Coping: A Week Without My Mac

I’m trembling. Cold sweats. I keep wringing my hands. I’m eating and eating and eating (really just cuz this is what I do). I keep pacing and I don’t know what to do! My last hit was only last night, but it already seems like forever.
My Name’s Nick, and I’m a Mac Junkie.

What do I do for a week without my Powerbook? I’m already in withdrawl and I only packaged it up last night (the killer is it’s still in my ‘posession’, waiting to be picked up from my house). The little things that make Apple computers and OS X better than Windows systems are so much clearer when you’ve got no choice but to do without.

I’ve been dry going on 12 hours now, and my level of clarity is both hightened and muddled at the same time… Hightened because I see so clearly the little (and not so little) things that set OS X apart from Windows – it’s just simpler/better/cleaner/more powerful. Muddled because I’m forced to plow through the sludge that is the Windows OS. I just feel less productive having to do all my work in Windows – it’s not user friendly. Don’t be fooled either – I know my way around Windows. I was a Windows-based sys admin for a couple years, user for 12 years, and have consistently used Windows at my jobs all along the way. I know the ins, outs, and tweaks in Windows. It just doesn’t cut the mustard when it’s up against OS X.

So here I type, without AutoPairs, Quicksilver (with del.icio.us plugin), Desktop Manager, Expose, BluePhoneElite (my cell phone could be ringing right now and I wouldn’t know over my headphones that are plugged into my iPod – thank Heavens for my iPod!), SubEthaEdit, CyberDuck, iChat, iPhoto….sigh, the list goes on and on and on.

Sure, I’ll try to commandeer my wife’s 12″ powerbook when I get home, but she’ll put up a fight – why should she have to go through what I’m dealing with? But I guess absence makes the heart grow fonder (and the bright spots in my screen disappear with the replaced=ment of a new screen). What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger, right? After this week I’m gonna be super-hero strong, I tell you what.

Thanks Apple, for making such a superior product. I can’t ever remember caring one bit when I was without a PC (for whatever reason) – another computer would just do. Nothing lost or gained. But in the void that my Apple Powerbook with OS X has left, only an Apple will suffice. Windows just can’t cut it.

Friends, I implore you, don’t let your Apples go. In this irrational state, I may be forced (to do something completely rational actually) to buy a Mac mini. What else is there for me? Before I begin rambling aimlessly I’ll close. Wish me luck people, I’m gonna need it

Got any tales of coping with Apple-separation? Please share – distraction techniques especially welcome!


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