Smokin Vista and The Mac

19Aug08

We have always been a Windows shop here at DirectClarity. Then, like most of us, we became victims of Vista. I have become accustomed to my monster desktop with two 22″ monitors doing the equivalent of taking a smoke break every hour or so. I really enjoy those moments without my computer – the time to reflect on the meaning of life. It’s especially wonderful to be doing a Webex with a client only to have to wait until it takes its last puff before deciding to come back to work.

When did the computer unionize anyway?

Couple this with the browser wars where we need to test at least six browsers on two platforms (Windows and Mac) and you have the recipe for the need to buy a Mac.

Yep, I said it. And I credit my wife who owns Jennifer Photography and our client Crosby-Wright for helping us see the light.

One day last week, after experiencing the smokin’ Vista all morning, I ventured into the Mac store just to look. After learning that VM Ware allows me to run Window XP on a Mac (note that I have no intention of ever installing Vista on anything again), I determined to try it out – after all, what do I have to lose at this point? And with a Mac in the shop, at least we can test those sites, like The Ritz-Carlton, Paradise Valley, that must be perfect on all platforms.

Well, the results are in. Not only can we use the Mac in all of its simple glory, but it simultaneously runs all of our Windows applications beautifully. We can even VPN into one of the major hospitals we support and work in their extremely finiky Windows environments without incident.

While we think that most things that seem too good to be true usually are, at least we don’t have to worry about the Mac developing lung cancer.

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