Sunday 20 January 2013

Apple, welcome to the mainstream

If you'd asked me ten years or so ago what I thought about Apple computers, my response might have been along the lines of "Hmm, they're the computers that people use for desktop publishing and graphic design - people more interested in pretty colours than practical things."

Around the same time, the company that I was working for had developed a new e-commerce website and faced the challenging proposition of ensuring the HTML and CSS styling would not look bad on a range of browsers.  As I wasn't directly involved in that particular project the main issue that I can recall hearing about was that some content didn't look right on MacBook laptops.  Sure enough the CEO of the company was using that particular setup - I'm guessing that less than two percent of the site's potential customers were in the same situation.

Fast forward to the present day and I find myself typing this blog entry on an Apple laptop, listening to music from an Apple phone, procrastinating further after watching a movie via an Apple TV, wondering whether I should ask my housemate to get her own keyboard so that I can make use of my Mac Mini, which might prompt me to clear some space on the desk for the speaker system for the iPad.

Then there's the day job where I am a little envious of the other people in my office receiving shiny new Apple kit, while my team stays on our Linux desktop setup.

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