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Michael Knutson
11-30-2010, 07:00 AM
<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://www.zdnet.com/blog/bott/switching-from-pc-to-mac-and-back-three-lessons-learned-so-far/2714?pg=2' target='_blank'>http://www.zdnet.com/blog/bott/swit...o-far/2714?pg=2</a><br /><br /></div><p><em>"I&rsquo;m running a PC and a Mac side by side as part of a long-term commitment to developing more expertise in Apple&rsquo;s platform. In this post, I share three of the lessons I&rsquo;ve learned along the way, including insights about old habits, new hardware, and the joys of cross-platform software and services."</em></p><p><img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/600/at/auto/1291097081.usr17748.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #d2d2bb;" /></p><p>An interesting follow-up to Ed Bott's recent articles detailing his experiments running Windows and Mac OS X side-by-side, and the trials and tribulations of learning a different way of doing things. My interpretation of his three biggest lessons learned: the (new) keyboard is a big pain to learn and use because of the physical differences and the differences in 'the way things work' on the Mac; applications that look and act the same on both platforms are a terrific boon to the 'switcher' and 're-switcher;' and that hardware maintenance and upgrades are not as transparent as one is led to believe. Personally I use both platforms about equally and: don't have the keyboard problems (I've learned to use both without the gnashing of teeth); don't depend on apps that look and feel the same on both platforms (Vive la diff&eacute;rence!); and have found sources for upgrades and replacements that are close in cost. Again, use the right tool for the job - if it's hammer, it really doesn't matter if it's a Craftsman or a Stanley.</p>