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Seems everybody who’s anybody these days is “switching” from one platform to another. Mark Pilgrim switched from Mac to Linux. Jamie Zawinski switched from Linux to Mac. Josh Marshall switched from Windows to Mac. And, well, I can’t think of anyone prominent who switched to Windows, but I’m sure everybody’s drooling over Vista.

My point is, over the last two years, I’ve felt less and less like a “switcher” and more like a tool collector. I think of people like my dad… people who never throw anything away and collect every obscure tool they can get their hands on. My dad had a tool for everything. And he would always know which tool would do the job best in any given situation. I’d like to think I’m similar in a more geeky sense.

I’ve been using Ubuntu at home for nearly two years. It serves me well in most of my tasks.

I use Windows at work. It serves me well in most of my tasks. Being in an all-Microsoft environment, Windows really shines.

Today I bought a MacBook Pro for my personal use. I’m not “switching” — in fact, I hope to install Linux and maybe even Windows on the one machine. Why? Because all three are good. And because Apple hardware is awesome. Apple made a very smart move in changing to the Intel processor.

So the Mac will arrive in four days or so… I’ll let you know how it goes.



  1. Delia and I started watching 24 this weekend. Never seen an episode before this weekend. Pretty good show. One thing I noticed, which attests to how big of a nerd I am, is the number of macs that they had in these office sets that were supposed to be government agencies. People were using them for desktops. Working for a large corporation and unaware of anyone with a mac in the entire building, I’ve got to think that’s more of a marketing ploy by apple than an actual representation of a government agency’s hardware. I know you use one at work, but your work’s a little different. What do you think?

  2. I use Windows at work. I’d say nobody in the corporate world (outside of creative teams) uses a Mac for real work. Yes, I think Apple either has a good relationship (monitarily) with Hollywood and/or directors and actors use Macs because they look pretty on screen. Agreed, I think it’s a very poor representation of what businesses really use.

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