Mac vs. PC :: Will my next computer be a Mac?

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It's been about two and a half years since I made the switch from being a dedicated Windows user to [buying my first Mac](//kdmurray.com/2006/09/macbook-day-1/). I have really enjoyed my MacBook and wanted to take a few moments to discuss some of the differences and similarities I've found with the Mac ownership experience, compared to my earlier (and ongoing) experiences with the Windows platform. **Marketing and Markets** Both [Windows](http://blogs.computerworld.com/five_reasons_why_vista_beats_mac_os_x) and [Mac](http://www.tuaw.com/2008/03/24/why-the-mac-is-better-than-the-pc-crapware/) [enthusiasts](http://apcmag.com/15_reasons_macs_are_still_better_than_windows.htm) love to [evangelize](http://mac.elated.com/2008/12/12/10-ways-that-windows-is-better-than-mac-os/) their platform of choice.  It's human nature, we all want people to know how smart we are for choosing the best of what's available. As is often the case with most of these "[holy wars](https://www.google.ca/search?q=mac windows holy war)" the smaller market tends to be more vocal, and more likely to point out all the flaws in…
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A Geek’s Tour of Boston & Cambridge

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************NEED TO FIND THE PHOTOS FOR THIS POST************** On my recent trip to Boston I had a day all to myself thanks to my lovely wife being stuck in a conference (which was the catalyst for the trip in the first place).  I took the opportunity to do a bit of a Geek's Tour of the area, some of which I've already blogged about. The day started off in the hotel room poaching free wi-fi off a local hospital.  It's damn decent of them to offer a wi-fi hotspot free to patients and their families (and geeks who are willing to sit at an odd angle near the hotel window).  I was completing a draft of an email that I was planning to send to the mayors of Burnaby and…
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Technological Dependence

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At what point did I become completely dependent on my technology?  I mean, I can remember a time when I didn't carry  a cell phone.  Sure my life was simpler back then, but even doing some simple tasks today seems all to difficult without the phone. As these devices have made their way into our lives, the concept of convergence has helped them stick.  Two hundred years ago, the only way to communicate with someone was either in person, or by post.  Then came the invention of the [telegraph](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telegraph).  This would allow someone to send a text-message to someone in another city by way of an electrical current.  Really, this was the predecessor to email, fax and text messaging. Seventy years later, Alexander Graham Bell was busy working on a…
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Dave Brubeck, Take Five

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Thank you Wil Wheaton. For several years now I've wondered what the name of this song is.  It's been used in countless soundtracks, commercials, movies, well the list goes on.  And I've never been able to find anyone who knows who wrote it, performed it or what the name of it was... until now. I found this post through my RSS reader tonight (I'm a bit behind on some of my blog reading....).  As I was catching up on the latest from "[wwdn: in exile](http://wilwheaton.typepad.com/)" I found a post entitled [joe morello  is a god](http://wilwheaton.typepad.com/wwdnbackup/2008/01/joe-morello-is.html). [youtube:http://youtube.com/watch?v=DDOgYw5-pNs&feature=related] Now I know that the song is called [_Take Five_](http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000UBPS60?ie=UTF8&tag=kdmunetkswebl-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B000UBPS60), from an album called _Time Out_. The YouTube clip pictured above is the [Dave Brubeck Quartet](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dave_Brubeck_Quartet) from 1961.  I was trying to find different…
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