On Saturday I had what I could only describe as “a Mac moment”. Yeah, I know some of you PC users are probably out there sighing heavily and thinking, “Here we go again,” but humor me for a bit.
It wasn’t anything one would call stupendous, or even spectacular, but that’s exactly the point. What did I do? Well, to set the scene for you a little, I had just booked my wife and I movie tickets online — “Dreamgirls” was excellent, btw! — and needed to print a copy of the receipt just in case of a problem at the theater. I grabbed my MacBook Pro, went to the PC where my wife was busy answering e-mails, crawled under the desk to get the USB printer cable, (I haven’t exactly figured out the wireless solution I want for our printer yet) plugged it into my Mac, paused just a bit trying to remember what I needed to do next. Then I decided to just hit print. Just like that, VOILA!, my document printed.
Long time Mac users are probably thinking, “…yeah …so what?” But I’m a System Administrator in a Windows PC environment. Part of my work days are spent helping users share printers. The logic alone of having to help someone share something is bad enough, but having to do it repeatedly in 2007 gets annoying fast when there are more important things to be done to the network. It’s not that I don’t like doing it, or that I have anything against the users. Not at all. In fact, I love my job, and I’m fortunate enough to work with a great group of people. It’s that it’s just that there really are more important things my colleagues and I can be doing. Installing printer drivers on a per-user basis in this day and age just seems a bit ridiculous. So when I simply plugged that USB printer cable into my Mac without any pop-up asking me several times if I really wanted to do what I was doing, hit print, and my document came out I was stunned. I immediately thought, “This is how it’s supposed to be,” followed by a sort of melancholy, “… so many years. How much time could I have saved?” It was quite comical.
My wife, understandably, looked at me under the desk as if I was a bit nuts. But she doesn’t have to worry about installing drivers or anything like that because she lives with me. When a pop-up appears, she sweetly calls out the name of her personal 24/7 tech support and I take care of the problem. I, on the other hand, couldn’t help wondering how many printer drivers I had installed as a Sys Admin. All the way back to when I started in a Windows 3.11 environment.
I shared my moment with Erik the Red, and he was happy for me. Then he sent this very fitting video clip. It made the moment complete. Ironically, — and you’ll get this after you view the clip — my camera did exactly the same thing.
Life is good.