Friday 8 Apr 2005
If you've been reading between the lines over the last few years, you've realized that I've slowly been
shifting my computing preferences from PCs to Macs. It began at CNN, when I had to use both on a daily
basis, and shuffle my workload depending on which computer and OS was better for which tasks. When OSX
was released, I decided that it was simply a better operating system for me and what I do.
I'm a sucker for Apple's innovations, which they always seem to be the first to come up with:
widescreen laptops, slot-loading CD/DVD drives, all-in-one optical drives, portable music players and
the software to power them, sleek metal laptops. I realize that any sort of laptop would suffice for my
writing, but I long ago went with Apple (and more recently, upgraded to a 15" aluminum Powerbook) and I'm quite happy.
And now I've pulled it off at work, too. A brand-new G5 Powermac is sitting under my desk. I felt obligated
to share my "switch" story, which of course did not go 100% smoothly. Here are the functions I had to convert,
and how each fared:
email - converted from PC Eudora to Mac Mail - went fine except I have to learn the secrets of IMAP in
order to get 4+ years of old email folders moved from the PC to the Mac...still in progress
web - Apple's own browser (Safari) is at least the equal of IE, and just in case, Apple puts IE on its computers as well
telnet/ssh/ftp/scp - these come built into OSX, which is nice
MS Office - they make a version for OSX, my biggest delay with this was that our software distribution center took 3 days to get me my CDs
calendar - downloaded the Mac OSX version, piece of cake
IM - I can't find my password and AOL/IM won't send it to me or answer my emails, so I had to shift to one of my other IM accounts
hardware issues - my old flat-panel monitor (from Dell) worked just fine; I haven't yet dealt with the
subwoofer and speakers, probably because I'm not one of those people who has the need to blast music etc.
from my computer while at work
helpdesk software - there is no Remedy client for OSX, so I'm stuck using a Java web application which is inferior