This past Monday my iPhone 4 arrived.
For me, this is the device I’ve been waiting ten years for. For years I carried a phone, a PDA, and a pager for work. Even after I was able to get paging on my cell phone I still had to carry around two devices. I couldn’t access anything on the Internet on my PDA or my crappy phone and I couldn’t check e-mail or send a text message without cycling through three letters per key to do it.
Then, about a year and a half ago, I bought an iPhone 3G and all those problems were solved. My calendar and contacts were now on my phone and my phone was a PDA too. I could also send text messages with a real keyboard. I had e-mail and the Internet, and it was all pretty damn functional. No longer did I carry a PDA, a phone, or a pager; just one device now. I was quite happy with it.
When the 3GS was released I didn’t bite; it was a primarily just a faster version of what I already had, with standard definition video and a few other bells and whistles.
Then the iPhone 4 came out. Continue reading
It’s been about six months now since I made the switch over to a Mac. The honeymoon period is over and I’m happy to say that I’m still very, very pleased with my purchase.
One of the things I really like about it is that it’s so well-designed. I’ve really gotten on board with the integration that Apple has provided between the Apple-developed apps. In fact, some of the other apps have hooks into OSX for various functionality. I even switched over to Safari about a month ago. The switch from Firefox to Safari wasn’t because I didn’t like Firefox; it was mainly to capitalize on the integration with OSX and also with the iPhone I plan to buy soon. Safari is good; I really didn’t feel any pain from the switch.
Another aspect of the design that I really appreciate is the all-in-one nature of the iMac. There are really not any user-serviceable parts (aside from memory) with the iMac but the compact design means that my office is free and clear of clutter. I have a single machine sitting on a small desk in a small room. Nothing on the floor and minimal wires and cords snaking down the back of the desk. What’s even better is that this machine is powerful enough to run both Windows and Linux in as virtual machines. In the past I had multiple boxes sitting on the floor of my office taking up space and making an awful racket. Now I have a single, silent machine running OSX for my day-to-day work and running Windows and Linux as if they were just applications. Zero physical footprint in my office for both of these operating systems. I’m smitten with the concept. Continue reading
For the past 8 years I’ve been toying with the notion of switching from Windows to either Linux or Apple. I consistently dismissed the idea either because Linux wasn’t quite capable of supporting the switch or because Apples were just too damn expensive. Granted, Microsoft has made significant improvements in Windows stability (and even security) over the past several years so the impetus to switch isn’t quite what it was in the Windows 98/Me days. Windows XP was actually a pretty decent attempt at Unix by Microsoft, all things considered, but it’s still Microsoft at its base. Security sucked in XP and doesn’t seem to have improved drastically in Vista, unless you call nagging the end user to death security.
Speaking of Vista, that’s really what’s sparked this whole thing…again. My wife’s laptop decided to burn out its video card so rather than fixing it immediately we came across a good deal on a new Vista desktop for her. After we got it home we ended up replacing the printer (incompatible with Vista) and bought two new copies of Outlook. My scanner won’t work with Vista either, but that’s a bridge we’ll cross another day.
After spending some time getting her machine set up I realized one major thing: I’m really not that impressed with Vista. I really expected something big for an OS five years in the making and I was, well, underwhelmed by the whole thing. It’s slow as hell, at least on her system, and the interface just isn’t what I thought it would be. I expected something revolutionary and it just appeared that it got a decent facelift. Continue reading