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Biting the apple

I was never a fan of Apple computer products. My profession as a programmer/software engineer always involved Windows PC and servers, and Unix boxes. Apple computers were in my view toylike, catering to the non-technical crowd. But I really resented the arrogant advertising Apple did, implying their products were so much better, hip and cool. Of course, they were way more expensive too.

Then I got my first iPod, as a birthday gift from my husband. It was a 20GB model, and he preloaded it with romantic music. My first Apple. And I loved it. Brought it with me everywhere. Listened to it every day at work. My only complaint was that it wasn't big enough to hold all the music i wanted with me. So I upgraded to a 160GM model, which I still have and use almost every day. It's loaded will virtually all my music, audio books, and a lot of my favorite movies and TV shows. Whenever I travel I can be assured of not being bored.

Ah, the slippery slope. In 2009, after our crappy Motorola Razr phones started to die, we needed to upgrade quickly. We both got iPhones - 3GS. After years of hating my phone and seldom even turning it on, I had a new best friend. It was a computer in my pocket! Last year we upgraded to iPhone 5. Still our constant companions, and tools that make our lives easier to manage, and help us communicate much more with our friends and family. And play Words With Friends.

So now, in the interest of furthering my skills as a software engineer and developer, I have purchased my first actual Apple computer. Since OSX is basically a Unix flavor, I'll be very comfortable with going under the hood. It's a Mac Mini, Intel dual quad-core i7s, 16GB memory, 1TB hard drive. Should be sufficient for now. It arrives tomorrow, will take up very little space on my techno-crowded desktop, and can share the monitor with my existing desktop PC. Objective C, here I come!

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furrbear
Oct. 9th, 2013 07:02 pm (UTC)
VMS -> Unix -> Windows here. My "mac" is a Toshiba A205.

You can do quite a lot without ObjC. Fink, Macports, and Homebrew provide many FOSS tools. There's enough similarity that you won't feel overly lost at a shell prompt, but things get really different under the hood. If O'Really has updated "Mac OS X for Unix Geeks", it's a worthwhile buy. (My 4th ed. is for Leopard). The pocket guides release a new edition for each OS release.
mrdreamjeans
Oct. 9th, 2013 11:40 pm (UTC)
I'm not in a technical field and so my first computer was a MAC. I was touring in Phantom at the time and all of the sound and lighting equipment cues were programmed and called on Apple products. I figure I knew nothing, so I should go with the product everyone on that tour had ...even all of the actors had Mac Powerbooks. I was definitely their target audience ... the simpler the better. I can't explain it, but as a creative, left-handed person, the Macs made more sense to me.

When I finally had to do the PC thing in the workplace, all of the extra steps, the right nad left clicking seemed unnecessarily fussy to me. I'm getting better and faster at running the programs I need for my work.

I hope you enjoy the new MAC mini and that it serves the purpose you have in mind.
sfkev
Oct. 10th, 2013 01:38 am (UTC)
;-)
And so it begins...again LOL I have 3 Macs ranging in age from 5 years to 3 months and they all run without a problem. I only got more because...because... I could! Hope you have fun!!!
ursine1
Oct. 10th, 2013 07:38 am (UTC)
Enjoy!
You probably know that from Version 10.5, "Leopard", OS X has been a certified/licensed UNIX 3 system. You can access all the standard Unix commands using "Terminal". And don't forget to install X11 to feel more "at home". As John commented, there are a variety of open source products/projects available. Also you can download Xcode for development.

This summer we installed under the upstairs HDTV a Mac mini to be used as a media server. We have both Mac formatted and Windows formatted disk drives connected to it. We use devolo dLAN 500 modules to use the house wiring for Ethernet connections. Plex and XBMC are used for media server software.

Chuck
kybearfuzz
Oct. 10th, 2013 12:17 pm (UTC)
One of us...

One of us...

(tee hee hee)
snousle
Oct. 10th, 2013 04:37 pm (UTC)
I have never understood the whole "toylike" thing. iOS is perhaps toylike due to its closed nature but macs per se have never been that way. Particularly back in the os7 period you could do some interesting hardware level things. I wrote a GUI based physics data acquisition system in '90 that used a card which let you control CAMAC crates though memory mapped registers and let me process 10,000 events/second in real time. It was so not-toylike it's ridiculous - the software saved the lab seven million dolars, it's still in use today because nobody has been able to come up with anything better, and the lab has a stack of 90s era hardware in a closet ready to replace it if anything goes wrong. The Mac II series was a great hacker system, and made PCs of the era - Windows 3 was not even out then! - look pretty lame.

The "toylike" characterization is one of those things that people believe just because they hear it over and over, and it has no basis in reality whatsoever.

However, I can't believe they are still using objective C. That's a little nuts.
book_of_daniel
Oct. 15th, 2013 08:04 pm (UTC)
That's a lot of ooomph for a Mac Mini. Good job.
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