Friday, August 19, 2011

The Windows 7 Dilemma

Windows vs. Mac

Welcome to my first Blog post. It seems that there has always been a divide between PC and Mac. I have always been on the PC side until recently...

Terminal Support

I love Windows 7, it is fast and mostly secure and offers nearly everything I need, except integrated Unix and there is my dilemma. My world now revolves around developing on LAMP and using a Windows box is more inconvenient than convenient. Using Putty is great and I find Cygwin exciting, but at the end of day they all have their shortcomings. I am using a Ubuntu (Soon to be Fedora) box at work now and I find I hardly ever turn to my PC. The simple fact that I spend most of my time in the command line is a big factor on why I want to switch.

Why not just go to Linux?

So I guess the next question has to be "Why not just switch to Linux?" The quick answer is that I would like to have access to mainstream programs that are only available for PC/Mac. So if I get a computer that has mainstream integration and has Unix support what do you choose? The answer seems simple.

Boot time

I rebooted my Windows 7 machine this morning, then went and took the trash out. When I first installed my machine I tried to make sure that I had only items I need, but as your machine gets older it loads more and more into start up. Wouldn't it be great if you didn't have to worry about that? Wouldn't it be great to have your machine ready to use in a couple of minutes?


I think the verdict is still out, but I decided to look at the new Macbook Air. I think it will give me the portability and functionality that I want in a computer along with Mainstream support to use all the commercial programs I want to use.

I will keep you posted!

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1 comment:

  1. I definitely recommend making the switch to Mac. I did just a few months ago and LOVE it. Terminal is one of the pluses, but also I have no slowness issues like I did with Windows, and it's just better.