I started here at OWC a little over a year ago. I’m a Senior Software architect that has worked primarily in Windows and Linux and have a brother who is a designer that works primarily in Macs.
Although I’ve done extensive studio work (I’m also a musician) where the engineers all have Mac computers running Logic Pro or Pro Tools, I’ve always viewed Macs as a ridiculous hipster toy rather than an actual computer. I held strongly to the view that unless it’s a huge oversized box, it’s not strong enough for my needs. I have a dell XPS laptop at home that’s an inch & a half thick and thought that was the best you could get.
On my first day here, I was handed a 17″ MacBook Pro with a 2.6Ghz processor and 4GB of memory, and took on the task of learning to work with this hipster toy. I installed all of the software I needed (Surprisingly, everything I needed was readily available, with the exception of Internet Explorer, which I use solely for browser testing, so I also installed VMWare Fusion to allow me to run windows to test web applications for IE compatibility) and got to work.
For two weeks I worked on this Mac without opening my Dell. Two weeks of learning a completely different workflow.
And then I went home and opened up my Dell:
I was amazed.
I never realized just how kludgy, inefficient and slow Windows is.
I never realized how wastefully bulky that laptop was.
My $3000 prized Dell XPS m1710 gaming laptop felt like a cheap, chintzy waste of plastic running inferior software.
All of my previous conceptions about Apple and Macs had been smashed to pieces.
Since my Apple Epiphany, I have slowly become a Mac Evangelist to my friends, family and colleagues. I am constantly finding new wonderful things about my Apple products (I own several now) that increase both my productivity and personal satisfaction about the machine I spend most of my day with. I am now running a 15″ MacBook Pro unibody with a 2.96GHz processor and 8GB of memory. This thing screams.
At this moment, I am running Mail, iTunes, Zend Studio, Terminal, Adium, Google Chrome, FireFox, Opera, Safari, QuickSilver, SMCFanControl, Growl, Google Quick Search Box, Cord, ExpanDrive, iCal, OmniGraffle Professional and Smultron. I still have 4GB of memory waiting to be used and my processor isn’t anywhere near breaking a sweat. It’s ridiculous how much power these machines have while remaining physically small and absolutely beautiful.
I am now, and will forever be a Mac User and I thank OWC for opening my eyes to this wonderful world. I will never be able to express in words just how much I enjoy working with my Mac (and iPhone… and soon, my iPad).
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