So, my stepmother emails me yesterday with a two-part mission: first, I am to convince my father to purchase her a new computer. Even after implementing many of the fixes you all recommended, and for which she is incredibly grateful, her current machine, to put it mildly, sucks leper donkey dick.
My old dad is not impressed with the idea of throwing more money at electronics. But apparently, I have some sort of influence over his wallet. Interesting idea, that. I'll let you know how it turns out.
The second half of my mission is to determine if the iMac all-in-one is worth its purchase price.
How the fuck should I know? I'm one of those loyal PC users. Mac strikes me as over-priced, over-hyped, and only really worthwhile if you're heavily into movies and graphic art - or so my artsy-fartsy friends tell me. I wouldn't know. I'm a writer - all I need my computer to do is play video clips, music files, and process words. Lots and lots of words.
After spending the last year dealing with the bloody iPhone, my tolerance for Apple products is zilch. It wasn't that high to begin with - I'd spent far too many hours trailing my roommate around to various Apple stores trying to get her damned laptop functioning again after its latest epic fail. (Then again, this is a woman who beats the living shit out of every inanimate object she touches, so it's probably not the laptop's fault.) My old HP Pavillion, purchased refurb many years ago, is still chugging along just fine. Before that, I had an HP desktop so old it didn't even have USB ports, and the only thing that ever quit on it was the internal battery. You could say I'm partial.
So I must beg your input. She wants something affordable that won't blow up in a year. She's sick of viruses. She's desperate enough to go Mac. Should she?
Mac vs. PC - fight!