My Apple Experiences…
So there are many of you that talk about Apple fanboy’s. An Apple fanboy definition can be found here at Urban Dictionary. We are talked about as people who are similar in nature to a cult of followers who believe anything that Apple tells us. We are to believe that we do not have minds of our own and cannot assimilate a rational thought. We stand in lines without expressions waiting for our worldly leader the Jobs to hand us our next ration.
But let me say that while I write about Apple and all its glory I come from a Windows background. My first computer was an eBay special; my first laptop was a Compaq with a 3GB hard drive. Then I bought into Gateway an then another then an eMachine desktop. So I know about Windows and what to expect there. I remember the excitement of getting each machine and the disappointment when something would happen and they would ask me to restore the machine every time. I had accumulated software that I used and stored photos only to have to begin over reinstalling everything from contacts to papers to software. It was always a pain.
I have always been into technology and have slowly converted my family into this following. For me it was the iPhone in 2007. I was a hold out as the iPhone came out in June or July 2007 and I did not purchase one until August. I remember that day clearly. My wife and I were in town and I had been talking about buying an iPhone and I could not stand it anymore. I stopped by AT&T and went in. I did not know she thought I was going in to “talk” to them. Imagine my surprise when I got back into the car with a new $500 phone. I got the usual talking to that I have become accustomed to in the beginning.
But for us that was the changing point. Prior to that I had Windows computers and phones like the SLVR, the Pearl and the Curve to name of few of the most recent predecessors. But the iPhone was a game changer for us. The more I used it the more I wanted to learn about Apple. I watched videos, I visited Apple stores and I talked to their sales and others that knew the Apple eco system. I heard the entire pro’s and cons. How great a machine they are and how limited they were in the software realm. If I bought a Mac, I would have a machine that lived in a Window’s world.
It was not until late summer 2008, after using the iPhone and my discoveries that I choose the take the plunge. I ordered my new MacBook Pro just before I went on vacation to Disney. I was so excited I wanted it shipped to the hotel but was afraid it would not arrive while we were there so I shipped it home. But that created anxiety of its own, as I was at the most magical place on earth and I wanted to be at home when the package arrived. I remember checking the tracking information everyday.
When we arrived home the package had been picked up, at my request, by my mother, was the first thing I attended to. Unpacking could wait; I had to see this machine. I had petted them in the Apple stores but this one was mine—to be continued…