When I was at Metrowerks, I was exposed to the "cult of the Mac" for the first time, but I always resisted its call. When I had to use a Mac, I always was frustrated by the interface and unfamiliarity. It was easy to use, but it didn't feel powerful. Later, I had a chance to use Mac OS X on a G4 desktop, and it wasn't too bad, but I never really though it worked better than a well-managed and tweaked Windows system. Now, I'm starting to think that maybe I'll get a Mac this year. The Mac Mini's are really cute and I could reuse a lot of the gear I've accumulated; it might fit in well with my home entertainment center. I made myself promise that I wouldn't buy one until after Tiger (Mac OS X 10.4) is released, so I've bought myself some time to decide if an Apple lifestyle is appropriate for me.
Along with this fascination with Mac OS, I've listened to a few good talks from IT Conversations from the 2004 Mac OS X conference. In particular, Wiley Hodges talk about XCode 2.0 and what's going on with developer tools at Apple reminded me of my work at Metrowerks from mid-2003 when the G5 was just a rumor. Apple has done a lot of the investment in their platform that was needed to make it successful, and I'm really looking forward to trying out GCC 4.0 and seeing how much improvements there have been since I last did a lot of GCC-related work.