The thing about Val as a Mac Evangelist is that she doesn’t evangelise in the full “in-your-face” manner. She does go on and on about how great the mac is… but she doesn’t tell you “you must get a mac get a mac get a mac… oh my goodness it will change your life!!!”
I had initially wanted to get a windows machine to replace my old Fujitsu and as long as I had a good enough reason, she left me alone and didn’t interfere as I weighed my options. I admit that part of the reason that I bought a mac was from interacting with Val and all the pro-Mac people around her… (she did lend me her PB for a few days to make me get hooked on the Mac OS) but most of it was also because I looked at the various models that were available at that time, and the Mac was my best bet.
Val taught me a few useful shortcuts (shortcuts are great on Macs, single button trackpads are silly) and appeared in my house a week after I got my MBP with several CDs full of useful things. She didnt teach me every single thing, but she taught me where to find information… And that has lasted me till now.
The problem with this situation is that I am on my computer all the time, and when I am on it nowadays, I think of her. That can be pretty troublesome when I need to concentrate on my work and not on grieving…
Alright, enough about the CHiQen from me… there’s no way I can ever finish blogging about her, and the memories she left me. I’m going to go back to my nonsensical random posts, and pass you over to Jinny.