I’m a relatively recent convert to the Mac. I’ve been using a Mac as my primary computer since early 2009. Before then I was a stalwart but unhappy user of Windows. However, I had grown weary of Microsoft’s operating system blunders – Vista was simply awful, and XP was functional but getting long in the tooth. By 2009 I felt I had reason enough to abandon the Windows environment and move to using a Mac.
Leopard was my introduction to OSX, followed quickly by Snow Leopard – and they were a revelation to me. Here was an operating system that got out of my way. It didn’t provide me a lot of control or options by default, but it worked – every time. The independent software community was vibrant and well supported, even in 2009 on the Mac it felt like ‘there was an app for that’. For the first time in a long time, I found myself looking forward to using my computer. I even began searching for more things I could do with my new Mac.
Well since 2009, I have owned four different Mac computers. Each has been brilliant and became an essential part of my workflow. During the last 6 years, OS X has evolved through six versions, refining itself each time into an ever more practical system. Now with OS X Yosemite, Apple is slowly lowering the barriers between the computing devices we own.
Reading the brief visual history of OS X by Git-Tower (linked above), I am reminded of how thankful I am that I moved to the Mac when I did. I have witnessed so many evolutionary changes in this operating system, and yet so much of its essence and character remains the same. The way I write this blog post in 2014, is likely the same way I would have written it on OS X back in 2009. I treasure that consistency, just as I welcome the lowering barriers to device independence that makes my workflows far simpler and efficient.
Quite honestly, if you haven’t already – go and get yourself a Mac. You won’t regret it.