I’ve re-started this post three times now trying to think of something witty to say. Bottom line, I’m typing this post on my sexy new Macbook. Yup, I’ve succumbed to the allure of the Mac. I’m not sure if its those clever but over-played “Hi I’m a PC and I’m a Mac” commercials that I always skip through for some other cosmic factor, but here I am.
I figured it would be a pretty easy transition. I frequently flip operating systems (Windows and LInux). Pretty much every app I rely on is either open source (Firefox, Tunderbird, Open Office, Apache, etc), or is available on the Mac (the Adobe suite). The ones that aren’t have nice Mac equivalents (I liked HeidiSQL on Windows. The Mac has CocoaSQL).
It’s been about 24 hours, and I have to say that I’m already much more enamoured of it then I was with my last Linux experiment*. That said though, there is a learning curve here. Despite the shortcoming of Windows, I was extraordinarily productive in it. Last summer I hurt my right hand, and needed to use the mouse with my left for a bunch of days. Try it for 5 minutes when you’re done reading this. If you’re like me, you’ll find it just feels “awkward” at first, but you get pretty good at it after a while. That’s kind of how I fee about the Mac right now, like I’m trying to use my off-hand. Everything is just a little bit off for me.
For example, I installed a bunch of software, and out of curiosity I wondered how much disk space I had left. No problem I’ll just… um… ok where is that on a Mac? Expose is freakin’ brilliant. I hardly miss the taskbar, but I do like being able to tell at a glance what’s open. I’ll have to get used to that. I’ve got a 5 button mouse. Hmmm time to figure out how I can make the left side “copy” and the right side “paste”. These are the types of little things I’m working with. Yes I know that they are “simple” - these are just small examples of the little things that you get used to on your own system.
On the plus, the little hardware touches are great. The keyboard feels terrific (and its quiet), the magnetic monitor and plug rock my world, and it is true that things have tended to “just work” for me. Wireless? A treat! My Linux wireless… well, it sucked. I can “grep” and “man” with the best of them, but even I hated that labyrinth of technical confusion. Wireless on Windows… well, I guess I figured it out, but it still felt awkward. I needed to use some an Intel Wireless program, and it pretty much decided which network it would connect to (if it would connect at all) based on astrological signs as near as I can figure. The Mac? Simple, elegant, functional. I like it very much. Makes smart decisions.
So I’m looking forward to this little Macbook becoming my main “work” machine. I’ll try to post a few more experiences as I go forward.
* Incidentally, I love Linux (Suse rocks) and I love the ethics and philosophy around Linux, but I tried it, and I just couldn’t get to a point where I was comfortable.