New Yorker Writer Susan Orlean Threatened Divorce To Convert Her Husband To Mac [Macworld / iWorld 2012]


Apple stock all-time high January 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, MACWORLD / iWORLD 2012 — Talking on stage about her love of technology and gadgets, New Yorker writer Susan Orlean rhapsodized her iPad, and told how she converted her husband to Apple technology.

A self-confessed geek, Orlean told how the iPad solved all the problems she had with working and traveling with technology. She had a Danger Sidekick, but would go nuts taking notes on it. She finds her MacBook too heavy to carry all day.

She also not afraid of losing or damaging her iPad. “I can it take with me to take notes but it won’t have my life on it if it gets lost or stolen,” she said. “It solved all of my problems.”

And her favorite app?

“I’m a complete app obsessive,” she said. “I’ve done some app reviewing because I love it.”

Orlean said she has a “million” apps, all stuffed in folders, but her favorite app, the one she absolutely couldn’t live without, is Evernote, a popular database app for saving notes, photos, webpages and other ephemera. She uses it for reporting and in her personal life.

However, because the official Evernote app is clunky on the iPhone, she uses FastEver and FastSnap for capturing notes and photos instead.

The only game she plays is Bejeweled. “It’s like being a chain smoker,” she said. “It’s an addiction.”

Orlean is an author and staff writer for The New Yorker. Her bestseller, The Orchid Thief, was made into a movie staring Meryl Streep. Her latest book is Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend about Hollywood’s most famous canine movie star.

Orlean said there are four iPads in her household: one each for her and her husband; one for her son and one for their nanny.

“We got one for our nanny as a Christmas present,” she said. “I’ve never seen such joy on someone’s face.”

She also told how she converted her husband — described as a “Windows guy” — to Apple technology.

“Do you want to stay married?” she joked, which got a good response from the Macworld crowd.

She converted him because on trips he would always forget his PC power adapter and chargers for cell phone and other gadgets. Orlean would nevr forget hers, so it made sense for him to get the same devices.

“I persuaded him,” she laughed. “I got him in line. Now he has an iPhone, an iPad, a MacBook. He’s a changed man.”

  • Kalani Thielen

    Wow, and it’s talked about positively.  What a horrible woman.

  • James Padilla

    She wears his “manhood” around her neck…just to remind him he has no balls.  Yeah she’d a divorce on her hands easily.  Sorry lady, you are married to sissy lala…

  • Mike Rathjen

    It was a joke.

  • kyle_gibson

    So what did this prove? that San Franciscans are crazy insane? i already knew this.

  • Len Williams

    Why should her proselytizing for the Mac and Apple products be different because she’s a woman? This is a very old and tired stereotype that needs to be discarded. If a man did this would you say he was being “manly” and standing up for what he believes? Throw out your double standards.

    Fortunately, my wife was already a MacHead when we met, but if she hadn’t been, I’d have worked tirelessly to bring her over from the dark side.

    In my graphic design business I run into clients all the time who moan about the nightmares with their Windows systems, and I’m quite direct, but nice, abut Windows BEING their problem, and that Macs and Apple products tend to work easily, simply and without all the drama of the Windows universe. I’ve “converted” quite a few friends and clients over the years who have consistently thanked me for it. 

    In one bizarre conversion, I recently had an architect client in California who was having continual screen and stability problems. I spent a half hour knocking it into his head that computing didn’t have to be so hard–and he went out the next day and bought a Mac Pro, 3 Cinema Displays, a MacBook Pro (all for himself) and an iMac for his wife. Interestingly, he mostly runs Wndows on it and is happy as a clam because he has no more hardware problems. Now I just have to get him to move to the Mac OS.

  • Kalani Thielen

    It’s amazing that you’d make this comment.  Obviously it was a “joke”.  Did you notice how funny I thought it was?

  • Brandon Dillon

    You Sir, are a rain cloud over this article.

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  • Maximo Cocolio

    Stupid bitch i´ll get divorced from you and your crap, and get a 24 year old gurl and Windows user hahahaha

  • Maximo Cocolio

    Windows its not the problem is the stupidity of its users, they are called Mac users….

  • ddevito

    I’d dump the b1tch

  • Chendira Bharath Bopanna

    Orlean is speaking at Macworld, of course

  • Mangy Mutt

    She shouldn’t have married a PC guy in the first place. He’s damaged goods.