Macs are awfully tempting


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We bought my wife a Macbook a couple of weeks ago after she finally agreed that her broken-screened, dead-USB, no-battery laptop was nearly unusable. (Most of those conditions were my fault, albeit by accident.) So we picked up a $1,099 white Macbook.

My wife is not a technophobe, but she is no geek, either. She was up and running, on her own, in minutes. The Macbook is ready to go right out of the box. She especially loves the size, long battery life, and the fast recovery from suspend when you open the case—seriously valuable features for wired litigators. And OSX Leopard is just beautiful. It makes Windows look clumsy, and Ubuntu dowdy, by comparison.

Of course, it works just fine with her Outlook Web Access and file access for her work, and she has no problem opening Word and Powerpoint documents in iWork, which, at $80, is a steal when compared with Microsoft Office.

As some know, the three other attorneys and one law clerk I share office space with also use Macs. I am the lone rebel in the office, using Windows until recently, and now Ubuntu, but always a PC. Playing with my wife’s computer, I am wavering. I am definitely going to get us a Mac Mini for a living room computer—once they include a Blu-Ray player, anyway—but I may just get myself a black Macbook when it comes time to upgrade my trusty ThinkPad T43.


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  • Zale

    Sam, I think “switching” is an old paradigm. Running multiple OS’s is a good thing. Linux will work with most of the other OS’s. Vista only seems to want to work with Vista. I suspect Linux will be happy to work with the Mac too. So instead of “switching” just consider yourself a “multi-platform” law office. Just don’t forget which machine tapped out first at Can Sec West. And I agree, Macs are pretty. I figure that’s why they are still so expensive.

  • Sam Glover

    No, you are right about that. I will continue using Ubuntu as my primary OS at the office, but I am considering switching to a Macbook for my laptop.

    But other than running Acrobat to edit PDFs, Windows will have no place in my office until it learns to play well with others. (Well, and until it stops acting like I cannot make decisions for myself.)