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Big Revolution - Opening the door to Windows

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Welcome to Tuesday's newsletter. Today' I'm sharing my experiences so far as a Mac-to-Windows re-conv
 
May 14 · Issue #419 · View online
Big Revolution
Welcome to Tuesday’s newsletter. Today’ I’m sharing my experiences so far as a Mac-to-Windows re-convert.
— Martin from Big Revolution

Big things you need to know today
  • The US Supreme Court says an antitrust lawsuit against Apple can go ahead. Filed by a group of iPhone users, the case says Apple abuses its power by running the App Store as a monopoly. Apple denies this. This, along with mooted similar EU action, could one day see Apple cutting its 30% commission on app sales.
  • Apple has updated its TV app in the new version of iOS, out now. In the US, it will let you buy subscriptions to networks like HBO and Showtime.
The big thought
The Surface Book 2 with optional Pen and Dial accessories.
Opening the door to Windows
I’m now a week into my switch from MacOS to Windows, and you know what? It’s fine. It’s all fine.
If I tell you that the last time I used Windows was in the horrible days of Windows XP, you’ll understand why I was reluctant to switch back. Back then, Macs were a breath of fresh air. Windows was a clunky platform while OS X (as it was called then) felt far more in tune with the idea of getting things done easily.
This feeling stuck with me so long that I clung onto my 2012 Retina MacBook Pro for nearly seven years. But eventually it needed replacing, and well… today’s Mac platform just isn’t as compelling as it once was.
Compared to the variety of exciting Windows laptop designs out there, Apple’s lineup looks incredibly conservative. And its one nod to trying something different, the Touch Bar, has hardly been met with the warmest of receptions from users.
The there’s MacOS, which develops at a glacial pace. While Microsoft regularly adds new features to Windows 10, Apple seems reticent to do anything significant other than make MacOS and iOS as similar as possible.
All this might be tolerable if I knew I’d be able to type on a new Apple laptop reliably. But no, the well-documented keyboard problems with the MacBook line were the last straw in drawing me into Microsoft’s orbit.
And so last week I bought a Surface Book 2. It’s a laptop where the screen breaks off to become a 15-inch tablet. That sounds enormous, but having a full computer in such a lightweight package is surprisingly liberating. When it’s in full laptop mode, it has the benefit of a 6GB Nvidia graphics card, meaning it can take on meaty video and image editing tasks with ease, and play graphically advanced games too.
Oh, and when I needed to sign a document on day one of owning the Surface Book 2, being able to just reach out and draw on the screen (hardly an innovation for Windows laptops) felt like something from the future to this Mac user.
It’s just a much more interesting package than anything Apple offers. And Windows? That’s far better than it used to be, too. The days of needing third-party antivirus packages and regular disk defrags are largely behind us, and the whole thing operates far more like a Mac.
iCloud and iTunes apps for Windows mean if you rely on Apple for music, cloud storage, and photos, you’re not out in the cold.
If there’s one thing I miss about the Mac, it’s having a just-good-enough video editing package built in. You’re more likely to find yourself drawn towards the likes of Adobe Premier Pro with Windows, even if your needs are relatively lightweight. There are of course many other video editing apps available for less money, but it might take a while to find the one you like best.
Windows 10 won’t be an ideal switch for every Mac user, but if you’ve ever entertained the thought, I’d suggest you entertain it again.
One big read
YouTube’s Newest Far-Right, Foul-Mouthed, Red-Pilling Star Is A 14-Year-Old Girl YouTube’s Newest Far-Right, Foul-Mouthed, Red-Pilling Star Is A 14-Year-Old Girl
This is a frightening look at a 14-year-old YouTuber with disturbing views that she appears to have absorbed through exposure to certain extreme online cultures. This stuff is so accessible that it can catch some people very young.
One big tweet
Alexia Bonatsos
One of the strangest markers of this time is how nobody is 100% sure if apps are recording our conversations in order to sell us the things we talk about.
9:58 PM - 13 May 2019
Equally weird is how many people seem to just accept it, whether it’s happening or not.
That’s all for today...
Back tomorrow with more. See you then!
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