I am still not a big time Apple fan. Never was. That’s not to say I have not used a series of Mac Book Pros. We had an iMac on our kitchen counter we used for years. So I actually have had to learn to become a Mac person after all.
I am not going to say that Mac’s don’t run well because they do. They run exceptionally well. I am not going to say that Mac’s are likely to get a virus, because they rarely do. As far as safety and ease of use, Mac’s are excellent.
But here is a reality check. I don’t have, and never will have the budget to spend $1200 to $3000 per machine for my computer hardware. Remember, I got two kids, 8 and 10, and they need to get around on the Internet as well, and it’s not going to be on my work computer. Let’s add that up. If you get everybody in the family, including my wife a Mac Book air, and then accessories and software, that’s about $10,000 in hardware and software all new. And every 6 years they all need to be replaced… Am I going to spend $10k every six years on Mac hardware and software? No way Jose. You who love the Macs can hang out all day long at that Mac store where they are taking you to the bank my friend.
I also left out my wife has a 27 inch Mac silver desktop on the desktop at home with 2 terabytes of hard drive space and 8 gigs of ram, but she’s a web designer, and she likes a Mac. Of course I bought that for her used for 1/3 the price new. You can get almost all this hardware on either eBay or Craigslist for much less than retail. Why? Because 90% of people who buy these computers new at retail realize shortly after buying they really did not need the fastest and best computer, or need the computer at all. Most people don’t need power hardware.
So, I’d like to give you the dollars I have spent on PC hardware and Mac computers in the past 6 years. It is quite a small number. I believe around $1000 total for all machines, that’s including the 27 inch silver desktop Mac! I am not embarrassed by what I have not spent, nor am I ashamed as to what I am going to tell you. In fact I am quite proud.
We as a family have been through at least 15 PC, Mac, android tablets, ipad minis, ipods and iphone and android phones in the past 6 years. I use the number 6 years ago because at 2 years of age, 2012, my younger son at 2 was handed the very first ipad 1. That was a groundbreaking moment, because he instantly became part of the one finger computer generation.
Let’s face it, we are in a tech generation that will live and die with these devices at every moment next them the rest of their lives.
Around 2014 my home work PC computer died. I think it was the screen. It always happens. Because of this, I generally put all my files in the cloud on Dropbox and other services, just in case. So what did I do. I went on Craigslist and bought an HP Red Flyer notebook computer for $175. It was 2 months old and fully loaded. It was retail about $400. The buyer just did not need it. When I got it, I had to upgrade the ram from 2 gigs to 4 gigs, one of the key things to do for any PC or it will be a dog. Just happens the HP Red Flyer was not supposed to be upgrade-able. Did not stop me. I opened it up, took the mother board out after tons of trial and error and popped 4 gigs of ram into it. Thank you Youtube videos!
Three years later my red flyer died suddenly. So I went back on Craigslist and bought an old Gateway notebook with Windows 7 on it for $50. Gateway has been out of business for years. It even had blue screens of death every once in a while. I upgraded that machine to Windows 10 for free and it is still working. No more blue screens of death after a ram upgrade. Recently my sons needed a second computer so they could play Minecraft side by side, so I found an old Windows XP machine that someone had left in my garage. I was able to get it to 4 Megs of Ram and found my way through the upgrade path to Windows 10 as well. Now it is humming.
You may think I am crazy, and I am a tinkerer. I do some programming occasionally during the day, so I have to always have a couple backup machines around just in case. It is my profession at times. Just happens I would rather pay $50 than $2000 for a machine. Can’t blame me if I can make it all work for our family!
I know many die-hard Mac enthusiasts. I am in a tech startup right now and can’t afford to buy a ton of Mac hardware. Maybe one day. For now we are just an old-time PC family! And proud of it.
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