I was thinking about buying a new computer the other day and naturally my thoughts turned to the late and great Rodney Dangerfield. You see, one of his jokes popped into my head as soon as the idea of buying a new computer entered my mind. I went on-line to find the particular joke to make sure I reference it correctly. Here it is:
It’s been a rough day. I got up this morning . . . put on a shirt and a button fell off. I picked up my briefcase and the handle came off. Now I’m afraid to go to the bathroom.
I am afraid to buy a computer.
I have the money and the need, so this ought to be a no-brainer. Instead, it’s becoming an arduous decision making process. Should I buy a new Vista PC or should I go with a Mac? How did it get to this?
Vista, you might know, is the newest release of the Windows operating system for PCs and it has received some uneven reviews for all kinds of things. One of my big concerns is the availability of drivers for peripherals like printers.
My sister-in-law just got a Vista machine (and a new printer) and told me a horror story about the hours she spent on the phone with tech support trying to get the PC to log onto the Internet. She started in the afternoon and gave up and went to bed around 10:30 PM after speaking with support centers around the world. No one could solve the problem and she went back and forth with Dell, the manufacturer and her ISP for many hours.
On the other hand there is the Mac. My son just went to college and has a Mac notebook which I think is really cool. He went through high school using a PC but seems to have adapted to the Mac really well. I still can’t get the Mac onto my Windows based network at home though and that’s a problem.
The thing that scares me is that I have a small business that runs on computers and the Internet. When it’s down so am I and I like to minimize that problem.
So it looks like I might need to buy more than a new computer. Certainly there’s a printer to purchase and maybe a new router. I don’t know what to do but if I have to buy a bunch of stuff, I am thinking that making a change and going to the Mac might be the smart choice.
If lots of people think like this, what does it say about Microsoft’s chances in the years ahead?