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.