Macs are definitely cool, but Apple still needs to step up its game to gain more market share. Not only this, Apple needs to be on the side of users. Whatever the company is doing, it’s working nicely, and maybe Apple should stick with its current closed architecture — almost console-like platform.
This somewhat closed system allows Apple to be nimble and gives Apple the opportunity to make wild and big changes in its operating system without too much concern for legacy support and wide compatibility.
Microsoft definitely deserves some props here. Windows has a massive ocean of hardware and software to support.
And this is essentially why I still have my trusty Windows XP PC humming away in the background. Ready at a moment’s notice. Unparalleled software and hardware support, and you have to dig those cheap prices on hardware components. Even so, my days of using my PC are very limited. With VMWare’s Fusion installed along with a copy of Windows XP and Ubuntu, I can flip the switch and get some Windows compatibility at a moment’s notice. Or if I really need a bit of extra speed — Fusion is already quite fast — Boot Camp is available.
With native support for Windows on tap, I have no reason to go back to my PC from a software standpoint, even for games.
But there’s something cool about building your own machine, and setting up custom hardware. Going from a fibre channel system to a standalone Mac Pro or MacBook Pro was quite a transition but I wouldn’t hesitate to set all those things up again using my Mac Pro if given the chance. Let me have my crazy fibre channel setup, custom memory, custom graphics and the ability to go hunt for the best prices. Give me that and all my PCs are out the door.
Until that day, my Macs are cool, but my PC has soul.
Still confused about whether or not to take the jump? I’ll be following up with an in-depth look at OS X and Apple’s suite of applications soon. I’ll demonstrate why there are so many worthwhile features, and certain things that OS X does well enough to warrant a switch.
Check out the following pages for some pictures of my old crazy setup.
- Hardcore PC Days
- Fibre-Channel Arbitrated Loop and a 12-inch PowerBook
- The Transition
- Switching Back and Forth
- It All Just Works, Most of the Time
- Give Users Some Competitive Changes
- I Went Mac, with Windows on Standby
- The Fibre Setup
- The Ridiculously Fast Drives
- Tyan's One Hit Wonder
- The Entire Setup From the Old Days
- Apple's First Version of OS X