Risky Home Work

This has not been a creative weekend. It has been busy, but not overly creative. Mostly yard work, home work, driving around looking at things and computer work. Which, to be honest, I had hoped would be done today, but there’s still this long list of geeky-coding-grading type things I need to get to …

I did get the two home Macs up and running on Snow Leopard and it seems to have gone off without a hitch. I got so comfortable with my computer skills this morning, in fact, I extricated a Windows Vista laptop we acquired a month or so ago from the closet … and I turned it on.

If you know me, you know I’m a Mac guy. I like things that work. Okay, I like a lot of things that don’t always work, but those are fun things that I can play with. When it comes to, you know, working, I want things that work. Hence the Apple products all over the house – the wife has one, I have two, the kids have one, we have iPhones and iPods and Time Machines … we’re like a freaking Apple showroom. (Okay, from the late 2007-early 2008 Apple era. But if someone wants to send me a shiny new MacBook Air or octo Mac Pro, I’m more than happy to be updated …)

But I haven’t really used Windows Vista. And I feel … well … weird about that. I’m supposed to be objective, I’m supposed to be open. I’m supposed to look for solutions to problems and, while I do not have a computer problem right now, I get asked lots of questions about computers and I always say the same thing – just spend the money and buy the Mac. But that answer comes as much from momentum and what I think is a well-founded educational and anecdotal background than it does from actual usage.

(Okay, writing this is making me queasy. Really, really queasy. Just so you know.)

So, I think I will try to use this Vista machine for a bit. Not for everything, maybe just as a little road machine, back and forth to work, keep track of email and some web surfing. I want to be able to get past the “it’s different” phase, which will be a big stumbling block. Because the buttons are in the wrong place and the tactile quality kind of sucks …

And I won’t do anything of any high value on it because I do not have a backup schema in place for it – no archiving, no DVD drive on it, no extra external hard drives.

This is my Week of Living Dangerously.

(Okay, drama over …)

Canon EOS 5D Mark II, EF 35 mm f/1.4 L USM, ISO 100, 1/40, f/1.4

Canon EOS 5D Mark II, EF 35 mm f/1.4 L USM, ISO 100, 1/40, f/1.4

One Comment

  1. I’ve been running the Windows 7 RC on my laptop since March or so, and its fantastic. I never had a problem with Vista, but 7 blows it out of the water.

    Also, talked to Bob Rosato from SI Saturday and he’s a PC as well, he’s been running 7 and loves it too.

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