Last January, one of my resolutions was to learn the Mac platform and use one as my main machine. Well, it’s happened and in a big way.
It started with finally talking my boss into a MacBook Pro for work. Once the Intel processors showed up, it was a no-brainer (for me, not so much for him.) I work in a two monitor setup and run Mac on the laptop screen and Windows in a VM on the secondary monitor for anything not available on Mac yet (*cough* Notes 8 *cough*) So that has been running splendidly for the last 7 months or so. So well in fact, that I started considering one for home.
Well, my daughters (six and four year olds) were wanting to use the computer more and more, and my self-built monster of an XP machine was starting to get long in the tooth. Once the new aluminum iMacs hit, I knew they would be perfect. So I snagged a 24 inch beast for our living room. It’s running Leopard and just screams. Time Machine is keeping everything backed up, and life is good.
But, I didn’t stop there. I decided to grab an iPhone. After my brief affair with the iPod Touch, I started missing the video and photo capabilities that were so strong on the Touch. So I figured, what the hell, snag an iPhone and hack to my heart’s content. I’m now running everything including third party apps and I’m loving it. It really is a wonderful little device. My wife now has my old Windows Mobile device, and I’ll probably never look back.
So basically, what I’m saying is, I’m a switcher. I’ve become those ads that I scoffed at a few short years ago. I have no regrets. In fact, it may be the best computing decision I’ve ever made. And if you look at our community, I’m not the only one making that decision. These are hard core technologists picking Apple. If you haven’t looked at Apple in awhile, now may be the time, we would love to have you in our little cult.