AiS 31: The Switch

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If you're new to the show, then welcome. If not, then you probably know that I am a Java programmer by day, and .NET by night. So it may come as a surprise to you that I have purchased a Mac. I got a 15 inch MacBook Pro. The "entry-level" version with a 2.2 GHz processor, not the 2.4. And certainly not the 17 inch boat that frankly should come with a set of trucks so you can ollie and rail slide your way to work.

If you are not new to the show, then you probably know that I am passionate about quality. I'm on a constant quest for quality in my own software and in the software that I use. I've heard it said that people who love software want to build their own hardware, but I didn't really understand that until I used my new Mac. This thing was built to run quality software.

For one thing, you have the specs. This, like I said, is a 2.2 GHz laptop. It comes with 2 Gig of memory and a 5400 RPM hard drive standard. You can't choose anything less and still have a MacBook Pro. Apple just won't let you. Other manufacturers sell similar specs for the money, but their stuff appears less expensive because you can buy less machine.

For another thing, you have the screen. This 15.4 inch monitor has a 1440x900 resolution. That's the same as the 22 inch panel on my desktop. Do the math ... the not new among you know that I love to do the math ... and you see that this screen is twice as dense! Apple won't let you see a pixely picture. There's a reason that Safari looks bad on Windows ... it was designed for a Mac!

So this is hardware worthy of quality software. It begs for quality software. In fact, if you write crappy software for the Mac, nobody will use it. The Apple community has come to expect a certain level of polish on their apps. Sure, some of them only go skin deep, but at least the effort is visible. I use an open-source instant messenger called Adium, and even this little app has the clean simple look of OS X. It even has a gorgeous little green duck icon that looks great sitting in the dock next to the Garage Band guitar. I'm a Java developer, so I know. You're lucky if we replace the coffee cup. And when I'm writing a Windows app, 16 colors and a copy of Paint is good enough.

But you know that I can't live without my .NET. Having written in C#, I never want to go back to C++. The Mono Project isn't keeping up, so I, of course, installed Boot Camp and Vista on this baby. And let me tell you, it runs Vista like a dream. I can't imagine the heat that the Boot Camp team gets in Cupertino for writing Windows drivers, but they did an excellent job.

Anyway, it's not my intent to become a Mac bigot or to convince you to switch. I just know quality when I see it, and the not new know that I'm all about the user experience.

My name is Michael L Perry, and I run Windows on the Mac.

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