As much as I’ve grumbled, and even as I sit here trying to remember what the hell keys to press to do simple cursor movements, I found myself wondering “how much can I get a Mac for?” and “maybe I should go into the office” this weekend.
The Mac-lovers I know are always going on about how the Mac “looks more professional”. I dunno about that: I’m one of those people who likes the rounded edges, soft shading, smokey/glass effects and colorful icons of 2000/XP/Vista; so I love all that about MacOS – but the very first thing I see are the menus which just look goofy to me.
I still don’t feel entirely comfortable with the near lack of a border around windows in MacOS, and I had quite the surprise this morning when my Mac very slowly greyed itself out and then presented me with a huge power-button icon and told me I had to turn it off and on again. Once again, I’m reminded that some of the key Mac advertising that stuck in my memory was hyperbole (no hour glass – it’s a spinner icon; no reboot required – except when the system needs to be restarted; faster than a PC – once everything is running, because Mac users leave everything running)
See? Grumbles. And yet… There I was, wishing I had waited a few months longer before upgrading my PC, because I could have bought an iMac with similar specs for just a little more. Don’t get me wrong, what I am enamored with is the neat little package the iMac makes more than the operating system. At the end of the day, I still prefer Windows to MacOS. However, I work with a lot of Unix systems and – as I’ve already said – MacOS beats any other Unix-based or Unix-like GUI I have worked with, hands down.
It seems that getting a Mac to properly network with Windows boxes is still harder than with other Unix/Linuxes, but applications like Parallels and Bootcamp significantly help cross the interoperability gap which gives rise to less and less cause to need to boot out of Mac OS into Windows. Infact, as yet, I haven’t actually made use of Bootcamp on this box – I was entirely expecting to have this box dual boot MacOS and Windows, and replace the Windows PC under my desk. But it now far more likely that it will replace the Linux PC under my desk. All I need is XChat and Codeblocks – and I guess I could use Parallels to run the windows versions.