John Gruber takes a baseball bat to a CNN story on Mac “virus attacks” — virus attacks that only came about because a Windows computer at a factory that makes iPods was infected with one of over 100,000 PC viruses floating about in the wild. The virus doesn’t effect Macs, and only involved less than 1% of the latest video iPod.
I’ve been a Mac user for two years now, and almost 100% Windows free for a year. I was actually quite shocked at how many of my colleagues have Macs nowadays. There’s really no reason to put up with the crap that Windows dishes out anymore. Virus attacks, annoying “product activation”, irritating interfaces, and spyware are all annoyances I just don’t have to deal with anymore. Going back to Windows — even using Windows Vista — is like being forced to drive a Ford Pinto when you’ve been using a Lexus for years.
It’s incredibly liberating to spend more time working with technology than fighting it. Especially for a law student, having a Mac is a no-brainer. Note-taking with OmniOutliner is much easier than fighting with Microsoft Word — although I still use Microsoft Word for paper-writing. Securexam works fine on my Mac, and communicating with network printers, file shares, and other aspects of a Windows-based network all work flawlessly — in fact, it’s often easier than doing the same tasks in Windows.
I use Mac OS X for work, Linux for programming, and will probably get a Nintendo Wii for games. The PC is an anachronism, and using Windows these days is just inviting needless headaches. Now that PC users are seeing that Macs are price-competitive with PCs, better built, and easier to use, it’s hardly a big surprise that the marketshare for Macs is increasing by a significant margin. In fact, I would not at all be surprised if Apple sees its marketshare increase to 10%+ in the next few years — in the portable world it probably already is there already.
And there are still no Mac viruses…