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I’m Not a Mac #11–Still a PC (and an Android) 15 Months Later

In my ten-part “I’m Not a Mac” series last year, I blogged about my migration out of the Apple ecosystem after 15 years as a confirmed Mac user. Fifteen months have now gone by since I gave up Mac OS X and iPhone for Windows 7 and Android. Here are my follow-up thoughts about living almost Apple-free for more than a year.

I’m Not a Mac #7–Snow Leopard Ate My Macbook Battery

I’m stuck with Mac OS X Snow Leopard for awhile. That unexpected delay wouldn’t suck so much if Apple’s newest operating system hadn’t decided to eat my Macbook battery. There’s a debate among Mac users about why Snow Leopard seems to flag previously good batteries as failing, frequently popping up the warning, Service Battery. That would be fine if your battery was actually failing. Some aren’t.

I’m Not a Mac #4–Control Issues: Why Apple Doesn’t Want You to Use Linux

I dove into Linux at the suggestion of several commenters who urged me to take a look at the open-source end of the OS world before deciding to go over to the Microsoft dark side. Why not? I figured. One-half of my goal is never again to have to pay several hundred extra dollars for specially branded hardware just to run my OS of choice, and the other half is to remove myself from Steve Jobs’ heavy-handed control of the applications I choose to install there.