Late last week I did something I’ve wanted to do for what seems like months on end – I bought a big, beautiful Mac. I’ve been a PC user since day one and have only had a Mac of my own for a short time while I was working for the Participatory Culture Foundation. Since the day I sent it back to MA, I’ve missed it dearly. My PC has been giving me so much grief lately, I couldn’t tolerate it any more and simply hopped in my car one morning at 10am when the Apple Store opened, and returned with a massive box containing my shiny, new 24″ iMac.
Needless to say, I couldn’t be happier with it. Not only did I get my hands on a Mac… I got the biggest one I possibly could! I was planning to get the 20″ iMac, but for an extra $300 I could go 4 inches bigger. I wasn’t stoked on going down an inch in screen real estate to begin with (my PC monitor is 21″), and for $300… well, it didn’t take me long to make my decision.
I’m pretty much fully operational already. I’m just waiting for my capture device to arrive (should be this week) and I’ll be ready to rid myself from the PC for good. I also have to pick up another gig of RAM as they didn’t have any in stock at the Apple Store. Photoshop CS2 is quite the hog and I’m not willing to use beta software for my day-to-day work, so I’ll have to get that extra stick some time soon. Luckily, they hooked me up with a voucher to get the RAM at the upgrade cost when they get some more in stock.
I puked in my mouth a little big when I fired up my site in Safari for the first time. Man, the text is HUGE and bold and ugly. I never really understood how people could refer to my design style as “web 2.0”, but now it sort of makes sense. Maybe the people that mentioned that were Mac users and thought the over-sized text was intentional. 😉 Not the case, and I’ve fixed things up a bit already. I’ve got some time off before I start my next project, so I’ll be sure to find a nice happy medium between the Mac browsers and Windows. I also noticed that the videos in Firefox /Mac are hidden. You can hear them, but not see the image. Not sure what’s up with that, but I’ll get it sorted out.
Anyway, it feels great being back in the cool kids club and I really can’t wait to get this PC out from under my desk.