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i’m pondering getting a mac [Mar. 17th, 2008|04:01 pm]
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for so many years of my tech-aware life, i’ve heard the term “mac user” as negative… like a baby user that needs it’s hand held. after OSX, the system seems more robust and flexible. besides the general intuitiveness, it should allow me to satisfy my tweaking fetish. i’m becoming aware that there are apps for most everything i would want to do now, but, of course, the driver development for mac is still generally second priority to windows, and i might not be able to use all my peripheral toys.

i’d been looking for a non-partisan guide to mac for “power users” so i can apply my knowledge of other systems and just learn the new names and paths that are used for mac. this link seems to be what i need, but i’m only part-way through. http://www.kernelthread.com/mac/osx.

so, before i actually go buy another $$$ toy, i’m putting together a list of pro/con to making the “switch” (or rather merely adding mac to my electronic farm).

what reasons mac might work for me?

  • having a less chaotic system with fewer hardware and software crashes
  • save time and frustration with mac’s media optimization when processing my photography and audio
  • aesthetic details are becoming more attractive to me (i even like the way vista looks now)
  • i’m a sucker for white
  • ‘NIX
  • cons

  • $$$ and much much less able to piece a system together by cannibalizing other machines
  • iLife (fracking iPotty)
  • i’d be a newb for a while, but that’s actually somewhat appealing as a challenge to master
  • finding mac versions of all the interface tricks, enhancements, and applications that i rely on
  • mac is the new “empire” that nearly forces you to do everything their way (which is “different”?!)
  • joining the kool kid klub
  • i’m just rambling on, but i’ll come back to this to reexamine my motivations. my next system will either be a grey cheesegrater or an audio-studio optimized PC.

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