I was first introduced to how cool Macs were by Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City. She had the original PowerBooks g3 in black. I will never forget the day her world collapsed. Aidan got up in her business as she was writing…then her computer crashed. Her world was over and it was All. His. Fault.
Not only had her computer crashed but it seemed to be a metaphor for her relationship crashing too. How could she be in a relationship with a man who tried to push ‘Control + Alt + Delete’??
I still feel it in the pit of my stomach like it happened to me yesterday. That was the first time I knew I had to get on board and get a Mac. I was a Carrie Bradshaw and was no longer OK being in the club of ‘Control + Alt + Delete’.
But it wasn’t so easy for me. I was still in college and my dad was my co-signer in life. He was the CEO of my company, otherwise known as my life. I was pitching ideas on how I wanted my life to be and he was making the final decisions. My father, being a lawyer, went with the facts, and I had to come up with some pretty valid arguments to win my cases. Oh and believe me, I got really good at winning these cases!
I remember pleading my case to my father. I needed a Mac because Macs were for artists like me and PCs were for lawyers and businessmen like him. I was an artist; I needed this computer for graphics, for music, for creation! I went to Emerson College and no one there had a PC; we were all creative beings!
My dad was very set in his ways and he felt strongly that I continue to be compatible with him and his office and have a PC. Being the CEO of my life and the one who made final decisions, my dad won. I had to stay out of the cool kids club and keep my ‘Control + Alt + Delete’ ways.
But then something wonderful happened! My father got a client that worked for Apple in the college outreach program. This program grants discounts to college students on new Macs. My dad’s opinion of Apple changed because he respected this client and he respected the concept of rewarding college educated students with a discount. My dad was now open to the integrity of Apple and its Macs. My case was back on and I still had a chance to be part of the cool kids club.
After a stronger argument of how a Mac would help me move forward in life, the respect my dad had for his client, and an almost crashed PC, my wish became granted. I got my first Mac and I was the happiest girl ever. I no longer had to press ‘Control + Alt + Delete’.
It is true; once you go Mac you never go back. I am now on my second Mac after 10 years and I use it for everything. I create podcasts on Garage Band. I built my first website all by myself on iweb after attending a seminar at the Apple store. I make marketing one sheets on Pages, and organize my life in Bento 3. My iphone is in sync with my MacBook and I keep my iphone on at all hours of the day. Yes, even when I am in yoga, but of course on silent.
Apple has changed my life. It has helped me to become self-sufficient with creating my own website, making my own marketing materials and taking some pretty awesome pics of myself in Photo Booth. This I would not be able to do on a PC. Well, maybe I could. Well, maybe I could, but it would be a lot more complicated and my computer would have caught a few viruses along the way.
With that being said, yesterday (This post was originally written the day after Steve Jobs passed away.), when I was on my MacBook, wasting time, hypnotized by facebook; I saw the newsfeed popping up, “RIP Steve Jobs” and “We will miss you Steve Jobs”.
So, like I do anything I don’t know everything about, I googled Steve Jobs and just read and read. I had an array of thoughts from…will Apple survive with out him? … to Pancreatic cancer…really, u took another great guy? Of course Apple will survive, he passed on his knowledge to the new generation of tech wizards and gods.
My last thought was, Wow Steve Jobs was a genius who lived a short life like my dad and was taken by cancer like my dad, but they both accomplished so much in their short lifetime. I am sure they will hang out together and enjoy their time through those pearly gates, resting in peace in Heaven.