I’m a failure as a Mac evangelist


Ever since I bought my first Mac, I’ve shared my love and I’m not sure if it’s me or those around me, but I’ve only been able to get a few people to switch, but the biggest failure hit me today. I’ve worked on getting my wife to use a Mac for almost four years now, and I just can’t break her. I even try to strong arm her — yes, I feel guilty about it — but it didn’t work either. I thought it was OS X — cause like many Windows users, no matter how much better something is, if it’s different it’s a barrier — so I even offered to install Windows XP on it. So today I gave up, and against my better judgement I helped her pick out a pink Sony Vaio. I know Jeremy, I know.

The reason is the funny part — although she loves pink gadgets, I’m sure I could’ve convinced her to send it off to Colorware. No, the problem was one that can’t be fixed, and honestly I completely understand. The problem is there’s no right click button on MacBooks. Yeah, she knows you can can control click, or tap with two fingers or rest two fingers while clicking, she doesn’t care. She likes to click on the buttons and she there’s no way to add it.

So how ’bout it Steve? You lost this one and you know it, why else would you’ve include the right click on the Mighty Mouse and all the MacBook shortcuts, so give in already and add the button? Like we all need a three inch click button or something.

10 Responses to “I’m a failure as a Mac evangelist”

  1. I think it’s a perfect choice… as long as you are in the market for a pink paperweight!!

  2. Frankie Majowich says:

    Hey Ben you have not completely failed. My next computer will be a Mac. However, who knows when that will be.

  3. Julio says:

    Wow, that sounds really aggravating. Especially something that trivial.

    Have you tried doing the geek move and just get here a macbook so she can “temporarily” use it until the vaio comes, and just wait until she gets used to it?

  4. Ben Drawbaugh says:

    That’s a good idea, but she already has the Vaio.

    But before she got it, I did try to give her my old MacBook pro to use instead of her 5 year old Compaq m300, but she refused to use it.

  5. Julio says:

    I told my cousin a while back that if she got a laptop, to get a mac. I probably went a little “mac zealot” on her but whatever.

    I come to find out from another cousin that she just got a new dell. Of course my first reaction was WTF, but then he told me they were watching a movie on her laptop and it just kept freezing, stuttering and she had to restart it and it still didn’t work.

    I just hope she sees the error of her ways and ends up getting a mac.

    I hope see ends up trading that POS in for a macbook.

  6. Julio says:

    woops, i guess there’s no edit button here either. 🙂

  7. Ben Drawbaugh says:

    Same deal here, whenever my wife’s computer has a problem, I tell her she should’ve bought a Mac. Of course we all know Macs have problems too, but that’s besides the point.

  8. Victor says:

    So wait, you’re saying a 2nd button under the trackpad was the dealbreaker? Jeez, I’ve not seen any user studies to support this assertion, but is it really that much harder to enable right click by putting a 2nd finger on the trackpad THEN hitting the button?

    BTW, my wife hasn’t used a PC since Win2k, and she’ll never give up her Macbook. Different strokes 🙂

  9. Ben Drawbaugh says:

    Yeah I hear you, but really why shouldn’t MacBooks have a right click button. The new Macs come with mice with right click (disabled out of the box).

    The real issue is that she relies on a few sites for work that require IE6. I tried to make them work in a OS X browser and they just don’t work. So she has to have windows, so i was going to install Windows on a Mac for her, but then there was the matter of the right click.

    Yeah I know it sucks, cause I’m the one who has to manage it.

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