I went to one of the cool schools in the early 90's that had computer class for youngsters. This is where I first learned what an "Apple" was. All I can say is, apart from the logo, these computers were a far cry from the fancy Apple products of today. I will admit, however, these Apple computers had one particularly outstanding feature: The Flying Toaster screen saver.
Fast forward to high school. My best friend and her family all had Macs. Quite frankly, I didn't get it. They almost seemed like dumbed-down PCs to me. Meanwhile, I was gliding along on my PC. I remember feeling so cool when I personalized my PC to be exactly what I wanted. Come on, you know that picking your own desktop background was, at first, a *big deal*.
College came along. My freshman year, I received a brand new laptop. I loved this computer for a long time. It stuck with me through papers, social crises discussed on AOL Instant Messenger, and the invention of Facebook. Then, something changed...
I changed majors. I was now in Communications. My first class in the "Mac lab" was a little shocking. "You mean to tell me that all my programs live in this little guy whose face is cut in two (the Finder)?" Very quickly, however, I felt at peace with the Mac. It just seemed so "happy" that everything I needed was in the dock. I think a main turning point was when I discovered that I could pick an object up..... drag it... and drop it!
I tried to cheat the system. I must've spent weeks trying to turn my laptop into a Mac. I often scoured the Internet for new articles on the subject. I downloaded RocketDock, which was a great way to get my dock-obsession fix, but it still wasn't the same. On graphics programs especially, I craved my precious "drag and drop."
I took the plunge. No, I didn't throw my PC out the window and flee to the Apple Store (if only we had one in my city). Eventually, my laptop snapped. The screen was actually falling off. I took my last semester of student discount eligibility and set out to purchase a Macbook Pro. It was ordered online and eventually wound up at my doorstep. With my dad watching, I turned it on. A galaxy filled with purples and pinks (the intro video) welcomed me in different languages.
It was beautiful!
A little more than a year later, I'm still happy with my Macbook Pro. I've been proclaimed a Mac-snob and, quite frankly, I'm okay with that! Will I ever step away from my Mac? I know that technology grows leaps and bounds over a short period of time, so I'm not ruling it out. However, at this rate, I'm stickin' by my Mac's side for a very, very long time. I grew up a "PC", but now I can officially say, "I'm a Mac."