After putting up with my 10-year-old PC, updated five years ago, it was time for a new computer. I wanted a Mac, maybe a laptop, but I just couldn’t decide.
Right before the Comcast technician came to install my high speed Internet connection, I decided getting the new computer was a must. I was worried that there might not be enough room on my old computer for the Comcast software. If my computer crashed, I’d lose years of valuable writing -- articles, short stories, and screenplays.
A friend, also looking for a computer, mentioned if you lose your laptop, you’ve lost your files. Yikes! I decided on a table top.
I researched PCs and Macs on the Internet. I read Consumer Reports. It said that more software is available for Windows computers than for Macs, but Apple repeatedly scores best in technical support and has been consistently reliable for desktops.
That did it. I’d had some trying technical assistance with AOL, so good technical support sounded like a plus. I headed to the nearest Apple Store, an hour’s drive away at Seattle’s South Center, and bought an iMac. I received great customer service.
Things are going pretty well. It’s great to be technically updated; being able to be on my computer and have the voice mail pick up my business calls is a big plus.
However, learning the Apple will take a bit of time. I think I’ll buy Windows for the Apple, since I’m used to using it for word processing. Pages is strange, although I’ve had a PhotoShop class and an InDesign class and finally remembered you can go back with Command X.
I did Internet research to find some articles on PCs versus Macs for this post. I found the Helium Web site, which has writers rate articles. And I saw discussions on Photo Talk Online and the Shelbyville (Tennessee) Times-Gazette.
Although everyone says this topic has been hotly debated, I had a hard time finding effective, up-to-date information. Have you seen any articles or reviews on PC versus Mac that you think are helpful to those debating what to buy?
As to what’s best for boomers, it depends on a person’s needs and pocketbook. Thorough research is needed.