On Saturday, Dave wrote to me to tell me my RSS wasn’t clearly available at 300wordsaday.com. Turns out he was using an iPad.
Today, Bethany wanted to use a projector to illustrate a talk at church. She hadn’t brought an adapter for her MacBook. My initial response when she asked about checking around was, “We’re not a Mac place.” After trying several workarounds, she used the Mac in a dark room.
And so, after 25 years of taking sides in the PC/Mac debate, I want to apologize.Twenty-five years ago, we came within 3 months of being Mac people. We didn’t wait. We bought a Columbia PC-clone. And since then, all the knowledge I have acquired about computers has been on the PC side.
What I realized today is that most of us who use computers have taken sides. We have said, “I’m not buying one of those.” As a result, we don’t stock the cables and the concepts that would allow us to help the “other side.” We don’t create the apps that would make what we have easy-to-use for the “other side.” We don’t actively help.
That’s fine, I suppose. But today it meant that a thoughtful college student did her best with a tiny screen. And it means that I could have been sending a fairly good daily devotional to Apple people in a thoughtful app for a long time. But haven’t.
When it comes to things like computers, sports teams, cars, and coffee, sometimes we spend a lot of energy on being right when we could focus more on being helpful.
So I’m sorry. Tell me what cable to buy to help the next Bethany. And I’m already talking with a friend about an app.
Will you forgive me?