My recent switch from PC to Mac - A professor's rant in productivity
As a professor, I take productivity seriously. I should take productivity seriously. I find that, especially as someone who's been in the field less that ten years, I need to put in place, systems that support work in the three major areas of contribution from professors: research, teaching, and service. While I was in graduate school, I never really gave much attention to the processes i used to write my thesis or dissertation. As I found the sheer amount of work increasing, it became clear that I need well-defined systems to remain afloat.
I will say this about PC: It's easy to use, most companies (and universities) are still PC based, and I had never known anything else prior. As I completed my Post Doc, my advisor owned a mac and simply gave me 1 reason why Mac was better: It was easier completing the grant-writing process. After that, I was sold! I saw her float through 7 windows effortlessly, switch between different types of software I'd never seen, and manage email like she was the creator of it. Just in those three areas alone, I struggled on the PC.
Three years later, I own 2 Macbooks, and IPad Air, an Apple Watch, and an iPhone 6 plus. I love the integration of these systems, and I love Apple's Ecosystem of IWork apps (contrary to what may Apple Nerdist's think).
This blog will serve as a site for my rants on Apple tech and workflows for professors. I scoured the internet for such blogs and websites but came up short.
I've decided to do something about it.