Making friends with my Mac computer 90



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Recently my poor old dastardly Dell died. It had been as slow as a wet week, and I could make a cup of tea while it chugged into reluctant life. It was my third laptop, they don’t seem to have a great shelf life at my place. Anyway the person I took it too said the hard drive was unstable so I could expect it to go at anytime, and unfortunately, it did the next day.

I write a weekly personal blog called Heavenlyjava, so I needed to get something quick. Being a little unfinancial, I succumbed to the dreadful 24 months interest free offer from the big store that has numerous loud, shouting ads, and so I bought a Mac

I have always wanted a Mac, since I had one years ago at Uni. It was great then, so I thought it would be a piece of cake. How wrong I was. I already have an iPhone and an iPad which I find really easy and user friendly. So, I thought a little Macbook Air would be wonderful, easy to use and I’ve always been a sucker for the pretty little apple that lights up on the back. Besides, I have a thing about having things that match. Hmmm.

Well, it arrived. Tiny, only 11 inches in the old language. Newly arrived home from work, I ripped open the box and got started. I couldn’t even get it to turn on and get going. Several long and involved phone calls to an Apple number and I managed to get it turned on. It did have a little booklet, but it was so tiny, I just could not see it — even with my specs on.

The keyboard was different, the screen and folders and programs were all completely different. Had I made a dreadful mistake? The little glowing apple was rapidly loosing its silver thrill. I persisted. Watched how to tips on Youtube and started to learn to navigate the screen. I managed to get my blog out, but it took hours instead of the few minutes it took to post it previously.

Oh dear, I downloaded some software which gave me a virus, and endless popups. I took it to someone who said he could remove it for $80. Sadly they are still there. He looked at me with pity in his eyes. Being a moderately optimistic person I persisted. I did find lots of natty and nifty little things that titilated my technical fancy. I’ve always been a great fan of the internet and computers, usually managing to work most things out, but not this time.

Then, I saw a post on Instagram of a friend of mine using the same type of Mac laptop. I called her and she said find someone under 25, and I think I have. Hopefully this young man can get rid of the unwanted Offers4U and Mackeeper pro malware and adware which has so rudely put itself on MY machine.

I am getting a lot more savvy with this nifty little machine though. I am persisting, with a class booked at the local Mac shop in a few weeks. It is light to carry, turns on really quickly and does nice things to my photos. It has made friends with my iPad and iPhone and somehow my calendars sync and they all get together and make sure that my music is on all of my devices. This is because I am on the iCloud ,a nebulous kind of place in the sky which holds all of my data and transfers it to my devices automatically. I don’t understand this cloud, in fact I’m a bit dubious about it. What if it rains, or disappears? I’ll worry about that later I guess.

But – the positives. I love being able to sit it on my knee and instantly open up a window to begin writing. I can put it in my handbag and write anywhere that takes my fancy. It has a long battery life, so I don’t have to find a place to plug it in. I’m learning new things all of the time. Being over 60, I have found that writing step by step instructions of how to for example copy and paste has helped enormously. I love learning new things and this has been great for me. Usually I just give up when things are too complicated and chuck them into the too hard basket, but I have decided to make learning this Macbook Air thoroughly is going to be my project. I will not let it baffle me.

I’m sure all of the die hard PC users will be smirking at my ambitious perfidy, but I always like to think that I am up to a new challenge, and this has certainly been one. Now, to find spell check before I send this off…hmm!


Tell us, what operating system do you use on your computer? Is it easy for you to use?

Karen Jones

Born in New Zealand, Karen now happily lives in the mid-north coast of New South Wales. She retired early due to ill health and now focuses on her love of walking, writing, reading and spending time with her grandchildren. With a degree in writing, Karen became a blogger and book reviewer for Starts at 60, which has enabled her passions to become enjoyable pastimes. Her recipe for bliss is a well made flat white, a friendly cat and a sea view.

  1. Stick with it. I know it’s a bit of a learning curve and can be incredibly frustrating at first but I’m now some eighteen months into Mac ownership and I’m more than happy with my decision. There’s nothing I can’t do on my MacBook and I can’t see me ever going back to that other operating system 🙂

  2. Fortunately I had an obliging son-in-law to get me started using my new iPad. I’m sure I would have thrown it away without his help. (I’d bet he hopes I don’t get another one!)

  3. I’m sorry you’ve had difficulties, Karen. I was a PC user until I went to get a new laptop two years ago (at age 73). My old operating system was XP but the new one was a mandatory Windows 8. I hated it, so looked at the possible alternate. Hence my 15″ Macbook Pro. Hugely expensive, as it had Retina Display, but it’s been worth every cent. I had to good fortune of not buying it from a big, flashy store. Mine came from a small, local store (Ulverstone), where they spent an hour with me, ensuring that I was familiar with its operation. Have you checked to see if your local library is running familiarisation courses?

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  4. Our Dell has died and will be replacing it with a laptop, most likely a Mac. I too love my iPad. Fortunately I have family in their 20’s to help me.

  5. Always had Dell then changed to Mac. I thought omg what have I done totally different, It spoke a foreign language. After many sleepless nights and many mistakes I have mastered it. I love how my iPhone, iPad and PC talk to each other. I now am a Apple girl.

  6. Totally, still trying to get my new laptop up and running, getting it on WiFi seems ridiculously impossible

  7. Why is it so hard for us to pick up on this new technology when the younger generation sit down & just get straight in to it? You even see littlies, 2 & 3 years old going hammer & tong at it!!

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    • They are born with the understanding. Mind you, they give you funny looks about “old technology”…..pen & paper & such.

  8. Apple support are wonderful .. My Hard Drive just went and before I had Lion… They installed Yosemite which is taking time to get use to new changes! If I can’t work it out I call apple support.. 5 years with Applemac. Good luck with navigating the system!

  9. It’s hard at an older age to get the hang of things, but we must, to keep up in this fast moving world, I am having the same problem with my I phone.

  10. I understand that MAC are very different but once they get the hang of it they swear by it & would never go back. Also I understand they have less issues than a standard PC…

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