Independent consultants need to be creative to be successful. You spend money where you have to – where you absolutely have to. And you save it when you can.
My Apple Powerbook is dead. I think it’s the hard drive, but I haven’t had time to investigate much. But last week I needed to complete a review of a site that included browsing it with Safari.
I’m lucky – we have an Apple Store in San Antonio (it’s pretty new, and just damned pretty!)
So I went to the Apple store, with my IBM laptop, and I sat down at an Apple display desktop. For 40 minutes. No Apple employee complained. Twice they asked if they could help me, as I browsed this site on the Mac and typed my notes into my Thinkpad. But they didn’t bother me.
So it may seem I stole some computer time and bandwidth from Apple. But I didn’t – they just made an investment in me and I’ll be buying a new Macintosh soon. So they didn’t lose, and I saved some money now, when I needed to.
Oh – and I won’t be buying that Mac because I think they have cooler icons, or for the presumed superior multimedia capabilities. Personally I like the Mac because I find it to be a better publishing machine – it’s just friendlier for writing, and right now I am mostly a paid writer. Sometimes that writing is test reports, and sometimes it’s computer code… it’s all just writing.