The "Switch" is on.

First let me say that I am in no way a fanboy for any one platform. I am the type of person who attempts to pull the best from every option. I love the Apple hardware and at this point even some of their software. I see the advantages of many of the Microsoft products. I embrace the free world of Linux. Yes, it is true, I want to have my cake and eat it too.

Isn’t this how we should all be to some degree though. Why settle for one method, implementation, or product when the capability to aggregate some, if not all, the positives offered by companies exists. Obviously in the past this hasn’t always been possible, but since the first trash-80, technology has trended to convergence. Mobile phone/PDA/MP3 Player/Video Player devices exist today. Some are more mature in the convergence walk than others, but the trend continues.

Generally speaking, I believe the everyday consumer wants convergence and standards for technology. They do not care about Mac vs. PC or iPod vs. Zen. They just want something that works. They do not want to carry multiple devices. They just do not care about the battle lines between competitors. You will not see the general public wearing Microsoft Shirts or Hats as if it were their favorite sports team or preferred automaker. There is no loyalty here. It just has to work and work for everyone.

An example; My in-laws are nothing but Apple users. They aren’t musicians, photographers, or directors. The Mac is used by all of them because one of them, my wifes uncle, is a Appleholic. He has been a mega Mac guy forever, possibly all the way back to when apple introduced the world to “Lisa”. My household on the other hand has been 85% Microsoft and 15% Linux. On occasion one of my in-laws will send a file to my wife in a format that is not native to Windows world. She of course has a problem opening this file and then complains to me about it. She, in this instance representing the general public, not only doesn’t care about Mac vs. Windows vs. Linux, she is actually upset by the lack of integration. She wants convergence! Incidentally, I want convergence as well so she will stop yelling at me when she can’t open a file.

So that brings us up to the here and now…

I have purchased a 17” Macbook Pro and so far, so good. I will be using this for most of my day to day non-work related activities. Things such as emailing, surfing, blogging, netcasting, communicating, photo editing, video editing , audio editing, and maybe some j2ee development will be the order of the day.

My primary goal is to document my adventures in “Switching” to the Mac as my primary machine where it makes sense. I have no plans to leave Windows or Linux behind. As I said, I want my cake and I want to eat it too. I am planning to have a netcast to accompany this blog. If all goes well the first netcast will be up in a week or less. In both of these mediums I will be highlighting tips, trick, processes that are new to me and that I find useful as well as any interesting news that comes out about tech and my Mac.

Good Luck,


I couldn’t resist…

Congratulations me! I am now the proud owner of a 17″ Macbook Pro. More specifically I am the proud owner of a 17″ Macbook Pro running Vista like a champ! I don’t mean to brag, but the Vista Experience Index is a smooth 4.7.

And once I update my Macbook Pro to a perfectly plump 3Gigs that score should jump to 4.9. What does this mean? Well in short it means I have no problems running Vista with Aero Glass.

I am truly impressed with this setup and I am still only running the Windows XP drivers for this setup. I would imagine once Leopard comes out with the new version of Bootcamp they will have drivers for Vista that will make this matchup work even better.

More later



Laptop Decisions – Dell, HP, Lenovo, or Macbook Pro? (Part 1)

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON MY techstreet blog on 2/6/2007


A few years ago, I was lured into purchasing a 15.4″ titanium Powerbook. The sleek and sexy looks, Unix based micro-kernel, and the promise of a smooth running Windows environment by way of Virtual PC beguiled me into purchasing Apple Computers mobile Ferrari.

So, why *dramatic pause* is the latest Apple Ferrari, the Macbook Pro, topping my laptop candidate list. Call me crazy, but it is hard to argue with the following stats:

  1. Processor and memory

    2.33GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 4MB on-chip shared L2 cache running 1:1 with processor speed

    2GB (two SO-DIMMs) of PC2-5300 (667MHz) DDR2 memory; two SO-DIMM slots support up to 3GB

    667MHz frontside bus

  2. Display 17-inch (diagonal) TFT display, support for millions of colors; optional glossy widescreen displaySupported resolutions: 1680 by 1050 (native), 1280 by 800, 1152 by 720, 1024 by 640, and 800 by 500 at 16:10 aspect ratio; 1280 by 1024 at 5:4 aspect ratio; 1280 by 1024 at 5:4 aspect ratio stretched; 1024 by 768, 800 by 600, and 640 by 480 at 4:3 aspect ratio; 1024 by 768, 800 by 600, and 640 by 480 at 4:3 aspect ratio stretched; 720 by 480 at 3:2 aspect ratio; 720 by 480 at 3:2 aspect ratio stretched
  3. Video and graphics supportATI Mobility Radeon X1600 graphics processor, dual -ink DVI support, 256MB of GDDR3 SDRAM.

And so on ad so forth…

You get the idea. And if not, feel free to visit the Apple website for more information on the 17″ Macbook Pro.

There are some cons to the Macbook Pro. The lack of an HDMI port would be one. The fact that the 160Gb SATA HDD is only 5400 RPM would be another. There are problems with the batteries overheating and warping the actual chassis of the Macbook Pro.

Then there are problems not so much with the Macbook Pro itself but more with when I plan to purchase. For example, at this time these machines do not come with a blue-ray or HD-DVD drive. They may within the next 6 months. Also, the new version of the OS is due out this spring, and I am sure I will not get a free upgrade coupon.

So, to finish the story of my first and only Apple Powerbook:

While I loved the look of the machine, I found the OS to hang frequently and that the G4 processor was not all it was cracked up to be. Since I work in a mostly MS Windows shop I had to run Windows 2000, and while technically I ran Windows 2000 in virtual PC, the performance just wasn’t there. In the end I sold the Powerbook on ebay and chalked it up to a lesson learned.


Why would I look to go down this route again? Why would I stick my hand in the fire a second time while I am still nursing the burn wounds from the first attempt?

  1. Three words “Core 2 duo”. (Ok, two words and a number)
  2. Even sexier chassis design with slick new features like the iSight camera
  3. Here is the biggie… The ability to natively boot Windows XP and now Windows VISTA
  4. The reviews are in and are almost all VERY positive on this machine. Some go so far to say that this is the most VISTA ready laptop on the market.
  5. 17″ screen running at 1440 by 900 (Love my Real Estate)
  6. You can opt for a 100Gb SATA HDD that spins at 7200RPM to replacethe 160Gb 5400 RPM SATA DRIVE.


Need to get a few questions answered. Let’s create the list shall we?

  1. Will the Macbook Pros have Blue-Ray and/or HD-DVD in the foreseeable future?
  2. When the next version of OSX is delivered this spring, what is the cost to upgrade?
  3. Can I triple boot with OSX, Vista, and a Linux Distro?
  4. Has the battery explosion issue been taken care of?And lastly
  5. Do I get my own “Switcher” commercial when I purchase an Apple computer?

I will keep you posted on my progress. I think my next bit of research will be on an HP laptop that I have been hearing about.



To Podcast or Not To Podcast

ORIGINALLY POSTED ON MY techstreet blog on 1/29/2007

So here I am debating on if I should create my own podcast. It seems everyone has one, so why shouldn’t I? I have thoughts and feelings that should be expressed and set out for the masses don’t I? Don’t my ramblings mean anything to anyone?

Maybe these are questions I should have asked before I created a blog. I think these are valid questions one must ask themselves before publishing themselves for all to see or hear. So I started a blog… Why? I am not really interested in being known by the world. Truth be told I am a polite and approachable type, but all in all a bit of a loner. Being that I stand on my own two feet and don’t really seek approval from others, I wouldn’t really start a podcast or a blog because it is a fad or to be cool.

So why is this podcast idea stuck in my craw?

I have come up with a few answers that I think you could plug in the answer box.

  1. Because it is fun. (Not because it is a fad, big difference)
  2. Because I do have something to say that is important for someone to read. (Even if that someone is me…)
  3. Because I feel I have a perspective on various topics that other people could benefit from.
  4. Because I learn best by teaching and I still have so much to learn.
  5. Because ……. I said so.

Having decided this might be worth the effort, I have called an old friend who happens to be a .Net architect and asked if he would be interested in doing a podcast. He was keen on the idea and between the two of us we have come up with several podcast ideas. A few of them aren’t even half bad.

We shall see…..