I am a Mac
If you have known me for the last couple of years, you should have noticed that my tastes have changed drastically. I used to preach Linux in 2010 and 2011. I was completely anti-Microsoft. In 2011 when I got my first Android device, the Droid X, I started being anti-Apple. I was one of those fanboys that bashed Apple and Microsoft for no legitimate reason because I felt their software and philosophies weren’t what anyone should want. This has changed. I’ve become of the opinion that the best OS/platform is an individual opinion.
In the last year or so, I’ve become more platform-agnostic. I’ve been looking at other platforms to see if the grass was truly greener on the other side of the fence. I learned quite a bit.
I switched to Microsoft products for a couple of weeks. I used Windows 8 as my primary operating system. I decided that it wasn’t for me. I’m not the biggest fan of Windows as an OS overall. It’s not Unix-based like Linux and OS X. I still use it as the primary OS for my gaming desktop, but that’s mainly because that’s the only thing I see Windows doing better than the competition. Windows has transformed from an all purpose OS to a gaming OS for me.
I tested out OS X for a bit by installing Mountain Lion on my desktop. When building it, I decided that I wanted to have every option available, so I chose parts compatible with OS X. I liked it quite a bit. The only problem was OS navigation like using notification center and mission control. I figured that if I had Apple hardware, what I would switch to if I really liked, it would be fine. OS X is an OS that relies on gestures, so I knew that using a mouse would be a worse experience than using a Magic Mouse or Trackpad from Apple.
March 2013 was when I got my Samsung Chromebook. The device was completely different than any other computer I have ever owned. It locked you into using Chrome exclusively. I lived off of Chrome OS for almost a year. It was that good. I used it as my only device because my desktop was acting up, and I was too lazy to fix it for months. Chrome OS was my only option without going to the Computer Science building on campus and using one of their Fedora machines. It worked well. For my programming assignments, I only used C, so I could just use ssh to connect to the CS machines to code. Everything else I did was able to be performed in Chrome. I switched to Google Drive for my cloud storage and word processing. The Chromebook was a great thin client. I highly recommend it.
In the last month, I began getting irritated with my Chromebook because of the processor. The ARM CPU that Samsung put in it was the only thing I didn’t like about the $250 machine. It was slow. I was thinking about upgrading to the Acer C720 or HP Chromebook 14, depending on what screen size I wanted. Finally, it hit me square in the face. I was buying a new laptop every year or two.
I bought my first netbook in the fall of 2011. It was a peppy little machine due to its AMD APU instead of running an Intel Atom processor. I replaced it with a Chromebook in 2013. I used the Chromebook for that period of time, but I quickly wanted a new machine. After looking at more Chromebooks, I decided that instead of buying a new machine so often, I should invest and spend the money on a machine that will last me for a few years instead of just having expendable hardware.
Since I wasn’t a Windows fan and I enjoyed using OS X on my desktop before, I decided to get a MacBook. I was deciding between the 13“ MacBook Air and the 13” MacBook Pro with Retina Display. I went to the Apple Store in my hometown and played with both of them before going back up to college for the new semester. When walking out, I knew exactly which machine I was getting. I figured that for that gorgeous Retina Display, it was worth spending an extra couple hundred dollars, sacrificing a few hours of battery life, and carrying half a pound more. I’ve become spoiled by the pixel densities in mobile devices.
I got my MacBook Pro in early January. It was the best decision I had every made. This machine is still extremely light and thin, while still getting great battery life. Apple rates it 1.5x the already impressive battery life of my Chromebook at 9 hours. Having used this machine for a week and a half, I know I found the computer for me. With its Unix filesystem (as in mounting everything under /, etc.), its command line interface, and the Mac App Store, it has everything I’d want out of a computer. I became a Mac.
This also prompted me into desiring devices that better complemented my MacBook Pro. I got an iPad Air a few days later. It’s also been a great experience. I’m still deciding if I’m going to get an iPhone 5s or another Android device, but it’s looking like I’m getting an iPhone. One word, iCloud.
This isn’t to say that I’m leaving all the other platforms that I use. My Nexus 7 (2013) is still a great little tablet. Linux will be the OS of my build server and Raspberry Pi. I’m just changing to OS X and iOS for my primary computing devices.
I’m of the opinion that you should use the devices that are right for you. There is no perfect system that will work for everyone. Some may better for more people, but they won’t be for everyone. I’m no longer a Google fanboy. I’m a technology fanboy.