My New MacBook Pro

Ok, I have been a Windows user since the days of the 286 processor. My first pc was a Dell. A real screamer too. 20MB hard drive, 256MB of ram, a 9600 baud modem…, the features go on.

Well just before the Dell, there was another Apple. I had a IIe. $1500 for that one. Dual floppy drives, a 5MB hard drive, no modem. Can’t remember how much ram, maybe 128k. Then came the Dell….and I was floored that it cost $2100.

Now think about that a minute. Do have any idea how much computer $2100 will buy?? How about even $1500. My new MacBook cost that much. 2.5ghz processor, 250GB hard drive, 2GB of ram……

I guess watching the development of computers over the last 30 years is to me as was television to my parents. They grew up in the 1920s and 30s. No television. Radio if you were lucky enough to own one. And lucky enough to live in an area that had a radio station. And now? Hundreds of television channels delivered to your home by satellite, cable and some over the air. Amazing enough.

The point was going to be that I have to learn to use an Apple now. It’s not a lot different in a lot of ways, but significantly so in others. I marvel at how fast it boots up. I am not yet used to the feel of the keyboard, but then that is true for me with all laptops. I like the feel of my old HP PS2 keyboard. In time I guess it will be second nature. This MacBook is the 15″ model, and is my second laptop. The first one was a Fujitsu Lifebook. It was a 17″ behemoth. It weight a ton and I found I carried it nowhere. This Mac isn’t as light as the 13″ MacBook obviously, but I find I need the bigger screen. Age is taking its toll on the eyes. And so it goes.

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Jeff Carlson

Just another retired, rambling Conservative American. Lives in Paducah, Ky. From Galesburg, Il.

One thought on “My New MacBook Pro”

  1. Ok, it’s been several months now. My son was right. I love the MacBook. I hardly use by new PC. It’s a bit bucket, nothing more. Happy day!

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