Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 27th Sep 2012 19:36 UTC
Apple I bought a brand new iMac on Tuesday. I'm pretty sure this will come as a surprise to some, so I figured I might as well offer some background information about this choice - maybe it'll help other people who are also pondering what to buy as their next computer.
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Windows 8 did it for me too
by abdavidson on Fri 28th Sep 2012 10:15 UTC
abdavidson
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I actually think Windows 7 is quite a fabulous OS: best from MS by a long way and actually good all round.

Windows 8... I've tried it (each public release up to final) and tried living with the final for a while (via VMWare Player dual monitor) and... it's a horror show. I can't deal with how bad it is to use in a desktop (and in particular dual screen) setup. Never minding the mess of "Modern UI", the trigger points for menus is horrible in dual monitor setup, the use of the start screen with a mouse is rubbish, the context switching between MUI and desktop is ghastly. It's just rubbish.

So when I saw that was the way it was going to be with no backing down from MS, I decided it was time to try out the - always looked at askance but never tried - Apple hardware.

I went with an Apple supplied refurbished Macbook Air (2011 model, bought just before the new models came out and still got a several $100 refund due to the drop in price of refurbs at that point) and can honestly say that it's fantastic.

Having only "tried" OSX over the years but never owned it I've not got the baggage of people using it a long time disliking change but I feel that OSX with Mountain Lion is the convergence of Desktop and Mobile computing OS done right. The idioms of iOS are through OSX but they are never intrusive. You can go all you want without looking at the grid arrays of app icons if you so wish for instance.

The hardware is also fantastic. Beautiful, reasonably specced but solid. Certainly far more so than any of the Ultrabooks I was considering at the same time (when I got cold feet just before putting my cash down on the MBA)

As of right now the *only* thing stopping me from committing to a Mac OSX future computing platform is gaming. I love games and Windows is still where that is at.

But maybe a beefy iMac that I can use Bootcamp on would be the way to go for that too. We'll see.

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