I've always been a bit of a hybrid computer user. By that I mean I am pretty much at home on both Windows and Macintosh platforms. Two years ago I made a vow never to purchase PC hardware again based on the effort it involves in installing / upgrading / configuring / etc anything to do with a PC. However - I continued to predominantly use Windows (Vista / 7) for a number of reasons - to list a few:
- Most of my work is viewed by people using the Windows operating system seeing as this is by far the most popular OS - it made sense to text and view websites on the PC
- All my software licenses (Adobe Production Premium, Adobe Web Premium, etc) are for the PC platform
- In the past I used to do a lot of multimedia work utilising Director and often making Director talk to the system or peripheral devices - these sort of antics are so much more versatile within Windows
Recently I have done less and less Director-based work. I was also getting more and more frustrated with Windows Vista and Windows 7 (which, in my opinion, is as bad as Vista for crashing and silly glitches). I was spending most my days fighting with the Windows OS, trying to get it to do the simple things I wanted it to do. Things like opening a program form the ridiculously named 'Start' menu - for some reason most programs would not run by clicking on them. I had to physically locate the .exe file the shortcut pointed to and open it from there. Why this happened I don't know. I had also lost the will to find out. Copying files was also ridiculous - it would sometimes take literally hours to copy just a few hundred megabytes. Other times Windows would cite me 'days' as the estimated time.
The final straw however was when the fully licensed and legit version of Windows 7 I ran on my MacBook using Bootcamp suddenly started to tell me it was not valid. All day, every day I was constantly reminded of this erroneous fact via a popup at the bottom right of the screen. My attempts to call Microsoft and resolve the issue resulted in being competely unable to contact anyone at Mircosoft. At all. I would constantly get referred back to my vendor or to a 'buy a new licence of Windows 7 now' webpage. My choices were a) pay another £150-odd for an OS I had already spend £150 on or, the more drastic approach b) sod it off and move over to Mac OS entirely. I chose to sod it off.
This wasn't going to be a cheap switch but I needed to upgrade a lot of my software and hardware anyway so decided to take the plunge. My plan was to do the following:
- Purchase a brand new 27" iMac as my main workhorse to replace my almost useless Dell running Vista
- Invest in a Time Capsule to handle day-to-day backups from the iMac and act as a WiFi base station (I had no ends of issues with communication between my PC, Router and Airport Express)
- Continue to use my RAID 2 ReadyNAS to archive old projects
- Upgrade (memory and HDD) and reformat by MacBook for use on the road
- Use OSX Snow Leopard on both iMac and MacBook as my main operating system. The iMac would then have XP and Vista running on Bootcamp / Parallels partitions whilst the MacBook ran Windows 7 under bootcamp
- Cross-platform upgrade my licenses of Adobe CS
- Smash a thousand shades of living hell out of the pathetic Dell piece of crud that had been maing my life hell for so long
I have run out of time now but I will blog soon on how the Big Switch went and the teething problems I ran into.