Every once in a while (OK, who am I kidding – all the time), I get the urge to play with something new. A new handheld device. A new smartphone. A new game console. I’m constantly trying out new software, etc.
Anyone who reads this blog and/or listens to TinyPodcast knows that I’ve been wanting a Tablet PC for a while, and that I’m considering pulling the trigger on a Toshiba M200. But in the last few days, I’ve been wondering more and more if what I really should get is a Mac.
What’s that, you say? A Windows geek wants a Mac? Am I going to “switch”? Let me explain.
I’ve always considered myself “platform agnostic”, meaning I don’t have a “religious” preference for or against Windows, Linux, or Mac. I use Windows in my work, and at home, I play with Linux when I get the chance. But the one platform that I’ve never really spent much time with is the Mac. I see so much cool stuff being done on the Mac in the podcasting world, and the geek world in general. A lot of the really smart /really geeky people I know use Macs. The UI and hardware is undeniably sexy and cool.
So, I’m thinking that rather than get a Tablet PC, which granted, is a new interface experience, but is still just Windows XP under the hood, I want to get a shiny little 12″ Powerbook G4. Besides the ability to play with all the cool stuff in the Mac world, I could still Remote Desktop into my XP system in my office when I need to, or when my wife wants to use the laptop (which is how she uses the Dell 700m 99% of the time now, anyway).
So, what do you think? Any good reason for me not to dip my toes into the Kool-Aid (to mix a metaphor)? Anything on the Mac that’s just so unbeatably cool as to drive me over the edge?