I must upgrade my computer soon. Meanwhile I keep my eyes open to see what is available and what might be suitable for me. I have even considered a laptop – so am naturally interested in what people are using.
I recently watched the videos of the Origins Symposium. It was great and well worth the time. However, I was a little distracted by the laptops presenters used. As many of the presentations were by panels of five or so people sitting in front of the audience their laptops were often lined up in a row.
This brought home to me how common Macbooks are these days. The apple on the lid really stands out. However, the other thing I noticed (and this is completely anecdotal) is that the proportion of Windows (or at least non-Mac) laptops increased towards the end of the symposium.
The symposium started with “The Universe, Multiverse, Physical Laws” and progressed through “The Galaxy, Planets, and Life,” “Origin of Species, Evolution, Human Origins” to “Consciousness, Complex Cognition, and Language to Culture: Cooperation, Morality & Institutions.” So I wonder if this means that astronomers and cosmologists overwhelmingly favour Macbooks while Biologists, sociologists and neurscientists favour Windows and Linux systems.
I appreciate that for historical reasosn graphic and photographic professionals mostly prefer Macs but wouldn’t have thought that there were similar reasons for most scientific professions. (Although I do remember Pamela Gay from Astrocast saying that some of the astronomical software originally only ran on Macs).
Or perhaps this is just a matter of scientific fashion (at a premium)?