January was my hardest challenge so far. It was also my first failure: I had chocolate 3 times, at family dinners.
Going without chocolate for a whole month proved even harder than I had imagined. I’m clearly addicted. I had cravings, and even watching my daughter eat some chocolate was like torture. I also realized that I have been using chocolate to regulate my mood and avoid being too grumpy after a long day or a rough patch. Without it, I was clearly grumpier than usual.
I think everyone (especially me 😜) will be happy that the experiment is over.
Let’s now see if I can get rid of another thing I use every day: Mac OS.
Ever since I started working for Automattic, Mac OS has been my OS of choice. I’m really happy with it, it works well for me, and the Mac environment and apps are just what I need to do my job properly and efficiently.
Before that, I worked on Windows and had played with Linux a bit. I had installed Ubuntu and then Debian on an old laptop and enjoyed all the required tweaking to get it to work. I don’t have time for this anymore. When I sit in front of a computer I want to get to work right away. I don’t want to spend time tweaking the OS, or cleaning it just to keep it working like I used to do when on Windows. Mac is perfect for that. The OS is polished, works really well out of the box, and all the apps I use are well designed and boost my efficiency even more.
When macOS Sierra was released, I realized that most of the features outlined in that release just weren’t made for me. I don’t own an iPhone or an Apple Watch; I don’t rely on iCloud for my work; I use Google Photos to organize and store my images, Hangouts to communicate with friends, Google Play to store and play music, Google Docs to write documents; I have absolutely no use for Siri; I use Google Chrome and never open Safari. Apple didn’t mention any new feature that was tailored for me in their last release. It’s not a new thing either: I haven’t really needed to update my OS in the past few years, none of the new features were appealing to me.
This all got me wondering: maybe it is time for me to look at what others were building. Could there be another OS that’s designed for me?
Windows is probably not that OS; every time I’ve touched it it felt like I had to bend over backwards to get things done. How about Linux? Well we’ll find out :) I’m writing this post from Ubuntu, and won’t switch back to Mac OS until the end of the month. I picked Ubuntu since it seemed to be an easy step from Mac OS. Hopefully I made the right choice.
I’ll try to document some of my hurdles along the way. I already have quite a few notes, after a day of work :)