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Wednesday, July 08, 2015

My Love/Hate Relationship with My New Mac

Those visitors or subscribers to this blog who also subscribe to my SharingwithWriters newsletter can stop reading here. I am repeating this letter from the last edition because I need all my peeps to know why I may have missed your last important e-mail.
I am experiencing the yin and yang of the computer world—once again! After a bout of buying and returning a PC to replace a Sony that was buggy from the day I got it a few years ago, I decided to treat myself with the computer Ive always wanted. Sony, bad experience. Hewlett Packard, bad experience. Nope, this time an iMac and I went for the supermodel.  It is so gorgeous I have been dreaming about it. Which is a good thing because the other side of the coin is that Ive had it about six weeks nowall 27 inch silvery screen, sculpted keypad and mouse (Apple calls it a track pad or some such thing!) and alland it still isn’t sitting on my desk. It’s all because of that transfer thing—all those files, folders, programs and a Web site that must be viable on the Mac.

Im beginning to think Im cloning my old clumsy PC onto this shiny new thing. The good side of that is, ta da! The iMac people have figured a way for this to happen. Some could do it themselves. Me, I have an Apple technician who can.

I don’t think I mentioned how many hours Im spending at the Apple store’s genius bar and one-on-one classes. At least, it’s beautiful, too. Comfort me! Am I just too old—or too. . .er. . .blonde—for this?

And hold me back! Don’t let me buy one of those gorgeous watches until I am proficient on the iMac! Pulll—eeze! (Do I want the chartreuse band or the winter white one?)
So. Yes, E-mail me again if I have neglected you. I'm a Mac user work in process but I'll get there!  And if you'd like to subscribe to the SharingwithWriters letter, send me an e-mail at HoJoNews@aol.com and put SUBSCRIBE in the subject line. Do know that the letter is full of resources and tips; it isn't all about me whining about my computer woes. (-:

Carolyn Howard-Johnson, author of This Is the Place; Harkening: A Collection of Stories Remembered; Tracings, a chapbook of poetry; and how to books for writers including the award-winning second edition of, The Frugal Book Promoter: How to get nearly free publicity on your own or by partnering with your publisher; The multi award-winning second edition of The Frugal Editor; and Great Little Last Minute Editing Tips for Writers . The Great First Impression Book Proposal is her newest booklet for writers. She has three FRUGAL books for retailers including A Retailer’s Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotions: How To Increase Profits and Spit in the Eyes of Economic Downturns with Thrifty Events and Sales Techniques. Some of her other blogs are TheNewBookReview.blogspot.com, a blog where authors can recycle their favorite reviews. She also blogs at all things editing, grammar, formatting and more at The Frugal, Smart and Tuned-In Editor .


  1. Congrats on your purchase. I have been using an iMac exclusively since 2003 or so, and it's like going from a Yugo to a Maserati. Once you get used to the slightly different interface, you'll never want to mess with a PC again!

  2. Thanks for your encouragement!


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