Sunday, April 15, 2012

I Use a PC and Here's Why

I learned to program on a TRS-80, and I typed all my papers in college on a Tandy with a double-disk drive.

But then I started using a Mac with PageMaker to layout newspapers and that was awesome.

A couple of years later, I started working in the legal profession and made a mini-career out of being the person who could run the laptop in court. Now my students are making mini-careers out of being able to use Twitter.

Around the time that everyone got PCs, the world fell out of love with Apple and I forgot all the Apple codes. And over the years, as Apple reinvented itself and came out with all the matching, compatible products, I’ve considered moving back.

This weekend, though, I was reminded why I remain committed to my PC.

In a couple of weeks, I am going to fill in for Jason Harkins  at the Top Gun Entrepreneurship Acceleration  program on how to craft a winning presentation.

I wanted to finish my series on Google+ this weekend, but as I began working, what I want to say at the Top Gun event started emerging. I decided not to fight it because I need to write this talk, too, right?

About an hour later, I had a rough draft and some storyboard notes for the images I want to bring with me. I saved and closed the file and my computer locked up as I tried to exit. Love that.

Later, I opened the draft of my talk and the page that I had saved was completely blank. 

Blank. 

My computer that autosaves every few minutes offered nothing. But, because I have been a PC user for so long, I was able to track down the .tmp file and rename it to a .doc file and recover my document. I couldn’t have done that with a Mac because I don’t know how Mac temp files work. I’m not afraid to open up my PC and switch out hardware, but I don’t think I’d do that with a Mac. I suppose I could learn, but some of my research software won’t run on a Mac, and no matter how slick and cute the laptops are, I still need my Lenovo laptop by IBM to get things done.

So that's why I continue to be a PC user. When I fill in for Jason, I still know what I'm going to say.
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