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Back on a Mac

In my formative computing years, I grew up with a Mac, happy. Then iTunes came along and I wasn't happy, unable to copy my music.

In my formative computing years, I grew up with a Mac, happy. Then iTunes came along and I wasn't happy, unable to copy my music. This pushed me over the edge into the crazy land of Linux and Free Software.

Now, after seven years, I am reunited with a Mac laptop. It's at my new contract in the heart of TheSmoke, and funnily enough, it's with a Ruby on Rails team. I am gleeful and unbesmirched by guilt at trying out Proprietary Trinkets. I have dusted off my old TextMate license, installed the missing drawer, the RubyBlue theme, the HAML and Markdown bundles. Heck, I've even had a pop at Coda, the text editor de jour de mac.

Funnily enough, what I like most about my newfound Mac experience is the two-fingered trackpad scrolling (odd how touchscreen technology has fed back into the humble trackpad) and the global Spotlight find (alas, no more real need of QuickSilver).

It's also my first dealings with GitHub.com (imagine if Facebook made an Open Source versioning system) and Ruby on Rails. All very exciting and good to be learning again.