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Thursday, April 07, 2005

Please, PLEASE don't tell Bill Rankin. But I'm thinking about purchasing a Mac. Yep, I'm looking at the possibility of getting a Powerbook--especially for ease in video editing. You're either a PC person or a Mac person. I'm the former; Bill is the latter. And we've been around-and-around about this many times in the last, oh, decade or so. (Note: it was mostly in jest since Bill knows a lot about technology and I don't.) But my technology intern (Matt Maxwell) tells me it's time to take the plunge. So -- mum's the word.


  • Mike, you've done a lot of things I admire, but this might just top the list; that is, if you go through with it. I pray you will be like the Ethiopian Eunuch, not like King Agrippa. When the Eunuch heard the good news, he hesitated not to take the plunge. But when King Agrippa heard it, he was "almost persuaded, now to believe," as the old song says, but never followed through. Almost just ain't good enough! Get the PowerBook, and you will never be the same again.

    By Blogger Travis, at 4/07/2005 07:06:00 AM  

  • Mike,

    I was a Mac guy and then I bought a PC Tablet/Notebook in early '03. I like it a lot but I sure miss my Mac. Yes there are way more PC's out there than Macs. And Macs are more expensive and harder to find software for - that is true. There are also more Ford Taurus' out there than BMW X8's. And yes, the BMW X8 is more expensive than the popular Ford Taurus and harder to find parts for - that is also true.

    Get ready for a comment storm on this one Mike. We're not talking pro life or pro choice. We're not talking Republicans or Democrats. We're not talking Mexican food or Italian food here brother. We are talking about PC and Mac. And I'm warning you - this could get ugly!

    Don't say I didn't warn you.

    By Blogger Joel Quile, at 4/07/2005 07:35:00 AM  

  • I used to be a Mac man. Then when I realized that my job and 95% of the rest of the world functioned perfectly well with PCs, I switched.

    I still like Macs better (see my iPod), but I also like BMWs better. But my Lumina van and my PC get the things done that I need to get done

    Plus, Rome: Total War looks great on my Frankensteined PC.

    By Blogger Phil, at 4/07/2005 08:38:00 AM  

  • Uncle Mike, I think that you know that I've been raised with Mac's. That's all they have at the Daily and that's what Grammy and Papa use too. So, I am proud of you!

    We had Van's birthday party today...soccer/Incredibles. Wish you could've been there!I don't know if you knew this but he is playing soccer now...his team is the Dolpins. It's so fun to watch him. He yells at the other team, "You're goin down!" and shakes his fists in the air. I got him a multi-colored tetherball that will hopefully improve his tetherball game on the playground and in the driveway. Hope all is well. I love you!

    By Blogger Crista, at 4/07/2005 08:44:00 AM  

  • Yesterday...the party was yesterday...

    By Blogger Crista, at 4/07/2005 08:45:00 AM  

  • phil: "I used to be a Mac man."

    Wow. You just don't hear that very often. I'm so happy with my PowerBook G4. I wouldn't ever go back. Mike, you are right -- the capability for basically anyone to shoot and edit high-quality digital video is increasing daily.

    "You've chosen wisely."

    By Blogger Steve Jr., at 4/07/2005 08:51:00 AM  

  • For those who haven't figured it out, my niece's "tetherball" reference is one of our many exchanges about "Napoleon Dynamite." Her younger siblings are from Vietnam. They are an unbelievable delight to our extended family. (Love you, Crista!)

    By Blogger Mike, at 4/07/2005 09:01:00 AM  

  • Do it Mike, do it. I has a clamshell iBook and now I have an iBook G4. I love it dearly but (shhh, don't tell my laptop) I wish I had gotten the powerbook.

    By Blogger Jared Cramer, at 4/07/2005 09:09:00 AM  

  • Wise choice. As a recent Mac convert, I will not go back to the bug and virus infested waters of Windows. Great creative features like ITunes, IDVD, IMovie, Garage Band really sealed the deal.

    By Blogger EBC, at 4/07/2005 09:50:00 AM  

  • I made the switch a couple years ago and never looked back. I can't tell you how much trouble I DON'T have anymore.

    And you're right. Video editing is fantastic on the Mac.

    By Blogger James, at 4/07/2005 10:13:00 AM  

  • You won't regret being converted to Mac, Mike.

    Although I don't reject my errant brethren who mistakenly use PCs. ;-)

    By Blogger Kevin Harper, at 4/07/2005 10:31:00 AM  

  • As long as your chief motivation is video capability, then we can still be friends. :o) But please be sure to get Microsoft Office stuff so you can still function with the rest of the world.

    By Blogger RPorche, at 4/07/2005 10:34:00 AM  

  • I'm so technologically savy I thought you meant a Big Mac.

    By Blogger Chad, at 4/07/2005 11:07:00 AM  

  • As it happens, I am currently editing a video for my university's "Society of Philanthropy" dinner. At home. In the evenings, on my own time. On my good ol' Mac G3.

    Just because it is so much easier than on the PC at the office.

    By Blogger Keith Brenton, at 4/07/2005 11:08:00 AM  

  • I've used a Mac, and liked it. But not enough to switch.

    Last year I bought a very capable (and easily upgradable) PC with everything I wanted, as well as a nice Toshiba notebook computer for work. And I'm pretty sure I paid less than I would have for a Powerbook. I've had no trouble with either computer. I do like my iPod (but I got that for free).

    If you do a lot of video editing and work with graphics, I suppose going with the Mac would be wise. But if you're a hard-core gamer like me, and you have a somewhat limited budget, you've got to go with the PC.


    By Blogger Jeff Slater, at 4/07/2005 11:15:00 AM  

  • I used to have one of those big fat cool Imac hugeness.. It was lime green. 6gigs and I thought it was AMAZING! until I woke up and realized how old and crappy it was. But I liked mac, and still do. I have a PC laptop and am happy with it. But I use it for school.. aka Word, Powerpoint, Email, Pictures, Blog etc. Nothing too cool hence lack of mac.

    Go on and be Mac-er!

    By Blogger Phyllistene, at 4/07/2005 11:17:00 AM  

  • Mike,
    Stay with a PC. In ten years you will be able to buy a computer that will equal what a Mac can do today. Stay proud never let Bill win.

    By Blogger spot, at 4/07/2005 12:51:00 PM  

  • Whan a man converte to Mac he has truly demonstrated his ability to see the light. I have both a powerbook and an emac, but at work I am forced over to the dark side. Right now I am typing this note on a PC and I am working on a video presentation on my beloved powerbook. You are truly blessed. In the mac community when a person buys a new back our get a good deal on something mac related he is given a "leader" which is a reference to the most honorable Steve Jobs. So with great joy I bestow upon you a "Leader."

    By Blogger RC, at 4/07/2005 12:53:00 PM  

  • Hey Mike,

    That was me driving the bus this afternoon as you were leaving ACU campus. I was trying to really say hello, you problably thought I was being a good southerner by letting you back out. I have been praying for you over the last couple of months. I was at Tulsa- Good job, just didn't get a chance to say hello. Keep up doing what you are doing for him.
    Terry Davis ( u know the Matt's favorite AMEN song leader oops worship leader)

    By Blogger Terry, at 4/07/2005 01:25:00 PM  

  • I think the word you are looking for is "iMum"

    Actually, if you can hold off on being the Ethiopian Eunuch for a few more months, I'm pretty sure the PowerBook G5 will be coming out. Let me tell ya, the difference between my iBook G4 and my PowerMac G5 is very noticeable.

    And splurge for the Final Cut...iMovie is cool, but limited in its abilities.

    By Blogger Greg Kendall-Ball, at 4/07/2005 01:26:00 PM  

  • Mike, here's a movie I did with our 5th graders. iMovie is very handy...


    By Blogger Allen Dunn, at 4/07/2005 06:16:00 PM  

  • Hey Mike,
    Welcome to the world of NO virus problems, NO Mal-ware abuse. A world that has the longest battery life. Fastest processors speeds. Lightest most powerful computer your money can buy. O and they even look cool! Your new PowerBook will quickly become a powerful tool for your ministry. I have been doing production work for only a short time. I have been given a chance to learn on almost every system, with almost every type of hardware set-up, with different platforms. Well iLife can out perform most of the programs on the market and it comes free with every new Mac. Now I would have to say that Final Cut on OS X is one of the most powerful video programs you can buy. I have been working with Final Cut Pro for almost 3 years now and love it. Yes there is a lot to learn. But the fact of the matter is…If you are going to learn it anyway why not learn it the right way. O and its easier, faster, and looks better.

    Sadly I think it is going to be a longer time before they release the G5 Powerbook. Last time I checked they are still having cooling problems. But when it does I am getting one!

    By Blogger Bj, at 4/07/2005 07:32:00 PM  

  • I've been very encouraged. Sometimes Mac users feel alone and ostricized. But so many of us around makes me feel good. It really is like a family. A family of increadibly intelligent people who spent a lot of money once on a computer that they never have to fix and can do super cool stuff with. My paw's a Mac man, and I'm a Mac man. I believe you're making a wise decision brother.

    By Blogger Kyle, at 4/07/2005 09:22:00 PM  

  • Gee, Mike, you seem to be at the hub of a lot of religous controversies: women in the church, Mac vs. PC.... what's next, Coke vs. Pepsi?

    I'm a Pepper, m'self.

    By Blogger Tim Castle, at 4/07/2005 11:47:00 PM  

  • You'll notice that not a lot of PC fans responded to this blog. Our product speaks for itself. To Dell with all of you Mac people!

    By Blogger MarkS, at 4/08/2005 05:31:00 AM  

  • You know what the say...once you go Mac, you won't go back.

    By Blogger Jana, at 4/08/2005 07:29:00 AM  

  • Mike,

    I'm a youth minister in Joplin (the only church that get's along with Rocketdyne...and vice versa. Go figure!) and the only staff member with a MAC, a condition of my employment 7 years ago. I'm on my second MAC while between the preacher, secretary and counseling center staff the average PC turnover has been 4 PC's per person. Are PC's cheaper? Depends on how you look at it.

    In addition, one of my guilty pleasures is listening through the office hallways to cries from our secretary of "AARRRGGGGHHH!!! Why is this thing locking up!" and "David, can you help me with something?" Good thing gloating isn't one of the seven deadly sins.

    By Blogger David Scott, at 4/08/2005 11:28:00 AM  

  • Macs are like heaven. As soon as I graduated from ACU, knowing I wouldn't be able to use the JMC department's anymore, I bought a Powerbook g4. It should have been a hard decision, since I spent about $800 more than I would have on a PC ... I never batted an eye. You won't regret your Mac purchase.

    Also, check into buying it from the ACU bookstore. There's some kind of discount for students and professors.

    By Blogger Melanie Knox, at 4/08/2005 04:51:00 PM  

  • I've got a G5 sitting next to my XP PC. I only use it for editing music in Pro Tools and for storing all my music. I think the only thing keeping me from totally switching is that I've got a ton of stuff on my PC that I can't get for Mac, which includes mostly games.

    Don't let anyone fool you, Macs can crash just as easily as PCs, especially if you're using Pro Tools. I've had it freeze up in Quicktime, of all programs, which is basically a Mac program. It's stable, but so is XP, and PCs are cheaper. That being said, I love them both for different reasons.

    By Blogger Tim Lewis, at 4/09/2005 12:53:00 AM  

  • I'm a preacher in KC and a Mac user. I can count the crashes I've had in the last three years or so on one hand. And my mac is almost 5 years old.

    It seems that 90% of those who actually use both extensively prefer a mac. Mac users are almost always enthusiastic and sentimental about their beloved macs. Pc users are pragmatic and therefore resigned to the fact. Big difference.

    By Blogger Thumper, at 4/09/2005 02:53:00 PM  

  • I wrote a column on this topic several years ago. (http://nashville.bizjournals.com/nashville/stories/2001/07/02/editorial2.html)

    The journalism department at ACU is all mac and I wouldn't change it.

    By Blogger Old Pybus, at 4/09/2005 09:22:00 PM  

  • Why not be bilingual with your computers Mike? Why choose between two options when both can be embraced?

    P.S.--If you've got some students with serious video chops, get the good software and let them train you on it! Then send them to me to be our media intern!! bw

    By Blogger Ben, at 4/11/2005 07:31:00 AM  

  • I bought an old laptop and put linux with Open Source Office. It screams and doesn't use up all my hard drive space or memory. And the software was all free and imports easily into the Devil's (Microsoft) Office Program.

    By Blogger happytheman, at 4/11/2005 01:49:00 PM  

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