I've enjoyed reading the recent press coverage about the IBM Research "Macintosh" adoption program.
I recently bought my own Mac, a MacBook Pro, to use as my primary workstation at IBM.
For the record, my doing so had absolutely nothing to do with any ill sentiment to ThinkPads.
I've been using ThinkPads since they came out. I bought my own IBM "pre-ThinkPad" L40SX back in 1991, for Pete's sake. I've traveled with one model of ThinkPad or another from the start.
They're awesome machines, and my blood runneth blue.
No, to be perfectly honest, I just hate Windows.
To paraphrase the movie "Network," I was fed up and I wasn't going to take it anymore.
I had bought a Macbook a couple of years ago for my own personal use, and you may remember me glowing about my nano on this blog when I first got it in 2005.
Beyond that, I was no Machead.
Of course, IBM hadn't exactly made a commitment to Mac applications, and without Lotus Notes and Sametime on Mac OS X, the "switch" couldn't happen for me, not from a work perspective.
But finally, this year a seemingly worthy Notes and Sametime client appeared for the Mac, and that made the transition feasible.
And I haven't looked back.
The only product I do have a problem with on the Macbook Pro is PowerPoint. How ironic.
My own personal Microsoft curse continueth.
Beyond that, it's been a pretty smooth transition, and life is sweet.
I don't wait on the Microsoft hour glass anymore, and I'm not constantly rebooting. What a change!
I do see the Apple pinwheel from time to time -- usually when PowerPoint crashes -- again, the irony is not lost on me.
Everything else with the Mac seems to work like clockwork, and with the horsepower (and additional RAM), it's the first time in my life I feel like my computing productivity lives up to my nickname (Turbo).
In short, I don't wait on the computer. It does what I need it to do, and I can focus on my productivity instead of my operating system.
I don't know whether the IBM Research pilot was any great conspiracy to move towards Macs or not, and I honestly don't care.
How do I feel now a month in with the MacBook Pro?
Liberated. Free. Productive.
In fact, upon retrospect, I wonder what the heck took me so long.
I have now become the Turbo I always envisioned myself I had the potential to be.
And I, and IBM, are much better off for my having made the switch.