Switching to Windows

I have always been somewhat of a fan of macOS, however of late it seems Apple have dropped the ball. Microsoft has been steaming ahead with Windows 10 bring out features that work on iPhone and Android. In general, I like the New Microsoft approach – we don’t care what device you use just use our services.

They really are building some amazing products and services now. So much so that I made the switch to Windows 10 from macOS when my 4-year-old iMac started to show its age with hardware related slowdowns (the Hard Drive was starting to fail). After looking around for a good deal on a new MacBook I decided Apple was no longer the way to go. For what a mid-range MacBook Pro costs I was able to get a top of the line Dell XPS, wireless keyboard, 24″ external display and still had the change to buy the applications I needed to repurchase.

Now 2 months later and I have not looked back. I am enjoying Windows 10 a great deal and feel a lot more productive not having to wait up to 5 minutes for Photoshop to open and over an hour to copy 1GB of files.

Do I miss anything. Not really I have found a number of good replacements for everything my Mac did including:

MonoSnap for screenshots and screen recording
Git Bash includes a full Open SSH client

Adobe, Microsoft, Google and Dropbox apps work in exactly the same way across both operating systems and Evernote for Windows while ugly is actually not that bad and outperforms the Mac version tenfold.

ReWork Review

I have read this book many times but never written a review for it. ReWork is all about a better way of working and from a business owners persecutive.

You will not get a huge amount of benefit reading this book unless you have the decision making power in your company. A lot of what it talks about is running a team of remote people. It is an insight into how 37Signals (now Basecamp) operates.

While a short read it is packed full of great tips and takeaways and well worth your time and money.

Review: How to be a Productivity Ninja

How to be a Productivity Ninja by Graham Allcott an entertaining read but it doesn’t really deliver anything new. In short it is an updated version of David Allan’s Getting Things Done.

There are a few good tips Graham has such as wearing headphones during the periods of time you want to focus without interruption from work colleagues. The book is to the point and and I like that. It doesn’t meander far from the core principles of productivity.

If you haven’t read Getting Things Done before or want a refresher on the basic idea this is well worth a read. I listened to the audio version on a recent solo trip to Hong Kong, at 9 hours it was just about the right length to not only fit my trip but also not to bore the listener.

Narrated by Anthony Shuster the book comes across with a pleasant and understandable British accent which fits well with this title begin written by a British author.

InMotion Hosting Review

I recently had to recommend and setup a hosting account for a client and after a lot of research I recommended InMotion Hosting. A change from my usual A2 Hosting. So why the change. Firstly it’s been a while since I personally used A2 Hosting so it was worth a look around and see what was on the market. I’d also heard a lot of great things about InMotion Hosting and their support (something important to my client).

I signed up for a test account to see what they were like, Sales even game my the account for 1 month at a discounted rate of $2.99 so I could check it out.

I was surprised by the snappy speed of the server. In most shared hosting environments the bandwidth is not the thing that slows down your site its waiting for the server to respond. With InMotion Hosting my response times were consistently under 200ms. Something that is steller and normally only seen on VPS or dedicated hosting plans.

InMotion are my new go to hosting company for anyone that requires high quality hosting for their website. If you want cheap hosting look somewhere else InMotion are not cheap but they are among the best value providers I have used.

Atom Editor

Not to long back I started using CodeRunner for writing web applications and I loved it. Well now I’m on to Atom and once again in love.

I’ve used Atom in the past but could never stick with it. It doesn’t handle large files very well and can take a while to open if your previous session had a large project open.

I installed Atom Beta after GitHub announced full GitHub integration was going to Atom. This was something I have wanted for a long time. A lot of code editors have Git integration but nothing on the level of what GitHub are building into Atom.

I know GitHub is not Git but as I host all my code GitHub it might as well be in my case. I used to work with some people who hosted on BitBucket but my involvement in that is now over.

On top of the GitHub integration Atom has introduced a new core theme called One (One Dark and One Light) There make Atom look at home on my mac and that is important. I spent 8 – 12 hours a day looking at this application.

Now this is a beta and while the current release is stable that doesn’t guarantee future releases are. GitHub are working fast on Atom as soon as version 1.18 ships I will be switching to the stable build.