I'm coming out of the closet

Yes, it's true. I've kept it quiet for the past month or so, but now it's time for me to confess. I bought a Mac. A MacBook Pro, in fact.

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Here’s one of the reasons why

What we've got here is the Safari browser (fastest in the world? probably...) in the background, Slingplayer playing my satellite TV and VMWare Fusion running Fritz 9 (a chess program, in case you hadn't noticed, using Direct X 9) in the foreground under Windows XP.

If I'd tried this with my previous XP based laptop, it probably would've melted.

There's also half a dozen running apps in the Dock.

There's a ton of reasons I decided on a Mac after using Windows machines since 3.1. I won't bore you with all the details - they've all been covered elsewhere. Suffice to say that, after using it for a month, I can't see myself ever going back. There was a pretty steep learning curve for me, but now I'm used to it, it does seem more intuitive. It was more a case of un-learning "the Windows way".

My main fear was all the Windows apps I've used and, err, loved over the years. I needn't have worried. There's usually a Mac equivalent and if there isn't, there's VMWare (I first tried Parallels, but found it a bit unstable) or Bootcamp. I've also got a separate XP install using Bootcamp, which I use exclusively for my flight sim stuff and with great success.

If, like me, you've spent ages thinking about getting a Mac but had nagging doubts, go get one. You'll love it.

Happy New Year.