I’m going to buy a Mac

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MacBook ProYes sir.  I’ve decided to actually break down and buy a Mac.  You may ask “Why?”.  Especially since everyone I know, knows that I’m about as Anti-“i” as they come.  I can’t stand the idea of Macs and have always complained about the cost.

However there are some very hard truths about Macs.  Yes they are expensive, and yet I always say I can’t justify why.  Actually, I’ve always been able to justify the reason for their expense.  Just in the name of competition between economical choices, Macs are not economical.  The reason Macs are so expensive goes way back to the early 2000’s when outsourcing of tech support from many major computer companies took place.  Including my job at Gateway.  Short and sweet of the story is, outsourcing took place simply because American consumers wanted cheaper computers.  Average households could not afford $1000, $1500 or $2000 computers.  So to cut costs, computer manufacturers did away with American Techs who made $15 – $20 per hour.  I know, as that’s the kind of money I used to make working at Gateway.  Apple as far as I know, never outsourced their support.  Hence the costs have never really gone down.  Also, Apple does not skimp on the hardware.  They use only top quality parts.  Something I think they don’t convey very well on their website or through their sales people.  I guess they assume that the info serves no purpose.  Perhaps they should just say “top quality components”, or something similar.  Good parts add to the cost of anything.

Also, since people have become lazier and are now more easily manipulated by marketing scams er… techniques.  Macs are becoming increasingly more popular.  Even if for all the wrong reasons.  Hence, it’s becoming more frequent I end up talking to a customer who has a Mac and I can only give so much help to them.  Therefore, it’s only common sense that I finally give in and learn Macs so I can be a better and more helpful tech.

And as you know the people who are brainwashed into believing that Macs are invulnerable to viruses, here’s a news clip I found today on CNET just adding to the proof that such thinking will get you into trouble:

CNET: A new version of rogue antivirus malware that targets the Macintosh operating system does not need victims to type in their administrator passwords to install and infect the machine, a security company said today.  Read more

Regardless, I’m smart enough to protect my near $2000 investment.  With a Mac Antivirus program, like the ones that have been available for years now.

Also, it should be noted that it doesn’t matter if you use Windows, Mac or Linux.  You can still become a victim of identity theft and phishing scams.  No operating system will protect you from your own ignorance.  Knowing what to look for to avoid such things is far more key than any protective security software.

Granted, I can’t say I’m totally thrilled with the idea.  I’m still not a Mac fan and I’m sure that’s unlikely to change even owning one.  Especially with having to invest that kind of money, just so I can help people who normally annoy the hell out of me because they fled to Macs, just because they thought it was a safe thing to do and they still refuse to learn anything about them.  True Mac fans never call us because they have the intelligence and desire to at least try to learn how to use the things they pay money for.  And for them I say, “More power to ya!”.

However, this is my chance to better my technical skills and learn something completely new.  Also, I can finally help correct some of the common myths among our clueless Mac using customers and friends.  It will be a couple of months before I make the purchase, I’ll keep everyone who visits here posted of my progress.

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