My parents have been staying with us for the last 10 days which has given me the chance to see my dad and his PowerBook in use close up!
Long before I bought the PowerBook for myself I used to go to the Apple store in Tampa every time I was over visiting my parents, and I couldn’t help noticing that my father, a lifetime reluctant shopper, not only enjoyed going, but couldn’t stop talking about the whole Apple experience. During one of our visits he even bought an iPod for my Mum, who now has a 3G iPod and a 2G iPod Shuffle.
I am not sure who was the most excited when I opened the PowerBook for the first time, but I did have a suspicion that one day he might be doing it himself.
Roll forward 20 months and I have been proven right! 4 months ago he bought my PowerBook from me and I bought a second Mac mini and a MacBook. He even flew over from the UK for 3 days to have some lessons and get used to it. Back home I have heard hardly a peep from him support wise (not something I can say about his Window using days I can assure you) and he very quickly hooked it up to his 42″ screen in the lounge to view his pictures.
A month ago he bought one of the Mac mini’s off me and he now has that set up as a dedicated media hub connected to his 42″ screen, controlled by the Apple Remote (using Mira) and using the wireless Mighty Mouse and Apple keyboard. He picks up his data off the PowerBook over his wireless network, and with the aid of the iSight we iChat over video pretty much every day. I have lost track of the amount of times he has called to show his friends how it all works. And you know what I don’t mind at all!
This trip he has fallen in love with the dual screen concept so is taking back with him a spare connector so that he can hook up an old VGA screen to his PowerBook. Oh yes, he has also bought my old Camcorder off me and has been playing around with iMovie. It has been great to see, and he is thoroughly loving it all. He even told me how excited he was unpacking the Mac mini, keyboard and mighty mouse!!!
Must be that “Mac thing” but I am as proud as it is possible to be of the way at the age of 74 he has embraced this and how much satisfaction it gives him – thanks Apple!