I Joined the Dark Side

I haven’t owned a fully functioning computer in years. When I started this blog I did all my writing on an old and outdated laptop. It wasn’t powerfully enough to do much of anything on it besides word processing but that was fine with me. I wrote all my blog posts offline and saved them to a thumb drive. I posted all my entries from the school or the public library and it was a system that worked well for me.

This summer I was lucky enough to come into possession of a laptop. I really enjoyed having the Internet available to me whenever I needed it. The laptop was just a loaner until I could get my own desktop. Well, I finally got one.

My uncle got a brand new computer and gave me his old iMac. It isn’t old and outdated at all. My uncle likes to keep up with new technology and I just happened to benefit from his upgrading. So while this computer may be old to him, it is new to me.

I never wanted to own a Mac. I know my way around a PC with ease. I have to learn how to use this new system, which isn’t a problem in itself. It has some neat features and programs that I am sure I will enjoy. But there are some things I don’t like about it.

I don’t like the mouse. It only has one button. I’m used to right-clicking to do some tasks. I also miss the scrolling wheel that I had on the PC. I used that a lot when going through blog posts on my reader or editing word documents.

I shouldn’t nitpick here. Beggars can’t be choosers. I also don’t want to sound negative. I appreciate this gift of a fully functioning computer, and I am having fun with it.

I don’t agree with a lot of Apple’s practices though. I’ve written about it here a few times over the years.


I Hate iTunes

I Joined the Digital Age

That’s why it feels as if I’ve joined the dark side. Even worse, I kind of want one of those 80 GB iPods that my girlfriend has now. It would work great with my computer.

Arghhh. I have joined the dark side.

4 responses to “I Joined the Dark Side”

  1. I find learning new software or in this case a completely different operating system really reminds a person just how much people are creatures of habit. Change is and always has been hard for many people. I feel confident you will soon be at ease with your new computer and may even enjoy being on the dark side. I however will remain in the land of Microsoft.

  2. Hi Witgirl,

    It’s seems like there are always new programs to try and use. I am always of the mindset that if it works, it works. But I am willing to try new things out.

    This Mac does have some nice features and I am starting to get used to them. I still miss the scroll wheel though.

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