Some do it because they go crazy.
Some have required it.
And some, yes, they allow themselves to be convinced in the most springy way.
Of course, I’m talking about sacrificing your deep commitment to Apple’s Macs and turning to Windows computers.
I was captivated by the experience of a diehard Apple user who was suddenly lured to the Forbidden Countries.
Mark Frauenfelder has been using Macs for a long time. He started with Windows PCs, but it happened to many people in ancient times.
His abandonment of Windows in favor of a Mac in 2002 was so absolute that he appeared in an Apple ad. In it, he described the “clumsy world” of Windows.
“It’s like being stuck in a bad relationship,” he said in the ad. These days it really was.
He explained in Boing Boing how thoroughly embedded he became in Apple’s superior design sense and basic humanity.
Recently, a strange day came.
A representative of Gateway – and the encouragement from Frauenfelder’s 17-year-old gamer daughter – enticed him to try his laptops raised from the grave. In this case, a Creator Series 15.6 inch notebook.
Such a dedicated Mac user certainly could not bow to such a declassé life.
Still, Frauenfelder began to feel freezes of joy. He enjoyed the numeric keypad and the sudden lack of bloatware.
Ignore something for 18 years and maybe finally manage to get better.
Windows 10 seemed to surprise him. And not in the negative ways, it’s surprised those who have used Windows for many years.
The search function pleased him. It was much faster than OS X Spotlight. Working in the cloud made it easy to glide from one operating system to another.
And then there was the price. $ 800 for a laptop that barely enjoyed a rotating fan.
This is in contrast to the latest MacBook Air, for example. Mine make lots of noises just on the idea of tolerating Mail Online site that some might find understandable.
Frauenfelder compared his new MacBook Pro, configured to his needs for a total of $ 3,000. It also seems to have a fan that hums and hisses as often as the New York air conditioner in August.
But can the price be a sufficient reason? There are definitely disadvantages to this much cheaper Gateway?
Frauenfelder identified only two shortcomings. First, the touchpad, which is not externally as nice as his MacBook. He solved this, however, using a wireless mouse.
And then there was his preference for Macs Finder over Windows File Explorer. He’s technically adroit enough to tinker with a few things and make it all look and work like a Mac. His reason? “Because I suppose I need to get used to Windows,” he said.
That was when I started worrying. On behalf of Apple fans, you understand.
Many people often point to rational reasons why they do not switch from one way of living on the computer to another.
Still, Microsoft has clearly seen Apple’s success, marveling at all these human-friendly things that Cupertino has been paddling since the beginning, and deciding that there must be something about it.
Using Macs is not just about being embedded in a way of doing things. It’s about a weird sense of respect and emotional commitment in a brand that has helped so many get along with our new nerdy kingdom. And even enjoy it.
Fraudenfelder’s struggle sounds emotional rather than rational.
Hark at Freuenfelder’s tortured conclusion: “I think I will continue to use Windows from now on. “The italics are his, just like his anxiety.
“I feel weird about it,” he said of his fight. “It feels like switching political parties. I’ve been a loyal Mac user for almost 20 years.”
One of the major differences – so little understood for so long – between Mac and Windows users was the contrast between emotional involvement and pure utilitarian necessity.
Microsoft bores you with productivity. Apple enchanted you with humor, empathy and pure human simplicity.
The gap is undoubtedly closed, yet I could not help but chuckle at Frauenfelder’s beautifully rational attempt to persuade himself that it was time to leave his true love.
He said: “Windows has evolved into an excellent operating system. This, and the fact that Windows computers are much cheaper than Apple computers, is enough to put me in the Windows camp.”
Many people go camping for a few days. Few manage to live in tents for most of their lives.
My wife has been a Windows user all her days and has few complaints about Windows 10, other than the painful heavy Dell laptop she is forced to use.
Like Frauenfelder, I’ve been using Macs for a long, long time. Would price and a more human Windows persuade me to switch? I do not fear.
I don’t think my emotions could handle it. I’m delicate, you know?