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April 13, 2006

Back on Mac

After giving Windows a good shot for a month I'm back to using my (very) old 12" PowerBook for the large chunk of time I spend at the computer. It hit me on Monday this week that I was reallly out of the loop on a bunch of stuff, and that I'd been struggling to be productive for almost a month.

I don't have the energy to go into what it is that makes such a big difference (I started to make a list but it's complex to document why X is better than Y). Let's just say that the shift to a different UI and development setup was significant enough to put me out of my zone. I gave it a good run, but am just way too engrained to doing things on a Mac. It's been many years now that I've been doing things the Mac way.

I am obligated to get some value from the Windows laptop. For now it still runs Linux in VMWare that I access from my Mac for doing development. It also still has my email, which will likely be switched off to Thunderbird or something that I can run on the mac. I will still take the Windows laptop to the office on the one day I work there each week. Why? Because I'll need to have my Linux development environment with me and it's still on that machine. The Linux installation we use is standardized across all machines and it's important to keep close to that.

And yes, there is a chance that if I'm really not using the laptop for more than a development environment that I'll wipe it clean and install some flavor of Linux.

It's such a relief to be back where I really am most efficient.

Posted by mike at April 13, 2006 7:37 AM