When I read Steve Mermelstein’s article here at LG which indicated that Chris Pirillo has given some thought about switching over to a Mac, it made me wonder just what the heck is going on here?

I was trying to recall when I first got online and attached via dialup to the Internet. I believe it was in 1989 or so when I was living in the small town of Groveland, CA., which is located just off of Hwy. #120 as you are heading to Yosemite National Park. My wife and I actually were living in the resort community of Pine Mountain Lake, and their were no ISP’s back than willing to supply us with a Internet connection. So about 60 of us permanent residents got together and formed a computer group which basically consisted of PC users and a few Mac users which we considered a odd lot. 🙂 I say this with affection since they were actually very fine folks and smart as whips. We started to lobby two local ISP’s from the BIG city of Sonora, CA. [pop. 4,000+] to show them that there was a large enough base of potential clients to justify them spending money on the equipment necessary to get us online. It took six months of negotiation to finally get both ISP’s to get us connected.

Anyway, one of the first newsletters I subscribed to was being written by a kid from Iowa who called his newsletter Lockergnome by the name of Chris Pirillo. Over the years I have read his stuff and have always considered what Chris has said as being pretty much on the money. He was a die hard PC user and over the years we all suffered through the trials and tribulations of various versions of Windows and worked out the many problems together.

Also over the years I came to regard others in the technology field as not only experts, but as friends, such as Scot Finnie from Scots Newsletter Forum, Fred Langa and Robert X. Cringely mainly because of his dry sense of humor. As you may recall I did a article about Scott Finnie who gave up on Windows and switched over to a MAC. I must say I was surprised, because Scot has made his living writing about and informing us about Windows.

Now it seems that Chris may, just may, be considering making the same move away from a PC to a MAC. Which begs to question why? Why now? Though I can’t enter into the peoples brain and answer for them, I can venture a guess as to the why. In the past I have always followed the crowd and have gone with the latest and greatest Windows released and have always upgraded all of my systems when a new version of Windows was introduced. But with Vista this has not been the case. Not only does Vista require a huge hardware change, but for some it also requires investing more bucks into upgrading some of the software than runs fine under Windows XP. For some, OEMs have still not released Vista drivers for other hardware such as printers, scanners and the like.

As I have stated previously, I was one of the fortunate ones who was invited to Beta test Vista and received a free copy of Vista Ultimate from Microsoft, for which I thank them for. It gave me the opportunity to use the software starting back in November, 2006 when Vista went gold. But it has been over six months now and I am still not feeling the WOW. Sorry. But that is just my opinion about Vista. I have no intention of upgrading any of my other 4 systems to Vista, either now or in the future.

So to Chris I say this. I personally believe that switching over to a MAC is a wise and smart move.

If someone were to tell me a few years ago that I would of even said such a thing, I would of told them that they were nuts. 🙂

So what do you think? Is it time to consider some alternatives to Windows? Or are you satisfied with Vista and won’t be making the switch?

Comments welcome.

See Steve’s article here.

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