i’ve been having serious inner struggles with my lamentable dependence on the operating system of evil. for one, i work in an environment where microsoft is trashed often and at great length, yet accepted with ‘well, we have to use it, we’re a business, all our clients use this’.
and this is not the way i want to live, the handwringing and teethgnashing and whining ‘this is the way we do it because it’s what we’ve been doing, we can’t change now, o woe is us’.
that’s why bill gates owns so many of our sorry asses. because we feel helpless, and this is the way we’ve been doing it. and so friday i had a bit of an epiphany, and realized, it’s not going to change unless i make some sacrifices, including my comfort levels with all things microsoft. even though, looking at it now, those have always been dubious; although microsoftyness is intuitive to me, i also feel a constant, low-level sense of ickyness.
now, this isn’t like those diet and exercise and quitting smoking best laid plans i used to spout. this i can actually do, for one thing, it involves working with the open source folks, a zealous and helpful bunch, with Dan being my first contact in this and the person who will most be holding my hand as i work my way through this.
i’m going Linux. sometime very soon, depending on how brave i feel. it’s a little scary, but it’s the principle of the thing (and Dan) that will get me over these fears.