Switching To A Mac – Pirillo Is Even Giving It Some Thought

When I read Steve Mermelstein’s article here at LG which indicated that Chris Pirillo has given some thought about switching over to a Mac, it made me wonder just what the heck is going on here?

I was trying to recall when I first got online and attached via dialup to the Internet. I believe it was in 1989 or so when I was living in the small town of Groveland, CA., which is located just off of Hwy. #120 as you are heading to Yosemite National Park. My wife and I actually were living in the resort community of Pine Mountain Lake, and their were no ISP’s back than willing to supply us with a Internet connection. So about 60 of us permanent residents got together and formed a computer group which basically consisted of PC users and a few Mac users which we considered a odd lot. :-) I say this with affection since they were actually very fine folks and smart as whips. We started to lobby two local ISP’s from the BIG city of Sonora, CA. [pop. 4,000+] to show them that there was a large enough base of potential clients to justify them spending money on the equipment necessary to get us online. It took six months of negotiation to finally get both ISP’s to get us connected.

Anyway, one of the first newsletters I subscribed to was being written by a kid from Iowa who called his newsletter Lockergnome by the name of Chris Pirillo. Over the years I have read his stuff and have always considered what Chris has said as being pretty much on the money. He was a die hard PC user and over the years we all suffered through the trials and tribulations of various versions of Windows and worked out the many problems together.

Also over the years I came to regard others in the technology field as not only experts, but as friends, such as Scot Finnie from Scots Newsletter Forum, Fred Langa and Robert X. Cringely mainly because of his dry sense of humor. As you may recall I did a article about Scott Finnie who gave up on Windows and switched over to a MAC. I must say I was surprised, because Scot has made his living writing about and informing us about Windows.

Now it seems that Chris may, just may, be considering making the same move away from a PC to a MAC. Which begs to question why? Why now? Though I can’t enter into the peoples brain and answer for them, I can venture a guess as to the why. In the past I have always followed the crowd and have gone with the latest and greatest Windows released and have always upgraded all of my systems when a new version of Windows was introduced. But with Vista this has not been the case. Not only does Vista require a huge hardware change, but for some it also requires investing more bucks into upgrading some of the software than runs fine under Windows XP. For some, OEMs have still not released Vista drivers for other hardware such as printers, scanners and the like.

As I have stated previously, I was one of the fortunate ones who was invited to Beta test Vista and received a free copy of Vista Ultimate from Microsoft, for which I thank them for. It gave me the opportunity to use the software starting back in November, 2006 when Vista went gold. But it has been over six months now and I am still not feeling the WOW. Sorry. But that is just my opinion about Vista. I have no intention of upgrading any of my other 4 systems to Vista, either now or in the future.

So to Chris I say this. I personally believe that switching over to a MAC is a wise and smart move.

If someone were to tell me a few years ago that I would of even said such a thing, I would of told them that they were nuts. :-)

So what do you think? Is it time to consider some alternatives to Windows? Or are you satisfied with Vista and won’t be making the switch?

Comments welcome.

See Steve’s article here.

[tags]apple, mac, vista, microsoft, switch, pirillo, [/tags]

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  • marc klink

    Far from being a Luddite, I usually am an early adopter. I have nothing against OS X or Apple. I do wonder what specific things are not able to be accomplished with XP, that necessitate a switch to anything else.

    For previous versions of Windows, there were always a couple of things that made it important to change to the newer version. I don’t see that now. Until the need arises for 4GB or more of memory for some heretofore unknown ‘killer’ app, XP should do. [when that happens, securing a copy of XP64 should be less stressfull than using Vista]

    For every previous version of Windows after 3.0, I was champing at the bit to get the better quality and features of the newer revision. For me, even Me offered some level of goodness. Not so with Vista.

    To really know the guts of the OS, which I want to know about anything I use, you need to get comfortable with the non-graphics parts of it. Yes, the dreaded command line! For OS X it’s FreeBSD. If you want to run a Mac-like experience, FreeBSD is, er, free. Xfree is infinitely customizemable, and much of making it look like Mac has already been done. So with that, the Mac experience is available without little to no hardware change.

  • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

    Hi Marc,
    Quick question – are you saying that FreeBSD is just as good as OS X? I haven’t used either and have no personal knowledge about this.
    Thanks, Ron

  • marc klink

    I have used it, it allows almost any look you want, as it is so configurable. If you look hard, all the parts of a Mac-like desktop are there to be had.

    Long ago when Windows 3.1 was having trouble integrating a TCP/IP stack, and people’s computers were crashing almost hourly, FreeBSD was running Walnut Creek file repository, and hosting 1200 concurrent connections on a Pentium Pro 200 with 1GB of memory. The up time for the system was calculated in months. It has more than kept up with advances, and has recently announced that later this summer it will be moving to the new Sun ZFS file system. It seems funny that Apple has announced that 10.5 will also use it. I think this explains how much of FreeBSD is intact under OS X. It has suffered because it did not install X windows as default. That has been fixed, as the developers saw that was slowing adoption. Also, there are fixes in place to use the binaries from all the other BSD’s, and from almost any Linux distribution, with little to no performance penalty.

  • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

    Hi Marc,
    Thanks for sharing this information and your experience. You peaked my interest.
    Thanks again, Ron

  • http://www.tcfilm.org Jerry Day

    Hi Ron,

    Life brings funny coincidences.

    I found this posting due to my Google Alerts for “Sonora”. I grew up and now live in Sonora and therefore know of what you speak. But it gets better — I was the producer of CFH before Chris and worked on Leo to (re)join the Mac World.

    Chris probably doesn’t know me (I had left TechTV), but I welcome his move and your interest. It’s been a long road. Come on in — the water’s fine.

  • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

    Hello Jerry,
    Thanks for dropping by and sharing this. It is a small world. I setup Broadband Internet for City Hall in Sonora, also did some work for Greg Applegate the City Manager and another client I had was David Sheppard past Sonora Mayor and City Councilman.
    I also taught six years at Columbia College, Comm Ed. Dept.
    Regards, Ron

  • Don Naphen

    Interesting blog Ron. Coincidentally, I was checking out today’s PC Mag earlier and came across a rather interesting review of Apple’s new OS. The article is entitled: “Leopard is the new Vista, and it P***** me off” (I bleeped it out). A rather long and critical review of the OS, and it’s followed by another editor’s review, which is a bit kinder, leaning towards a “Pro” stance.

    It is an interesting set of reads, and hope you and your readers find it informative, if not entertaining! It doesn’t mince words! Funny how two review editors can come to two distinct and opposite points of view. Too bad they can’t have the same interaction on other reviews, such as new hardware products. A difference of opinion (with justifications) could save countless souls a lot of money before making a decision on whether or not to purchase the item.

  • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

    Hi Don,
    I just read the articles. Interesting read.
    Maybe MS and Apple should both get back to basics, drop all the graphics stuff and just give us all an OS that just works.

    Thanks for the heads up.

    Regards, Ron

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