Switching From Windows to Mac – Part 1

September 30, 2010 by  

Well it’s official – a few weeks ago I finally made the shift I’ve been talking about for the last 6 months or more and jumped from Windows to Mac (some say I’ve joined the dark side but it sure feels like the other way around). I decided to go with a MacBook Pro and I have to tell you I couldn’t be happier.

It has certainly been a learning curve and in even the just the short time I’ve been a Mac user I’ve learned A LOT about some of the differences between the two operating systems, found some really cool new software and utilities, and basically been having a ball.

Sure I’ve been a bit less productive while making the transition but it is well worth it (and at least the lost productivity isn’t due to blue screens and dll errors)!

The video below is Part 1 of a 2 part series I shot about why I made the switch from Windows to Mac and why I felt I could make this jump without too much grief (my first project in iMovie):

Along with this post and video goes out a big heartfelt apology to all my family and friends who have been long time Mac users.  I gave you all a lot of shit over the years about living in your “Mac world” and not using a “realcomputer” but let me tell you . . . I’ve drunk the koolaid and it’s good!!

I got tired of troubleshooting technical issues and just wanted to be able to get work done and have fun while doing it.  I’m not so foolish to think that I won’t have any problems on the Mac side – but I can already tell it’s a world of difference and it has opened my eyes.

Here are links to the 2 software programs I mention in this video:

  • eCamm Call Recorder for Skype – This program is great for recording Skype audio and/or video calls on the Mac.  This is something I tried desperately to do on Windows but none of the programs I tried did a very good job.
  • Telestream ScreenFlow – One of the best programs I have ever seen for creating screencasts (where you record everything happening on your computer screen).  I loved Camtasia on Windows but this program blew me away! I’ll be posting a screencast video I made with this soon about how to setup a USB drive for automatic backups using Time Machine on the Mac.

I’ll be making a lot more videos, screencasts, and podcasts sharing some great Mac and cloud computing tips so be sure to check back.  Next week I will post part 2 of the video so stay tuned!

Have you made the switch to Mac or been thinking about it? Post a comment below and let me know your thoughts, what has made you want to switch, or what is keeping you on Windows.

  • Great post, Phil.

    Welcome to the world of Apple!

    I’m getting my iPad in a couple of weeks, once I am Stateside…!


    • Thanks Chris – yes you took the jump before I did and I know you are loving it too! Let me know how you like your iPad when you get it. I’m waiting for them to add a video camera – once they too I will get one too.

  • I love apple, if it were a man, I would ask it to marry me. I switched from Windows and would never go back, not if Bill paid me 🙂

    • I agree Michelle (well about never going back not about Apple being a man an marrying me) LOL. I’ve only been a Mac user now for a few weeks but it’s hard to imagine every going back to Windows – especially being I could simply run Windows on my Mac if I ever really needed to. The best of both worlds. Thanks for sharing your comments!

    • That sums up how I feel as well.

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