To Mac or Not to Mac?

That is the question! Well, that was the question I had when, about two weeks ago, I cracked the screen on my 3-year old HP laptop. Now, from what I understand, a 3-year old laptop is equivalent to a middle-aged person. My analogy is that when your knee goes out in middle age, maybe you should listen to the doctor who says “Stop running.” And so, it went with my HP laptop, when the screen went out, I placed it on a desk at home, hooked to an extra monitor and it slowly blended in to the furniture, no longer able to captivate my heart with its sleek appearance and easy portability.

I shopped around and asked friends on Facebook what they recommended in terms of a replacement. My heart and soul is with content creation – podcasts, videos, screencasts, audio, music, etc., and I couldn’t be happier with the 13″ Macbookpro I got this week. I’ll just add this – I am learning and re-learning quite a bit of fundamental navigation and software shortcuts, but so far I am very impressed. Importing HD video clips from my Canon T2i from teacher trainings into iMovie has been a seamless, easy experience. Mixing audio in Garageband – easy as well. I went with iWork (the comparison product to Microsoft Office) and so far I have only played with Numbers (the spreadsheet program). It has captivated my heart, in a way that Excel never has, with its easy “categorize this column” feature which you can use multiple time to categorize data within categories – all with a nice little indent and bold arrow at the start of each category to show you where you’ve set your categories.

So far? The learning curve doesn’t hurt more than me kicking myself for not getting a Mac sooner.