Last summer, when it was time to upgrade my PC, I decided to buy an iMac. Ever since buying a Windows 3.1 PC at a Radio Shack in Tullahoma, Tennessee back in 1994, I’ve used only Microsoft Windows computers.
I wouldn’t describe myself as ever really being a fan of Microsoft products. In fact, ever since Windows 95, I felt that Microsoft was just trying to fix its operating system with each and every new operating system, fixes that it was making consumers pay for. I used a Windows PC because that it always made more sense. Macs are expensive. Inexpensive PCs are never hard to mind.
Windows PCs always seemed more practical because of the amount of software that’s available for the PC compared to the Mac. My thinking began to change with the release of Windows 8.
I hated Windows 8
Windows 8 thought I had a tablet for a PC and wanted me to swipe left and right to access content. It knew I didn’t have this type of computer, the kind that you could swipe the screen to make it do things.
It was then I began giving Apple a second look.
I was at the point that even if a Mac costs more than a comparable PC, I didn’t care as long as it was easier to use. I was a fan of the iPad and figured using a Mac would be similar to using an iPad.
I bought my iMac in July of 2015 and at the time, I loved it. It came with the Yosemite operating system and when it was using that, it was great. Apple then updated the OS to El Capitan. I held off on upgrading. A lot of people were complaining about how El Capitan was awful. I figured as long as it wasn’t requiring me to upgrade, I’d let Apple get all the bugs out before inflicting it on my iMac. Plus, like it says in the Bible if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
If only I had adhered to the word of God
After a couple of months of being nagged at to update the OS, I finally relented and upgraded to El Capitan. What a mess. Everything was slower. It seemed like the spinning beach ball, Apple’s retarded version of the hourglass icon, was constantly on the screen.
It was as though I suddenly didn’t have enough memory. When I purchased my iMac, I ordered it with 8GB of memory. It should have been enough. It was enough until I upgraded the OS to El Capitan. After the upgrade, it seemed like I needed more memory.
Some programs just wouldn’t work anymore. TextWrangler, a free code editor for the iMac, would continuously crash. I finally had to switch to Sublime for code editing.
I looked into it, and I had the option of upgrading the memory to 16GB, but it wasn’t as simple as opening a panel and replacing the RAM. No, it was a lot more complicated than that. I would need a special kit to open the computer and remove the glass display that’s held in place with an adhesive.
That seemed ridiculous. I’ve been upgrading hardware on computers for years, both in my personal life and in my professional life. I’d never had to deal with adhesive, especially to remove and replace memory. Upgrading memory is a regular thing to do when you own a computer. Not so when that computer is an iMac.
El Capitan was Apple’s Windows 8
I’ve since upgraded the OS to Sierra. It too seems to crave more memory that I have. Other programs I used with Yosemite and even El Capitan stopped working when I upgraded to Sierra. They would crash, some almost as soon as I would start them up.
If I had it to do over again, I would not have bought an iMac. I would have bought a PC, even if it was running Windows 8.