On Tuesday night, I took a jog. I started at my apartment on the Upper West Side, winded through Central Park, and somehow ended up at the Mac store on Fifth Avenue. I can't be help responsible for what happened next -- I bought a MacBook Pro. So this means that I am officially done with PCs (at least from a hardware perspective).
Here's how I got to this point. My first laptop was a Mac. I bought it at the Norris student center at Northwestern. Loved it. Took me through college and beyond. In addition to the usual school work, I ran my first company, University Wire, with it (Seth, Eli and Whiteley can attest to that).
After NU, I stuck with Macs at U-Wire and Student Advantage. And then somewhere around the time I met Kass I switched to PCs. I'm not blaming her, as my life on PCs has been productive as well. The timing is just a little too perfect to me coincidental.
In 2005, Kass gifted to me an iMac. These are the white, all-in-one Macs that look like the illigitimate child of a Mac desktop and the sexier MacBook. I love this computer. I do all things fun on this computer (music, cut movies, photos, etc.). But I can't take it with me easily, so it's a non-starter for work.
Since I left my tour of duty at Time Inc., I have used a combination of two older Dell laptops (Lattitudes) for all my consulting and other activities. And to my dismay, they both died (one a hardware crash, the other software). While I could resurrect one of them, I am done with crashes, restarts, reloads, system errors, bugs, security issues and more. Since I started using my iMac, I haven't had one issue. Not one.
So I went with the 15'' MacBook Pro. I'm running both the Mac operating system and Windows XP (via VM Fusion, which so far is really awesome). While I don't expect to spend a ton of time on XP, it is helpful for testing, spreadsheets, SnagIt (love that program) and other productivity tools I use regularly.
Why the MacBook Pro and not the MacBook? I'm launching a new company (stay tuned ... on the verge of announcing). I'll be out of the office often and doing a ton of presentations. So the larger screen and faster computer will make presentations much more impressive. I also plan on doing much of my video editing on this computer as well, which will be much faster.
I have only used this computer for a day now. But I can't imagine why anyone would purchase a PC computer anymore unless they were forced to by their company. They really aren't that much more expensive than high-end PC laptops. And they perform much better. And oh, by the way, they're super cool.