It was a year ago last week that I made my first blog entry from my new Apple PowerMac. I made “The Switch” that week and haven’t looked back since. My e-mail switched over with only minor hassles — my Perl skills came in handy there, as I recall. My photos, contacts, and calendar have never been more organized. iTunes was nice, at first, but became invaluable with the iPod I got for Christmas. The update to the operating system, Tiger, was very smooth with only one casualty – Audacity would no longer record audio. Thankfully, Garage Band filled the gap nicely, and I could still go back to Audacity for editing purposes.
The only thing I really wanted to pick up with the Apple that I haven’t in the past year is more Illustrator skills. I’ve picked at it here and there, but haven’t really devoted the time to it that I wanted.
The only thing I had to get used to was the new keyboard. Beyond the new control-type keys, it felt tighter, like the keys were jammed together too closely. I still go back and forth from that keyboard to a Windows-oriented keyboard at work everyday, but I barely notice the difference anymore.
In the end, the Mac has given me everything I wanted from Linux (stability, usability, upside potential, *NIX command line, GUI goodness), but without any of the hassles. I can’t imagine switching back.