June 18 2011

Switching to an iMac

iMac 27-inch 2011In a move that is sure to polarize people I know, I am switching my main computer to an iMac.

Last Aug. I talked about getting an iMac, my first computer I’ve ever owned from Apple.  My intention was that this particular desktop would stay in my house for use, and that is where it still resides.  The idea of switching my main computer at work to a Mac was still not sitting well with me, but as I have become more immersed in the world of Mac via my work at TechnoBuffalo, the idea was becoming more appealing.

As I’ve gone back and forth on the subject, the final straw was my work computer getting hit with rogueware – malicious software that masquerades as anti-virus software – multiple times in a two week period.  In my role as technology blogger, I am constantly on the Internet, hitting site after site.  It is fair to say I probably visit more websites in one day than most people do in a  week; it’s part of my job, and you just learn to deal with it.  What I haven’t been able to deal with is losing literally hours of work to cleaning my system of these blasted viruses.

When you earn your entire income from being on the Internet, losing your computer to a virus is like not being able to go into work due to car issues.  Except, in our cases, it’s even more infuriating because you technically are at work, you just can’t do anything while your system cleans itself.  (and before you ask, yes, I had protection in place to keep them out, but they kept getting in.)

With the latest update to the iMacs, and the cash on hand to do so, I took the plunge and purchased a new iMac.  The day I never thought would come has arrived, and there is an Apple computer sitting next to me as I type this, transferring files on to it and installing drivers.  While I am aware that Macs are not totally immune to viruses, and, yes, there are even now Mac specific rogues out there, the number is small enough to be negligible.  Having also read through the uninstall instructions for them, they seem far easier to remove than on a PC.

Call me names if you must, say I’ve partaken in the iKoolAid even, but I just can’t take using Windows as my main hardware any more.  I highly doubt I will ever be able to pull myself completely away from Windows, and as a matter of fact there will still be a low-end Windows machine on my desk still which does nothing more than handle writing invoices and printing shipping labels, but for everything else I do in my life, it’s going to be on a Mac from here on out.

If it makes you feel any better, I’m still going to be using a Microsoft Natural Ergo Keyboard 4000 and a Microsoft IntelliMouse Explorer 3.0 … what can I say, Microsoft makes great computer peripherals.

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