Mac OS X 10.0 was released 15 years ago today.
I didn’t know very much about Macs then. Scratch that – I didn’t know anything about Macs then! They seemed to exist in an alternate reality populated by creative types tattooed all over, who imbibed copious quantities of Scotch as their screens radiated magic and mystery.
These sleek, funky machines were imbued with the gift of producing visuals, graphics, and who knows what else, to which the rest of us mere mortals could never aspire.
It wasn’t until nine years later that I switched over from a PC. My very first laptop was a Gateway, anyone remember them? And then, for years I was a Dell gal (“Dude, you’re getting a Dell!“).
And then I got my first MacBook Pro.
I thought I’d died and gone to heaven.
The packaging. Sleek. Simple. Clean.
The machine. Sleek. Simple. Clean.
No coils of cords that you had to unravel, and figure out what went where. The power adapter was it.
I was so scared of it – and of doing something wrong in the setup – that I called Mary Barber in Alaska, who I knew was a bonafide Mac-head. She helped me get up and running by quoting her husband:
“It’s like a toaster. Press the button and it’ll work.”
Since that fateful day, I’ve gone completely over to the
dark Mac side, and taken my husband with me. And while some of the new devices from other manufacturers coming out are really tempting, it will take a lot for me to renounce my citizenship in the Land of Apple.
Because the Mac changed my life.
Once I saw how easy it was to use – and that in and of itself is pretty mind-boggling for anyone visiting from PC Nation, no drivers to install, no gazillion useless HORRID apps and stupid games you don’t want cluttering up your computer! – I was hooked.
And I kept pushing my own boundaries to see what else I could do with it; how I could put this piece of equipment that was NOT cheap to work.
Now, the stuff I started doing can usually be done with PCs as well. Video-editing, graphics… all sorts of stuff, because nowadays you can almost always find software and/or apps that will work on Macs or PCs.
And there are still a lot of MS products I use, like PowerPoint, etc.
But what my first Mac taught me, which was life-changing in the sense that I internalized what I’d always known theoretically, was two-fold:
- Great products can be functional and beautiful. There is absolutely NO reason for them to be otherwise. And this holds true for your work product as well.
- When you have the right tools at hand, you can create a heck of a lot more than you thought you were capable of… which reduces your dependency on external sources (designers, etc.).
As an example of both, check out my NEW e-guide and worksheet (it should be floating to your right as you read this). I pulled it from the November 2015 online mini-training I did, and it’s chockfull of really useful information (and it’s free, so grab it while you can!) … but it’s also pleasing to the eye.
And – I did it all myself!
I’m not at all saying you should not use external resources; of course you should, depending on what your needs and budget are.
On average, there are at least three people I turn to on a regular basis, depending on what’s going on:
- Karelyn Lambert, my V.A.
- Kari Sharp, my web mistress extraordinaire
- Sara Theisen, my designer extraordinaire
(I highly recommend all three of them if you’re in the market, btw.)
There are times I have to, because I simply don’t have the chops/bandwidth/both for whatever it is that needs to be done.
But a lot of the time, I don’t have to. That’s one of the really remarkable things about living in this day and age, doing what we do.
Look at how much great shit we can do ourselves! And doing great shit, over and over again, is how we build our careers and our businesses.
So while I was blissfully unaware of just how much OS X was rocking the world back then, I’m sure as heck grateful now that it did.
Because it literally changed my life.
Do you remember a specific moment when technology changed your life? I love hearing these stories, so please share below if yes!
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The “laptop life” has provided freedoms that I always assumed were meant for someone else, not me. Moreover, the Mac interface is one step in building a confidence that potential business owners need to make that final leap – providing the tools/resources to stimulate that voice inside your head that says “you can do it!”
PS. thanks for the info on the partners you use to help support your biz!
You’re so welcome, Elise, and thank you for taking the time to stop by and comment!
This really resonated with me: “freedoms that I always assumed were meant for someone else, not me.” YES. And now we have them too!
Gotta love Mac.
Whoa, loved this! I first discovered Mac world six years ago, when I bought my first Mac ever, an iMac.
I was so in love with it, that less than a year later I bought a MacBook Air, which is the best laptop ever, built only for me (in my head, at least). :)))
The thing that amazed me when I first started using Mac, was how easy it was to delete a folder. I was WHOA!
To understand how fascinated I am of Apple products, I have everything you can use for business: Desktop, laptop, iPad, iPhone.
I totally understand your fascination with how easy it is to use, and how you can do stuff yourself. BTW, the e-guide and worksheet look lovely! xo
See, THIS is the magic of Mac, I think! Look at what you wrote: “the best laptop ever, built only for me”… I love that! There are millions of us who feel that way. What an amazing product, that it makes us feel that!
I’ll never forget how easy it was to do stuff. Install a program? One click. Or delete something, like you said? One click. TOTALLY WHOA!
I had to laugh at your description of all their products, because I have them all too. ;) Except the iWatch. That one I’m not sure I need right now.
And thank you for the kind comment on the e-guide – I felt a MAJOR sense of accomplishment once I was done with that!
Happy to help convert you to the right side. Once you go Mac, you’ll never go back!
Hahah! “Watch out for Mary once she starts rhyming.” ;)
So true. Thank you very much again, and for stopping by today! Bet you can’t wait to see your garden grow … right?