New job–hooray! The new employer is standardized on Windows. I decided not to kick up a fuss, partly out of desire to make a good first impression, partly out of curiosity of what Windows has become in the 15 years since I switched to Mac. I’m not even adding any third-party software–at least not yet. Just the standard Windows/Office stack.
I’ve been on Windows three days now and you know what? It’s fine. I can’t see any reason why a Windows user would want to switch to Mac. I also can’t see a reason for a Mac user to switch to Windows. Any advantage of one over the other seems not worth the cost of learning a new platform.
- Window management on Windows is way better than the Mac. Big preview thumbnails on the task switcher, and when you hover over icons on the taskbar. Also, split-screen implementation on Windows is lovely.
- I love the integration between Office applications.
- I’m living in OneNote on Windows. A very nice app for content management. It’s not futureproof, but I don’t care. The work I’m doing does not need to be saved for decades in the future.
- Windows has built-in clipboard history. Why does the Mac not have that?
Unlike on past job, I’m maintaining a STRICT separation between work and personal information. The work computer will be used ONLY for work—for everything else, I have my trusty MacBook Pro. Which I’m typing on now, and happy to be doing so.
For switching between the two devices, I’m using the Logitech 380 multi-device keyboard. Logitech keyboards are great—they take a lot of abuse, and they’re dirt cheap.
I don’t know if the employer allows users’ installing apps on work computers. But if they do—what should I install? I’ve already looked at AutoHotKey for automation. I’m not really interested in 1Password for the work computer. Anything else?