I haven't had any crashes yet with the MacBook... wonder if I could say as much about a new Dell with Windows Vista if I'd started with that instead. But it's still a computer, and I suspect that this video expresses some sentiments we're all familiar with:
This will come as a shocking surprise to anybody who knows me but... about 10 days ago... I bought a Mac.
This after 28 years of CP/M, DOS, and Windows, starting with Windows 1.0 through XP.
Why the change? Because I think I got tired of things not working.
I've actually been contemplating this change for quite some time. A few months, anyway. I dunno, maybe the "I'm a Mac, I'm a PC" commercials finally got to me: I wanted to be cool Mac Guy, not that shlub PC guy. A case of identity denial maybe. And all my friends are using Macs now... you know all those creative people who record music, make movies, etc. I don't actually do any of that stuff, but some days I think I'd like to.
The final straw was about two weeks ago when I decided I wanted to record some music on my computer. Of course, all my musician friends have been telling me all about their Macs and recording stuff with Garage Band. And I admit coveting that ability. But first, I thought I'd see if there was comparable software I could run on my PCs instead.
I did some research online (i.e. I Googled "garage band for pc windows") and found a program called Sessions made by M-Audio, a subsidiary of the company that makes Pro Tools, which is pretty much the industry standard for digital audio recording.
So I called my neighborhood music store, Corner Music on 12th St in Nashville (nowhere close to my actual neighborhood, but, then, neither is my neighborhood pub, McCabe's in Sylvan Park...). I asked them about Sessions. They said, "we don't have that, but we have the newest coolest thing which is even better and costs twice as much...." It's called Sequel, it's made by a company called Steinberg which I guess is some big German company, and it retails for $99 instead of the $49 sessions would have cost. So, like an idiot, I bought it.
And then I brought it home. And installed it on my big powerful desktop PC, an 18 month old Dell XPS 400 Whiz Bang Machine. And then I started the software, and tried to record something. And the software just flat didn't work.
That's when I threw in the towel and went to the local Apple store. I watched a demonstration off all the nifty programs like iMovie and iPhoto and Garage Band. And I said, "wrap one up." I made my first digital recording of my guitar that night (although I haven't made one since...)