I had an Apple laptop at the turn of the (21st) century, a cute blueberry clamshell iBook â€“ I spent a lot of time on it corresponding with a Tuareg man, I was certain he was my destiny.
I also started my first blog (a weird word back then), and discovered an amazing community of diarists.
I loved that little iBook even when it got buggy and crashed sometimes, and my biggest frustrations were software incompatibility issues and browser/website glitches.
In time I got a Dell laptop and somehow, and Iâ€™m not sure exactly when this happened â€“ I became an Apple Hater!
Yes, I was an Apple hater.
It wasnâ€™t the deep seething hate that consumes you; this was mild contempt with a dash of general indifference.
Like most â€˜hatersâ€™ I thought Apple products were overpriced hypes with closed architecture.
It may have begun with the launch of the iPod, and the mass fixation that followed; everyone wanted one and proclaimed it an innovation.
My iriver MP3 player had all the features of the iPod plus a built-in FM tuner, yet no one raved about it.
Then the iPhone happenedâ€¦ Iâ€™ve ranted about the iPhone before so I wonâ€™t get into that.
I got the HTC Prophet (Windows mobile 5.0) a year before the iPhone debuted.
I loved my prophet! Probably because of all the time I spent on it â€“ I joined XDA Developers and tweaked the heck out of that phone; it was as if Iâ€™d built my perfect phone.
The iPhone did not tempt me, as far as I was concerned my phone was superior to the iPhone.
Over the next several years I felt smug for not falling for the Apple hype, my laptops were Windows, (there was the Linux running Eee PC I used briefly), and my phone and mp3 players werenâ€™t Apple.
With two pivotal incidents last year, I went from Apple-hater to owning several Apple products.
The first, was the announcement of the iPad, it was the first of Apple product that I felt was worth a little hype (not a whole lot though!), then I took one look at it and I had to have it â€“ I envisioned many scenarios where itâ€™ll come in handy.
The second incident came from dissatisfaction with my phone; I got the Google G1 phone (HTC Dream) in the summer of 2009.
It was exciting, new OS, open-source and all.
My issue with that phone was that there were no updates available for my hardware beyond version 1.5 (Cupcake), which basically rendered my phone obsolete three months after Iâ€™d gotten it.
Of course, I could have found cooked ROM and customized the phone to my specifications, but that wasnâ€™t why I got the phone; I wanted a phone that Iâ€™d loved as is.
It no longer makes sense to me to pay money for a phone and spend ridiculous amounts of time tinkering with it (doing potentially illegal stuff), Iâ€™m not a developer, I just want a phone that works.
I could no longer deny the appeal of the iPhone, maybe Iâ€™m just getting old but I liked that itâ€™s easy to use and works relatively well.
So I got the iPhone 4 in May of last year.
This Christmas I got a new MacBook Air to replace my aging Windows laptop, it’s going to be my primary computer â€“ and this officially makes me a Mac user, I’m no longer a PC (except for work).
In the end there wasnâ€™t a long drawn out decision to switch, and so far I love the simplicity and ease of use of my MacBook Air.
Maybe weâ€™re still in the honeymoon phaseâ€¦
I still donâ€™t like iTunes, and I miss Live Writer â€“ I havenâ€™t found a worthy Mac version yet.
So I’m not quite the MacHead, it took me a decade to come around and i’m quite enjoying this switch.