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Considering moving to an Apple Mac

I have been using a PC for many years and I was always curious about an Apple Mac but never bought one.  My laptop finally packed in so I decided to invest in a Apple Macbook Pro which cost 1,500 euro.  This is probably 50% more than I wanted to pay for a laptop but was it worth it?

Macbook Pro

Macbook Pro

Yes it was certainly worth it.  It’s such a nicer interface and much easier to use with lots of cool features.  However there are some disadvantages as well.  If you’re considering moving over here’s the good and the bad:


1. Battery life – I’m now getting at least four hours batter life on my pro which is really cool.

2. Shutdown – With my existing laptop I was shutting it down and starting it up a couple of times a day.  I found that sleep mode doesn’t work really well.  Every time I started it up it took at least a minute or two to get back up and running.  With the Mac I never shut it down!  When I’m not using it I just close it up and when I open it up again it’s ready to use in about 5 seconds .  This is probably the feature I like best about it.

3. Interface – Once you get used to the interface it’s much nicer than a pc.  Everything seams so simple to set it up and it appears that everything just works.

4. Viruses – The Mac operating system is based on Unix so you are much more protected and are exposed to less viruses.


1. Applications – You forget about some applications that you use regularly that are not available on the Mac.  For example, notepad, paint, explorer.  There are equivalent programs on the Mac but they take a bit of time to get up to speed on.

2. Keyboard/Shortcut –  Although some of the shortcut keys on the Mac are the same as the PC some are not.  Also there are some differences on the keyboard which slows you down a bit (e.g. with a tracker pad you need to tap it with 2 fingers for the right click)

So overall I’m very happy with the move.  It’s a real pleasure working on the Mac now that I’ve switched over.  Are you considering moving to a Mac or have you done so recently, what is your feedback/questions? What cool applications do you have on the Mac?

I have a strong passion for business and technology and have worked in the technology industry for over 20 years. I currently run a company called RazorCoast and we're a social media / social business agency. We provide consultancy, training, product development all around this area. I'm a northsider based in Rush Co. Dublin but don't hold this against me!

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  • Anonymous


    Good post, a very valid question to ask, and I am sure many a page has been written trying to convey people’s thoughts on the subject, so I will add my bit here:

    Leadership – I view this as showing example to people who work for you or who follow your direction to reach those goals. The leader sees the future before others do, and hence makes decisions early to allow the events that may happen in the future not upset the strategic goal.

    Management – This is about taking the direction that is been worked towrards, and managing that process to reach the goals that are set.

    People can be good managers, but not necessarily good leaders, it takes a special type of person who has both qualities. Over my limited experience to date having worked in multinationals , there are many managers, but few become a leader, it is sometimes becomes evident from an early stage who are the managers and who are the leaders.

    Good debate to have, I am sure others will have some good points to make.


  • Kelvin, that a nice opening for a discussion.

    From a complexity sense-making perspective Zaleznik is suggesting that Managers take an ordered approach to the work while Leaders work through unorder. Snowden & Boones piece in the HBR “A Leaders Framework for Decision Making” (accurately in my view) says leaders need to do both. I have an electronic copy of the paper if you need it. [This is a development from the Cynefin ideas]

    I read a very good Drucker piece a number of years back where he ends up concluding – after wandering carefully through a number of areas – that real management and leadership are essentially the same. I remember being convinced at the time by his discription.

  • Kelvin, interesting post, and always an interesting comparison. Managers work within the business and leaders work on the business, they concentrate on the vision and long term goals, and keep the managers motivated 🙂
    I read a great story once about a bunch of managers hacking their way through the jungle with machetes, working up quite a sweat. They were too busy hacking away at the undergrowth, making little progress to notice one of their guys (or girls) climbing up a tree. They shouted up “Hey what are you doing up there, can’t you see we are busy hacking away down here, come give us a hand.” The manager up the tree shouted back down and simply declared “Lads, we are in the wrong Jungle”
    I must find that story again – shows how one can stand out from the crowd and become a truly great leader. Thanks for sharing. Elaine

  • Anonymous

    I quite like this quote. Let’s throw it on to the bonfire of debate!

    “Management is efficiency in climbing the ladder of success; leadership determines whether the ladder is leaning against the right wall.”
    Stephen R. Covey

  • Anonymous

    Thanks Dermot – would ceratinly appreciate the Snowden & Boones piece, and while it’s hard to argue with Drucker – I think he was was a big fan of disciplined, sound management and not today’s fashion for leadership – as one of his quotes makes clear:
    “The three greatest leaders of the 20th century were Hitler, Stalin, and Mao. If that’s leadership, I want no part of it.”

  • Anonymous

    Thanks Elaine – the story is actually a Covey analogy ( ties in with Greg’s quote below ) from his famous book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.

    He describes the people cutting through the bush as ‘problem solvers’, they are clearing the way and then behind these people come the managers. The managers sharpen the machetes, write the policy and procedure manuals, hold muscle development programs, and set the schedules and compensation packages for the people with the machetes.

    According to Covey, the leader is the one who climbs the tallest tree, surveys the entire situation, and yells, “Wrong jungle!”

    Unfortunately the people on the ground will often reply, “Shut up! We’re making excellent progress!”

  • Anonymous

    A friend of mine came up with this analogy, which I thought was worth sharing:

    My view – Not every manager is a good leader (obviously). But, I do
    think that every good leader needs to be able to manage. Otherwise,
    they get nowhere. A leader needs to be able to drive the car (manage)
    and navigate (lead) at the same time. It’s the ability to do both
    without ending up in the ditch that is the challenge.

  • Or hire a great navigator to help you get there! My understanding of good leadership is YES they need to be great managers, as all managers don’t necessarily become good Leaders. Leaders stand out from the crowd for various reasons, leadership (obviously) and being able to empower the right managers who will in turn empower their teams, who in turn will do a great job. We still need good managers, and in small business its always a challenge to be a great leader in your own company (hence the comment I made above about being able to work ON the business, and not get too bogged down IN the business).
    I think there may be a distinction here between small business owners and Irish SME’s. Does it make a difference?
    Kelvin – thanks for clarifying the jungle story – I read the Covey book, and have read a different version of it somewhere else also.

  • Anonymous

    A leader is someone who creates a future that wasn’t going to exist (e.g.Gandhi).

  • Ian, I am glad that you are having good experiences with the Mac. I am a long-time Mac user (20 years) and am chairman of ClubMac, the apple mac user group in Dublin (

    I would suggest you check out applications such as iWork (particularly Keynote which I use all the time in preference to PowerPoint) and iLife (which includes iPhoto and iTunes for managing your photographs and music respectively).

    Don’t forget that you can still run Windows apps on your Mac!

    — Tom Martin

  • Anonymous

    Hi Tom, thanks for the feedback and tips, I’m still on powerpoint at the moment but will swop over to Keynote very soon. I’ll also try out ilife.



  • David

    Ian, I switched to a Mac Pro last December and I would not go back to a PC in a hurry. Beautiful machine and programs. I’m an editor and copywriter so spend a lot of time on the computer, but I still feel an odd pleasure whenever I start using the Mac. I think it’s to do with the aesthetics — and the lack of repeated problems and crashes that I experienced with my various PCs.

    By the way, one nice program that might possibly appeal to you: Curio. It gives you great freedom to work as you like so if you prefer a more ordered program you might not like it. It’s hard to summarise what it does briefly, so it’s best to just have a look:

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