As internet marketers we are probably at our computers and online as much as anyone is. I have to believe I put in more computer hours than most of my friends well at least the ones who arent internet marketers. Since I spend so much time on a computer I feel I have more knowledge into hardware than the average computer user. I am certainly not an expert though, so I wont be throwing around benchmark numbers or technical details. What I am, is a guy who has used a wide variety of tools, for a wide variety of reasons.
I have come to the conclusion I am team Mac.
Yes, I know, Windows lovers and Linux geeks are all collectively rolling their eyes. I am nothing but a sheep who has fallen in with the cult of overpriced Macs. Maybe but more likely I spend so much time with my computer I KNOW what I like. On top of that my Mac is an old Power Pc G5 that I bought for 0! I threw in another 0 of RAM and I was ready to go. This cheap set up actually blows my brothers much newer PC out of the water.
There are some down sides though, I am not a Mac zombie so I can easily admit that things are’nt totally peachy.
The biggest downside is that some software is’nt available for Mac. Making this even worse, is the fact I have a Power PC so some newer Mac software does’nt even play well with my computer. For me the positives outweigh that though. Being an internet marketer, who is also a bit of a music collector I sometimes have to go to the less desirable areas of the internet. My Mac has yet to pick up a virus or spyware. I have zero bulky security programs running as well.
I also find that some of the Mac specific programs I do have, trump their PC equivalent. For example:
1. Pages This is basically the Mac version of Word I find it much easier to use, and I find it the perfect tool to create media rich PDFs. I dont think Word can compare in that regard.
2. Transmit Hands down the best FTP software I have ever used. It is a paid program but worth every cent.
3. ArtText – A graphics program that allows you to create great 3D text as well as other shapes (buttons etc )
4. Keynote This is basically the Mac version of Power-point. I find it significantly easier to use, and out of the box it just seems easier to create really eye catching presentations, and more importantly for me videos.
These 4 programs did’nt sway me on their own but I do feel like they have become indispensable. I do get frustrated when their are programs without Mac support, but I have almost always been able to find a Mac alternative. I did’nt break the bank to go Mac, I dont worry about viruses for the most part and I find the entire layout on a Mac more intuitive. Is is the right choice for everyone? Probably not. It WAS the right decision for me though.