I used to be a Mac fan, but had to abandon Apple when I found little inconsistencies with my computer system at work. (Little boxes and odd symbols would pop up in word processing documents, for example.) Well, it seems that Apple has ironed it all out, so…I’m going all Mac tomorrow morning, when my friend PJ comes over to help me to install my new 15″ Powerbook with 1GB of RAM and the Airport Express wi-fi system, and to migrate all of my data and settings from my generally reliable (but slow and sometimes too complicated) Dell system. I’ll also be installing a Maxtor One-Touch backup system (which I did buy from Dell).
I guess that my iPod 60GB was the first taste of an old addiction. In addition to putting on and enjoying lots of music, I’ve listened to a number of books and am going through Russian vocabulary and grammar with several different CD-based Russian courses that I’ve converted to the iPod format. (I’ve also benefited from German programs that I’ve put on, to keep my German fresh, and have made some feeble attempts — but it’s a hard language to get, for me at least — to review Arabic conversational skills.)
Update: Well, what I thought would be a few hours of transferring documents, settings, and the like turned into an all day experience. The Move2Mac program I bought moved most stuff, but didn’t move my Outlook Calendar or email files in a format that we could get the Mac to recognize. One would think … well, it will take a bit more time. On the good side, I did manage to transfer and organize all my photos, music, lectures, and so on without any serious problems. Whew. PJ has a computer programmer’s determination and took the Mac (onto which we — ok, he — managed to transfer various formats of the calendar and email files, but not to import them successfully into the Mac’s programs) home to figure it out and seamlessly import the relevant files. Then I’ve got to get my Dell Axim to synchronize with the Mac. Whew. After PJ gets that set up, I’ll get the new wi-fi system running. Then the backup system, so when I take the Powerbook with me, I’ll still have the files backed up in case anything happens to it. Despite a rather disappointing day (the transfer from Outlook was the biggest problem), I’m still eager to get working on my Mac.