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Windows Maven David Coursey Officially Switches (Back) To The Mac

Windows Maven David Coursey Officially Switches (Back) To The Mac

by , 10:00 AM EDT, April 18th, 2002

Lucifer may wish to check his weather report today, because David Coursey has officially switched back to the Mac. After leaving the Mac fold many years ago at the height of Apple's troubles in the mid-90s, the prodigal son has concluded a month long experiment in exclusively using an iMac G4 by deciding to stay with the machine. Mr. Coursey is the Executive Editor of AnchorDesk, and published his decision in a column titled "Can a Windows guy learn to love the Mac? You bet!":

"Can a Windows-dependent technology columnist live happily as a Mac user? That's the question I am about to spend a month of my life trying to answer."

That's how I started my "month on Mac" series, which now runs to seven columns. Yes, it's been three months rather than one, but I had my reasons for stretching it out.

First, I spent February in the clutches of a nasty flu. Then I started worrying that I was writing about Apple too much, which makes some of my readers antsy, and decided I should spread out the columns a bit.

And when I'd used up all my other excuses, I finally came to the real reason I'd extended the experiment: I like this little iMac and don't want to give it up. It's a whole lot more fun than my Windows machine, and a great creative tool for whacking out these daily columns.

Mr. Coursey goes on to list the many reasons he prefers the Mac, but also includes the things he thinks could be better. He also admits that he will keep using his Windows XP machine for some things, like Instant Messaging during his radio show. Read the full article, it's a very enjoyable read.

Thanks to TMO Forum member nestreet for the heads up on Mr. Coursey's column.

The Mac Observer Spin:

When Mr. Coursey first began this experiment, lots of Mac Web denizens disparaged the writer, saying that it was all a pro-Windows stunt. We took the opposite view, and we are glad that it worked out that way. Mr. Coursey's seat at the helm of AnchorDesk means that LOTS of eyeballs follow his opinions about the computing world. It is our opinion that his switch will help Apple sell boxes to some Windows users already considering that switch.

It is also interesting to note that Jesse Burst, the original head of AnchorDesk, ran a flame bait column/survey asking his readers if he should switch the entire AnchorDesk office to the Mac. Mr. Burst never publicized the results of that survey. It was not long after that Jesse Burst left AnchorDesk for another project, with Mr. Coursey taking over the position.

Lastly, we found it very interesting reading through some of the comments at AnchorDesk on Mr. Coursey's column. There were attacks on the Mac from some partisans, as one might expect, but those attacks sounded more defensive than they have in the past. It's almost as if some Windows-using readers are feeling like they have to defend their choice of platform, which is something that most of you reading this have experienced as Mac users.

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