My Other Blog: OSX Journal

Friday, January 9th, 2009 @ 8:54 am | filed under: Best Practices

This is off topic, but I thought I’d share with everyone that I have kicked off another blog: OSX Journal. The nutshell is that about a year ago I installed OSX on my PC and though it took some effort to get all my hardware working it’s by far the best operating system I’ve ever run (I’ve run: DOS, Win95, WinNT, XP, Vista, and Ubuntu), especially as a developer.

I loved it so much I went out and bought a Macbook Pro. I seriously think that if Apple would sell the OSX stand-alone they’d give MSFT a run for their money, but instead they still insist that they are a hardware business (if you haven’t read it, I highly recommend this awesome article by Neil Stephenson call “In the Beginning was the Command Line” that argues the same point, among others).

Anyway, so in the last year I’ve had to figure a bunch of things out. Beyond just switching from Windoze, which is a challenge (though I had switched to Ubuntu first, then OSX) as you have to learn all your keyboard commands again and that sort of things, there are the challenges of running OSX on a hackintosh and then also figuring out which software works best and all the other trappings of modern computing.

As I figured these things out for myself I made a lot of notes and I finally decided that I might as well publish them as I make them. The blog is as much for my own memory so I don’t forget what I figure out as it is for anything else. Even if you aren’t running a hackintosh I still jot down ideas about the OS or write quick missives about software I like. If you’re still running windows and are the type of person who doesn’t mind mucking about with drivers and command lines, you should give OSX86 a shot. It’s soooooo much better than Windows.

Anyway, if you’re interested, browse on over there. If not, no big deal.

One Response to “My Other Blog: OSX Journal”

  1. Brad Garrett Says:

    Pretty scary how similar our experiences were. Same order of OSes used, same time for first using OSX (about a year ago), and I also recently got a Macbook Pro because I was so happy with the OS.

    I’ve glanced over the posts and am not sure how useful this will be for me, since the appeal of OSX is that you shouldn’t have to hack it very often. But I might check it out from time to time. I know I’ve done a few quirky things myself like installing virtualbox and running ubuntu off of it, or install macports so I could rock some apps like ImageMagick, but so far I haven’t had to anything off-the-wall like I did during the ubuntu days. (Xorg.conf anyone?)