My Boss and our New iMac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by ktbubster, Jan 28, 2007.

  1. ktbubster macrumors 6502a


    Jan 20, 2007
    Alrighty, I wasn't much sure where this thread would belong, but I figured this was as good a place as any as it involves switching to mac.

    I work for an emeritus professor at my school in the Veterinary BioSciences. He is 92 years old, and is in the field of heart research, from cholesterol to diet to anything slightly involving the heart.

    Anyway, onto the point. When I started working for him in ... May I was sat in front of a 4 year old dell tower and an anciet crt monitor. First though "oh god, I am going to get nothing done at all, this is going to crash every other hour" ... well, I was wrong.

    It crashed 2 times an hour... if I was lucky. This thing was horrible. Word kept trying to repaginate (he was and ... still is working on a 300 page book on cholesterol and heart disease and how they are actually related, and how diet effects you etc.) this document, and everytime this would happen it would go into a panic and freeze the program, and ofcourse you can't control alt delete and have it work, so the system would freeze up and have to be restarted.... and take FOREVER to boot up. Not to mention the monitor made my head hurt after trying to read so much on it.

    About 2 months into this job, thankfully the computer FINALLY died. It became a complete joke, deleting things at random, and running windows slower then i've ever seen and disconnecting from the internet randomly. I was at the point i was working at home on my powerbook and transfering the files back and forth because it was easier. (Big files mind you) So... it was time for a new computer.

    I figured we'd get another dell crap box from the school, but thankfully a friend at the vet building and apparently a very influential friend of the professors was ofcourse a mac fan. I ofcourse figured it was too much to hope for that he woudl have much to say in the getting of a new computer, but to my surprise... the professor told HIM to order whatever he thought was the best and he would pay for a brand new computer for the office.

    One week later a brand new shiny 20inch intel imac arrived. This friend gleefully sat down with me and the professor and went through everything the computer did and how much easier life would be (I already knew all this which I happily explained as I have been a mac enthusiast for life)

    The professor of course, hired me ... to do his computer work because he has no idea how computers work. He's a smart guy, but I guess 92 is a bit up there to try to explain that the internet it not "in the computer" and that you need to be hooked up to "the ethernet" to get to it. That's ok though. He knew how to sell him.

    He sat him down, and brought up a page on the heart with some cool medical diagrams and next to a page from his book in beautiful imac glory (which ofcourse amused him as nothing crashed randomly when he did that) and then pointed to the screen and said in a language he would understand...

    :: points to the mac:: "see this, this is like a good meal - full of b6 and b12 vitamins and all those great proteins... it fuels you and makes you work. It helps you be a productive member of society"

    ::: points to old dell tower and screen sitting on the floor next to him:::

    "that is like trans fat. It's bad... very very bad and will eventually lead to your death"

    The professor suddenly understood, and since that day, I have managed to be about 10 times more productive everyday, his files are automatically backed up everyday at 4 to the external, all the printers in the office gleefully communicate and it never randomly falls off the internet. Infact I can connect to the wireless from the building next door with no hitch if the ground line has problems. It truly is amazing... and i think because of this I managed to get two of my coworkers interested in getting a mac too, the finally see the difference.

    it does just work.

    Now if only, once the book is published I can get him to include at the end...

    "Made with a :apple: "
  2. Gosh macrumors 6502

    Aug 14, 2006
    I was thinking about a top 10 reasons for buying a Mac (positives without mentioning PC or Windows) - productivity has got to be high up there!
  3. polevault139 macrumors 6502

    Sep 24, 2006
    Cool story, it just shows that some people dont even know that OS X exists. If they did I'm sure alot of people would switch. I know my parents who are only 48 and 49, want to learn how to use my iMac but sometimes get frustrated becuase it is not exactly like Windows. But my parents have been using it more often and are considering getting a Mini and an iSight (hopefully in some new displays), so we can talk when I go off to college. Cool Story
  4. elec999 macrumors regular

    Jan 25, 2007
    Its a good story. But i was thinking in a sad. i taught the professor found the mac so easy, and He didnt need you anymore.
  5. holamiamigos macrumors 6502a

    Aug 10, 2006
    awesome story... i'm sure there are plenty like these happening everyday
  6. iSaint macrumors 603


    May 26, 2004
    South Mississippi y'all, near the water!
    I would back up a 300 page document every hour to several different servers! Wow, what a piece of work. And, to be 92 years old and still working on something so important. I bet he's an amazing person.

    I love Mac switching stories. :apple:
  7. kristiano macrumors regular

    Mar 19, 2005
    Very cool switcher's story. Thanks for sharing :D
  8. atari1356 macrumors 68000


    Feb 27, 2004
  9. matthew24 macrumors 6502


    May 30, 2002
    Indeed, thanks for sharing, I always enjoy these testimonies it does always help me to re-live my own switch experience, sheer joy.:D
  10. classof2011 macrumors regular

    Dec 2, 2006
    Flying with American Airlines
    Nice story! When the Dell started showing worse signs...funny stuff...I'm waiting for my mom's E1505 notebook to die and hopefully convince her to switch to a 15.4" MacBook Pro. It's starting to die...Windows is very very slow, the dial up (her Intel wireless card is faulty!) hangs up unexpectedly, and it freezes every time I log in. Basicly, you have to log in, wait a minute for it to freeze, cold boot it again, and log in and *maybe* it would work. Maybe if I let her use my MacBook she'll learn the Mac ways...

    Again, nice story! :)
  11. Maxwell Smart macrumors 6502a

    Maxwell Smart

    Jan 29, 2006
    Awesome story, I know it must have been difficult to be productive on such an old machine, so you really lucked out that your boss is such a nice guy :)
  12. Gaelic1 macrumors member

    Sep 16, 2006
    Mountains of No. California
    Wonderful Story. I sent it on to my son who has an ageing Dell.:D
  13. Willis macrumors 68020


    Apr 23, 2006
    Beds, UK
    i think it should be sent to everyone with a dell... better start collecting my college tutor emails lol!

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