digg made me an iPerson
i started working at digg.com a few months ago. on my first day i was handed a brand new macbook pro. a reasonable person would have been delighted, but i was filled with dread. i had started a new high-pressure job, and the only tool at my disposal was a mac. not only that, i shuddered at the very thought of becoming an iPerson.
my most recent experience with apple had been extended subjection to a dog-slow powerpc running mac os 7. after which, i have always assumed macs to be fisher-price type devices, designed for those too misguided or incompetent to operate even a second-rate device like a wintel box.
so, i did what any sensible person would do under the circumstances: i configured my macbook to dual-boot ubuntu linux in addition to the dreaded mac os x. after all, what could be better? my good friend ubuntu running on the undeniably beautiful apple hardware.
i was so busy at work that it took me a couple of weeks before linux was running properly on my macbook, with wireless networking and all the hardware bells-and-whistles functioning normally. during this time, i was forced to use the dreaded os x, and a funny thing happened. i started to like it.
my mac never crashed or stalled, the graphical interface was intuitive and powerful. when i wanted to do something tricky, i broke out to the unix prompt. not only that, my omni software that i had feared to be janky copies of their windows counterparts, turned out to leaner and easier to use but with all the features i was used to.
so i admit it. i'm an iPerson. i love my mac and i'm o.k. with it. and guess what? i can't wait to buy a 3g iphone too. bring it on.