Cory Doctorow has a blog post up on Boing Boing entitled Mark Pilgrim's list of Ubuntu essentials for ex-Mac users where he writes

Mac guru and software developer Mark Pilgrim recently switched to Ubuntu Linux after becoming fed up with proprietary Mac file-formats and the increasing use of DRM technologies in the MacOS. I've been a Mac user since 1984, and have a Mac tattooed on my right bicep. I've probably personally owned 50 Macs, and I've purchased several hundred while working as an IT manager over the years. I'm about to make the same switch, for much the same reasons.

You could probably write an entire Ph.D dissertation on what would motivate someone to tattoo a corporate logo on their arm. Maybe I should buy a Mac just so I can figure out what all the hype is about.


Friday, June 30, 2006 6:06:15 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
You know Petzold has a Windows tattoo, right?

This 419 spammer was tricked into getting a tattoo:
Friday, June 30, 2006 6:35:31 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
It's been done for Vista. Sad, yet true. :)
Friday, June 30, 2006 7:04:03 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
It's not the logo form, it's the exxed-out-eyes "Sad Mac" that appeared on my overclocked SE/30 in 1990 when I was facing a tragic data-loss. I spent a week holed up in a room with nothing but a pizza-ordering phone and a carton of cigarettes and several boxes of Mac parts, recovering ten thousand files, one at a time, with a hex editor. Then I got the tattoo.
Friday, June 30, 2006 9:15:40 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Dare, I would recommend that unless you have a really good reason, you should not make the switch to Mac. As someone who has used PCs for my entire life and recently switched to Mac, it's a painful and expensive journey. (Fortunately, Plaxo paid for the actual system itself :) )

There's not much appreciable difference between Mac and PC (except that the Mac is slower). Haha, bring on the flames!
Saturday, July 1, 2006 5:39:13 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Oh, the Mac is MOST definitely slower. I purchased an iBook last October/November timeframe for testing purposes (Safari and Mono compatbility) but will admit that for the first 30 to 60 minutes of playing around I was beginning to find a few things here and there that caused me to wonder if I might find myself using it more often.

Then reality set in and I began to notice all of the little annoying things -- things like absolutely no sense of activity taking place on the machine (no LED's designed for such a purpose.) Not that this is a crucial feature that I just can't live without, but when you don't gain ANY feedback beyond the spinning wheel when thing begin to get overloaded you find yourself getting a little annoyed that the machine is taking SO FLIPPIN' LONG to do something which should be fairly simple... Like closing an application which seems to take a rediculous amount of time for what seems like no apparent reason.

Theres a list a mile long of stupid little things that are nothing worth spending time speaking about, but I will state that while I would never even consider running my Mac full-time, owning one has forced me to think about development from a different perspective that falls more in line with how one might go about developing some of the nicer features of the Mac into applications for Windows. Not patent-type features (although it wouldn't surprise me if Apple felt otherwise) and more just a "clean room" type atmosphere that the Mac tends to do a nice job of.

So for what its worth, it definitely wouldn't be a bad thing to purchase a Mac, and with the Intel chips now standard, and what I am sure is easy access to the internal builds of the next IntelMac versions of Virtual PC, (in all seriousness I have no knowledge that one even exists being the ability to add two and two and make four) then it certainly wouldn't be a "Lock-Down" type move, and my guess is that you will probably find benefit in your own design and development work.

Oh, and regarding Operating Systems and Tatoos...

I know none other more famous than >
Monday, July 3, 2006 12:46:55 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
I love my macs. Are they slower than my PC? I really can't say. About the only time I have run into a perf issue is when I'm editing HD quality video from my video camera. Then on my dual proc g5 1.8 GHz + 1 gig of ram mac I have to turn off all other programs. Otherwise I find my Mac to be quite snappy. I actually stopped using Windows when I left MS. I went to Linux for a bunch of years but eventually the pain level got too high and I bought my Mac and have been a happy camper ever since. It gives me all the power and flexibility of unix with a decent UI (I never could stand KDE or, horrors, Gnome) and great software.
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