There are certain things you don’t admit out loud when you live and work in Silicon Valley, as I have for nearly 15 years. One of them is that you’re a PC user — by choice.
You see, Fortune is a Mac shop. (At least that’s true on the “creative” side; the business folks need their PCs for whatever it is that business folks do.) But I didn’t go for Macs. When I arrived in 2002 I politely insisted on being issued a PC laptop. Other than college and for a few brief years later, I’d never used a Mac. I didn’t understand where anything was, applications I’d grown used to didn’t work. It was too cute and too frustrating. Fortune granted my request, and for quite a few years I used a perfectly decent IBM Thinkpad, followed by an increasingly disappointing Dell Latitude.