While it's still Sunday somewhere!

We welcomed a new family member yesterday, a bouncing baby MacBook. Although we've gradually migrated all our mobile life to iOS over the past couple of years, this is our first real foray into OS X.

A few years ago I borrowed a MacBook for a month, and I learned a few things that began the erosion of my staunch anti-Apple attitude:

  • The hardware is unbelievably refined in its design. I call it, engineering porn. No Windows laptop has even approached this level of refinement.
  • The support at the other end of that phone line is superb. I know it's hard for other companies to fund that kind of quality at scale because pretty much only Apple gets to charge the premium they charge, but it really does make a difference.
  • The software itself is not 100% to my liking, but I am not the daily user of this new machine so, OK.

Also, when it comes to the software: it's not Windows. From a security point of view, that removes a gigantic target from the back of our computing base here Chez Frier. This new machine retires our last Windows machine, not counting VM lab rats.

This is not to say that Macs are immune to malware, they are just a lot less targeted. Ultimately it's a numbers game: malware authors are going to go for where the greatest number of machines in the business world are, and that is Windows.

This article was updated on May 9, 2023

David F