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How do I like them Apples?

Monday, 8 April 2013 | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

I’ve been converted. I love my new Macbook Pro! Well, not so new any more. I left my old Windows PC behind in September. I was in desperate need of a new laptop, but it took me eons to pull the trigger.

Any time I’ve switched electronics, let alone operating systems, it’s been a nightmare.  After soliciting friends’ opinions and doing extensive online research, I decided to approach changing computers as a learning experience.  Rome wasn’t built in a day, and my computer didn’t need to be set up perfectly in one either.

Step one: loading software and the dreaded file transfer. Dreaded because in the past, I usually did all this myself.   This time, I left it to the professionals.  I paid $99 for the One to One program and had Apple support staff do all the data migration for me.  While they did come across a few headaches (namely transferring my legion of Outlook emails), they got the job done. Money very well spent.

Step two, I purchased Microsoft Office for Mac instead of Apple’s iWork. The last time I upgraded the Microsoft software was 2003 (!!) but at least I was dealing with the familiar territory of Word and Excel.

I went with AppleMail instead of Outlook and don’t find a huge difference between them.

My biggest concern was how to deal with my PC’s Quicken account, my beloved accounting software.  After researching various options, including Quicken for Mac, I went with iBank icon.  While there are some Quicken features I miss (creating reports and balancing accounts is easier and cleaner with Quicken) but iBank icon is good enough for my bookkeeping needs.

Oddly, my biggest challenge came from an unexpected place, iPhoto. The transfer scrambled many of my meticulously organized pictures.   It took a while to embrace the “Events” filing system, but iPhoto eventually won me over with its easy book, card, and calendar creation.

One larger hiccup has been with my Sony eReader.  I used to buy books via Kobo, but for some reason, marrying the Mac, the eReader and the e-tailer has been almost impossible.  I now buy eBooks directly from the Reader store and syncing is a synch.

Over all, I agree with those who advised me that the Mac is more intuitive than the PC.  So much so that the dreaded switch over was barely a blip on my technological radar.  Phew! 

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  • Tim Edwards

    Glad it worked out for you, been using Macs for a way long time. But whats up with that picture. Your shirt is so pink. lol

    • http://www.annaandkristina.com/ Kristina

      Oh Tim, neon is back in style!

      • Tim Edwards

        At least you’ll be safe walking across the street. 😉

  • Tammy M

    Great info for anyone in the market for a new laptop. Thanks for this!

    • annaandkristina

      You’re welcome, Tammy!

  • Earl Woodman

    I gotta plug Dropbox. It’s my favourite technology to come along in 10 years easily. It’s cloud storage for all your stuff, but it also stays on your computer. So you never have to do a backup, never have to worry about data transfers, and it can even keep a history of every change you make to a file.

    Now don’t get me wrong. It’s bloody expensive. I pay $250/yr for the top consumer version. But it’s soooo worth it.

    • annaandkristina

      Thanks for the tip, Earl!

  • Eugen

    I’ll agree with Earl, Dropbox is awesome. Well worth it for your important docs and you can get it from anywhere. And make sure you buy a disk that allows Time Machine to automatically back up your box. Crap happens, as do thefts. Or, as my daughter found out once, spilled coffee — that does a serious number on a laptop.

    BTW, if you tend to like to save or print out web stories for future perusal, I tend to use Eagle Filer instead. Very handy since I never remember where I read something — or left the print out — but Eagle Filer keeps a copy on my box (or Dropbox) so I can reference or search for it in future. Super handy for work and worth buying.

    Enjoy your new computer.