By 2007, I’d been happily using DOS and Windows for 20 years. I needed to buy a PC. That was the peak of Windows Vista—or, rather, I should say, its nadir. Everybody hated it. I was upgrading from Windows XP, which was, I thought, a great operating system. But it was long in the tooth.
Meanwhile, I was a fan of Merlin Mann and Gina Trapani, founding editor of Lifehacker. They spent a lot of time talking about Mac tips and trips, and particularly Quicksilver. I thought, “I’m going to have to learn a new operating system anyway. Why not learn one people actually like.”
Plus, I was a tech journalist at the time, and thought it would be fun to blog about my switcher journey.
And so I took a leap of faith and bought a Mac and have been happy I did so ever since.
Ironically: The reason I needed a new PC was that I was deeply absorbed in Second Life, and my company-issue ThinkPad just did not have the horsepower to run SL. But the Mac turned out to be rubbish at SL, with a flaky graphics card that caused the world to flicker occasionally. But it worked well enough and I have been happy with my decision.