Under The Microscope

Why I Use A Mac

Almost exactly a year ago I was contacted by Mac user Anthony Agius, all the way from Australia1. Ah the wonders of the internet. Anthony runs an Apple forum, and he was putting together a new grassroots Mac magazine called MacTalk. As part of the magazine effort, he asked if I’d like to write a guest column on why I use a Mac, and I said I’d take a stab at it. I didn’t make the first issue deadline2, but I was all set to be published in the second issue.

Unfortunately, running a magazine is damned expensive and MacTalk was unable to acquire the necessary ads to stay afloat past issue 1 (seen at right). The MacTalk community lives on at the MacTalk website, and Anthony asked if he could post my as-yet-unpublished column there. I’d shopped it around, but you’d be surprised how few publications care about why I use a Mac – I know I was, so I said sure. You can find the column right here, and peruse the rest of the site as well.

If you’re in a hurry, you can just read the Top 10 list of reasons to use a Mac I created for the column. As a warning, it’s slightly adult in nature. So kids, don’t tell your parents you read it.

The Top Ten Reasons To Use A Mac.

10. “I wanted the absolute most expensive iPod accessory I could buy.”

9. “Steve Jobs’ Reality Distortion Field makes dealing with the stresses of everyday life a much mellower experience.”

8. “It’s what all the B-list celebrities use. Jeff Goldblum. Sinbad. Yoko.”

7. “If Gandhi had lived to see personal computers, he would have used a Mac.”

6. “…Pretty sure Jesus would have too.”

5. “Windows and Microsoft can’t satisfy my insatiable hunger for consumer product-based gossip.”

4. “Honestly, I’m just not that into viruses and spyware. Weird, huh?”

3. “I prefer a trackpad to a nub. I’m sorry, but I’m just not comfortable directing my mouse by using the computer’s clitoris.”

2. “Steve Ballmer once threw a chair at my dog.”

And the number one reason users choose a Mac?

1. “I was tired of my PC going like “bleep bleep bleep” and too high to realize that was actually the microwave.”

If you’re interested to read the whole column, head over to MacTalk now.

1. Little-known fact: The Mac OS X progress spinner spins counter-clockwise in Australia.

2. As Douglas Adams famously said, “I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.”

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