Trend: Over 1 million Windows to Mac converts so far in 2005? Et moi, et moi, et moi…

I just stumbled across this piece from AppleInsider on Memeorandum: Over 1 million Windows to Mac converts so far in 2005?:

In a research note released to clients on Monday, Needham & Co. analyst Charles Wolf said the number of Windows users purchasing a Mac appears to be far higher than the firm had previously anticipated.

"If we assume that all of the growth in Mac shipments during the past three quarters resulted from Windows users purchasing a Mac, then purchases by Windows users exceeded one million," the analyst said. "Indeed, the number of Windows users purchasing Macs in 2005 could easily exceed our forecast of 1.3 million switchers in 2006."

Needham had previously estimated that 500,000 Windows users would purchase a Mac in 2005, but says its model underestimated the number of Windows users the Mac could capture because it was limited to Windows users who had purchased an iPod.

I found it amusing since last Saturday I got macsimilated: I ordered a PowerBook G4 15" and I can’t wait to have my new toy (just got shipped) !

The last Mac I had dates back 1994, and I really hated it – and I have been an IBM ThinkPad faithful for about 10 years. But the other day, I goofed on the PowerBook of a friend of mine, and felt compelled to try it "for real".
So yes, next time you see me at a conference, I might be yet another blogger with a PowerBook. And for the fun of it, I just uploaded an Ubuntu  distro (5.10) on an old PC. Whilst being able to type Unix commands and compiling something (raaahhh) reminded me that I was an assembly language and C developer when I was (much) younger, I would say that Linux is not accessible to the average user yet…

So now, Mac experts: which anti-virus do you recommend and do I need to put 1GB of RAM in there ? Thanks!

Note that I am not kissing goodbye to Windows at all. I am actually thinking of upgrading my Tablet PC sometime next year. But at least now, I’ll be able to test new services on all possible combinations of browers and operating systems.


  • Jim McCoy

    You will not need anti-virus software (yet… knock on wood) and when the first “real” OS X virus shows up, if ever, you will hear the hue and cry within moments of its confirmation in the wild so wait until that point in time before you think about AV software.
    You want as much RAM as possible, but don’t get it from Apple. Another lesser-known trick for increasing your performance is to swap out the drive that ships with your powerbook for one with a higher rpm (like a Hitachi travelstar.)
    Get quicksilver as soon as you finish downloading whatever OS updates are necessary. A quick search for “must have” OS X software will lead you to most of the other standard goodies…

  • http://profile.typekey.com/rodrigosepulveda/ Rodrigo Sepúlveda Schulz

    I ordered my new iMac G5 20″ on the 14th of October. It should arrive tomorrow, 9th of November… Very long indeed. Maybe an indication of its success ?
    And I’m definitively not switching, I have 2 winXP on my desk, plus a mandriva linux 2006 (the installation is very graphical and easy), and an Ubuntu 5.10 (come on Jeff: it’s a super easy distro, but the installation is a bit text oriented).
    Did you get an iPod video as well ?

  • Sam Pullara

    Anti-virus software just finds Windows viruses in emails. Its not really worth it unless you plan on identifying them and mailing them to people on purpose. I’ve gotten all my extra RAM from third parties but make sure its name brand, Powerbooks are notoriously finicky. As for Mac OS X, anytime you feel like there should be an easier way, there probably is, don’t hesitate to ask your nearest Mac user.
    Jim: you can now order the 7200 RPM disk right off the store! no more scratching your case (like i did) opening it up and putting in the faster disk.
    Rodrigo: took me years to finally get rid of my last PC.

  • http://www.nosoapradio.org Narendra

    Jeff,
    I switched about 6 weeks ago and I have never looked back :-)
    Download synergy and you can use your new mac keyboard and mouse to control your pc laptop in case you need time to ween yourself off windows apps ;-)

  • http://lariviereauxcanards.typepad.com Thomas

    Pas besoin d’anti-virus sur mac ! Parc contre, Apple reste avare sur la RAM. un petit tour sur http://www.macbidouille.com !