Making the switch…

After years of chastising my brother and any other Mac-head, I’ve made the big switch over to Mac(tel).  At home, I’m using a new iMac for my office, and then a Mini in our bedroom for movie watching (see earlier post re: media pcs).

While home-use is one thing, I just got a MacBook Pro at work, which will be the biggest change.  Couple of reasons for doing so:

  • The ability to run both Mac OS X and XP (via either Bootcamp or Parallels, hopefully VMWare soon) on the same hardware vs. carrying around multiple laptops.
  • Adobe Connect (formally Macromedia Breeze) is a cross-platform solution, so the MacTel provides the opportunity to work with both Mac and Windows on the same hardware.

Couple of things I’m enjoying already:

  • Everything "just works…"  For a long-time Windows-user, this is very strange but enjoyable 😉
  • Smackbook – virtual desktops through a "tap" on the monitor
  • Adium – great piece of software, such a better user experience than native IM clients (won’t name you guys…)
  • The huge list of open source applications I can run on either Mac, XP, or Unix.

For business apps like Office/Outlook, I’m going to still have to rely on the XP instance running on the Mac.  The Mac versions just don’t cut it when working with a large number of users who rely on Office to collaborate.

For software companies/product managers/developers/QA, I really don’t see the point of using any other hardware given the broad platform support you get at the tip of your fingers…