Well I finally broke down and got me one of those Intel iMacs and a copy
of Textmate. It took me a bit to get use to Textmate but once I learned
some of the shortcuts I was cruising. Mac OS X took very little time to
get used to as I already had a decent *nix background. Up until this
point I had been primarily on Windows.
Some of the productivity highlights I’ve found:
- My CPU cycles are not being eatten by virus scanners and firewalls
- MySQL actually runs better on my new Mac than it did on Windows (why
is this? It uses less memory and seems more responsive)
- With tools like Darwinports I can bring down most any package I want
in a few minutes
- No .NET. I didn’t realize how painfully slow .NET actually is and
how much of a memory hog it is. Rogue ASP.NET worker processes eatting
tons of ram. IIS crapping out on large file uploads. WinForms taking
10+ meg just to display “Hello World”. I’ve seen too many ASP.NET apps
degrade over time, RoR doesn’t. ASP.NET is a good tool - don’t get me
wrong, but its definately NOT keeping up with Rails, or even PHP for
that matter IHMO.
- When I need to grab something off of Windows I use Parallels.com
nifty tool and put Windows in a little jail cell so it cannot hurt
itself and I can run Windows in near native speed. I gotta admit
though, once I migrated my stuff from Windows I haven’t booted it up
- XCode, why doesn’t this wonderful tool get more press?? Its awesome.
- Rails likes Macs more than Windows (Well, at least I think so).
For those that haven’t experienced the new Intel Macs, I suggest you
give it a try as I’ve been very happy. Honestly if I was Dell I’d be a
little worried about the new Macs, they are fast, sleek, and ready to go
out of the box. They are not loaded with AOL, Compuserver, MSN, etc.
garbage or other spyware apps. The MacBook will be my next purchase.
Well, actually now that I think of it if I was Dell I’d proably shutdown
the company and give the money back to the shareholders
Well I had better get out of here before Steve Ballmer tosses a chair at