My Apple journey started as a test of whether and when Apple hardware and software had a place in a mostly-Windows corporate world. In the year since, I've come to appreciate computer systems that just work, and my switchover has been eased by products such as Parallels Desktop Switch to Mac Edition. With that said, however, Mac desktop and notebook systems are still a departmental, not an enterprise, concern for IT managers.
2010 will start my second year as a daily Mac user in a Windows-oriented
world. I think my aluminum-skinned charges will thrive in the coming year
despite clinging to a fat-client model I associate more with the past than the
Apple's style, design and functionality are big inducements for me to
continue my Mac experience.
The MacBook Pro laptop, 13-inch version, is among the best notebooks I've
ever used because of its clear, bright screen and responsive touchpad and the
performance improvements enabled by the "Snow Leopard" OS X operating
system. Start-up and shut-down times can be measured in seconds, and battery
life is still measured in hours of continuous use.
My Mac Mini desktop system
is reliable and small, and easily able to handle my daily editorial workload.
The Mac Pro tower that sits beside me for FileMaker and Photoshop duty is a
steady partner in my budding video and photographic endeavors here at eWEEK.
Indeed, of all the Mac systems I use, the Mac Pro would be the hardest to
replace with a Windows machine because it is the processing hub for multimedia
content generated in the San Francisco
eWEEK Labs operation.
But the overriding characteristic that weds me to the Mac platform is the
rock-solid uptime that I've experienced with all of my Apple systems. The Macs
resist "bit rot" and viral infection. They self-update smoothly and
without causing me to lose precious minutes or hours of productivity. And there
is something to be said for a computer system that just works, although it took
me some time to acclimate to the Apple way.
When I started my journey of using "Apple in the enterprise," I
had some modest goals for the project: Figure out how to use a Mac desktop
system and see if it could be effectively integrated into organizations
dominated by Windows. As readers of my early reports on this project know, I
was a true Mac newcomer. In the year since, I've become a fan (although not a
fanboy) of the Mac systems I've used.
In 2009, I wrapped up reviews of Snow Leopard running on both Mac
As a result of these tests and my daily
office experience, I'm changing the theme of my continued Mac exploration from
"Apple in the enterprise" to "Apple at work."