So, I'm the new guy. Starting a new job, life is full of promise and opportunity. I'm with a great new company, some great people - the works. Life is good.
One of the little perks that DAXKO offers is that we're open enough to offer employees a choice of what type of laptop they want. You're a PC? Of course, we can handle that. You like the Mac? We'll let you have that, if that's what you need.
How cool is that? We'll let you be you, and support your platform without hesitation. Unless you want an Acer laptop. That's where we draw the line.
So coming into DAXKO I thought to myself, "You know, I've always heard how super it is to work off a Mac, so if DAXKO will provide that hardware to me, why wouldn't I give it a try and experience it?" So after some quick research about how the windows environment was supported on the Mac (Windows still can run on the Mac, it's just a virtual session), it was on like Donkey Kong - I had a Mac the first day.
And that's basically where it went wrong for me. After a lifetime of the PC platform, working off a Mac felt like I had moved from the Marriott to a funky little hostel on the outskirts of Amsterdam. You know the type - the one with features that make it feel more authentic than the Marrott. The 80 year-old faucets, small TV, etc. The problem is that once you're used to Marriott, the "authenticity" of the hostel wears off the second time it takes three steps to do what used to take you one.
You want details? No problem, I'll give you the top two:
-No backspace button. There's actually a "Delete" button that works like a backspace button, but there's no button that offers "delete" functionality. So in order to delete text, you have to get to the point where you could backspace over text, then do that using the delete button. So the delete button works like the backspace, but there no button that works like the delete button you're used to. Which is where the Mac starts looking a lot like the funky hostel. How do I get hot water? What's the number for the Marriott again?
There's much more, but I'll leave it at that. If you're used to the Windows/Intel duopoly and are lucky enough (like me) to work for a company like DAXKO that lets you have it your way, my advice is simple:
Skip the Mac.
On a related note, as part of my season of change, I switched from a Blackberry to an iPhone when I moved to DAXKO. To show I'm not a total hater, allow me to modify my stance.
Get the iPhone, Skip the Mac.
My name is KD, and I'm a PC.
Now if you'll excuse me, I've got to jet to take back all these black, mock turtlenecks I bought a month ago at Banana Republic. As it turns out, I won't be needing them.