I’ve finally got my filthy paws on a Mac. A Mini to be exact. But this tiny little machine is not to be snickered at. It may be small, but it packs a punch in the form of an elegant and beautiful operating system, where all the applications live in harmony and play with one another as if they were all part of the same happy family.

I’ve been a Windows user since 95 (Windows 95, that is) and it’s been anything but a treat. Hardly anything works as it should the first time around. And if it did – you’re lucky, and it’ll probably be fucked the next time you fire it up.

There I go. Barely into the second paragraph – I told myself this wouldn’t turn into a Windows bashing post. So I’ll check my jaded ass there. After all, anything I have to say about Windows is only based on 10 miserable years of using Windows based machines on a daily basis. Anyway, back to the goodness…

I’ve seen the screenshots and video demonstrations. I’ve heard tales of Widgets and Spotlight. But none of it does any justice to the pure gold that is Mac OS X Tiger. After only a few days of using it for work, I’ve fallen head over heals like that drunken jock trying to grab-ass at the Hooters’ waitress as she’s serving a family of 4 including 2 kids that had to have been under 10. Who brings kids to Hooters, anyway?

Back on track… I don’t need to go into details about all the things that make working on a Mac great. Let’s just say I feel like an idiot for waiting to jump on board the hippest bandwagon this side of emo hair until now.

Here’s to smooth sailing, from here on in.

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It suuuuuure is! I’m loving my little Mac. I’m surprised at the power of it too. I’ve been working with Photoshop and Dreamweaver consecutively for days at a time and it runs just fine. The occasional slow down, but that’s to be expected.

Hahaha, give it time, macs fuck up as bad if not worse than a well maintained windows system. I’ve had extensive time on both, and they both suck for their own reasons.

Either way, I’m glad that you’re stoked

So jealous right now.

Now that I’ve had a glimpse of life with OSX, running a hacked version of the x86-compatible version on my PC, I’m getting desperate.

I might have to buy one.

Tomorrow.

Justin: you actually got it running on your machine? That’s rad! I had a look at what you need to do to get it up and running and decided not to bother. Did it take a lot of work and fucking around?

It was a huge pain in the ass, but still worth it.

I decided not to mess with my boot drive, so I installed it natively on an external USB HD that I have. Then I discovered that OSX86 doesn’t like to boot off my external HD, so I took it out of the external enclosure and plugged it into my motherboard directly.

It booted and promptly gave me the OSX equivalent of a blue screen of death.

I safebooted and found it was hanging when trying to load the video driver (it shipped with only the video drivers required for the OSX Dev Kit hardware). I rooted around in various OSX help sites until I found that if you just delete all the video drivers, it boots fine.

So it booted properly in the end, but I couldn’t adjust resolution or refresh rate, and network and sound didn’t work. And neither did Rosetta or programs that required SSE3 (like iTunes).

But it still looked mighty nice and was fun to play with for a while.

My windows machine hasn’t crashed in two years and that includes countless days of running Photoshop, Firefox, Outlook, Dreamweaver, winamp, and Illustrator concurrently.

Fluke?

Steve Jobs is a frightening cult leader presiding over a group of maniacs who believe that choosing a different operating system, and paying twice as much for the privilage, somehow makes them an individual.

Being a designer who uses a PC is thinking different. Come back to us Brett. Shed your new candy coated world and get back to reality!

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