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Computerized Investing > First Quarter 2012

Why I Love Apple, But Run Windows

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by Wayne A. Thorp, CFA

Last month I had the opportunity to meet many AAII members and CI subscribers at the AAII Investor Conference in Las Vegas. I truly enjoy interacting with members and getting direct feedback. One question that I got over and over was when AAII would start producing a Mac-based version of its fundamental stock screening and research database program, Stock Investor Pro (of which I am project manager). I am forced to disappoint our Mac users by explaining that we have to allocate our finite resources to benefit the greatest number of members, and an overwhelming percentage of our members use Windows.

Although I have used computers for over 30 years, the Mac has never played a large role in my computing life. I grew up in a Commodore household—first a Vic-20 and then a Commodore 64. In high school my family purchased a PowerPC, but I kept the Commodore 64 in my bedroom. When I arrived at college in 1993, the computer labs were filled with Windows 3.1x systems, so I didn’t think twice the following year when I bought a Gateway laptop loaded with Windows. For the nearly 15 years I have been at AAII, the dozens of the systems I have used have all been Windows-based.

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