Time to shop for a new computer. And this time, I’m seriously thinking about going for an Apple Mac.
- I blog. All bloggers seem to have Macs. No idea why, but most of the opinions I read are currently talking about how great their Macs are. Damn, even Robert Scoble has admitted he wants one.
- Creative people use them – we’re trying to do a site all about creativity, so it would make a kind of sense.
- Something to write about. We’re always on the lookout for new material for this site, and this would be interesting stuff to write about.
- Interesting change – I’ve been using PCs for a while now.
- Experiencing being a newbie again. I know little of these Mac things. It would mean going right back to the basics of not even knowing how to install a program or driver.
- They’re pretty.
- Unix underneath. I like Linux, but never quite got along with it well enough to use it as my main desktop OS. Maybe the point for that is coming soon – Ubuntu looks pretty close. But I’ve still got a soft spot for Unix stuff.
- Being a newbie again could be quite disconcerting.
- Unused investment in learning Windows and PCs. I’ve put a lot of time in over the years to learn Windows, and I’d be wasting that.
- Expense. Everyone seems to know that Macs are more expensive than PCs. After having a look at prices for a while, I’m not sure that’s true, but there’s more ways of getting a PC on the cheap, and picking up cheap bits and building one is an option with PCs, but isn’t with Macs.
- Fear of the unknown. I know Windows does what I need, and works pretty damn reliably these days. Despite people still claiming otherwise, XP is pretty rock solid – I’d never seen it really crash on my laptop before the hardware failure. My main machine at work hasn’t really crashed in the last couple of years of use, and is rarely rebooted. I’d be leaving that comfort to go to something that I really don’t know. I’ll have to start from scratch with finding the apps that do what I need.
- I have an iPaq. It’s possible to sync it with a Mac, thanks to MarkSpace, but I’ve never tried it, so I don’t know how well it works.
So What Next?
I’ve got a few more questions to answer first, and a few things to think about. Any comments anyone has would be helpful.
- Is the syncing with a Windows Mobile device good enough? Looks like Missing Sync doesn’t support categories for tasks, which would mean some real changes in how I manage my stuff.
- Find a good FTP program. It’s Unix under there, so there must be plenty 😉
- Find a good text editor. Again, there should be some good ones out there. I’d heard plenty of good things about BBEdit, but a quick search just now has shown that it’s $200. For a text editor. Ouch. Maybe Vim.
- Find out about options for task management. Entourage is kind of expensive, so I need to find out what other options are out there for GTD on the Mac. I’m sure Merlin can help out here.
- Wait for the Tiger. The next version of MacOS X is due out at the end of this month – 10.4 – so it would seem sensible to wait until it’s released, and buy whatever machine I choose with that installed. No point in buying now, then having to pay to upgrade in a couple of weeks, and I’d rather not have to upgrade the OS as one of my first learning experiences. Yes, I know I wouldn’t actually have to as such, but I really couldn’t not do it 😉