ANYWAY...the irony of my presents: my new 30GB video iPod can't hold very much because my PC only has a 15GB hard drive! It's a little hard to put more music on my iPod when my computer says that I have reached my limit. I think I have something like 100MB left.
So, new dilemma...
- Rebuild my existing PC with Pentium 4 processor, larger hard drive, and a DVD burner.
- Buy a new PC with all of the above, at least.
- Buy a new laptop because they're great...and portable.
- Buy a Mac. Because it's a cult and they're drawing me in. (I am so not kidding here.)
All of my Mac friends are quietly chanting "Buy a Mac. Buy a Mac. Buy a Mac." Yes, I understand that you *heart* your Mac. That nothing, save burning at the stake (and, for some, not even then), would make you change back to a PC. But is it the right choice for me???
Yes, I edit pictures. (My biggest feat so far? Taking Brooklyn out of a picture of the Brooklyn Bridge.) Yes, I do other multimedia-type stuff. Yes, I already own an iPod. Yes, I LOVE iTunes!
BUT...Even Mac owners will admit that word-processing is better on a PC. And I am a writer/editor! Unless I become interested in newspaper & magazine layout, all the best programs are PC-based.
And I already know how to get around a PC pretty darn well. I mean, I've been on a PC since I was around eight years old. I taught myself DOS when my stepdad would bring home a state-of-the-art Compaq "portable computer". I'm a big fan on keyboard shortcuts, which I don't know on Macs.
BUT Apple.com has the list of 10 reasons why you should own a Mac. #1 is that they don't crash. Amen to that. Another reason is because they are totally compatible with PCs. Reason #7 is "Join the Party." (or should we say cult?)
What to do, what to do...that's too heavy a question for this late at night.