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Plan B (Back to the Woods)

February 12th, 2012

Marco [recently reiterated](http://5by5.tv/specials/4 “5by5 5by5 Specials #4: Kindacritical”) a position that I thought I held for myself, but upon hearing it again, I have to consider.

I’m using a Mac and other Apple products because I believe they solve my problems best.

When I started using Macs for work, Apple was much the underdog and I felt cheeky for having chosen the better tool. But I always knew that at some point in the future, when Apple would stop making the most useful tools, I’d look for alternatives.

Aside, Marco and others say they do like to see Android succeed because the competition keeps Apple on their toes. I believe that to be true as well.

I think I could get by on an Android device and I do think I could do my professional work on a Linux Desktop machine (although, I’d probably look into FreeBSD again).

What struck me is that I rarely do anything to support the competing platforms. If I want to make sure I do have a Plan B for my choice of a mobile device and desktop machine, maybe I should start investing now. Buy an Android device, help write amazing software for Android or Desktop Linux.

If push came to shove and I’d have to switch away from Apple, I don’t think I’d be happy with the state of things today and as far as we can expect in the near future. So if I truly believe that I should have a way out, I should start improving that way out.

Now, I just started thinking about this. I don’t see myself dropping Apple any time soon, and I don’t think I’ll get an Android device anytime soon, or start writing software for the Linux Desktop, but I’ll be a bit more diligent about what I can do to make Plan B a viable option.