I feel like I’m caught in between two worlds at the moment. One is the glamorous, sexy and fancy pants world of the Mac – a world where viruses don’t exist, boot time is minimal, and everything just ‘works.’ The other is the veteran operating system Windows (Windows 7 to be exact.) In the office, my main working machine is a PC – I have a dual screen set-up with Logitech mouse/keyboard – and honestly it (mostly) works like a dream.
Sure Windows can shit me at times, especially annoying programs like Outlook that just don’t work like you want them to. But all in all I find myself most efficient on my PC. I also have the 11″ Macbook Air, which boots super fast and performs quite well. I use this mostly at home and on the go, but more and more I feel like the superior hardware of the device would be better if I used Bootcamp to run Windows 7 on it. For some reason I find the shortcuts on the Mac to be less efficient than the PC, and although I’ve used a Mac for years, I still find it difficult to navigate around, accessing options and program preferences etc.
All of this works fairly seemlesly on the PC. So the big question – why do I bother with the Mac? Intel have recently announced their push for a new category of Windows based machines to compete with the Air – they’re calling these Ultrabooks. Light, strong, powerful and great battery – and all are pretty much modelled exactly on the Air. Would this be the answer to my problems? Sell the Air, buy an Ultrabook.
When I brought up the notion of using Bootcamp on my Air to run both OS’s, one of our developers Tom laughed at me and thought it would be embarassing to be in public with an Apple device running Windows. I think he is right – I’m not sure society would be so accepting. So I guess until society is ready to accept a mixed-race laptop, I’ll continue to float in computer purgatory.