How does one react?

August 14, 2008 at 2:15 pm 17 comments

When your personal laptop blows up in the course of your official duties, and you are told it will cost Rs. 72,000 to repair, what do you do? Well, since it is a laptop that you have been using for a year and a half, it is certainly not worth having repaired at such an enormous cost. So you look at replacing it.

You have been a Mac User since 1984 so naturally you look at what is available in the Apple stable, and at what price. Then you think “Hey why am I using my own personal laptop for what is mainly officially work? Why should I not have an official laptop?” So you requisition for one through official channels, and you are told that there is no reason for you to be using a MacBook when cheaper PC laptops are available for between 50-80K.

Can you imagine the jolt a MacUser gets when she is asked to even consider converting to a PC after 24 years of using a Mac? It is totally unfathomable. Being a Mac User is a way of life, an extension of yourself, it defines who you are and what you stand for, it enables you to be free and creative in your expression – to write, to design, to blog, to develop, to use technology without needing to worry about multiple reboots, viruses and frozen screens, not to mention the learning curve that is required for this conversion. Some things are worth doing… but losing productivity to learn a whole new, bad, system … how can that be worth doing at all?

It is not that one does not understand a decision based on pure costs but should that be the only criteria when making a decision that could impact on the productivity of an individual? Part of being productive is working in comfort… definitely worth paying for. Just like driving a car or flying a plane, using a Mac becomes intuitive. The technology does not get in the way. A Mac just enables you to do what you do productively and effectively. Not to mention the extra things one ends up doing for an organization simply because it is such a pleasure using your platform of choice.

Why, if you have been a Mac User for 24 years, should you switch to a platform that would result in you having to learn applications that substitute what you do instinctively on a Mac, to work around things that PCs don’t do, and to face the additional challenges that PC users need to in order to work in peace. It is a huge loss of work time, and certainly not time that one has at one’s disposal, as ceo of a fast-moving organisation.

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  • 1. Umer Iqbal  |  August 14, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    Welcome back to real life. Cost drives everything in IT purchases. If you want to stay productive you buy stuff yourself like:
    – ergonomic keyboards/mice
    – any software that you personally think improves your performance, but nobody else uses (either because they are not aware, or because they never had to chance in the past)
    – etc…

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  • 2. Fariha Akhtar  |  August 14, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    Hmmm….if your organization is willing to pay you up to 80K for getting a new laptop(other than MacBook) than perhaps you can ask them to get your current laptop repaired, at least that way you’ll get a Mac laptop🙂 or may be you can ask them the maximum amount that they can give your for a new laptop and then you pool in the remaining amount yourself to get a Macbook but I do not know if it’d be a good option especially when it’s time to claim who’s property is that laptop🙂. I’m hoping some of those officials read your post and realize how much productivity loss would it be to make you switch to a non-MAC laptop and get you a new MacBook. All the best!🙂

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  • 3. Jehan  |  August 14, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    Hey who said this was about me?😉 Some useful suggestions there. Thanks. Actually there is one other option – get a MacBook instead of a MacBook Air. That would bring down the price.

    This was just a rant. Just ignore me.

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  • 4. Syed Talha Izhar  |  August 14, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    If this ever happened to me I would stick to what I believe in…I would go for the MAC with little consideration for money and more for what I want…🙂

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  • 5. Jehan  |  August 14, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    Do not surrender eh Talha?

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  • 6. communicall  |  August 14, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    Quite an interesting attitude. To what extent is it important that one buy hardware from a market ‘stayer’, rather than the cheapest source?

    This takes on an interesting meaning today, when a post on Slashdot reveals that the market capitilisation of Apple today exceeds that of Google, Intel, Cisco and HP, to mention a few giant stalwarts of the IT industry – and is 3 times that of computer maker Dell.

    Oh yes, and Apple pipped Acer🙂 too (a quick look at Reuters reveals).

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  • 8. Kamran  |  August 14, 2008 at 10:51 pm

    i think its nothing but the personal preference that makes you call that other platform ‘bad’ against your loved platform (Mac in this case).

    otherwise all the platforms have their positives and negatives – Mac does look slick no doubt – but there are people who feel too restricted with a Mac – simply because extensibility and access-under-the-hood is what those users look for.. and not because Macs are bad..

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  • 9. Sabeen Mahmud  |  August 15, 2008 at 10:06 am

    First up: Condolences on the death of your MacBook Pro. You were brave to get a first-gen product!

    Obviously it’s a personal preference. The positives of other platforms are irrelevant in cases like this. DUH!!

    The fact that your organization is only willing to give you a PC is short-sighted, idiotic, and a clear case of “not getting it”. Get ZJ to look for contractual clauses that can be manipulated😉

    While the MacBook has “better” specs than the MacBook Air, it isn’t as solid. That sounds odd, considering the form factor of the MacBook Air, but truly, it’s more structurally solid than any laptop Apple has built in recent years. But then, there’s a price to pay for all that curvy sexiness.

    You’d need to get a MacBook with a DVD burner and there isn’t such a huge price difference between the higher-end MacBook and the low-end MacBook Air. The extra weight will kill you.

    At any rate, whatever your decision, please try and wait till mid-September. The MacBook will almost definitely be refreshed – the plastic case will be replaced by aluminum, the hardware specs will be upgraded, and it’ll be a whole lot thinner.

    Will keep you posted as the rumour mill churns prior to the Apple Special Event in September. Talk to Ifti about a demo machine until then.

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  • 10. Jehan  |  August 15, 2008 at 10:28 am

    It is a question of choice – of wanting to use a preferred platform that makes me more productive. I guess everyone has a right to their opinion and allocation of budgets is something organisations have to think about. I don’t blame them and yet I can’t ever see myself using a PC laptop. I think I have a right to an opinion on what I am comfortable using.

    Thanks for all the tips Sabeen. I shall try and see if I can find a temporary solution because even if I end up buying the MacBook, i would rather wait for the new upgraded one – aluminum definitely better than plastic and if it is thinner that will help.

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  • 11. Talha  |  August 15, 2008 at 12:14 pm

    lolz @ been a Mac user since 1984.

    Hope you do realize how funny that fact is🙂

    P.S. W.R.T the (in)famous 1984 Apple ad.

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  • 12. DesiBackToDesh  |  August 15, 2008 at 2:21 pm

    My apologies Jehan for having to put up with this. The next thing you know they will be moving for an impeachment.🙂

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  • 13. Jehan  |  August 15, 2008 at 4:15 pm

    Yeah good chance of that actually Jawwad. Maybe I should be considering using 58 2(b) before that happens😉

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  • 14. guest  |  August 19, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    take a look at following post
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/08/19/AR2008081900479.html

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  • 15. Adnan  |  August 19, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    u can install Mac OS on a PC🙂
    http://www.manast.com/2007/12/19/how-to-install-mac-os-x-leopard-on-your-pc/

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  • 16. Boat  |  August 19, 2008 at 5:56 pm

    Here is a little something: http://www.techcrunch.com/2008/08/19/apple-is-flailing-badly-at-the-edges/

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  • 17. Jehan  |  August 19, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    These are all lies made up by PC users who can’t stand the fact that Mac Users love their platform. I have owned most of the Macs this guy writes about and I have never had any of the problems he mentions. He must be jinxed, is all I can say.

    The Mac platform is stable and trouble-free. When you buy a Mac you don’t have to worry about the technology. It is a reliable system that allows you to do whatever your profession or interest demands with the greatest of ease. Is it any wonder then that a number of CEOs of Pakistani IT companies are now switching over to the Mac.

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