CHANGING OUR MINDS ABOUT MACS

The dirty little secret of tech journalists is we’re hard pressed for time. When we got our first Macbook Air last fall, we were full of praise. Now we have second, third and fourth thoughts.

The 11-inch Macbook Air is too tiny to be comfortable. Sure, you can enlarge whatever you see on the Web by holding down the “Command” button and clicking the “plus” sign. But the text on browser tabs is still small and the keyboard is still cramped.

We find that Windows computers are actually more intuitive than Macs. We got our first ones in the 1980s and have rarely had a problem figuring them out. Sure, we can Google any Mac questions and get answers, but it’s annoying to do this for every little thing. For instance, the “delete” key is really a backspace key. You have to press “Function” and then “Delete” to get a true delete key.

Macs aren’t foolproof either. Our Mac and our friend’s Macs sometimes go into limbo similar to the PC’s blue screen of death. The Mac equivalent is a spinning color wheel that stays there forever.

Other complaints: If you already own a copy of the Windows version of Microsoft Office, it hurts to shell out more money to buy the Mac version, or to buy “Parallels” software to run this and other Windows programs. Biggest bummer: the Macbook Air price. For the same $900 we paid for the small version, we could have had two very nice Windows laptops or four Google Chromebooks.

We realize that Apple equipment is actually the manifestation of a deeply religious philosophy and should not be subjected to the same scrutiny as other technology, but shucks, that’s just the way we were brought up.

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