Awhile ago, I wrote about my experiences with Windows Vista on my IBM/Lenovo X61 tablet.  Short summary: loved the hardware, hated Vista.

A few weeks ago, I bought a new MacBook.  It arrived, I turned it on, and in about four weeks of usage, I think I’ve turned it off twice (intentionally).  Otherwise, it just runs and runs fast.  This is what an operating system is supposed to do and so I’m now a big-time fan of OSX.

The hardware is okay, too, but that’s not the reason I’d get a Mac — it’s all about the OS.  In fact, I really don’t like the sharp edges on the MacBook, which are uncomfortable when using the laptop in, of all things, your lap.  I also don’t like that there is no docking station, apparently because Jobs thinks any openings on the bottom are bad.  Nor do I like that I needed to buy a new monitor and new, special cables for the new monitor, and an aircard because I couldn’t tether my Blackberry with it as I had for years on Windows.  Nor am I fanboy because OSX is easier to use; it isn’t, especially if you’re used to Windows.  Lastly, it isn’t because OSX is more secure; it likely isn’t for long.

Overall, I’m not a Mac fanboy at all but I am an OSX fanboy, because it’s fast and stable, which means a lot when you use your computer every day, most of the day. I open my MacBook and it’s instantly on.  Close my MacBook and it shuts down nicely, without stranding my applications or work.  Open it again, instantly on.  All my applications are tucked neatly into their spaces, running continuously without repeated failures.

When it comes to the cult of Apple, I’m with Bart, but when it comes to the efficiency and efficacy of OSX, I’m a huge fan!

18 Responses to I’m now an OSX fanboy

  1. Craig says:

    Yea, now you understand why creative people use MacOSX, there is also a very good reason why developers also love it, it’s a complete desktop that also has the ability to act like a server. So while flying from Phoenix to London, I was able to develop a lot of code for a DB based website. I missed the web, but I was still productive without it.

  2. Troy says:

    Love my MacBook Pro – had it about a year.

    Of course, I am running VMware Fusion in order to run XP in order to run Outlook because MS Entourage absolutely stinks. Quicken is in the same boat with its application for the Mac.

  3. Greg Swann says:

    The traffic at the border is all one-way. It will become more and more a part of you until even a few minutes on Windows will irritate you.

  4. Greg, yes, being on Windows even a few minutes does irritate me now, though primarily because of the stupid divergence of the command and control keys. Seems like an easy enough thing to standardize but, alas, it must be different.

  5. Craig says:

    Yes, I’m having trouble finding a replacement for Quicken, which surprises me that there hasn’t been something better that comes along. I’ve never really been a fan of Outlook, felt it never covered everything that I wanted it to so I’m happy with Mail and I use Daylite for my CRM. iTerm and TextMate are my favorite little programmer tools.

  6. One of the things that made it easy for me to switch to the Mac is that our financial and CRM apps are now web based with NetSuite. We also use Jira and Confluence from Atlassian for our issue tracking and intranet. I use Apple’s mail client, which is okay, not great. I’ve considered switching completely to gmail but still like local copies. One of the best things about switching to the Mac, though, has been how great the Caldav calendar sync is among my desktop, Google, and my Blackberry. Thank you Google!

  7. Now if we can only get the MLS vendors to get their apps to work on Macs, then the real estate world would be a much better place for everyone.

  8. Try Moneydance instead of Quicken, works well for me.
    http://moneydance.com/

  9. Jeremy Hart says:

    I’m not a fanboy because of the design or the OS, necessarily, but simply for the fact that it works. Plain and simple. I don’t care about the technical details, I just want to make sure that it works – and my MBP does just that.

  10. Braxton, flexmls Web, the application we at FBS create, works on Macs.

  11. @Michael, that’s great. Now if only I could choose who my MLS vendor is.

  12. Candy Lynn says:

    You are all making me wish I’d gone for the MAC last year when I was computer shopping. shhhhh I know many of you told me to!

  13. Robbie says:

    Although there are many things I about like the Mac, OSX’s app / window management still leaves me longing for Windows (perhaps I’ve been using Windows too long). Why can’t I re-size my windows along any window border? Safari may be fast, but it’s stability & developer tool support are still lacking (Thank god for Mac Firefox). I still see about as many rotating rainbow colored beach-ball cursors on my Mac as I see rotating blue ring cursors on my Vista box, so app stability hasn’t been dramatically better or worse than my Vista box. Although, in the Windows world, bad drivers are a much bigger problem than on the Mac (mainly because Apple owns the drivers in it’s ecosystem, and Microsoft doesn’t).

    And Apple Computer is still batting .000 in developing a good mouse and their keyboards suck too. Apple should just hire away somebody from Logitech or Microsoft and spare Mac users the crap peripherals they bundle with their otherwise beautiful machines.

    I really like the Mac mini & iMac form factors though. OSX applets seems to have lot more consistency compared to Vista. Their UAC implementation seems less annoying. It seems faster than Vista on roughly equivalent hardware. No denying Apple’s done some great work, and Snow Leopard will likely continue that trend.

    I’m holding out hope that Windows 7 will be much better than Vista. Given what Steve Sinofsky did for Office 2007, and my good experiences with Windows 2008 Server to date I wouldn’t bet against him.

  14. I still see about as many rotating rainbow colored beach-ball cursors on my Mac as I see rotating blue ring cursors on my Vista box

    Interesting. I guess it just goes to show that every computer/software combo is unique and generalities are tough. In over a month of using OSX, I’ve seen the beach-ball less than a dozen times. It almost never shows up for me. With Vista, I’d see the blue ring a dozen times an hour. Seriously, absolutely no comparison — OSX is so much faster and more stable for me.

  15. Robbie says:

    To be fair, most of my time on the Mac is spent running web browsers (and their respective development tools) behind a proxy server (which may explain some things).

    No contest on the speed though, Vista is slower.

  16. Great article. I believe that running is essential in weight loss!

  17. Susan says:

    OK – I’m hardly a techie – but the MLS system my local NAR chapter uses is frustrating as a new MBP owner. PLEASE sell NAR and all the state orgs on using products capable of using both Windows and Mac compatible search engines! I’m an agent – not a computer configuration specialist — and the LAST thing I want to do is load a bunch of Windows needless files and auto launch junk on my computer! I need to be focused on marketing and relationship building – not trying to figure out which IT help desk to call for which problem in opening a program…now my stupid Windows access keeps launching auto updates and I started getting a bunch of junk mail from unsolicited mysterious places – non-existent before I loaded Windows OS …

    OSX is a faster, more user-friendly, and reliable system than any MS product version, and Mail is far better than Outlook in being able to look @ all my e-mail in one place easily. I was a devoted PC user until mine crashed for the 3rd time in as many years — I finally gave up on PCs and decided to try a Mac – got the MBP and now I am hooked. Keyboard and mouse issues can be addressed with some practice.

    (Oh – and Quicken for Mac is about 5 years behind where it ought to be in development of features – Get with it Quicken!)

  18. mwurzer says:

    Susan, we’re with you 100%, which is why our flexmls Web system supports both Macs and PCs.

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