As the title states, I’d like to offer a hearty welcome to the new Mac users I know. Now, I’m not about to call them switchers because I know some of them don’t necessarily fit into that category. One OS is simply not enough for them. Besides, odds are they’re still having to use Windows at work, whether they want to or not. Others, I believe, will find life with Mac a VERY enjoyable experience. Whatever the case, WELCOME TO THE WORLD OF MAC! I’m pretty confident you’ll enjoy the ride.
Without question, one of the first things you’re likely to notice –at least I did– is that the Mac community really is just that, a community. Mac folks are about as helpful a bunch as I’ve ever come across in the tech world. I have plenty of friends who I know from the Windows community, but most, if not all, of them came through professional channels. It’s quite different in the Mac world. You may run across a savvy home user who’s just that: a user who became savvy while tinkering around with their Mac(s) at home. I’m learning that a lot of Mac folks aren’t necessarily IT pros, but just get so into their Macs they become better at getting things done (GTD) than some professional Windows techs I know (not the cream of the crop, mind you!).
Another thing I noticed is the amount female Mac users. From what I’ve seen on both the Windows and Mac sides, there seem to be more female Mac than Windows users (although I have no hard data to back up this claim). Say what you want, but I think ladies know when something looks good, and it gets even better for them if it’s a quality product.
I had planned on writing a quick list on what I think my new Mac user friends ought to try. You know, the usual bit of advice on what to try, what to avoid, etc. However, my list got so incredibly long that I had to break it up into different parts. That reminds me..! Before I start my first list, I’ll offer you one quick nugget to always bear in mind: folks who say there isn’t so much available for Macs don’t know what they’re talking about. I’m sure you’ve heard that said before. I did. Don’t believe it. Hopefully, by the time I’m done with this series of posts, you’ll understand what I mean.The next post’s coming in just a bit. 😉
(Next up, Part 1-Recommended Podcasts)