The NeoSmart Files

15 Years to Pick an OS

For the last 15 years, I have been a Windows user and developer. I’ve owned several different computers, all running one version of Windows or another, and sometimes I’d even do a little bit of dabbling in Linux, but for the most part I’ve always felt that Windows could be better. The user interface lacks consistency, and personally I feel that with Windows Vista, things are going down hill.

I was set to build a new computer for myself at the end of February, but I realized soon after I had finished finalizing the specification that I would need to run Windows Vista 64-bit on it in order to take full advantage of my hardware. I’m not much of a fan of Windows Vista 64-bit, due to all of the issues between 32-bit and 64-bit executables and the headaches of 32-bit vs. 64-bit Internet Explorer. After considering many things, like what I plan on doing with my computer, I changed my mind on building that system, in fact I’ve completely crossed it off of my list.

Let me tell you, I never thought I’d see the day where I actually managed to pull this one off…

… as of January 15th, 2008 I am now a Mac user. I purchased a brand new 15” MacBook Pro with a 2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 2 GB of RAM, 8x Dual Layer SuperDrive, 120 GB of hard disk space and a NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT graphics processor with 128MB of video memory, running Mac OS X 10.5.

I can sum up my experience with Mac OS X in just three words: Oh. My. God. This computer is insanely powerful, and provides a rock-solid computing experience that is out of this world. iPhoto handles all of my photo editing needs, Pages is a great word processor, iTunes is amazing, and Safari renders pages faster than any browser I’ve ever used.

Not to mention all of the great applications that come with the computer which make it extremely fun — iMovie, GarageBand, and Photo Booth are three such applications which I could play with for hours on end.Needless to say, my days as a Windows user have officially come to an end. I’m tired of the maintenance, dealing with the cumbersome registry, and worrying about upcoming Windows Updates wreaking havoc on my system.

With this switch, I would also like to take the time to make another announcement. I will now be blogging here at NeoSmart Technologies (NST). My plan is to cover mostly Mac topics, although I will still have a hand in some Windows guides as well.

Consider this post to be an introduction, the first of a series on the best way to go about switching from one OS to another…. completely.