“It was about a year ago that, after a decade or so of Windows on my client and Unix/Linux on my servers, I bought a TiBook and got into OS X. I am only rarely tempted to go back. It’s worth it, I think, to look back over the past year,” writes Tim Bray in his pseudo weblog, “ongoing,” in an article about his first year after switching to Mac OS X entitled, “iYear.”
Bray continues, “The aesthetics [of Mac OS X] are infinitely better than Windows, which seems to get more cartoonish and overexcited with each successive release. Aesthetics are important, I spend hours per day looking at this real estate and it should look good by default. I’m just not prepared, any more, to live without anti-aliasing and adjustable transparency and shadowing and all the little things that leave the eye a little more rested at the end of the day.”
“The apps are really a mixed bag. Safari, iTunes, the DVD player, and iChat are fine pieces of software. Mail.app (Just Doesn’t Work), iCal (slow and loses data), and iSync (insanely slow) are horrible. I don’t understand why you’d want iPhoto. iMovie and the Address Book are good enough to use but don’t leave you with a warm glow. This is a better batting average than most software companies,” Bray writes.
Bray looks at Mac OS X’s “Pain Points,” which he lists as “UI inconsistency,” “Apple’s one-button mouse,” “Finder,” and “keyboard shortcuts.”
Bray concludes, “If you’re a design weenie and live in the Photoshop/Dreamweaver space, a Mac is probably the best bet if only for cultural reasons. If you’re music-centric, it would appear that Apple is pretty well the place to be right now… And if you’re a person who spends a lot of time doing server-side work on boxes where the OS’s name ends in ?x,? well it’s a no-brainer, you’d be nuts not to get a Mac.”
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