Ok, so you've reached the point of asking "what else"?
Well, it's been a few years now that I relocated to the U.S. -- and that I
moved back to good old Germany. In March/April 2004, my decision to
accept the offer of moving to the U.S. pretty much shuffled things
around and unhinged (especially during the first months) what was known
to me as my comfortable routine life. But yes, that was a well accepted
part of this overall incredible experience of temporarily living and
working on another continent. After the first months of setting everything up
(getting an apartment, getting a social security ID -- the key to everything --,
getting a new drivers license and so forth), things were more or less back
to normal. These two years gave many opportunities to enjoy deep and first-hand
insights into the american psyche, the glaring lights of the "city that never sleeps",
and the marvelous nature surrounding it. Ever since these days, I've been enjoying
the new friendships I was so fortunate to be able to establish, the memory of all those
precious moments, and the broadened horizon I've been taking back to my home country.
back to the normal stuff... computers! One thing right away: Microsoft
is not the answer - it is the question, and the answer is no! No doubt, the
vast majority of the PC market is ruled by Windows and Intel-based PCs - but
following the masses and doing what everyone else does has seldom turned out
to be the best way to go. Ok, Windows is getting better. But still: there is
not a single day passing by that I don't hear one of my colleagues complaining
about something that's awful to use, doesn't work as easy and intuitive as it
could, or just simply doesn't work at all. Linux is a nice try, but why should
you struggle with the software and the hardware, forgo the binary compatibility
with mainstream software like Office, Photoshop, Quark, etc.? You can get it all
right out of one hand: Apple. Apple makes the operating system, and Apple makes
the hardware - and Apple makes sure that everything works together seamlessly.
With Mac OS X you get the power of Unix, the ease of use that only Apple can
give you, and the full and seamless compatibility with the rest of the world.
Mac OS X is definitively the Unix with the coolest user interface and the broadest spectrum
of applications available - no wonder that it has quickly become the
Unix in the world!
another thing in the category of "toys for boys": cars.
If you're looking for elegance, perfection, power... likewise
the Apple amongst all the gray PCs, or in other words: simply
the best you can get, there can only be one choice: BMW!
Those superb bavarian cars, unmatched in the automotive
industry, offer superior performance, ultimate standards in quality and
safety, and gorgeous designs. And they add another dimension to driving
a car: fascination! Or as we say in German: "Freude am Fahren. BMW."