Since I’m using the Windows machine more than I have in the past, I sometimes have moments of nostalgia, just like I used to have after I divorced my first wife. Sometimes, it seemed like my old life wasn’t that bad; and I started questioning the decision I made to leave.
Of course, with Windows, I haven’t quite left; and that’s a good thing. I’ve got a big investment in time and money in my Windows set up. Why let it go to waste? But, when I look at the rather huge investment I’ve made in Macs over the past two years, I sometimes feel like it was overkill and I didn’t need to do it. All that money! Of course, I had a good rationale for why I wanted this or that; but it will take me another six to nine months at a fairly high payment level to get all of it paid off. When I put the numbers down on a piece of paper and stare at them, it's easy to forget anything but a question: Why in the world couldn’t I do what I needed to on a single Windows PC?
A few weeks ago, I ran across this statement in a MacWorld article:
“…many researchers told him that Mac OS X allowed them to trade in three computers -- namely a Mac, a PC and a Unix machine -- for one computer, a Mac running OS X. Researchers can use Mac OS X to run their Unix applications, their commercial research applications like Mathematica and their productivity applications such as Photoshop or Word all on one machine.”
That is one of the things I love about Mac OS X, even though—in terms of general philosophy—I went in the opposite direction. I have a PowerMac I use only for video production; another for graphics, desktop publishing, web publishing, and a backup video production machine; and a flat panel iMac use for writing but that can be pressed into “backup” video service as well. I really do use all of them, often several at once. (If Apple produces a G5 powered flat panel iMac, then I’ll probably sell the iMac and my slower PowerMac, buy it, and drop back to using only three machines.)
But I digress.
I had started thinking it was all nothing but excess until I started burning DVD’s on my PC again. I got reminded why I had switched to the Mac in the first place. I realized that I hadn't been looking at how I feel when I sit down at either OS. I love and always have loved OS X. Using Windows is like living again with an ex-wife I divorced long ago. It works for a while, but then I suddenly realize the decision to leave was a lot wiser than I first thought.