|The on-train office. Screen reflection was|
in photo, but not in use of iPad.
Now, of course, with Windows 7 or Vista I'm just as stuffed as they were. But I couldn't possibly think of changing operating system, could I?
Then, under the influence of alcohol and Dr G. of Cromer I got an iPhone. Up to that point I was of the 'all I need is calls and text' persuasion. I was still using my 10-year-old Nokia, persuading myself it was cool because they had them in the Matrix. But very soon the iPhone became an essential part of my daily life. It wasn't just all the features and apps, it was so usable! But I didn't give a thought to changing my main computing platform.
Last Wednesday I acquired an iPad. I spent a whole day on Thursday using it as my 'away' computer and never once thought 'I wish I'd brought a real laptop.' I really can't think of anything I used to do with a laptop/netbook that I wouldn't be able to do on my iPad. It did everything I wanted, had all those brilliant apps and the battery lasted me all day with plenty to spare.
And while I was using it - in fact while I was writing this blog post on the train - a sacrilegious thought came to me. Later this year I am going to be replacing my desktop. Do I really want a Windows 7 PC, or should I get a Mac? And for the first time ever I really wasn't sure which way I should go. Two bites of the Apple and I was in danger of being thrown out of the garden of Eden. As an omen, my laptop bag is on its last legs. Why an omen? Because it was a giveaway from the Windows 95 launch. It's as if Windows is coming apart in my hands.
If I am honest, if it weren't for a number of issues I'd take the plunge. I was teetering on the edge, but a quick comparison of costs between Macs and Dell quickly poured on a bit of cold water. Up to £1,000 worth of cold water if you include the software. I'd have to buy much of my software again (one key application isn't even available on Mac). There are a couple of hardware issues too. For example, I use a Pinnacle Soundbridge to play music from my computer through my stereo, which uses Media Player as a server and wouldn't work with a Mac. I suspect in the end I will stick with a PC. But I came so close.