03-04-2011, 12:44 PM
I'm a switcher in my first month of blissful iMac ownership, so what I am about to say can be quickly written off by any of you wishing to by simply saying that my honeymoon phase will eventually end. But here is why I think it won't - in perhaps direct opposition to the OP's post (especially if you go back and read the OP's previous posts about no longer having a use for Windows)...
I started my IT career as a Macintosh support guy and was instantly hooked on macs. Over the years as my career evolved and the various corporations I worked for expanded their PC base, my skills and needs changed and I ended up requiring PCs and not macs to do my day to day. Right up until this year, 18 years of dealing with Wintel-based projects, deployments, support, migrations, etc etc. My own home office littered with Dell and IBM laptops, desktops running Vista, Windows 7 and even some old clunkers running XP or something less 'new'. Whatever. It served its purpose well for me. But truth be told, my personal time on a computer started to become more and more frustrating. As I got more interested in photography and video, I became more and more frustrated with getting things to WORK like I needed them to work on either Windows Vista or XP or lately, Windows 7. I bought editing software (Pinnacle Studio, Studio Max, Lightroom, etc) and had a multitude of problems with drivers, peripherals, and even something as completely mundane as burning a simple DVD became a feat of epic proportions for me most of the time. I can curse Microsoft all I want, but in many ways it is sort of biting the hand that feeds (I'm currently managing a Win7 migration at a major retail firm). But it wasnt until I overheard a colleague gushing about his iMac (and some of the work he produced and showed me really impressed me) - that I decided to dip my toes back in to all things Apple.
Again, in full disclosure, Ive done my share of Apple-bashing in the past. I had a first generation iPod that was a POS and went through the whole class action lawsuit thing to get a battery replacement. Years later my wife had many issues with her second generation iPhone and I would always leave the Apple store cursing under my breath at the "geniuses" and their snooty but oh-so-friendly advice on how they could help me with another proprietary cable or adapter I could buy just to make something work like I felt it should right from the start. So like I said, in many ways, the cards have been stacked both ways in terms of how I see it but in the long run? Hey, here's whats important - what works for you.
Like the OP, I know what I need to work when I make a new computer purchase. For me, it was largely multimedia and to just have sh*t hang together seamlessly. Thats why I'm gushing. Because I plopped the 27" i7 quad core down on my desk and set it up in minutes (seconds?) and I plugged in my externals and launched stuff and guess what happened? Everything freaking worked. It was a joy to see iPhoto index my 64,000 photos in a few minutes, and redraw the image thumbnails in real time as I scrolled to the last one. And to have DVDs rip and burn without any error, hiccups, or intervention on my part. And the screen just makes my jaw drop.
I guess unlike the OP, I first fully investigated my video editing options (Avid, Adobe, FCP, iMovie etc) first. Even did some hands-on at the store and a whole bunch of reading up and demos and tutorials online. Long story short, I love it, everything about it. Takes some getting used to, definitely. Things in different places, a different end user experience. Yes I'm still on honeymoon, but we have a shared past, and I know what to expect.
I won't get rid of Windows any time soon, but I also promise not to talk bad behind each other's back. I'm more mature now :-)