Think Different(ly)

Sun, Feb 26, 2017 2-minute read

In a recent conversation with Knightwise we were musing that it doesn’t seem that it’s very long since we were both ragging on Dave to get off Windows and get a Mac. Today we’re both seriously entertaining the possibility that our next primary computing device might be running an OS from Redmond. What changed? Has Windows gotten that much better?

Yes. It’s undeniably better.

But we’re also different.

And Apple is different.

I think when we switched to the Mac we saw it as the Valhalla of everything we were looking for. A better system with a unix terminal which would give us the best of both worlds: open source, and a first-class GUI driven OS.

In a lot of ways the Mac hasn’t progressed since the Intel transition. Sure there have been feature additions, and if you use iOS regularly there is a lot to help you work with those devices and in that ecosystem.But for switchers and sliders there hasn’t been significant change in the Mac operating system for the better part of a decade.

Long in the Tooth And the hardware? Well as of this writing, the best rating for the “when to buy” page for Macs is a neutral rating for the Macbook Pro.

  • iMac: 16 months since last refresh * Mac Mini: 28 months since last refresh * Mac Pro: 38 months since last refresh

These machines need some love if you expect knowledgable people to buy them. And if you don’t well then I guess that’ll be where we part ways.

  • Mac Pro * Ships with a CPU released in September 2013 * Costs the same as it did when it was new * Pretty much every component is outdated * Mac Mini * The best CPU option was released in July 2014 – there have been 3 generations of i7 CPUs since then * The max RAM is 16GB * Costs the same as it did when it was new

And Windows? Well you can get BASH on Windows now, on reasonably inexpensive and current hardware.