I have to do some work comparing the machines – admittedly
lesser less (bad Engrish!) work than buying a PC but nevertheless, still a chore.
And to that, the good husband will no doubt say: “Then don’t buy lah!”