Moving From PC to Mac?

In his latest column, Jason Slater moves from Microsoft to Apple territory.

I took an unusual step this week, a very unusual step. In fact my better half thought I was going through a mid life crisis when I broke the news.

You see, I recently ordered an Apple MacBook Air. If this isn't an indication of changing times then I don't know what is!

However, it shouldn't really be the big deal it is as I have never been Anti-Apple or Pro-Microsoft - it's just that having managed technology in the enterprise for 20 odd years the commonly accepted platform has always been, and still is, predominantly PCs and Windows and so the focus has always been on that platform. Common sense really.

There were two reasons for a new computer, which together led to the logical conclusion of getting a MacBook Air. The first reason being that I was looking around for a decent, small and light, netbook-sized device for use when travelling and the other is because of iPad development. On a recent three-hour long train trip I had to resort to the Amazon Kindle for web browsing, which was perfectly adequate although I wouldn't necessarily recommend the experience for sustained periods of time.

For iPad development, as I understand it, you have to be using a Mac OS X platform to utilise the relevant development tools including the Xcode IDE. Those two things combined led to the conclusion and inevitable order.

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