I have to admit, when Steve Jobs started carrying on about this concept of the “digital hub“, I didn’t quite get it. But that was before I had a PowerBook 😉 Over the past few weeks I have noticed that I have become increasingly reliant on my PowerBook G4 for pretty much everything I do.
From capturing photos from my digital camera, organising my CD collection as MP3s in iTunes (and transferring them to my iPod), reading news, browsing the net, recording rough mixes from the desk while my band puts together an EP, blogging, organising, synchronising my mobile phone, PDA, iPod and computer, recording sketches of my own songs, and toying around with samplers… well, you get the picture. My laptop has pretty much become a part of pretty much everything I do.
And I have to admit, it’s really nice to be back on a Mac. I am now running Mac OS 10.3 (otherwise known as Panther), and it is extremely stable (I’ve had to reboot only once due to a system/program error – the rest of the reboots have been after installing software upgrades etc.). I work on a PC during the day – now running Windows XP which seems much more stable than Windows 2000 – but it simply doesn’t compare to the elegance of Mac OS. This is a purely subjective thing, and in all honesty, there are some things that I am simply unable to do on my Mac which I can do on PC, but they are very few and far between. And to think that I really haven’t completely explored the possiblities of the Unix core of the new OS. In fact, I wish I knew more so that I could help get Mono across to Mac OS X.
The real test for me, though, has been that I am still 100% happy with my purchase despite Apple announcing two updates to their laptop line (including a PowerBook processor “speed bump”). Why? Because my Mac does pretty much everything I need it to with aplomb. I’m sure eventually I will get to a point where I am pushing up against the edges of its capabilities, but right now I feel like I am still only scratching the surface.