IBM Fellow dumps Microsoft Windows XP, switches to Apple’s Mac OS X

“I’ve decided to make the move to a Microsoft-free computing environment, having tired of the time I spend on the care and feeding of XP as compared to my relatively worry-free network of Linux appliances and Macs. My latest acquisition is a 17″ Apple Powerbook powered by the IBM G4 processor which I’ll use to replace my XP laptop and an older G4 tower. In addition to a breathtakingly beautiful form factor, this machine has every feature I need, from DVD-R to Airport and Bluetooth connections. More importantly, there’s no essential application I need that doesn’t run on this platform. In this manner, I’ll avoid the Microsoft operating system tax, although I will break down and install the Microsoft Office suite (which actually is nicer on the Mac than it is on XP),” Grady Booch writes in his IBM developerWorks blog.

“When Longhorn comes out in a few years, I might take another look, but in the meantime, I have some real work to do and would rather not be distracted by the whinings of a needy operating system that seems to come down with a cold every time I take it out into the world,” Booch writes.

Full article here.

Grady Booch is an IBM Fellow who has served as architect and architectural mentor for numerous complex software-intensive systems around the world in just about every domain imaginable. Grady is the author of six best-selling books and has published several hundred articles on software engineering, including papers published in the early ’80s that originated the term and practice of object-oriented design.

MacDailyNews Take: Grady is a smart man who finally grew tired of wasting his time. Welcome to the party, Grady!

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  1. Double the power none of the mobility brother!

    I eventually i got tired of carrying around a full desktop around different working environments I have. Bought an iBook, which has less power than my desktop, but it still DOES the work needed, a little bit slower though

  2. I hope you all know who Grady Booch is. One of the Guru of OO, a driving force behind UML, the *thinking head* of Rational Rose. His switching will make waves.

    In some fields if he says OS X is better than that cut short all nay-sayers: Grady said so!

  3. Actually, IBM does make a version of the G4 and yes, its in the PowerBook.

    Remember, they are PowerPC partners and Motorola has been becoming less and less relevant to everything at Apple.

  4. I too made a ‘switch’ a year or more ago, I removed every last byte of Micros**t from my iMac and have been living a computer life of ease ever since.
    –I challenge you to do the same.–
    I use Text Edit to write and read Word docs from my windows suffering friends, Mail and .Mac for eletters and Safari to surf.
    If a company doesn’t support OSX I don’t support them.
    It’s simple and it works for me.
    Now, as for Micros**t, they can go suck my socks.

  5. You know, the irony of having a Mac is having lots of spare time to fill out these feedback forms at MDN’s website.

    My time is certainly productively spent, as distinct from the unproductive waste Windows would be.

    Grady Booch – what a legend. Read one of his OO books in Uni. Very usefull.

  6. [–I challenge you to do the same.–]

    Been M$-free since Aug1984.

    Still, I somehow manage to get stuff done.

    I guess Apple’s KoolAid tastes better to me than MafiaSoft’s. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  7. Grady Booch is one of the initial proponents of the Ada computer language. Ada has just about disappeared in general use, but it remains to this day a great example of a general OO programming language “that just works.” Remind anyone of computer platforms?

    After a while, Booch left Ada and concentrated on things like C++, a horrible and inelegant kludge very similar to Windows with its combination of advanced features and hand-me-downs from C, its baroque syntax, its general lack of readability (equivalent to user friendliness, where users are generally readers, not writers).

    The Mac’s decline in popularity pretty much matches Ada’s decline in popularity — a parallel decline in usable elegance. Perhaps there’ll one day be a resurgence in Ada just as there has been with Apple, Macintosh, and the iPod. Too bad there’s no Steve Jobs in Ada. (There is a Jonathan Ive — his name is Jean Ishbiah.)

  8. Electrix – go back at look at the Apple financials for last quarter.

    Apple sold 873,000 Macs last quarter, a 19% increase. 700,000 of those were using Freescale (Motorola) processors, delivered on or before time.

    They only sold 173,000 G5’s, thanks to IBM’s manufacturing problems, which are also delayed the new G5 iMac.

    Tell me again how Freescale is become irrelevant.

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