I ended up moving over to a Windows based system from Dell and for a period of time there were no issues whatsoever. Of course making the transition from Mac to Windows took a bit of getting used to but I managed it.
Ok so when I say that there were ‘no issues whatsoever’ … that was initially. However gremlins did start to creep in. Through nothing I had done nor any updates having been installed the computer would decide it would throw out an error. These errors would cause my computer to shut down and then give the dreaded blue screen when starting up. I lost count the hours I spent on Dell Tech Help who I have to say were outstanding however they too were baffled on more than one occasion.
In the 5 years of using the Windows based system I’ve had to completely wipe the system and re-install Windows an incredible 4 times! A process that takes quite a bit of time especially when having to re-install all the apps / software you use.
Thankfully when it comes to my own files / work, I keep everything in the cloud and on external hard drives so recovering those was…well…there was no need because they were where they’d always been.
I could write a blog post detailing all the weird behaviour I experienced from the computer but what’s the point? Trust me has been a lot of weird behaviour; from plugging in a headset and it not being recognised, to then having to turn the unit off and then on, plugging the same headset in and it working. The computer suddenly restarting and so on…
Bottom line is that I had started to lose faith and trust in my computer, and that’s not a good feeling.
When your day to day work is heavily reliant on a computer just working but you don’t know from one day to the next what surprises it’s going to throw at you, it’s no longer ‘fit for purpose’.
I remembered back to when I previously used Apple and never, not once, did the computer crash on me; it performed day in day out without issues. The reason I changed was because of the speed, meaning it wasn’t quick enough for what I needed. However…it never let me down.
The decision was made…I’m moving back to Apple; not because I’m a fan boy or any of that rubbish…no…I just want my equipment to do what it’s supposed to do and for me that means Apple.
Since I changed 5 years ago the spec of their machines is significantly improved and more in line with ‘Pro Needs’ for want of a better phrase; but you know what I mean.
I’d already moved back to using an iPhone a few weeks ago but the computer change was planned for when we moved home in the next few weeks; however the decision was taken out of my hands this morning…
Windows Gremlins Strike Again
Heading into my office first thing this morning I noticed that the computer was frozen. I couldn’t move the cursor and no combination of keystrokes would make it respond so I had to force it to turn down by holding in the power button.
Moments later I turned it back on and all seemed fine. I checked emails, browsed the net a little and then left it alone whilst I popped out to drop some paperwork down to our Solicitor / Conveyancer for the current house sale.
Returning a couple of hours later I noticed an error message pop up on the screen saying something on the lines of ‘Unable to locate xxx on the C drive’.
I clicked OK but nothing happened. No matter how many times I clicked OK nothing happened. I tried to close the dialog box by clicking on the x in the top right…nothing.
So, another forced turn off but this time when I went to turn it on I was presented with a blue screen saying Windows had experienced a problem and needed to re-start. Ok I thought and just let it do its thing. However it didn’t restart…it just turned off. Each time I turned it on it did the same.
I tried pressing F12 as it started up and ran a diagnostics check; this came back with no errors. So, another restart and another blue screen, and another, and another.
Friends to the Rescue
Well my mind had been made up for me. It was time to make that move to Apple sooner than later so I messaged two great friends of mine, Steve Deakin and Peter Morgan who run Tech for Togs (techfortogs.co.uk) …
I called Peter first and explained all that had happened and without hesitation he offered to loan me free of charge a spare fully spec’d MacBook Pro 2015 to tide me over until my order from Apple came through. Not one moment of hesitation and he was there to help me out.
I then called Steve and explained all to him and before you know it he was on the case. Knowing the work I do and also wanting to give me a relative amount of future proofing Steve came up with an ideal spec for an iMac. The delivery time for a new fully loaded MacBook Pro from Apple was looking like mid July but with all the work I have over the coming weeks that just wasn’t an option; from experience though Steve gave me yet another option…a pretty much brand new, refurbished iMac with everything upgraded:
2019 iMac 27″ i9
8Gb Video Card
2 x 1TB Internal SSD
The full details I’ll share once I have it but needless to say the internals are pretty darn beefy 🙂
Best of all is that I’ll be picking it up in a couple of days; just in time for my FREE Webinar with London Camera Exchange on Friday but also for a couple of camera club presentations I have on Wednesday and Thursday evening.
Talk about Timing
Timing was never going to be good when a computer dies on you but looking on the positive side at least I had no major presentations coming up today. In just under 3 weeks I’m presenting 3 LIVE classes for the upcoming KelbyOne Photoshop Online Conference on 14th and 15th July … if this had happened then I don’t think I’d be quite so matter of fact about it 🙂
But hey, I’ve a few days grace before I need to be fully up and running again so I can make use of the time doing other things. Time away from the screen isn’t such a bad thing.
I can’t thank Steve and Peter enough. Wow…when the help signal went up, they were there and able to offer a temporary solution and a permeant solution with the new machine with a spec that 100% fits my workflow now and in the future.
If ever I had a recommendation for you, it’s Tech for Togs ; two great guys who really know their stuff and pride themselves on first class customer service and support. Man, am I thankful to them!
As for the new MacBook Pro 16” I’ll be putting an order in with Apple once we’ve moved house in a few weeks. I don’t need that just yet as ‘in person’ presentations aren’t happening AND if I’m able to do a photo shoot then the old MacBook Pro I’m using to write this on is more than enough for tethering with CaptureOne.
To summarise (my own thoughts from my own experience)…
- Windows is unreliable. Can’t say it any simpler than that.
- The slightest thing can make it wobble. Updates are released and so often cause problems. Yeah I know Mac can have compatibility issues with some software we use when they release new updates however your computer still works!
- Windows is for people who speak computer language and are conversant with how to fix (the many) errors by using command prompts, tampering with the workings and so on… If you’re not then avoid!
- If you want a computer to just work then avoid windows. If you want a computer that you can rely on, even if it means it just works, then don’t use a Windows based Operating System.
- Windows has moods! I don’t know how else to explain it.
Now I don’t write this to get into any Mac v Windows debate or any ‘Yeah but, yeah but…’ conversations. It isn’t going to happen. I used Mac years ago with no issues. I moved to Windows and have had issue after issue. I’m now going back to Mac. Simple!
If you’ve had a different experience then good on you. I applaud you. However if in the future I’m asked what I recommend it will wholeheartedly be Apple.
I don’t get paid by Apple. I don’t know anyone at Apple. I don’t even eat Apples that often. I just want a computer that works…is that really so much to ask in 2020?
I know some folks might still be wondering why I moved away from Apple in the first place, and all I can say is what I have already; Apple weren’t providing machines with the spec I needed 5 years ago whereas Windows based machines were AND they were easily upgradeable.
Now I can say that I gave it a go. I didn’t listen to others but instead decided to give it a go. Now I can confidently and with experience say what works best for me rather than having only used one system and being loyal to it no matter what.
As for the spec of the iMac I’m getting on Wednesday, it’s a beast! For what I do and will be doing in the near future this will be more than capable of making light work of it.
If you’re thinking of suggesting upgrading even more, heck I’m all ears…I’ll even send you my PayPal account details so you can send over the extra money needed for what you recommend 🙂
Excited about Wednesday