HELL HAS FINALLY frozen over.
This INQ hack has gone Mac. I'm now using a Macbook full-time and expect to be using a Macbook Pro when the (likely) August refresh occurs. I'm also buying a 3G Iphone in July. Nick won't be happy.
I'm simply fed up. I'm fed up with the absolute turd that is Windows Vista. I've been using it since beta's were stable enough for day-to-day use, and I just can't take another five minute wait of constant disk thrashing, after another reboot forced upon me by yet another security patch from Microsoft.
Explorer used to be simple to use, now I struggle to navigate the mess of the new (but half-implemented) user interface.
I can no longer stand the disk thrashing while I'm in the middle of my work - for apparently no good reason - which makes the system unusable for sometime, until I've gone and made a coffee or two.
I'm also miffed that quite a lot of people paid good money for the additional 'features' within the Ultimate edition, only to find those features available in the other two versions and some low-resolution video backgrounds for your desktop - which will occasionally crash to ensure only further frustration. I also suspect they probably eat as much memory as the stupidly resource-hungry new side-bar.
That's why I'm moving over. Don't get me wrong, I hate a lot of what Apple stands for. Fanboys bordering on zealotry is one major reason I've wanted to avoid Macs for a long time. Poor builds of version 1.0 devices is now such a famous problem that non-geeks know to avoid the first generation of Apple devices, or risk being burnt by odd design foibles - or simply dodgy design quality.
I like Steve Jobs as about much as Steve Balmer. Not a lot.
The absurd fanbase that follows the company is bad enough, but idolising the CEO of said company, like some second coming, is just ludicrous. I cannot watch an Apple press conference or webcast without gagging from the continuous whooping and faux-adulation from the crowd. It's simply pathetic.
Yeah, I could go Linux. I have built up a decent level of experience with Suse over the years, and have messed around with Ubuntu over several versions until it decided to no longer want to install on to a perfectly good hard-drive for apparently no reasonable reason.
I like the fact that I can purchase an Apple system, which has a small degrees of hardware differences within the range, ensuring maximum compatibility and support.
Though Apple is often accused of over-charging for laptops and desktop PCs, and although there is sometimes a noticeable premium, the hardware isn't as excessively priced as it once was.
I admit, I love an OS full of eye-candy. Why, in 2008, should I be looking at low-res icons and opaque windows? I pay good money for a decent CPU and graphics card, I expect the underlying software to utilise it. OSX does.
OSX is also 'nix based, being built from Nextstep, which was originally based on BSD, which most 'nix advocates will tell you is 'a good thing'. Another advantage to this, is that it allows me to plug my laptop straight onto Linux networks and immediately administrate without the need of Cygwin or other third party applications that I'd need on a Windows device.
A key negative to the Mac is that it won't operate natively with any Exchange system you may use at work - but no problem, now with all Macs coming with Intel processors, you can dual boot using the Apple-supplied Bootcamp. Or you can simply use VMware or similar to virtualise a Windows machine - nowadays the hardware is certainly sufficient to keep another virtualised OS running in the background.
If that isn't good enough for you, Apple has announced Exchange support in the new Mobile Me service.
Unfortunately I'm not going completely Mac. I might eventually replace my desktop machine, but its mainly used for INQ testing and gaming. It's a shame OSX isn't available for generic machines without a plethora of problems, though I suspect this would defeat one the advantages of the hardware (and driver) constrained Apple platform. Though its certainly possible this may get remedied.
Until then, I'm settling with an Apple laptop to do the majority of my work on. In my older age, I like the no-fuss OS, the bells and whistles, and the ability to work for longer than ten minutes without my disk rotating at maximum velocity for an eternity.
If (alleged) IT professionals, like myself, start making the switch and bemoaning the state of Microsoft's offerings, how long before the masses take heed? How long will it be before Microsoft's market share starts to falter at the burgeoning up-take of hassle-free operating systems and devices?
Not long I hope. µ
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