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help me love my mac

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Help me love my MacBook!

Many of you know, after years of being a PC user, I made the switch to a MacBook.  Many of you promised it would, of all things, change my life.

So far I can say, I like it.  Apple has made its latest MacBook so PC-user friendly.  The track pad can be set up so it works just like a PC laptop.  There’s Word and Excel.  I like the Final Cut Pro that hubby installed for me.  I like iMovie and I can’t wait to see how Garage Band works.   But I have to admit, I don’t LOVE it.  I don’t love that the email program isn’t Word-oriented so it doesn’t automatically capitalize my first word in a sentence.  I don’t like how iPhoto organizes my photos.  I’m still trying to get used to how and where to save things.  But the most frustrating aspects of my MacBook, my contacts didn’t transfer over well.  I even tried the Thunderbird route but still everything is out of place.  I also can’t find all my calendar events.

So maybe you can help.  Do you know how I can properly transfer my contacts so they show up in the right format?  Do you know how I can get my appointments onto my MacBook’s calendar?

Help me love my MacBook… Please!

Mac Cult

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

I had no idea I’d get such a response when I announced on Twitter I was breaking up with my PC (after decades of a monogamous relationship) and hooking up with a MacBook.

@susantran: It happened.  My computer died… and I got a Mac.  Apparently it supposed to change my life.  Today’s blog post… http://bit.ly/a5zIou

This is what followed:

@baugussd @susantran Let me know how you like the MacBook… I’ve been thinking about getting one.
@KenBuck @susantran it will change your life for the better!
@chrismiller_wbt @susantran I don’t know if it’s changed my life. but I’m certainly happy with my Macbook.
@alisha_hord @susantran Had a MacBook Pro for a couple years and absolutely loved it. You won’t go back to PCs.

@susantran Really?! Mac folks r devoted! RT @alisha_hord: Had a MacBook Pro for a couple years and absolutely loved it. You won’t go back to PCs.

@KenBuck @susantran it is cult like and you MUST love it!

@KenBuck @alisha_hord @susantran Once you go Mac you won’t go back!

@stevorevo @susantran Welcome to the other side. You’ll like it here.

@Billystrick Ditto/// @susantran Welcome to the other side. You’ll like it here. (via @stevorevo)

@susantran Y’all are mac serious! RT @Billystrick: Ditto/// Welcome to the other side. You’ll like it here. (via @stevorevo)

@baugussd @susantran Is trading in your BlackBerry for an iPhone next?

@susantran I hope not! I actually do luv my BB. Worried about compatibility tho! RT @baugussd: Is trading in your BlackBerry for an iPhone next?

@CharlotteDateDr @susantran Have to agree with the bandwagon. Apple is amazing. Even put their sticker on my car and I hate vehicle decoration :)

@susantran A car tattoo. That’s commitment! RT @CharlotteDateDr: Apple is amazing. Even put their sticker on my car and I hate vehicle decoration :)

@JerseyGrl61 @susantran oh absolutely true; you will never go back, once you’re on a Mac.

@baugussd @susantran Seriously, can it be THAT different? You definitely have to let us all know what you think now. RE http://bit.ly/ct6u68

@susantran Ha! Is there an initiation? Hazing for mac cult following? RT @KenBuck: @alisha_hord

@alisha_hord ha! @KenBuck ‘s right. Hazing? If so, it’d probably be broadcast on built-in-cam, so beware. RT @susantran Once you go Mac you won’t go back!

@KenBuck @susantran @alisha_hord actually yes. It involves burning your old PC while pinning a Voodoo doll of Bill Gates.

@jcorl49 @susantran final cut = much better than premiere. Do it!

@coreyanderson @susantran did you go with the iPhone? Please don’t tell me you ordered #iPad

And my lone dissenter!

@AssignmentEdit @susantran The #Mac I got in October has been flaky to say the least… and support from the “geniuses”…flaky at best. I’m with ya! Rocky!

Not everything converted. The geniuses (no sarcasm here, that’s what they’re called!) at the Apple store tell me — it’s a PC thing.  They said the PC programs won’t give up my data without a fight and not to blame my new computer, who’s more than willing to accepted any and all of my files.

Mac and Me, I think we’re in the ‘getting to know you better’ stage in our relationship.  As my best friend said, “you’ve been with your PC your whole life.   You can’t expect to know your day-old Mac the same way you knew your PC!  Give it time.”  I will.  I will.  Hopefully we’ll live happily ever after!

New Computer

Monday, March 15th, 2010

I’m sitting at the library in Uptown Charlotte.  I’m without a computer.  Actually, I have two computers (I know, it’s an Uptown problem).  One is dead and the other, the one hubby just bought me, I can’t get until tonight at 6:00.  And since I wanted to make my self-imposed 3pm deadline, I’m at the library. 

So here’s what happened… after 4 calls to 4 different computer tech people, I learned my little Sony Vaio laptop apparently could not handle all the video editing I was doing.  Not only was there not enough memory but my video card was not able to handle the job.  Of course, all this stuff, is completely foreign to me.  The folks at “Nerd Herd“… I mean “Geek Squad” said I’d be better off with a Mac (especially with all the video editing I wanted to accomplish).

So here I am, waiting on the arrival of my new MacBook and mourning the loss of my PC laptop.  To my little red Sony Vaio, you were my first laptop.  You and I had some great times.  You got me to embrace having a laptop but now I must move on.  Thanks for the memories.