If you’re thinking about switching to a Mac

Be prepared.

You should also realize that none of these things are a particularly big deal. You’ll get through this in a few hours, then wonder why you didn’t switch sooner.

Update: make sure you read the comments for my top-ten list of issues Commodore-64 users faced updating to an original Macintosh.

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2 Responses to If you’re thinking about switching to a Mac

  1. Welcome to the fold.

    Keep in mind that you can use a two-button-and-a-scroll wheel mouse if you want. Context menus are great; use control + click to see them, and remember that that little gear thing means I have a Menu with Tools. There are some good none microsoft word processors–Mellel, Mariner Write and Nisus Express. I can’t say enough about Brent’s NewNewsWire for blogs/RSS.

  2. dave says:

    Actually, I “switched” from a Commodore 64 almost 20 years ago, so I’m including the link just as a public service announcment. I wonder what my “list” would have included back then….

    1. BASIC not included in the operating system. You must buy a separate application to run BASIC.

    2. “Mouse” must be held with its tail facing away from you.

    3. No color monitor. But on the other hand, you can easily view substantially more than the C-64’s 40 columns of characters.

    4. (much like current Macs) 3.5 inch floppy disks can get stuck in computer.

    5. You can’t cut a notch in the floppy disk and flip it over to get more storage space.

    6. Trimming your 5.25 inch floppy down to 3.5 inches doesn’t work either.

    7. Though a 400K floppy disk seems generous, it can actually be difficult to fit the operating system, MacWrite, and your document files on a single disk.

    8. Can’t plug your C-64 joystick into the mouse port.

    9. No support for “letter quality” daisy-wheel printer.

    10. Extreme danger of taunting from friends at having such a “cute little computer.”

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