[thelist] Switching back to Mac

Stephen Rider evolt_org at striderweb.com
Wed Oct 27 10:14:15 CDT 2004

On Oct 27, 2004, at 7:27 AM, Mike Roy wrote:

> I guess my question is, do any of you do real work in both [Windows 
> and Mac]
> environments, and if  so,  what are some of the drawbacks/advantages
> vs. staying with one platform.

I'm an admitted Mac-head.  For web developing, one big advantage I find 
is testing.  With Virtual PC, I can test a page in Win IE 4, 5, 5.5, 6, 
pretty much any version of Netscape, Mozilla, Safari, Opera, Lynx, etc. 
etc. etc.

On a Windows machine you can't have more than one version of IE 
installed (there are theoretical ways, which have been discussed on the 
List before, but they involve a lot of messing around), and you can't 
test Mac or Unix programs.

Also, Apache server is built in to OS X, making testing easier.

As you are, I am a big fan of BBEdit.

There are also some interesting text-manipulation Services (system wide 
menu functions) available for the Mac.  See "Word Service" for an good 
example of this.

The second link there has several interesting Services available for 

This is all beyond the general stability and security of Macs, of 

The only disadvantage to using a Mac is that I've had difficulty 
connecting to Windows servers without using a third-party Networking 
software (Dave), and from time to time I would like to be able to 
develop in MS Access, which is not available on the Mac.


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