I realize it has been quite some time since I last posted anything. As with everyone else, I am extremely busy and have been for a long time.
What is the Darkside?
I bought a MacBook Pro. There. I said it! I feel dirty for saying it.
This is not a something that I under took lightly. I've been thinking about doing this for several years, but I really couldn't justify it until recently. A few months ago I unexpectedly parted ways with the company I'd been with for 3 years. This lead the opportunity of opening my own consulting business and to become my own boss. With this business comes a new attitude that makes me not want to be tied exclusively to the MS sandbox as I have for more than a decade. But you say that I did not need to abandon Windows, right? Correct, there are many Windows equivalents for Mac; Lamp development stacks, Ruby on Rails stacks, etc.
For me the decision came down to the fact that I wanted to be able to develop many different types of applications on many different types of platforms. By using the MBP, I am able to use those tools in their best of breed environments using quality hardware in a top notch product.
What makes the MBP so much better?
I just bought an Alienware M17x about 6 months ago. I knew it was going to be heavy, I also thought it would be top notch quality. Lets start with the fact it weighs 12 lbs, then mention the fact the power supply is at least 3 lbs. It runs super hot (on stock factory settings), it is load. It is also fast, powerful, and has great graphics. What it does not have is a quality fee to it. It just feels flimsy and plastic. But at the end of the day it was not what I needed, I could not run everything I wanted without hacks.
The MBP on the otherhand is
- High performance
- Light - 6.6 lbs
- Light Power supply
- Awesome graphics
- Runs much cooler
- Can run Windows via Bootcamp or VMs (I chose VMWare Fusion).
- Made from a solid chunk of aluminum
Some of you at the point might be asking yourself why this is such a big deal, big enough for me to post it. Well simply put, I view Apple in the same light some people view Microsoft or Google. I got rid of my iPhone for an Android (now using a Samsung Note). My wife has the iPad, I have a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.
What this does not mean
I will not be jumping ship and abandoning MS or .NET. MS.NET is the core of what I do and the core of my consultancy. I will not become a mindless Apple fan-boy, don't we get enough mindlessness with Politics and Religion?
What did I get?
I ended up getting a 17" MacBook Pro.
- 2.5Ghz Intel core i7
- 8 GB RAM
- 750GB 7200RPM HDD
- 17", Anti-glare, UXGA