Switch to Mac
Our oldest daughter and her husband were up visiting this weekend. We played Scrabble - I destroyed them. We played pool - they destroyed me. We enjoyed a wonderful mushroom lasagna they prepared for us. We laughed, we looked at old photos and school projects we had saved; it was a great visit.
At some point they mentioned that they wanted to buy a new computer and said they were looking at Dell notebooks. Both my other son-in-law and I responded immediately: "Gosh no, buy a Mac".
We explained that if you consider what you get for your money, Macs deliver much more value. Yes, you *can* configure a cheaper Dell laptop than the cheapest MacBook, but what you get with the base MacBook is so much more. I pointed out that with Parallels and the soon to come VMware for Mac, you can run Windows also, and that the entire world of Open Source is available either directly or through virtualization. We talked about iPhoto, iTunes, using your Mac as a DVD player for your TV and the general pleasure of running a smoothly integrated operating system.
I've noticed it in other places too. For example, I subscribe to Google alerts for various subjects, including one for "apple OR macintosh OR "intel mac" OR "os X". Over the past year, the number of alerts I get for those keywords has increased steadily: Mac is a hot subject on the web.
If you have an Apple store near you, go take a test drive. The only caveat I have is to make sure you load up with one and preferably two GB of RAM - trust me, you'll be doing so much with your Mac that you will want this.
Time to switch? You betcha.
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