Under duress, I bought a Macbook. It’s 6 goddamned years old and still cost me $550.
I’m not even that mad.
Turns out, the vast majority of my day-to-day bullshit (aka non-work) is done in a browser anyway. Install Chrome, sync, done. Groovy.
Work (well, education currently) stuff…man, life is so much better on a *nix system than it is on Windows.
Hardware…this six-year-old MBP is more than capable of doing everything I ask it to (aside from graphics card stuff, which is not the point of a work laptop) and the whole user experience just shits all over every Windows machine I’ve ever used (disclaimer: haven’t messed with a Surface, but still).
I didn’t believe that the modern OSes had that much daylight between them in terms of usability. And that’s largely…ish…true for a desktop/workstation setting. But on a laptop? Ye gods. The three-finger-swipe for switching between fullscreen apps alone is worth a hundred-dollar premium, no exaggeration. And there’s lots more where that came from.
There may well be a Linux distro + window manager that accomplishes much of what I appreciate of this MBP, but I’d be surprised.
And the hardware…my goodness, the hardware. Every last single damn bit of it is great.
I am so grumpy. Fuck Apple, for so very many reasons. Fuck their whole business model. Fuck iOS in particular. But hell if this laptop isn’t far and away the best laptop I’ve ever used.