So, I’ve never been the kind of guy that needs the latest gadgets. I didn’t own a cell phone until 2002. I don’t replace it every year with a new model. I don’t download games or take pictures with it.
I was slow to get an iPod and use iTunes. I mean, I was a PC-guy. I had a trusty Dell that came with MusicMatch Jukebox. It worked fine. I’ve used a PC at work my whole career. Microsoft products? Why be a hater? Word, Office, Excel, Powerpoint, Project – like falling off a log. I’m quick with the right-click.
This is in contrast to the Beloved, who having come more from the academic world than my corporate-dominated life had gravitated to Apple products. Look how beautiful, she would say! (Look how expensive, I would retort)… Look! No viruses, she would cheer! (Protection software works fine, I’d grumble). I was sticking to my guns, dammit. Apples had always seemed a little too much style over substance, perhaps and there was a whiff of “hippie” that kept me resisting.
Then, I got an iPod a couple of years ago, and realized that ok, sure – iTunes is really a lot easier than what I had been using. Fine. But I could use it on my PC with no problems. It wasn’t like I was giving in, right?
And then my Dell started getting a little long in the tooth and there were noises about getting a new computer for my birthday. And then about a month ago – despite my protective software – there was a bad bad virus infestation. My trusty old Dell ground to a halt, and the choice was made.
So, I welcomed a new gadget into my life – a gorgeous 20” iMac. It’s big, shiny, pretty and super-fast. This weekend I spent some time moving over files (music, photos, financial, etc.) from the Dell to the new computer. Pretty easy.
Now only if I could stop myself from right-clicking.