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Man oh man! I have been using windows for as long as I can remember. And I have been professionally writing software in a windows world since I got out of the military. I have heard several times that Linux is better. I have heard several times that Apple is better.
And I have tried to hear this advice. I have gone so far as to pause my windows use and go head long into linux. I have also gone so far as to attempt to use an MBP at my first Dell job. They bought it for me – so why not?
I hated it! I was spoiled by what I knew and usually just didn’t have it in me (time or otherwise) to take on a learning curve while taking on many other learning curves. And I always went back to the PC in some form or another.
Now I have 6 people in my house in addition to me that are all on a computer of some form all day long. And being a PC support guy is a full on part time job. And I hate it.
Additionally, while I am a windows developer I am not a golden hammer developer. I pay attention to the open source non-windows world every day. I see all the shiny toys out there. And I try to use them…on windows. And in the open source world getting these tools to run on a PC isn’t usually very easy. I first have to make windows look like linux. Then I can someone get a hobbled version of something running. This experience is off putting when using these otherwise great tools.
At the last MVP Summit (2014) I saw Microsoft saying “we love Linux” and “we are trying to be more open”. That was great progress but I didn’t have faith it would stick. While I was at the MVP Summit last week I have to say I was very impressed. I saw just as many macs as I did PC’s. I saw just as many Microsoft updates on tools and features as I did on non-Microsoft support of oss tools and features. And almost everything was open for contribution. I was amazed.
I was also using an older Dell laptop while at the summit that I had recently migrated to windows 10. It wasn’t running so well (the hardware). It still had a spinner in it. And it was semi sluggish. I love Windows 10! Best OS they have ever released in my view. I won’t stop using it. But I was done with Windows as my default running on PC’s that just didn’t perform well.
I was with my friend who had recently migrated from PC to the entire Apple platform. And he loved it. Towards the end of the first day I told him I had been thinking about MBP for a few weeks. And that I had actually shopped for a machine an hour ago. I was seriously thinking about getting a MBP.
He jumped on the opportunity. We had 30 minutes before going to our first party of the evening. He assured me not to worry. It would be a great experience. In and out in no time.
For the most part this was true. We went in. We were nicely greeted by a non-smoozzy metro/lumber sexual (I forget which..there were many skinny jeans there). I applied for credit and was immediately approved. We collected the bits I needed to work from this machine. Then we checked out.
Uh oh! I was from Texas buying a not so cheap item from Washington. This caused a hick-up in the application process. But that was ironed out quickly. And we were off with a new toy in hand. Great experience over all.
The next day I was able to quickly get node.js running. And I have spent a fair amount of time getting to know my MBP and the terminal. Everything just works great.
Don’t get me wrong! There is a learning curve migrating from PC to mac. Scroll is opposite the experience in windows. The close button on a window is in a different place (I used to say “in the wrong place”). Maximizing a window seems to have some weird ramifications to it (like I can’t drag a chrome tab into its own window if the current window is maximized…why not?). But I am learning. And I am enjoying the fact that everything just works.
Now it is time to install a VM manager and get my windows 10 back so that I can use some of the tools that I am used too. But I took stock of what apps I use regularly now in Windows…and the number is small. Visual Studio is a big one (have you played with Visual Studio Code yet? It runs on a mac.). Office is generally in google drive these days. Notes are in workflowy and evernote. Visio is important to me. I have a photoshop license for windows still.
More to come. Exciting. Give it a try!