So you may or may not have noticed an update to the theme of the blog, or the fact 99.8% of the Internet has migrated to social media. For the purpose of finally posting something here, even if it isn’t really a full article, I’d like to try a new format called “It Came from Facebook” …
So a few years back I started using OS X as my primary OS, bought an iPhone and slowly migrated my life over to the Apple ecosystem. My level of knowledge on Apple platforms was reasonably good in part due to my job but adopting the platform full-time took it to a new level. As an unintended consequence though, I haven’t actively used Windows since 7 or Android since somewhere around 2.6 – whatever food item that was. I went from being the “Windows guy” to the “Mac/Apple guy.”
In the IT world, this isn’t uncommon – there are many MCP/MCSE/MCXYZ engineers who went put in front of an Apple product look as though they’ve touched a computer for the first time. On their native platform though, they are masters of the registry and can work wonders in PowerShell. They learn and know the tools and platform they use the same way I became fluent in mine, by simply using it. There are a people in the field who can plow through a 1,000+ page book and ace an exam, but within a couple of years that knowledge fades away without use.
As a recent experiment, I started to use openSUSE actively and explore that platform. I was pleasantly surprised to see a lot of improvements in desktop Linux and genuinely found it to be rewarding. I won’t be leaving the iOS ecosystem anytime soon, but I have started to wonder about exposure to other platforms and technology. For my friends that are in (or have been in) IT, how do you stay current on platforms you don’t actively use, or are you content simply being known as the “–insert platform– guy/gal”?