Well, no-one could say that I didn’t give those wretches at Microsoft fair warning… Considerably more than a year after downloading Windows 10 on to my desktop commuter – more than a year! – it is still not working and crashes whenever I click the start button. Now, it is decommissioned, unplugged, and will probably be dumped; I had planned to destroy it with a sledge-hammer, but someone pointed out that it was the software not hardware that was the villain of the piece...
The Macbook is wonderful. It is, of course, all quite alien after 25 years learning how to operate a PC, but very intuitive, and I have a (printed) book to help me. And the Mac is full of surprises: I had to print a page. No setting up, I pressed ‘print’, it found a printer on the network and printed! No fuss, no hangups, no nothing. It just worked!
And after an initial disappointment with the way Outlook displays in the Mac – with the calendar not visible in the mail window – I find that not only does the Mac calendar repeat all entries on to my telephone (and vice-versa), the Mac Mail is simpler and far less fussy and I can import all my folders from Outlook.
Of course, there is a downside; it is seriously expensive, but that expense is expected to be recouped in spades from time not spent buggering about with operating systems that do not operate, printers that do not print and email servers that do not serve. I have seen the future, and it has a large white apple on it…
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