Well, I’m not rich or convinced enough to go all-in with something super-expensive, but I was curious enough to dip my toes in the Mac-water with a Mac Mini. I bought one a couple of weeks ago, hooked it up to one of the two monitors in my study and have been using it, along with my PC, ever since. At first, I was under-whelmed, but the more I use it, the more I like it. I already prefer it for converting my home movies for my media server. Getting it to play well with my reasonably extensive home network was a bit of a challenge, but except for a couple of still-invisible devices, I managed to get there.
The early results are that I get the Mac thing, at least to some extent.
It’s hard to tell if I will gravitate more to the right side of my setup- where the Mac resides, but at a minimum I’ll keep the Mac around for the things it clearly does better than a PC. If I win the lottery, I’ll buy a tricked out Mac Pro and run both OS’s via Parallels or some other software.
I can tell you absolutely that there is no Mac-equivalent to Windows Live Writer for writing and managing blog posts. I’m using Ecto at the moment, and, with apologies to the Mac nation, it’s not even in the ballpark. It feels like going back to Internet Explorer after years of Firefox plug-in heaven.
UPDATE: I really don’t like Ecto. This post originally posted to an old, abandoned blog I still haven’t deleted. Granted, I’m sure I could figure out how to post it to this blog, but how wasn’t immediately evident, as it is in Live Writer. I reposted it via the Blogger dashboard.
I also hoped that iTunes would be faster on a Mac. It’s not- the Windows and Mac experience seem identical. It still amazes me how inflexible, slow and generally crappy the iTunes application is, given how elegant the Apple hardware is.
But there’s still something that feels different and oddly better about using the Mac. Plus, Earl and my other Mac buddies will be proud of me for taking the first step.