_ Most people have heard about Apple Mac. Well, there is a new fruit. It’s called Lemon Mac.
That is how I have labeled my new iMac. My experience with it has altered my opinion about Apple. I had several years of happy and trouble-free use of my iBook. I wanted a large desktop model and was fortunate to receive one for my birthday. It has caused trouble since the first day. It would not be so bad if something less-important that the internet bit failed.
I had no option other than to lug a heavy box to the Apple store in Frankfurt. I was fortunate enough to have one nearby, but parking is never close to any Apple shop I have seen. An iMac is bloody heavy and the carrying handle is not the best. I should be pleased that the replace the faulty part, but received no compensation for my aggravation or physical effort.
Yesterday, the Wifi went on strike again. Once again, I am faced with the trek to Frankfurt. I know that it is the iMac, because my other two Macs work. Naturally, it is the heaviest one that must be returned for repair.
I have the feeling, based upon my experience with one item, that Apple was better before it became so popular. Perhaps, that’s sour grapes, but I’m the one that suffered. Because it was a gift, it’s tough to complain, but...
The iMac looks very nice on my desk, but is almost worthless. It is a classic case of form over function.
Fortunately, I also have a PC (which I am using at the moment). I like Word better than OfficeMac Word or Pages. I have tried them all and returned to the PC version. It is far more dependable and works better with publishing. It is not fruity at all, rather good old meat and potato dependable.
Battles rage within families, among friends, and with newfound enemies. Mac fanatics heap scorn on PC users (all must be familiar with the John Hodgeman commercials). I have both and can lob projectiles into each camp.
I spent years with a PD, until I bought a Macbook a few years ago. I liked much about, but I did not abandon my Dell. Because I write a lot, Word is very important. I have tried other software, but none measure up to Word. There is Word for Mac...but it is different. When doing serious writing, such as a book manuscript, I swear by Word and a PC. My Macbook might be more fun and useful for music and telephone, but Mac Word and Pages are not to my liking. One can drive a screw into wood with a hammer, but a screwdriver is designed for the job. Word needs a PC.
I was given an iMac for my birthday. It is big and looks very nice. It has many of the features of my Macbook, but is supposed to be improved. For some reason, it does not like me...and I have yet to warm to it. I try to open Safari, and often it won’t budge. Its older brother, my Macbook, opens the program immediately. They sit side-by-side: one works, the other doesn’t. The same is true with Mail.
Today, I tried to open Safari to read newspapers. No luck. I turned to my trusty PC, where Firefox fired up immediately, while the shiny new iMac refused to budge. It looks great, but that doesn’t get the job done.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.