Because, like so many people, I'm a chump
There, I said it. Blearily packing up my bag before CES 2013 I thought nothing of a suggestion to cover the world's biggest technology show using Windows 8.
"It'll be fun - and be a good chance to really put the operating system to the test," someone opined.
I glanced forlornly at my cheap and cheerful MSI netbook, a loyal servant for the last two years and agreed that yes, it would be interesting to use Windows 8 to cover CES.
So into my bag went the Lenovo Yoga 13in, a snazzy looking bright orange laptop that can fold back on itself to become a tablet. Gloriously, when you fold it into 'tablet' mode the keyboard is on the bottom of the device. Admittedly the keyboard does disable itself at this point, but it is hardly going to win any design awards.
Covering an event as big as CES puts a certain strain on the technology used to report on it. From the off Windows 8 wasn't up to the task. Switching between touch apps and traditional desktop mode got annoying inside five minutes. To get the proper Windows 8 experience I also felt compelled to use the touchscreen as much as possible; this was an error.
After one day, I'd had enough. It is partly my fault for not giving it more time, but Windows 8 is a painful, broken experience.
For the first time in many, many years I found myself standing in an Apple store, smiling wearily at an Apple Genius as I handed over money I scarcely had to buy a Macbook Pro. It wasn't a totally impulsive decision - I did need a new laptop and lower taxes in the US (8% here vs 20% in the UK) mean that technology is significantly cheaper.
So I type this on a Macbook Pro. It is easy to use, it doesn't have a stupid touchscreen, its screen doesn't fold back on itself and it doesn't run Windows 8. And yes, I'm a moron.
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