For many years, I have been a user of PCs – from DOS 3.0 on up to Windows 2003 Server. This was not because I dislike Macs, but because my job has been taking care of Windows environments. You see, I am the Director of Media & Technology for the South Carolina Bar, a position I have held for over 12 years.
Last November, a friend of mine told me of the many great things he was doing with a Mac PowerBook G4. I talked the Bar’s Executive Director into purchasing one for me to “test drive.” Now, we already had five Macs in our Communications Division, so I have had some experience with them, but not as my main computer or main laptop. At any rate, I got a 15″ PowerBook G4 with 2GB of RAM and 100GB HD with a determination to learn something new and form my own opinion.
The G4 is now the only laptop I use, and I’m having a great time learning all the stuff it can do. I only wish it was a MacBook Pro, so I could experiment with running XP on it. I now only carry a Windows laptop for our speakers using PowerPoint who are not comfortable with the Mac. I have had little issue in learning the machine, and it only took about a week for me to get comfortable with it.
Last month, I purchased a Mac Pro for home (I do some video projects on the side) loaded with dual 3.0ghz Xeons, 5GB of RAM, a 250GB system drive, a 500GB secondary drive, and a 23″ Cinema Display. I have Final Cut Studio loaded on it. It is way cool.
I still have a PC at home, but I use Remote Desktop Connector (available on Microsoft’s website) on the Mac to connect to it. In fact, I have Remote Desktop loaded on my PowerBook, and I can administer any Windows server here at the Bar building from almost anywhere. I still have Quicken and a couple of other windows things on the PC at home that I’m not quite ready to move to Mac yet.
My two Media staff members have until recently been editing all the Distance Learning and other video programming for the Bar on Windows machines with Adobe Premiere and the video suite. However, I anticipate switching them over to Mac Pros next July. We bought one just like the one I have at home for them to use to learn Final Cut.
I am convinced that Final Cut is a better tool than Premiere, even though we have used Premiere for the past six years. Apple seems to stay one step ahead of Adobe. Also, at some point, I plan to install an XSan for video warehousing and sharing, and I am anxious to get my hands on OS X Server.
The only thing I haven’t found just yet for the Mac is a comparable program to MS Access. My friends tell me MySQL is the route for the Mac, and I have downloaded it and am just cracking it. By the way, we just loaded LINUX on an old computer here at the Bar, and we are trying OpenOffice on it.
I read with interest Larry Bodine’s article about the issues he claimed to have had with a PowerMac G5. Even as a novice Mac user, I can’t see why Mr. Bodine is having that much trouble, unless it is all on purpose. It could have been a marketing ploy as you suggested, but in my opinion it was not a very good one.
If Mr. Bodine wants to trash his G5, I will be glad to roll my trash can to the end of his driveway to collect it. I believe that you have to try new things with an open mind, and it sounds to me like he got the Mac with a predisposition. Keep up the great work with your blog!
Director of Media & Technology
South Carolina Bar