For nearly two decades, accountants have given a wide berth to the Apple Macintosh, favouring the more mainstream PC. Encouraged by some of his clients, Nigel Harris decided to buck the trend. This is the story of his new computing life.
Time to admit defeat?
One of the reasons many of us have migrated to the Mac is a desire to get away from the problems associated with PCs and Microsoft systems. However, I am finding it frustrating to have to keep my PC up to date so I can deal with clients' QuickBooks and Sage 50 accounts.
Last week I had another reminder as to why the Windows-free environment wasn't going to work for me when I took my time sheets home to finish off and discovered that Practice Engine will only work properly in Internet Explorer. Some of the crucial functions just don't work in Safari or Firefox.
So I'm starting to think the unthinkable. Yes, I mean - I can't believe I'm actually saying this - dual boot!! I may have to sully my beautiful pristine MacBook with Windows 7.
Just how you actually do this is something of a mystery to me, but I believe that there's a facility for setting up a dual Mac OS/Windows environment in the latest Lion version of Mac OS X. Alternatively, there are popular utilities such as Parallels that claim to make the process easy.
I need to look into the options and find out which way to go. My first port of call is going to be a local management accountant I know who runs Windows on all his Macs.
This is not something I'm going to rush into, but I'm beginning to realise it's unavoidable.