I'm Moving to Mac


Over the last few months I’ve seen my trusty IBM ThinkPad (s ibm) start to deteriorate. We’ve been through a lot, this laptop and I, as it’s been a faithful companion for nearly five years now. It’s been tweaked and configured just perfectly for me, with software and utilities perfectly chosen to fit my needs. Its screen is fading, its battery life is down to under an hour, and the entire right-hand side is held together with electrical tape. The performance is also starting to be an issue. I attend weekly team meetings via Skype; even a basic video chat was bringing the machine to its knees.

Obviously it was time for a replacement, but the adventure I took to get there has been a wild one. You see, for the first time in my life, not only did I consider a Mac (s aapl) as a viable option, but I’ve gone ahead and made the switch.

I guess you would say that I’m a PC (s msft). I’ve been using PCs since I purchased my first one nearly 20 years ago. From DOS to Windows 3.0 to Vista, it’s been my world. I’ve learned the ins and outs of using and managing the various OS flavors. I’m comfortable with shortcut keys, have compiled thousands of tips and tricks for hundreds of software packages for Windows. I’m not an evangelist or a fanboy, but I’ve been quite productive using my PC and really haven’t been affected by virus, spyware or the “typical” issues that are used to describe a bad PC experience.

On the other hand, Macs  have been a mostly unknown entity. Although those who know me will speak of my legendary disdain for iTunes, I’ve never really been “anti-Mac.” I’ve helped friends and clients purchase and set them up so, it isn’t that I had no exposure to them, it was just that the time I had spent with them didn’t really do anything to convince me that there was a compelling reason to convert.

This time, I guess it was peer pressure more than anything that even got me thinking about the switch. Co-workers and friends have been raving about them, and whenever the discussion changed to my laptop replacement, the “get a Mac” proclamations became too much for me to dismiss. So I started to seriously consider it. I researched models, made lists of software, thought about pros and cons, chatted with friends and did my normal over-analysis. It’s an important decision though — my computer is so closely tied to my livelihood that it isn’t something I could take lightly. I found that my primary concerns were tied to three major areas — support, software and overall usability.

In my upcoming posts I’ll be outlining not only my pre-purchase thought process and evaluation experience but I’ll also be documenting the transition, my retraining, software changes and choices, usability challenges, and some great surprises that I’ve discovered in the process — about Windows, about Mac and about me.

If you’ve made the switch from PC to Mac, or vice versa, let us know how it went for you in the comments.

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I’ve done almost the exact same thing – and it’s been a brutal process – really – have a MacBook Pro – 13″ and can summarize some of my experience. My most recent plat form was a Sony Vaio, VGN-TZ90S. I loved the size and lightness of the Sony, and was willing to compromise both of those desirable attributes for higher productivity and ease of use. My conclusion in short is that it’s a ‘push’. Here’s a list of my issues:

Still need to have VM ware, to run programs for which there is no MAC alternative. Then, ended-up buying Windows 7. Then Office for Mac. Found that there is no easy way to convert out of Outlook, event to Entourage. Bought three programs to do that; the third worked. Found I had to convert Quicken and Quickbook files to Mac format, but couldn’t do that on 2007 versions. Had to buy both Windows and Mac versions of Quicken simply to make the conversion – I’ve been refunded on the Windows version, since it didn’t work (hours with tech support). Had to re-organize all my back-up processes. Finally, have bought an external hard drive large enough to take advantage of Time Machine – am working through deleting all of my redundant back-ups – bought a program (Tidy Up) to help do that… the list goes on.

Finally, having bought my new computer around Jan 1, found that my productivity dropped to about 2% for easily 2 months. March I was starting to gain momentum, say 30% previous productivity, April I’m at 80%. Still struggle with cross-platform conflicts, and, believe it or not, actually crashed my Mac twice (yes 2 times) yesterday…..did a cold shutdown each time….. the battle continues


“Found that there is no easy way to convert out of Outlook, event to Entourage. Bought three programs to do that; the third worked.”

Which program was that?


I hope you will also talk about how you decided on the size you purchased (13, 15, 17). I think I spent more time pondering this decision than whether or not to switch in the first place. I wanted this to be my desktop replacement (coming from a 22″ monitor), so I strongly considered the 17″ but in the end went with the 15, which had more to do with price than anything. I’ve been pleased with the size and have not missed the larger monitor too much.

I bought my MacBook Pro about 6 months ago and it’s been the best purchase I’ve made in many years.

Scott Blitstein

Yes – the size was actually the easiest part of the decision. I’ll get to that though..

Oh, I can’t tease like that. I went with the 13 but will go in to more detail on why.


Simon Mackie

I also have the 13″ — I wanted to get something portable. Screen real estate is less of an issue, as I can use an external monitor when I’m at home anyway.

Scott Blitstein

Exactly Simon – the 13 was sufficient for most of my every day work but made it small and light and with the longest battery life. I’ll hook up to the second monitor as soon as I get the vga adapter I didn’t think about needing…



I purchased a 15″ MacBook Pro in November of last year. I can’t say that I actually switched over completely because in December I also purchased a new desktop PC.

I have to have a PC because I do a lot of freelance database work and need it for Access (which is not available for the Mac). I also prefer using the other Office 2007 programs as opposed to their counterparts in 2008 for the Mac. For example, the menu across the top in Word 2007 is way more accessible and easy to use than Word 2008. I’ve also found it extremely difficult to switch entirely to web-based email and cannot find anything to replace Outlook to my liking. Entourage is not even a contender. I guess it all boils down to me being a creature of habit more than anything.

I know I can dual boot, but I’ve heard running Windows on the Mac opens it up to viruses. I am not willing to take the risk.

There are many things I love about the Mac; it boots up faster than any PC I’ve ever owned, the battery life is divine, the OS is faster, the screen is gorgeous, it’s super light for someone constantly on the go and it’s basically virus free.

I’ll be keeping a close eye on this series to see how you came about your decision and how things have been progressing for you so far.

Barry Kaye

I’ve always been a PC person – I don’t particularly like them, but they do the job, and software tools are cheap and easy to come by. It was, therefore, a bit of a shock to realise that I now actually have more Macs than PCs in service – my main work computer is still a PC, but a Mac mini runs the TV/squeezebox (and now, finally, my dev server), and I always use a Mac laptop when I’m away from my desk…

I haven’t switched, I’m happy to use whichever is most appropriate – BUT the mini’s low power consumption is ideal for an always on service, whilst the laptop’s sub-20s boot up is a delight on the move (compared to the slugs I’ve used previously). The PC on the desktop will probably remain, however, because it is still a very useful work horse.


Hi, I do the same thing 6 month ago and I don’t regret it at all. I first learned my job on Apple computers and work in web design for about 12 years ! Till now I settled on a PC environment without questionning myself about the choice, nevertheless, the wind is turning and I must admit working on a Mac really rocks ;) !


Congrats the on move! I’m 99.99% sure in 6 months you’ll go … I am SO glad I did that.

My first ‘personal computer’ was a mac classic almost 20 years ago. Working in the audio production field for a few years, it was dominated by mac. Then I got an IT job, and for about 12 years was exclusively PC (Windows 3.11 up to Vista). Hey, it was nice career! Seriously, the work that came out of Redmond kept me steadily employed.

Got into web design/development 2 years ago…and struggled with making the PC do things that the mac folks could do so easily (Photoshop ran like a dog on my beefy Dell laptop). Once I could afford it, switched to mac (17″ mac book pro) about 12 months ago and I could not be happier. So solid and reliable. I think I’ve had maybe 4 freezes, while pushing it hard around 10 hours or more a day. Audio, video, graphics…no problem.

I’ve got the latest and greatest Parallels VM and sometimes I’ll launch it to load Outlook 2007 to connect to a specific Exchange account, but Snow Leopard Mail natively connects to Exchange now so that’s becoming rare.

I dropped by IT a few months ago and there were was palpable excitement over the Windows 7 they just installed, and I was just…meh…but I didn’t let on. Seriously, I’m not trying to diss it, but once you immerse yourself into the Mac environment and experience how smoothly and tightly the OS works with the hardware (um…no more wonky driver issues)…for many converts (granted, not all)…there’s just no thought of going back.

Sorry…got carried away there. Welcome to Mac.


cmd-h is your friend.
don’t use mouse, use the two finger scroll.
If you are 64bit then you will eventually need more than 4GB
possibly 6GB.
Look for hidden user defaults like
defaults write com.apple.Dock showhidden -bool YES
move the dock to left side, pin it to top.

Scott Blitstein

2 finger scroll is cool. I find I’m doing the pinch thing inadvertently a bit more than I would like. Dock was moved to the left on the first day.

I’m getting there.


Looking forward to reading your experience. Our family made the switch in December 2009 and now have two MacBooks and one MacMini. I’ve gotten more personal projects done in 6 months on my MacBook than I did in two years with a Windows machine. My favourite part? Not dreading Patch Day.

Scott Blitstein

Productivity level is still an unknown but it’s only been a week now. Speaking of patches, was surprised to see the brand new machine needing so many – and it keeps bugging me about an iTunes update I don’t want.



I remember having a similar process two years ago. At that time I was looking for a decent laptop with good battery life and not to heavy. Apple had recently changed to Intel processors and it was possible to run windows on them. After doing a bit research i found the macbooks (at that time at least) to actually be very competitive to similar windows laptops.
I love trying out new technology, so I thought what the heck, if I don’t like it I’ll just install windows on it. After a couple of days I had learned the basic and found OS X to be a very intuitive and elegant operating system. At that time I was comparing it to windows xp and Vista. Now that Windows 7 is out, and seems to be very good, I am not sure you will more productive with a mac. But I in my opinion things still are more elegant and fun in OSX, but does not necessarily improve productivity much. The biggest drawback with a in my opinion is not having excel 2007 (in my humble opinion, the best software Microsoft has ever produced) natively. I have solved this problem with vmware virtualization. I have never regretted changing to mac, and with the web I feel that the choice of operating system is becoming less and less relevant. Apples hardware is some of the best, and unless your on a strict budget I don’t think you will regret it.

Scott Blitstein

Size and battery life were big parts of the decision indeed – and the trying out new technology was the tipping point.

I do miss Excel terribly already – it is likely going to be the app that makes me use some sort of virtualization.


Brian M

As a tech, there are many core elements of Mac OS X that really do make it nice to work with when problems do occur. Things like Console (set to show all messages, Linux/Unix users will be familiar, I haven’t seen a windows equiv at the system level), Activity Monitor (Task Manager equiv), Terminal, Ability to boot from any connected hard drive (and a bootable system is installed onto the connected hard drive). And most of the time, naming conventions that result in things being fairly straightforward to understand even at the system level.
Despite what others say, there is a fair amount of tinkering that can be done, it is just done differently than with windows/linux.
Plenty of Open Source software, freeware, donationware, shareware, and commercial.

For those that don’t do support, or tinker around, it is a pretty reliable system that usually just keeps going and going, once you’ve picked up some of the basic differences.

Scott Blitstein

Thanks Brian – I imagine that I’ll get in and discover these things – the issue for me now is knowing what they are, how they work etc.. and getting comfortable with the tools that are available.

The other day I needed to know my IP address and didn’t know where to begin to look. That’s an odd feeling for me.


Buzz Bruggeman

Just curious if you have found anything that compares with ActiveWords?

We are not aware of anything that comes close. But we have been looking for a Mac development partner to replicate ActiveWords in OSx.

Again, like to hear your take.

Scott Blitstein

Not yet Buzz. Snippet and text replacement solutions are ok but nothing quite like the whole deal I had with ActiveWords (which I am very much missing.)

I’ll be writing more about that specifically when I go through my software evaluations. It’s actually the only column in my transition list that I really couldn’t find a good replacement for. Would love to see an ActiveWords for Mac release!


David Sanabria

Two products to fill the void: Butler and QuicKeys. I used QuicKey’s long back, but now I’m a happy Butler user. It’s the Swiss Army knife of utilities on my Macs.

Scott Blitstein

Thanks David – doesn’t seem that I can reply to replied replies..

I’ll check out Butler. I hear a lot about Quicksilver as well but think I need some time to dig in to that.


Adam Pieniazek

Made the switch a few years back (Tiger) and like you did a ton of over-analysis. In the end, it came down to a Thinkpad or Macbook Pro and though they were similarly priced, learning a new OS, Unixy base and the level of craftsmanship won out. Looking back I’ve got no regrets and though Mac OS X isn’t perfect it’s still, IMO, the best user experience out there.

All the little things that add up to the ‘it just works’ experience means I need to spend less time doing maintenance and more time working.

Scott Blitstein

Thanks Adam – the geek in me that wanted to just try something different played a huge bit part in the decision – if not actually being the deciding factor.



“I guess it was peer pressure more than anything that even got me thinking about the switch.”


I’ve been using Macs for over 20 years now – and almost all of that time it has been an uphill battle against incessant peer pressure to try to get me to NOT use a Mac. “Macs are toys”. “Macs are slow”. “Macs can’t be used in business”. “Macs can’t do xxxxx”. Repeat ad nauseum.

It is really a pleasure to see that peers are getting smarter. :-)

Scott Blitstein

I must have better peers!

I find that most of the folks I work with now are on Mac – and while compatibility really isn’t an issue for us, it got me thinking that these are smart people who I respect – I wonder what they see that maybe I’ve not been seeing?



I made the switch to a MacBook Pro from and HP laptop about a year ago – best money I ever spent. I use it 4+ hours a day (everyday) and it still runs as well as it did the day I bought it… which is more than I can say after 6 months with my PC laptop.

What really got me about the Mac was its interface – so intuitive. I’ll never go back.


I’m in agreement with WRAITH808. I consider them both tools for specific use. I’ve been using Windows since 3.1, so I, like many, have my biases. I purchased a Mac Mini recently because I was interested in developing for the iPad.

To be honest, I’m not impressed. It’s not that OS X is bad. Clearly it’s fine. But there’s absolutely nothing in OS X that pulls me away from Windows 7. Zero WOW factor. I’ve had applications crash in OS X just like in Windows. Dual monitor usage is also less robust than I would prefer in OS X. But I have more specific needs. The average person isn’t doing too much with their computer anyway. It’s a tool for web browsing probably 90% of the time, if not more. I could configure a laptop with Linux and fully 50% of the people I know probably could care less because it would simply work.

The hardware is nice and the smoothness which I run Windows 7 on a 2009 Mac Mini w/4GB of RAM and a 7200RPM HDD is great. But really, if it were not for the iPad development, I would have considered it a waste of money. But that’s just me. I never believed in the MAC vs. PC arguments any more than I believe in the iPhone vs. Android arguments today. I love using Windows 7. I love using my iPhone and now I really like using my iPad3G (no competition there just yet).

I’ll also be interested in seeing this article series for things I may have missed.

Scott Blitstein

I believe we have a very similar outlook on this. I think I have very specific needs as well, just thinking I may be able to meet them with a Mac and see what all the fuss is about…

It’s fascinating so far to hear everyone’s stories


Averill Buchanan

I own an iPod (because it was the only portable music player I could find with a decent-size memory but I have it filled with MP3s) and an iPhone (because of it’s web browsing ability – it’s crap as an actual phone). I will never buy a Mac, and yes, I’ve tried them.

I like tinkering about under the bonnet and Apple just won’t let you do that. I’ve learned so much from fixing things and customizing my PC and I enjoy the challenge. I resent Apple control-freakery. I’m with Cory Doctorow on this.

Scott Blitstein

Thanks – I used to be a bit more adventurous with the building of my own PCs and such but I find I just want to plug things in and start them at this point. I get a lot of enjoyment from customizing and tweaking the user experience through software and I think there is a big enough opportunity for me to do that.

I’ll let you know though…



I made teh switch after my desktop pc started to lose power. Its been great so far. The only products I had to buy were pixelmator and vmware fusion. macHeist bundles are fun too.

Scott Blitstein

I’ve got an ever growing list of software that I need – but I’ll speak more about that in a later post.



Why not to move to Linux? Ubuntu is very decent – everything is there – no extra software has to be purchased like if you move to mac. Setup is extremely easy, all apps are free. You can use your old IBM to test it before you invest in new laptop. My path was similar – I started with pc dos, went thru win 2.0, 3.11 then 95 and ended at win2k/early XP. After installing early Fedora later Ubuntu found a big speed boost on same hardware. It’s just a matter of habit right now. If you like desktop gadgets – nothing can beat compiz/beryl desktop addons on Linux – even mac looks sad…

Scott Blitstein

Thanks – I guess I should include that as an option. I ran Ubuntu on a desktop here in my office for a bit. Had to switch away the first time I needed to run a GotoMeeting for a demo or briefing – which I do a lot.

I’m not afraid of it but I’m also not comfortable running it as a primary OS – I just don’t have the knowledge, or time and inclination to learn it to the point that I could feel comfortable.

20 years ago maybe but I just don’t have the patience for it now.



I run a Linux workstation (CentOS) at work, which is OK, because I’m developing software that runs on Linux, but as far as the user experience goes, Linux is, in my opinion, a very distant 3rd behind Mac OS X (#1) and Windows (#2). As great a server OS as it is, Linux is just not a suitable workstation OS for most people, and frankly, the GUI is just ugly compared to OS X or Windows. Lots of free software, sure, but it’s not always straightforward to find and install, especially if you want specific versions that your distribution manager doesn’t default to, and drivers (including printer drivers) can be problematic. Mac OS X and Linux stability are comparable, with both needing restarts pretty much only for OS updates, and both far more stable than Windows. But, I would never recommend Linux to anyone as a workstation OS, unless, like myself at work, they have some very specific need.


I use a PC for my personal computer, a Macbook Pro for freelancing, and a Mac Pro at my full time job.

The only thing I like better about Mac is Finder. That’s it. The only reason I use them is because of being forced to work in Final Cut Pro which has somehow become industry standard outside of Hollywood and New York despite Premiere being a better program with better integration with Creative Suite.

Most things when comparing the two are a tie but when you add in the cost (2-3x for a Mac), the amount of Windows-only software, and the fact that I can’t stand Apple as an organization, a PC wins hands down.

Scott Blitstein

I actually feel a little lost in Finder – the navigation in Vista to move up, around and about has become second nature to me that I find myself not really sure how to quickly get around in Finder yet.

I’ll get to Apple as an organization in a later post.


Noble D. Bell

I use both right now. The thing is, I develop software on small level for sell in my micro-ISV. I use the PC and Windows mostly for this because the development tools are what I am most familiar with. (Visual Studio and PowerBASIC). If something like this were available on the MAC I would not need to even run a PC and Windows again. I love my iMac but I need my PC. If I can get past this then I would be grateful.

Scott Blitstein

Other than a few Access databases that are chugging along so nicely I wouldn’t dare touch them I haven’t found anything that requires a PC yet.

Again makes the point that it is just a part of the equation – the tools you use to do your work are important and you need to use what works best for you.



I’m a “Mac guy” – not because I am a cultist or anything but due to the fact that every experience I’ve had with Apple products (desktops, laptops, iPod, iPhone) has been consistently pleasurable and/or efficient (depending on whether I used it for work or play or both). I always felt I was getting a lot of value for my money despite the cost (“you get what you pay for”) and don’t regret spending it as opposed to the consistently shoddy experience I’ve had with HP, Compaq, Dell, Gateway and other Windows manufacturers. I use both OS X and Windows on my Macbook Pro and they run great. In fact, when people ask how I like my laptop, I tell them it is the best WINDOWS laptop I’ve ever had. Windows runs better with less crashes and issues on my MBP than any other laptop or desktop I’ve owned. Pretty funny actually. :)

Scott Blitstein

I’ve heard that but really have had very little experience with a lot of Apple products of my own. Figure I’ve got to start somewhere though.

I’ve always had excellent luck with the ThinkPads and wouldn’t hesitate to buy another.



ThinkPads are pretty reliable (I had a hand-me-down from my Dad – one of them with the keyboard that “popped out” when you lifted the lid). Definitely, had a better experience with Apple though. The whole Mac vs PC argument is dumb, just use what you like and find better ways to spend time than arguing on the internet lol

Hope your experience is as good as mine has been!

Stephanie Cockerl

I am in the same boat. My friends and colleagues are also telling me to cave in. However, I did have a Mac back in the 90’s, but the PC became much more prevalent to my work. Looking forward to your series.

Scott Blitstein

thanks – it’s sort of the opposite for me. The fact that it was a PC became not so important, so a switch really did become a viable option. But more about that later…



I switched in December 2005 after 15 years in Windows. It will take you a few weeks to get used to the new OS, but then you’ll love it. I will never go back. For the few Windows programs I still need to access I use WineBottler. But to be honest, I rarely use a Windows program now.

Scott Blitstein

I do have some need to occasionally run some Windows software but not really on a daily basis so can just do that on another PC here.

I did make the conscious choice to not dual boot or virtualize until I decided I absolutely needed to though.


Jens Poder

This will be interesting to follow. Have been reading your blog for a while. Will be great to hear your thoughts on mac software.

I switched right after the release of Leopard. The keynote with quick look and time machine and everything… And when I switched jobs I made the platform switch. I think it took me a month to get rid of my PC habits. Now I couldn’t imagine working on a PC.

3 Biggest surprises:
– How crappy Excel feels on a mac. It thoroughly sucks :) Luckily I’m not an accountant. I hate Word as well.
– How much great cheap software of amazing quality is available. For almost every task you have the choice of 2-3 serious conteders.
– How much working on a beautiful platform means to me. A friend of mine uses a pc office in virtualization on his mac. It’s makes my eyes water…

Thanks for loads of great content.

Jens Poder, Denmark

Scott Blitstein

Choosing software is an interesting and ongoing process. I looked to make sure that there were replacements and options for all of my day to day work but am really now getting in to the evaluation processes to find which ones work best.

That’s going to be the fun part!



I have both, and have to say that they’re just tools. It really depends on what you’re doing, and which one is better for your workflow and productivity. Just as with Linux, which I also have, I find the Mac more relegated to specialized tasks than my primary machine- even on my 27″ iMac, I find myself booting into Windows more often than OS X. But having a Mac lets me develop for iPhone (and iPad soon hopefully), just as having a Linux box lets me host from home without worrying overmuch about updates.

Scott Blitstein

That’s an excellent point, and really was a big part of the decision process. I tried to move away from the hype and spin and such and look at it as a means to get my stuff done – could I do it? Could I do it better?


Jason Barone

I have the same 3 concerns. I’ve been a PC user for years as well and I’m considering switching to a Macbook Pro as my primary system. I’ve heard everywhere that Apple Support is great, so that’s not a concern for me. I’ve found software to be a non-issue as well. It looks like 80% of what “webworkers” use is usually cross-platform, web-based, or has a Mac alternative. Actually in most cases, Macs have a better alternative. I’ve already tested a few of my favorites and found that they run great on Mac. I’ve also played with Parallels and found that running Windows apps inside of OSX works fantastic.

Usability is probably the only thing that will take time getting used to, but I would expect that with any new system. The differences in UI and functionality that I’ve founded so far when testing Macs turned out to be irrelevant once I learned how OSX achieves the same task.

So far, some very compelling things for me have been: battery life, expose (application switching feature), the multi-touch experience on the touchpad, and the menu bar being built in to the OS.

Can’t wait to see your next posts.

Scott Blitstein

Thanks Jason – I don’t want to say too much in response or I’ll not need to actually post the others ;-)

My time with an expert in the local Apple store helped a lot in making me feel better with the usability concerns though.



I switched to a Mac in December 2009 so I’ve been using this for about 6 months and I have to say it’s been amazing. I used to have constant problems with my old Windows laptop (restarting everytime I wanted to do work properly was a huge pain), though admittedly several of those were probably user created (I used to have Enigma to display a lot of stuff on my desktop for example, now I use the Dashboard). My Dad also switched to a Mac shortly after I did and was amazed at how easy it is to use – he’s struggled with Windows for a long time and was very fed up of the computer running like a snail.

I certainly love the way all the Apple programs work together inside the Mac – you want to send a PDF you’re viewing? It’s in the menu at the top. Though I can see why it would confuse some people!

Scott Blitstein

Yes – the menu at the top is an adjustment as well. I’ll go in to more detail on a lot of this in an upcoming post but that was a biggie.


Paul Carney

I was in the same boat as you – have used PCs since I got my first one in 1985, but was not a fanboy. They helped me get things done.

But I bought my first Mac (MacBook Pro) in January and it is AWESOME! It works as I expect, no rebooting when software gets updated and it’s elegance makes it so easy to use.

There are adjustments: I had to find some software to handle tasks that I was used to on the PC. It takes a while to get used to the keyboard – I am still trying to use the far-left key as the “ctrl” key, but need to move the fingers inward to use the “command” key.

Overall, it is a much better experience. I hope you find the same.

Scott Blitstein

I’m only a few days in to it but the ctrl – command key is a biggie. The retraining process is going ok though, I only mess up a hundred times a day now…


Neil Anderson

Did you know you can remap those keys in System Preferences? Go to the Keyboard control panel, have the “keyboard” tab selected, then click the button that reads “modifier keys…”


“This time, I guess it was peer pressure more than anything that even got me thinking about the switch.”

Switching platforms for the wrong reasons is a recipe for failure. I hope you are making the switch because you want to and are going into it with realistic expectations.

I’d highly recommend reading David Allison’s Blog – http://www.davidalison.com/. You’ll have to go back into his archives. He is very technically adept, was a hardcore Windows guy and is a great writer.

I made the switch to the Mac about 5 years ago. I was all PC forever (first computer was a TRS-80 model 3). I decided to see what all the fuss was about and bought a Mac off Craigslist for $50 and took a book on OS X out from the library. A week later I bought a Mac Mini and have been a very happy Mac guy since.

Scott Blitstein

Thanks for the comment. While the initial consideration was based upon the recommendations (and prodding) of my peers, there was quite a thorough evaluation and analysis process that I went through before I made the final decision. That will be the topic of the next couple of posts in this series.


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