Why you need a Mac

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For most of my life, I’ve been a computer idiot. Even the act of emailing threw me into despair. Then around 2006, I dumped the PC and switched to a Mac. That began a re-invention that opened the door to new jobs, new dreams — a new me.  

Of course, Macs are expensive.  Laptops and desktops begin at $1,199.  But look what you get:

  • No more viruses.
  • Great customer service at the Apple Stores’ Genius Bar.
  • The Macs come loaded with programs that work together. You’ll be able to see mail from all your various addresses on one screen, organize an online calendar, edit and store photos, make movies and slideshows; store music and make original music. (More info here.)

Over time, the Mac will pay for itself — if you also buy:

  • Apple Care ($249) covers three years of major repairs.
  • One-to-One ($99)  offers a 50-minute, weekly private tutorial with a patient, human trainer. There are also other learning options. I’ve just started doing the two-hour personal projects, where a small group of us share one trainer who jumps from one person to the next.

This card is the key to making your Mac a power tool & life changer.

One-to-One is the secret to going Mac. It’s renewable at $99 per year for three years. It MUST be purchased when you buy your computer. Just look at the incredible math here…..

After the initial investment in a Mac, you have access to endless classes at no extra charge. Every week, I can make an appointment at ANY Apple store and sit with a smart, helpful tutor.

Over the last several years, the trainers have taught me to email, build a website, use a digital camera and camcorder, add music to videos, do basic PhotoShop and more…

Once in a while,  I an annoyed because it’s hard to make a reservation in my preferred time slot. Still I usually get to about 25 lessons in a 12-month membership; that’s barely $2 for a private session.

I could rave on and on. It’s important to start talking about a new Mac now because some of you will be looking for holiday gifts — both to give and get.

So this is a post you might want to drop into the email inbox of someone who loves you.  ;)

Okay. Let’s summarize the key points:

  • Proficiency in Mac software and training via One-to-One will give you highly marketable skills without shelling out for expensive classes.
  • Once you have the know-how, you can make your own business cards, photo books, photo calendars, videos, songs, presentations — instead of paying someone to do it.
  • I painted this chair on a lazy summer day. It's a good spot for curling up with my Mac.

    Great customer service for repairs.

  • In this economy, tech savvy is often the difference between landing — and losing — a job.
  • If you can’t afford a Mac this winter, start saving. Apple runs summer back-to-school deals for college students and teachers.
It’s not often that I rave like this about a product. But we live in a tech-driven culture where people who are uncomfortable with computers are being left behind. I almost became a leftover. Don’t let that happen to you.

So when students and friends realize how my Mac saved me, they’ve been inspired to make the leap too. (Unfortunately, Apple doesn’t pay commissions; I could’ve made a fortune!)

In a future post, I’ll have tips on how to make the most of those One-to-One sessions. You’ll want to come back for that. xo.

Comments 13

  1. I got my MacBook Pro three years ago, and I’m a HUGE fan. I never knew computing could be so easy. They’re so much more intuitive! And it hasn’t slowed at all, unlike a PC.

    On the other hand, I never did the One-to-One. In fact, I never heard of it until now. I ought to go to the Mac store and ask about it.

  2. I’m a huge MAC fan, too! I’ve had my MBP for four years. Every so often some technical issue will come up — software failure, seemingly dead port, battery won’t hold a charge — and panic will set in as I think “Oh no, I can’t afford for this to die!” But she’s doing juuuuuust fine.

  3. I’ve been a Mac head since the early ’90’s when you couldn’t do graphics on any other platform. I still believe that Mac’s are the must have for any Artist & for all general purpose users.

    I create all my work & run my businesses on my huge Mac & make presentations on my Mac laptop & on my Ipad. Try it! You’ll like it!

  4. Mac rules. I work on both Macs and PC’s, but since my first bitty Mac in, um, circa 1986 (yes, that’s when they first came out, give or take), it’s been clear as lightning that Mac is vastly superior on every level.

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    the macs are such beautiful machines. every once in a while, i hear about someone who has problems — even problems dealing with unresponsive apple customer service. but overall, as you all say, there’s no comparison with the pc world. i feel empowered when i’m at my macbook. :)

  6. I lusted after Macs since 1988 and husband and brother kept telling me, you don’t want that! Yes, I do and did. Finally got a MacBook Pro in 2007 and it is everything I ever dreamed it would be. I certainly do not miss all those viruses and worms and trojan crap that would swarm my PC.

  7. Even simple programs like iMovie, iphoto, and Garageband have revolutionized the way I use computers. Growing up all I used was Microsoft Word, but now I can create wonderful video projects that expand my creativity.

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    marianne, there’s no turning back! i’ve been divorced since 2000 and the mac actually held me steady through years and years of dreadful dating. think of what this laptop offered: steady companionship, good looks, reliability, elegance and delightful surprises.

    i’m looking forward to icloud too, mary anne. i guess you’ve been using mobile me?

    and stephanie, glad you mentioned those programs. for newbies, they are very challenging. i had that experience with iweb. but as you know, once we get the hang of it, we have the ability to tap into other skills. the iweb ultimately got me familiar enough with website design to upgrade to this wordpress website!

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    steve jobs died tonight. i just had to make note of that here. what an amazing man, an amazing life. i’m at home right now and my tech consultant just left. we spent the evening sitting at my dining room table, tinkering on this website. both of us have macbook pros.

    before she left, she played this video of steve jobs doing the 2005 commencement speech at stanford university. very moving. steve jobs was an artistic visionary. here’s the link: http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/technology/2011/10/steve-jobs-talked-about-death-in-2005-stanford-commencement-speech-2/

    i can’t imagine life without my mac. can’t imagine the world without steve jobs.

  10. Wow, Betty, I thought you might have looked up the commencement speech. It is one of my favorite speeches to watch on youtube. A friend sent it to me in the spring and I loved it. I’ve shared it on my FB page before. I love graduation speeches, lol, even the ones that all say the same thing. This one, though, stood out to me.

    When I first saw this post I was laughing to myself. I didn’t even respond because I felt surrounded by the Mac lovers..
    My son loves Apple products and recently made a list for me of all the ones he wants for his b-Day and Christmas. The Mac world seems like this very exclusive world that he thinks he should be a part of. So he wants an iphone (no), an ipodTouch (maybe), an ipad2 (why does an almost 10 year old need one? don’t think he is old enough to walk around with it and not be a target) and a MacBookPro (most likely yes). I think the MB Pro is just going to become a necessity for him as an artist. Any artists that either of us meet all have one. I ususally try to get him to avoid following trends, but Macs are setting the standard as a tool or staple for creative functioning. At that rate, how can I deny him? I’m comfortable with my PC, but the one-on-one’s that you mentioned sound interesting.

    The death of Steve Jobs prompted Mayor Bloomberg to say that the world lost someone equivalent to Einstein. In terms of creativity, innovation and achievement, I’d have to say I agree.

    A twitter follower tweeted last night ”iSad.”

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