Jake. Get a mac. Just do it. No, not just for textmate. Do it
because life is easier on a mac.
I have a mac…or, well, my wife does. I spend quite a bit of time on it, because it’s conveniently positioned in the family room, and because she is not a computer person.
Windows sucks because things just don’t work. Viruses run rampant,
spyware is targetted at them, and keeping your system running smooth
takes time. Windows just requires time.
Linux also requires time. Time to learn how to install this, time to
install that. Time to find compatible drivers for your newest
equipment, time to learn commands for new programs.
I would’ve agreed with your argument 2 years ago, and there are still a few rough edges, but I think desktop Linux has truly arrived. Ubuntu and its ilk have made system administration and package installation easier…yes…EASIER, than Mac OS X. I speak from the perspective of having done both…trust me. There is nothing on Mac that compares to Ubuntu (and thus, Debian’s) package management system (if not fink, which is the Mac port of Debian’s packaging system.
Macs, on the other hand, just work. Once upon a time, I hated macs
because I thought they dumbed everything down. I prided myself on
knowing everything about windows, to make it do what I want faster and
more efficiently. I looked down on mac users because I thought they
were so computer illiterate they needed everything done for them.
I don’t look down on Mac users at all. To each his own. I might smirk from time to time thinking about how much they overpaid for aesthetics (and machine aesthetics…not GUI. Linux GUI is coming along quite nicely).
Well, I was right about having everything done for them - but not the
computer illiterate part. OS X does everything for me. I don’t spend
time cleaning it up, making it run faster, reformatting. I don’t spend
time finding out why a program or device won’t work on my computer. I
spend time enjoying myself. I spend time getting work done.
To a certain extent, I agree. OS X usually works. But when it doesn’t, you quickly realize the benefits of having the source at hand, and the drawbacks of NOT having the source. You sacrifice an overwhelming amount of flexibility when going to a Mac. And you anchor yourself to a product, not a Movement. I prefer the later.
Now, I can’t trash talk Linux much, because it is a wonderful OS, and
if you really know what you’re doing it’s incredibly powerful. But for
me, I would rather spend time being productive.
I’m with you, but I find Linux to be more productive. Again, to each his own.
I know this isn’t what you were asking at all, but I’m sure there’s a
lot of other Mac guys on this mailing list that will agree with me, and
would be happy to see another computer guy switch to mac and realize
what you are missing out on.
It’s really not, and I’d really, really like to avoid hijacking this thread to push a product I don’t really care for . It’s miles ahead of Windows, but a bit behind Linux in my experience. So please, let’s get back to the original questions.
Are macs overpriced? Yes. Is every penny I spend on a mac worth it
because of the amount of time I save by using a mac? Without a doubt.
After 10 years of PC’s, 1 year of Macs has made me despise touching a
We’ll agree to disagree here. Thanks!