For the last seven years, I’ve been working on Apple’s OS X and it’s been a blast. I was always a bit scared switching over as I would ‘miss out’ on a lot of things. It’s kind of strange to now switch back and discover the same kind of anxiety. You can easily get used to a different situation, I guess.
Early last year I got an Alienware 13 laptop to facilitate some PC-games I missed out on. To be honest, I haven’t been using it too much; I was caught in the conversion from Windows 8 to Windows 10. It was a mess. Still, Windows 10 was a ‘better’ mess than Windows 8, but the experience was negative enough to kind of leave it at that and focus on the PlayStation 4 for games.
However, earlier this month my 2008-build iMac was starting to excessively show its age. Sure, it works as a browsing kiosk, but it grinds a bit to a halt when trying to open Pixelmator or Sketch. As my workhorse is a recent Macbook Air, it’s not a huge issue, but I found myself switching to the Macbook Air more often at home. The solution: convert the Alienware to a more permanent desktop setting with an additional monitor to replace the iMac.
So far the most annoying aspect is software. Whereas it used to be the case that the Mac had no software, it now feels the other way around. Trying to find replacements for Pixelmator and Sketch (at the same price point) are seemingly impossible. GIMP will suffice for now (I’ve worked with it before, thankfully), but I don’t think I can get a proper Sketch substitute apart from buying into Adobe CC. Which would’ve been fine save for the fact that I will then be paying the price of Pixelmator monthly for access, rather than a one time fee.
In effect this is making Windows a more expensive proposition. And I haven’t even touched other forms of software. For email I now settled on Nylas N1… for the time being, as it is moving towards a subscription-model as well. Bad? Well no, it will work for them, but having multiple subscriptions among multiple platforms is going to be bad for me instead. I’m definitely not against paying for software, but having a subscription for everything is going a step too far.
I’ll be keeping track of the applications I stumble on and hopefully I can create a full replacement set for moving from OS X to Windows 10.