13" MacBook Pro, it was welcoming. I was through security and on the internet in almost no time at all. However, it didn't take long for me to become discombobulated. The customs here are strange, like the fact that they drive on the left side of the road here with their window controls and they don't leave the menus at the tables as I am used to. I'm obviously going to have to learn the local dialect. What is a "Finder" or "Preview" anyway, and what are the funny symbols (arrows and cloverleafs?) I am seeing on many of the menus? And my instincts as to what to do in any given situation tend to be wrong. I am worried that I'll commit a serious faux pas and end up in trouble. Well, I guess I'll just have to trust that my friends that live here will bail me out if that happens.
To achieve some level of comfort, I installed Chrome and Emacs. It's always nice to see a familiar face when abroad. In the lobby of my MacBook there are a number of brochures of local activities, like going on Safari, that I suppose I should try out. When I get up some courage, I guess I will try to branch away from the strictly familiar.
So why did I decide to take this journey? Well some years ago, there was a revolution in MacLand, and the new government, OS X, was based on Unix. I have long preferred Unix to other approaches, but historically, Unix run places were not places for individuals to dwell, unless they had a strong Do It Yourself mentality. My own hobby interests lie elsewhere, I just want my infrastructures to work. My couple personal trips to Unix resulted in more hassles than it was worth to me. With OS X, MacLand promised the power of Unix while also providing a nice friendly infrastructure that just works.
Between this promise, the numerous friends I have who love it, and the fact that Ruby on Rails is supposed to be easier in MacLand, I decided it was time to take the trip. We'll see how I like it, but so far I am cautiously optimistic that this will be a good land. (as long as there are no betrayals)