And I feel so stupid for not doing that sooner! You know how much I’ve been talking about Apple on this blog. It’s been going on for ages, or at least for more than 6 months. I thought I’d get tired of the idea regarding Apple and iOS, but no. It stopped for a while, but with my Lenovo P2 being the buggy android that it is and with Google I/O 2018 and the sky rocketing privacy issues that emerged this spring, the thoughts and feelings about switching to something “better” has been there lurking pretty much daily for way to long now. And believe it or not, but the solution was actually right under my nose the whole time. Now I shall explain why.
I’ve mentioned before that we’ve had an Mac mini and an iPad in our household for several years. The Mini has been used as a media player of sorts and that worked great! Now we use Android TV that crashes all the time. Ain’t that fun?! Ok, the Mini as a media player also crashed sometimes, but that happened very rarely. The Android Shield TV crashes multiple times per week.
The iPad was my iOS exploration tool during the fall of 2017, but I’ve since then de-activated it and re-activated it. All during the time while I’ve been curious about iOS, having an iPhone instead of an Android and using MacOS instead of Windows etc. During that time I had absolutely no clue that I actually could use our Mini to still my curiosity. However, I did attempt to use it a while back, but since I could not create an account for myself then or update to High Sierra, I put it back and didn’t think of using it again until now. This time I succeeded!
Luckily, or whatever one might say, I actually thought of the idea for about a week ago and this is due to two main reasons. One being that my closest friend was in need of a PC, since her has stopped working and the other was that my PC also has been acting weird from time to time for the past year or so. At first my plan was to loan my friend the Mac mini, but then I realised I could actually explore macOS without spending one penny! And she probably wouldn’t want it, since she needs a computer for gaming. I don’t think the Mini is great for heavy gaming… I thought the problem with my computer was fixed, but it wasn’t and so I got sick and tired of the whole shebang and then… Then I thought that I actually could use the Mini, since we’re not using it for anything at the moment. That’s like wholly crap amazingness or something in my book these days, since I can’t stop thinking about Apple products no matter how hard I try. It’s like my mind is forced to think about them, and I’ve totally succumbed to the idea of stable technology products. And that’s because I’m so sick of purchased products of technology not working the way they should. Non-responsive, buggy and laggy android phones, Googles AI crap etc… The list is getting longer as we speak!
Some time during last week when the BF was at work I started my devious plan. I switched all the necessary cables to the mini, booted it up, created an account for myself, upgraded it to High Sierra, downloaded iMovie and other useful programs and off I went. A week later, after I’ve learned the basic stuff I am so in love with this! Sure, I’ve had some hiccups, but not like I’ve had with my Windows computer so many times. Regarding iMovie, I really like that as well. The main reason is because it renders super quickly, even with added effects and music. I use Sony Vegas for editing on my PC, and even though I really like SV for editing videos, it has always, no matter what setting, rendered really slowly. To explain, let’s say that it at least takes 3-4 times longer to render with SV in comparison to iMovie. Both software programs can do basically the same thing, and basically everything that I personally need for my videos. iMovie renders a one minute video with added effects in like a minute. Sony Vegas does this in at least 3 minutes, perhaps even longer sometimes. The quality is also about the same in both programs. And this whilst my PC is a lot more “robust” and “faster” or whatever in comparison with the Mac Mini. It’s the 2012 model, btw. My PC is from 2011 or so, and I’ve god an SSD in both. The Mini has 16 GB of RAM. I don’t know how much RAM my PC has, but it should be a lot more than the Mini. Either way, the Mini runs faster, is quieter and does so far everything I want it to and need it to, so why haven’t I done this sooner? Not to mention it is so tiny!
Well, the reason for that is that I’m stupid and slow sometimes. My brain has a hard time thinking and noticing stuff sometimes. I am also very good at shutting stuff out when I want to, but I have a really hard time as well to focus on what I want when I need to. When I am focused on something that motivates me, however, then it’s nearly impossible to break that focus as well. That’s why my brain likes to focus on Apple products, when I really like need to read a book or study etc. I don’t know why, but it’s a daily struggle. Also, before you start accusing me of having a disorder or something, I do have on paper at least a diagnosis on Asperger’s Syndrome, a kind of autism that I hate to talk about. However, I’ve also during these past few months since this whole Apple craze began, started to analyse a lot more on why I am struggling with this.
So far I’ve come to only one conclusion.
I like to do stuff I enjoy. It’s really that simple. I like to learn new things. I need stability in my life, and for the past year or so I haven’t had that in some aspects. I got terminated (not fired!) from my job, which I’ve suspected and waited for, for over a year, the Blackberry was a disappointment and the only positive thing about my phone is the battery life. Not to mention that I’ve moved two times in less than a year and I haven’t lost weight by going vegetarian. It’s been a bit hard, and in search for stability and somewhat “happiness” outside the fantastic life with my BF, my brain landed with Apple.
Also I do not like to play games, except a few match-3 games on my phone, any longer. It’s not just that fun. It’s hard on my fingers, due to fibromyalgia, and I have a hard time remembering all the buttons for all the different games I used to play. Also I dislike reading books and have always preferred watching movies or TV series instead. I can never really see myself be that kind of person that enjoys reading more than watching, but I’d seriously love it if I could become a book loving person. If I read something, I like reading articles, comments etc, because I love to hear other people’s perspective on things. That’s really inspiring! It’s a lot more inspiring than reading a book at least. I’ve basically never found reading to be that great. It always annoys me that I can’t see the movie, or that the movie based on the book did not make it like the book. Also to add a disclaimer here, I’ve basically only read 2,5 book series in my life. Narnia, Harry Potter and 3,5 books or so of Wheel of Time. The only “magic” time I’ve ever had reading a book was when I read the Magicians Nephew on audiobook, but still I wanted to watch the movie! It still hasn’t been made… 😦
Ok, so I guess it’s time for a conclusion. If I should be really honest, I’d like to stick with the Mac mini for a foreseeable future. Maybe even forever. I’m sort of hooked! I love it, because it does what I want it to, quietly, and as fast (or faster) than my PC. The only thing I miss are better speakers. I have a speaker system from like 2006 or something. I’ve sort of gotten them as a gift from my BF, since he doesn’t need them. I love them and do not see a reason to buy a new pair of speakers, but the only problem is that they do not work with the Mac mini or my screen. It was an easy fix, however. I just needed a better AUX cable which I had lying around the apartment. I also have a subwoofer that goes with my speakers, and that’s why I love it so much. I love that bass!
When I use a PC, I mainly use it for browsing the web, chatting with people and sometime (very rarely these days) to render and edit videos. For work I used the web a lot, except for when I’ve had to use Microsoft Office or other products like it, or subtitle editing software from when I used to manage that. A lot of what I used for work happened online so… With the Mac mini working so far perfectly I guess it will suite my needs very well and I see no reason what so ever to go back to my Windows PC. On the other hand it makes me want an iMac even more, and also an iPhone. And if by a miracle, I hope I’m like “forced” to buy an Macbook for school if I manage to get in that is. It seems very unlikely that I will this fall, because I got a really low S.A.T (högskoleprov) score and it will probably be a miracle if I pass my current math (algebra etc) class I’m taking in order to get in.
I’ve played around a bit more with the iPad since I booted up the mini, and even though it hasn’t been a perfect ride getting new ringtones on the iPad, it’s something new I’ve learned. When I got the hang of it and figured out how to do it, it actually works fine. I created the funniest ringtone in GarageBand that I hope I’ll get to use soon when I FaceTime with friends and/or family. That’d be fun! If I get an iPhone soon (hopefully, there’s still the money issue) I’m really looking forward being “drenched” into the Apple ecosystem. With the tiny view I’ve gotten so far with the whole ecosystem thing, I really get why people are hooked on Apple products, even though they’re more expensive than Windows or Android products.
Of course, I also have to write a disclaimer of some sorts. The reason for this is because I know how my mind works and I can easily be swayed in another direction if I just know “enough” to do so. That does not mean I’m just a sheep that follows new people around all the time, I do question stuff – a lot, but I’m also open into trying new things, especially when I have a reason to do so. To sum it up, it basically means that my current hookup with Apple could be just temporary. Just because the Mini works pretty much perfectly as of now, doesn’t mean it will in another year or so, If I still use it by then that is. However, with what I’ve learned about Apple is that their stuff works. For years. If not, just go to an Apple store and they’ll fix it. Unfortunately the Mini won’t be able to be replaced if something would happen to it, but in my very personal mind, I’d probably do my very best to save up my money and replace the Mini and my PC with an iMac within the coming years instead. Why? Because I could use Windows AND macOS on an iMac. I don’t need my clunky desktop PC, really because I’ve stopped playing games. If I decide to buy an iMac in the future (when I can afford it, that is), that computer will most likely be powerful enough anyways for what I have to do. I don’t really see myself as a game developer in the future, and if I’d become one, I’d most likely develop games that are easier on the hard drive etc. Then I wouldn’t need a “fast” Windows PC, and an “underpowered & expensive” iMac would do just fine. And then I could use Windows for my usual stuff whenever I feel like it without having two separate desktop computers.
I’m also using the tiny magic keyboard as well to write this and I love the fact that it’s powered with bluetooth. My desk is normally really cluttered with cables and cords, and now I can really see myself using a wireless mouse and keyboard, with an iMac in the future and loving it. I like space and in some ways, minimalism is also really inspiring and intriguing for me these days. I am not a minimalist per say, but a lot of the philosophy behind it is something me and the BF practise daily without thinking about it. A clean, non-cluttered home and desk is really something I’d like to have. Even though I’ve really enjoyed having two screens, I find that using macOS does not require two screens in the same way I prefer it when I’m using Windows. I don’t really know why, though. I just don’t feel like two screens are that necessary as of now, but if I could have two screens now, I’d be a lot happier. But this works just fine and I love it!
All and all, I love this. And it has made me so much happier as well. Who could’ve thought?