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Back to Mac

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A 2009 MacBook Pro

After several years of working on Windows XP machines, I've recently made the switch back to Mac.

The difference is profound and makes me regret that I didn't push for the Mac a long time ago.

A rough analogy would be switching from a 1987 Ford Taurus to a brand new BMW M3.

I build things that run on web sites and those sites all run on Linux. When I have to work on a Windows machine, the only way I could really do development was to use a Virtual Machine which let me effectively have a Linux server running "inside" Windows.

While this works, it means constantly jumping through a lot of hoops. It also means everything runs slower because hardware that was designed to be used as a single computer is being asked to do the work of two or more.

With a Mac these issues simply go away.

Under the hood, a Mac works basically the same as the servers I write code for. This allows me to do what is called "Native Development". No more jumping through hoops. No more forcing hardware to pull multiple-duty.

Take this along with the improvements Apple made to the Mac's operating system since 2001 (which is when Windows XP was released) and I'd guess I'm 25-30% more efficient on a Mac.

It's good to be back.

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Back to Mac


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After several years of working on Windows XP machines, I've 
recently made the switch back to Mac.

The difference is profound and makes me regret that I didn't 
push for the Mac a long time ago.

A rough analogy would be switching from a 1987 
<<link|Ford Taurus|https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:1st_Ford_Taurus_GL_sedan.jpg>> 
to a brand new <<link|BMW M3|https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BMW_M3>>.

I build things that run on web sites and those sites all run on 
<<link|Linux|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linux>>. 
When I have to work on a Windows machine, the only way I could 
really do development was to use a <<link|Virtual Machine|http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_Machine>> 
which let me effectively have a Linux server running "inside" Windows.

While this works, it means constantly jumping through a lot of hoops. 
It also means everything runs slower because hardware that was designed 
to be used as a single computer is being asked to do the work of 
two or more.

With a Mac these issues simply go away.

Under the hood, a Mac works basically the same as the servers I 
write code for. This allows me to do what is called "Native 
Development". No more jumping through hoops. No more forcing hardware 
to pull multiple-duty.

Take this along with the improvements Apple made to the Mac's 
operating system since 2001 (which is when Windows XP was released) 
and I'd guess I'm 25-30% more efficient on a Mac.

It's good to be back.

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-- date: 2009-01-23 00:00:00
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-- status: published
-- type: dev