Old is new

At work I’d been using a leased Dell laptop since 2017, running Windows 10 with a touch screen it hadn’t been too bad a machine for a non-Mac, but with time it began to suffer that usual Windows performance degradation issue associated with patching and general use. When I one-time owned PCs I’d get around these issues each half-year by wiping a Windows machine and doing a clean install, sadly IT Departments aren’t keen on my doing that.

As COVID-19 started to make itself known around March 2020, our IT Department hurriedly deployed a raft of urgent updates and new software apps to ensure machines that were now going to operate for a protracted period at home could do so safely and with as many of the latest patches as possible. Unfortunately, those patches really made my now near 3-year old PC start to groan under the weight of years of update baggage and Windows bloat; this only got progressively worse with further updates throughout the year.

When we returned to work in September, and replacing these PCs was discussed, I broached the possibility of my being able to swap platforms; when I joined the office I’d brought an older MacBook Pro, to technically I’d be returning to the fold. Thankfully the request was agreed to, it was just going to be a waiting game.

Later that year another office ended up merging with our own and several MacBooks Pro machines were spare, including a particularly sweet specked to the nines machine that had been assigned to the Dean. A 16-inch MacBook Pro with Core i9, 64GB memory and 2TB SSD, there would be no way I could have requested a MacBook Pro with these specs. Coming to work this week our IT Department had re-imaged the machine ready for my use whereupon I could then begin deploying software and setting things up how I liked.

It’s great being back on Mac once again, especially one this sweet!

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