With my new Leonvo desktop and the reduced workload on my Mac Mini I am pretty happy with my technology plan for 2015. Everything thing seems to be working well.
If you have read many of my posts here, you might know that one of my favorite computers of all time is a 2004, dual G5 running OS 10.5.8. It has 1.5GBs of ram and still runs after over ten years of heavy use.
I have mentioned a number of things about today's Apple that indicate a company much more interested in piling up cash than in delivering the computers that many of us once expected from Apple.
I dislike the incompatible versions of the iWork apps and the continual notices that my Mavericks powered MacMini is incompatible with iCloud. I have written about why I do not like Apple Mail and iPhoto programs. All of that has to do with the product that OSX has recently become.
OSX for several years after it was introduced was one of the easiest to sell operating systems that I have ever sold. It was a product that improved with every release and impressed almost everyone who took the time to try it.
One of my favorite sayings is that those who are ignorant of history often have no idea whether they are going forwards or backwards. Sometime new technology is better and sometimes it is not the answer.
In the spirit of that, I used to take the new college graduates who wanted to sell Macs at our Apple dealership in 1984 and make them spend a few days learning the Apple IIe before they got their hands on a Mac. A few memos written using AppleWriter made MacWrite seem even more special.
I share some examples about Apple's refusal to even consider its own history in my book about my Apple sales career, The Pomme Company. The Apple I know so well is a company whose stubborn refusal to pay attention to its own history has doomed it to repeat many mistakes. Perhaps taking its operating system for granted might be high on the list as I well remember the days of System 7.
Finding the pictures was not much of a trouble (maybe "find" even works better on the old Macs), but the real treat was going back to the earlier version of OSX. OSX felt snappy and I once again got the feeling that I was in an environment where my experience as a computer user trying to get work done was important.
This trip back in computer time prompted me to run a few timed tests. I have heard people complain about how slow OSX Mavericks can be but I had not made the effort to time it. I was not very surprised about the results.
I did each one of the tests at least a couple of times and some had to be done more because I forgot to hit the start button on the timer.
I timed each computer to the point when it got to the log in window and then from the point I hit enter after typing my password to the point that I could launch a browser and it was ready for me to type in the URL.
Here are the results.
Dual 1.8Ghz G5 with two 1TB drives and 1.5GB of RAM took 46.5 seconds to the log in window and 15 seconds to Safari being ready for the URL.
MacMini running Mavericks with I5 processor 16GBs of RAM and two USB drives took 1 minute 25 seconds to log in and another 1 minute and 45 seconds before Safari was ready for the URL.
I5 iMac running Yosemite with 120 GB SSD and 8GBs of RAM and one firewire 800 drive took 31.7 seconds to log in window and 10 seconds for Safari to be ready for the URL
I7 Lenovo laptop 750GB drive and 8GBs of RAM running Windows 7 took 41 seconds to log in window and 24 seconds for Chrome to be ready for the URL.
I7 Lenovo Desktop with hybrid 2TB drive and 16GBs of RAM running Windows 8.1 took 18 seconds to log in window and 14 seconds for Chrome to be ready for the URL.
I5 Lenovo Yoga Laptop with 64GB SSD and 4GBs of RAM with two 1TB USB drives running Windows 8.1 took 8.5 seconds to log in window and 13.9 seconds for Chrome to be ready for the URL.
I used Safari for the Macs because it is the only browser that works reasonably well on the dual G5. I did not think it was fair to saddle the Windows machines with Safari.
It is a little sad that the iMac with a SSD is only a few seconds faster that a ten year old computer running regular hard drives.
All of this confirms what I can say with confidence as someone who uses Mac OS , Linux and Windows on a daily basis. You can get more done on one of today's Window's machines than you can with one of today's Macs.
It was nice to go back to the G5 where the operating system easily remembered the last file folder that I accessed. I also appreciated the reappearance of the escape key as a way to navigate back from a picture to the library in iPhoto.
I might still be a gungho Mac user if Apple had seriously worked to improve OSX instead of turning it into a poor nephew of iOS. If Apple were cash strapped, I might understand the need to focus its efforts on only where the money is but Apple has all the money it needs to do whatever it wants. Unfortunately a truly better OSX is not it.
I did not get to run a Linux test since I have yet to have time to bring up my next dedicated Linux box, but I will find time eventually. I think Linux still might be my future OS, but I doubt it will be via the VMware product I am using now when I run Xubuntu. Also I have not written off Windows 10 either. Microsoft probably has more to lose if they do not perform on the desktop than Apple does.
Working to bring fiber to those towns missed by Google is going well and keeping me too busy to play as much as I would like with my Linux project. Also I could have easily run a test with my wife's Chromebook but it would have smoked all the competition and I did not want her to know that she has the fastest computer to the races in the house.