Scorecard: From Windows To MacOS And Back Again
Almost four happy years with a second-hand MacBook have come to an end.
I’ve never bought a new MacBook for myself. Raised on MS-DOS and the original BASIC, I’ve been a Windows user for most of my life and a Linux dabbler for a good chunk of it. My first encounter with an Apple MacBook was in 2013, when I used one for half a year before desperately switching back in frustration. My second and third MacBook experiences were in 2016 and 2019 respectively, both work-issued computers. Those experiences were okay, although my 2019 MacBook struggled to perform under JetBrains IntelliJ’s perpetual indexing madness so I’ll never really know how powerful it might have been.
Into The Apple’s Nest
In mid-to-late 2019, a close friend offered me the use of his old 2013 model, and it very quickly became my primary personal device. I was happy enough that I bought it off him, and made it my own.
It has served me well.
There are a fair number of things that MacBooks excel at, that make them a better experience than most PCs.
In my opinion, I think it’s possible that their best quality is that their screens and keyboards are comfortable enough to do pretty much everything without any peripheral devices. I kind of resent my Dell’s keyboard, and even my favorite external keyboards have never felt quite as good.
Disclaimer: It must be said, however, that while MacOS is generally great and Apple have clearly made an effort to build a solid operating system that provides a good experience, when encountering operating system or UX fails in the Apple ecosystem, those failures are spectacularly bad, and shockingly unexpected.
That’s never been a problem for me with Windows, because my expectations are so low that I’m excited and amazed whenever anything does what it’s supposed to.
The Good Stuff
- PDF Professional Suite — it slices, it dices, and at $30 for a lifetime license it’s saved me far more money than I ever spent on it.
- GarageBand — I’m no musician, and my…