The image to the left is the original Apple Computer Logo. It is Newton under a tree at the magic moment.
I have just started a new role with a money management firm in New York. I get to analyze and select public firms to invest in. As part of the job, I had to choose a new computer. I chose an Apple Power mac. This might sound silly to the PC people out there, but was a considered choice. The first computer I ever wrote a program for was an Apple IIE when I was 9 years old back in Iowa at the public schools "computer camp". It was great. The first company I bought shares in was Apple in 1983 at the age of 10. The first balance sheet I ever reviewed was from them. At age 20 in 1990 I co-founded a mac only software firm in Iowa with friends. I left the Macintosh fold in 1993. I am now back. The experience was bizarre, the mac allows for freedom's and choices in action and fluidity that are different from the PC. I was frankly a fish out of water, for the first day. I now realize, the clunky cage of my Windows experience had taught me to expect certain things. I now realize how things can be. Here is a little list of things that were surprising:
- I unpacked the box plug in the machine, 1 cord, one Ethernet cable and it just works. NO crapware from affiliates etc.
- A printer in the office that required a 550MB driver on windows was automatically identified and just worked.
- I downloaded skype and the built in camera and speakers automatically tone down my music when a call comes in. The image and voice from Sweden were crystal clear.
- My PDF files open instantly and just work.
- I installed open office albeit with a little hiccup after getting X11 installed. It just works, I can open powerpoints, spreadsheets etc. no problem.
- My web based applications, just work.
For $1,500 I got a machine that is faster, smoother, better looking, more versatile and flexible than anything, I have worked with in years. I may even put Ubuntu Linux on it, if I get time. I have been busy working so far.
My advice, Vista is the best reason yet to buy a mac. It just works.