Last week I had the pleasure of being a guest on MacPowerUsers, my favorite Mac podcast. Frankly, I was quite nervous before the show as I had never before spoken on air. But it turned out surprisingly relaxing. Katie and David felt like a couple of old friends. I could just sit back and talk about my favorite topics. Time flew by! Immediately afterwards I could only think of how much I enjoyed it, not how well it went. Soon, however, I started second-guessing one of my answers. (After all, second-guessing is what I am paid for as a professor, isn’t it?). But it was too late to change anything. Sometimes, you only have one draft, not three. On the other hand, why not use Macademic?
I was re-thinking my answer to Katie’s question of why I use Mac instead of a PC. When I bought my first Mac (simply because my non-Mac laptops kept crashing), a friend told me: it will feel like interacting with a human, not a computer. I did not really know what she meant and initially working on the Mac did not feel particularly different or exciting. But gradually I got to know Mac enthusiasts, geeks and developers through MPU, Macademic and other contacts. Many of these people were amazing in their focus on doing things in a smarter, smoother and more elegant way. It’s what I explained in an old post “Arranging the Flowers. Why Mac?” So yes, my Mac does feel more human, because whatever I do I always feel connected to real humans whom I like and admire.