The Usual Tech Ramblings

The Apple toys

We recently acquired a new company, and introduced them into the fold. There is a big difference about the new addition compared to the rest of the organization. They are a Linux and Mac shop. They write their application in Perl, and 95% of the company use Mac computers, and the few machines that are Windows based are for accounting purposes.

What does this mean for me? Well, we now have a bunch of Mac users and no staff to help support them. That’s not saying they don’t have the ability to support themselves, but sometimes they have questions and ask other sources. So we ordered a bunch of new gear, which means I now have a MacBook Air to play with, and as of yesterday an iPad1.

Initial review? The Air is nice, but only for the hardware aspect. I’m still having issues and bugs sneak in, and working around some of the things I’m used to doing other ways is quite difficult. One of the reasons I installed Windows7 on it is because I have to make a lot of compromises to just get things working that are just PnP with Windows. That doesn’t include any of the Active Directory issues we’ve been having.

As for the iPad, there are some quirks that I’m struggling with, and some software choices I’ve yet to understand. They keyboard isn’t fast enough to keep up, and constantly misses letters. Even in landscape mode, it causes cramps in my knuckles. Software wise, missing stuff like the subscribe options for podcasts in iTunes, seem weird to me.

I’m a Windows/Linux guy, I cannot fault the stuff Apple has done, they really have changed the market, but I have issues with some of the stuff and how it is setup. This might just be because ive been using the other platforms for so long.

I’ll probably post a better review after I’ve spent more time using both. Have any of you switched platform. What kinds of issues did you run into? What quirks can’t you get over? What things would you like on your original platform?

  1. I’m actually using the iPad and the Wordpress app to type this.