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Friday, January 17, 2003

Switch : !

Its too late to wish you all a Merry Christmas or a Happy New Year, if I did that'd seem kinda passe wouldn't it? However I can wish you Gong Xi Fa Cai! Is anyone looking forward to it? I am kinda though. There wasn't much Christmas spirit this year, does it seem like it's been deteriorating yearly? Even the new year didn't bring about much celebration, although there are a lot of reasons to celebrate this year, for me, that is. I think it's going to be a good and challenging year, I still haven't worked out my goals yet, but I'm quite thankful I've accomplished most of mine last year. I think some of you may call it 'resolutions', where you resolve to do something during ths span of the year. Most of us procrastinate, I suppose that's what makes us human and humans are sometimes inefficient.

For this year, my first resolution is to Switch. Go to and you'll know what I'm talking about. I think after a while you get increasingly tired of Windows and its woes. The blue screen, the occasional system hang, or in my case sometimes the notebook turns itself off *while* I'm working on something. Not such a great idea huh? So, I'm gonna switch to a Mac.

Some people do wonder what the deal is with the Mac. I've previously thought that Macs were just...pretty, until I discovered a little more about them, that is. They are excellent design-wise and the latest operating system, the OS X, runs on UNIX, which is a server operating system that runs most of our large servers. I used to do my programming in college on UNIX, loved it coz I could just write programs directly off the built in compiler, and the OS came with so many tools and features it'll take you some time to locate and utilize all of it. Of course, masked in the pretty interface on the surface, OS X allows you to do powerful image and video editing with the use of the PowerPC G4 processor.

I was torn between the Powerbook or the new iMac. The iMac with the TFT screen is really beautiful, coz the screen sorta like floats around with its adjustable swivel design, but I needed it to be portable. Of course since the iMac was basically a 1foot base with a flat screen panel, you could easily carry it around, I don't think I'd want to increase the risk of hitting it against something, like - the wall, or potential robbers. So I'm settling with the 1inch thin Titanium G4 Powerbook.

Although Macs are predominantly run-out-of-the-box peripherals I think I would require a little more time to fully comprehend the technicalities and features of my soon-to-be computer. Hopefully the next time I post up here, it'll be from an non-Windows based computer. Interested to switch / want to know more?