Bye-bye OS X: I'm back on Windows

When you join a new company, if you’re lucky, you can choose whether you want a Mac or PC. Since Yahoo! supports both, I had the choice — and I chose Windows with very little hesitation. I wanted to be where most of the users were, and besides, Macs just aren’t the magic machines they are sometimes made out to be (see Dan Gillmor’s latest struggle, for instance).

Still, there are a few things I do miss about my PowerBook:

  • Exposé (oh, how I miss this! The right-mouse-click over the task bar in Windows giving me “Show the Desktop” is a poor, poor substitute for the clean and easily-reversed desktop sweep provided by hitting F11 in OS X) Thanks to Peter Hoven (see comments), I’ve got a nice replacement for this functionality — just press Windows key + D. I wasn’t aware of this. Not as pretty as on the Mac, but it does the job. Thanks, Peter!
  • The backlit keyboard with ambient light sensor
  • The instant-on when you open the PowerBook from its sleep state (and instant-off when you close it)

I’m sure some Mac zealots will flame me for my choice, but I’ve been on the receiving end of those attacks before. Just search for “under mac attack” on Yahoo! or Google and I’m your #1 hit. I can take it.

8 thoughts on “Bye-bye OS X: I'm back on Windows

  1. it’s really great to see your excitement to work for Yahoo! I’d myself be thrilled to work for them…maybe one day, I hope ;)
    I’ve always been very curious about Mac. I tried several time to play around with some friends’s laptop but always went back to Windows.
    I have always had this question: I have never been able to find where to defrag a mac…does it even exist?

  2. Try Window Logo + D. I haven’t used Expose but I think it does what you describe.

    Here are a few other Windows Logo Key shortcuts.

    Windows Logo Display or hide the Start menu

    Windows Logo+BREAK Display the System Properties dialog box)

    Windows Logo+D Toggle to show desktop (minimize all open windows)

    Windows Logo+E Open My Computer

    Windows Logo+F Search for a file or a folder

    Windows Logo+M Minimize all of the windows

    Windows Logo+SHIFT+M Restore the minimized windows

    Windows Logo+R Open the Run dialog box

  3. Chad Dickerson’s blog » Blog Archive » Quick thoughts on the music selection in Yahoo! Music Engine

  4. Chad Dickerson’s blog » Blog Archive » I sorta wish I was using a Mac again

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