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11 Reasons Why I love My Mac and Why You Should Too

Before I start confessing my love for the Mac, let me first admit something. Yes, I am a devoted Apple fan and take a lot of pride in it. I love a Mac because I daresay, it is a far better design and helps me perform all my tasks more efficiently.

Why I love My Mac

I switched to a Mac less than two years ago. So, that leaves me with around ten years of PC experience. Having said that, I know now my readers will give me a little extra credibility for whatever I write next.

Why I love my Mac So Much?

The Design & Form Factor

The best part about an Apple product is that the software and the hardware are both manufactured by the same people. Everyone knows how advantageous that is. Almost zero incompatibility issues with the hardware. Even when you upgrade your Operating System.

Next, I’ll speak of the form factor. This is my favorite part. The Apple devices are like a minimalist’s dream come true. Ever since the unibody Macbooks came into existence I’ve been in the awe of it. It was last year that I got my first unibody Macbook Pro(MBP).

The Design & Form Factor

Best in Class Hardware

I loved the way Apple used to classify the previous generation MacBooks as ones “designed to match standards which don’t even exist yet.” It’s true. Macbooks are not luxuries, and They are essentials. Try the MultiTouch trackpad and I swear it will blow you away. The glass trackpad remains pristine forever, and the added gestures on multitouch make it all the more classier.

The Operating System

Another favorite part of mine. I don’t hate Windows. But sorry I can’t ever love it. Bill Gates, himself once admitted in a Fortune Magazine interview as to how fanatic Steve Jobs has been about the User Interface(UI). The OS X El Captain experience is something you are missing out on in case you do not own an Apple Computer.

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Let’s illustrate this further. The UI on Leopard is far more superior and intuitive than Windows. The learning curve for any normal user is faster on the former. Most of the newer UI elements on Windows have been borrowed extensively from Apple’s OS. Moreover, even my Mom can use it. That’s one hell of a UI test. Jokes apart, lets look at the framework. Why to bother a layman with the fear of spyware and malware. There is no registry on Mac and hence half the trouble reduced. Any serious tweak on the Mac will require authorisation from the user.

Gone are the days when the number of Software packages for the Mac were limited. Today, you have the best of them available to you in both worlds making the switch to Leopard all the easier.

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Mac Works Out of the Box

This is a very important factor as well. You know when you first run your PC you cannot view any of the PDF or DOCS or Quicktime Movies etc. without the need for installing extra software. And I really find that insane. I don’t need the ability to edit files right away but I beg of you, let me at least view them?

The Finder (Explorer’s equivalent on Mac) will let you preview just any file without opening it in any application. You need to look into any file at all, just press the Spacebar on your keyboard. You will have a preview of the file open up. Press the Spacebar again and it goes away. You did not have to open an application just to take a quick look at the file. For instance, you need to look at the date and sender’s name inside three PDF files on your desktop. You don’t have to Open each file. Just quickly preview each. It’s efficient. You save time as well as energy. And all of us need to.

Mac Finder
I’m previewing an M4R iPhone ringtone here without opening it in an Application

The System won’t Crash on Yo

In the past, one year on my new MBP, not once has the system crashed on me. The machine will ALWAYS be responsive. A Mac user, ordinarily, doesn’t know what is it like when the system hangs. The worst scenario I’ve had is that a browser goes unresponsive. When Firefox stops responding, I leave it as it is and fire up Safari. And Finder sucks way less than Explorer. This is Windows XP Explorer I’m talking about. The one on Windows 7 might have learned a few lessons.

Spotlight Search

All your files on the Mac will be indexed and ready for searching. Whenever you need something, just press Command + Space and type. Be it calculating 54*37 or the definition of “Histrionic” or the name of a file or the contents of a document you remember. Just type it and you’ll have results in less than a second. So no matter how cluttered your hard drive is and where you throw your files, they will always be available to you only a Spotlight Search away.

Spotlight Search

More out of the Box Love

All the basic things that you will need to do, you will have a tool available on the Mac. Like I said you will not need to install anything on the first day itself. Do You want to take a screenshot, my blogger friend? Press Command + Shift + 3. You don’t want the full screen but only a part press Command + Shift + 4. The pictures will be ready for you right on your desktop.

Multiple Desktops

You need multiple desktops. No problem. Spaces to the rescue. As you can see in this screenshot, I’ve been composing this blog post in the top left screen, browsing Apple wallpapers in the next. When I run out of ideas I can take a break and just return to watching the TV show in the third screen. Easy Right?

Multiple Desktops

Customer Support

If you have used any Apple hardware you’ll know how much you love their Support. No matter how bad your problem is, you’ll have a qualified person to speak to who’ll understand exactly what you are talking about. PC users, face it. You never had this advantage. This is the reason Apple rates highest in consumer satisfaction.  Apple emerged victorious in JD Power survey for the same.

The list of outstanding features just goes on and on. I’ll keep sharing more of  Mac love for the forthcoming posts. Let’s switch perspective now. What does PC still have then? And why their sales? I could instantly, think of the following two points.

Cons of Mac Book and Apple computer:

Cost Factor

I do agree. PCs are on an average cheaper than Apple computer. Yes, significantly cheaper. For the price of an entry-level Apple computer you can get a way advanced PC. This is one of the advantages that PCs have for themselves. Apple fans however will let a hole in their wallets. I want the best product and I will pay whatever it takes.

Options and Customizations

Again PC users have a greater advantage here. But the point is what do we really need it. The professionals apart, lets talk about the normal user. He doesn’t need many options. Why put him in the dilemma to decide if he wants/needs a Bluray or Dual Layer DVD drive. Apple gives you a lesser number of options and no sub standard configurations. You will not get a computer with 1GB of RAM from them no matter how badly you want it.


PC and MAC

All you PC lovers. I’m your culprit. Feel free to hit me as much as you like. I won’t disapprove your comment no matter how much Apple hatred you show. 😛 And the one-millionth a dollar question. Are you a PC or a MAC?

ColorWare: Custom Paint for iPad 2, iPhone 4 and More

There are many websites out there that say that they’ll modify your mobile device and make it look unique, but not all of them do a good job. To help all those people customize their mobile device, specially the very delicate Apple iPhone 4 and the iPad 2, ColorWare has come out with a custom paint job service that will really make you happy. I’m not saying that because I’ve used their service, but many people have and the come has even been featured on Engadget and few other websites.

ColorWare

ColorWare, the website, has a very easy to set-up interface wherein you can right away choose the colors you want you iPhone 4 or iPad 2 to be painted and then hit order. The combinations are really good and really give that unique feel to your Apple product. If you’re tired of that same old boring White or Black look, then go ahead and try out ColorWare.

I must however tell you that the variety of products that ColorWare will do a custom paint job on is huge. There are iPads, iPhone 4’s, MacBook Pro, Air, iMac’s, Alienware’s, few BlackBerry Phones and more. So do check them out if you want a unique looking Apple device or BlackBerry or an Alienware laptop.

ColorWare Custom Paint

After looking at the above pictures of the MacBook Air, the Alienware M15x, iPad 2 and the iPhone 4 most of you must have already started customizing your device, ordered and then seen the pricing. Yes, the pricing is pretty high, which you’ll realize once you choose what colors to paint your beloved iPhone 4 or MacBook Pro. You can also buy some products directly from ColorWare, instead of you sending your device for a new coat of paint.

Did you recently happen to buy an Apple iPad 2 or an iPhone 4? Do you want to get yourself a custom one? What do you think of this service?

Top 5 Sleekest Laptops In the World

In today’s world the technology is growing like the touch of button. Whether it is a laptop, Tablet, Smartphone, TV or camera, every gadget offers a different way to make the users task easier and handier.

Laptops are one of the greatest inventions of technology which will never put a stop at our work. They are really portable, versatile and we can easily carry them while traveling to a far place.

Millions of people are enjoying these helpful gadgets and using them at work, to play games, chat with friends, and make documents at any place and at any time they want. Laptops are gadgets whose perfection cannot be judged by its size. They provide many useful features like extended battery life, ultra-portability, versatilityand non spacious fast processing.

Sleek in design, fast in performance and portable in nature is what people of today’s generation look for in a laptop. So below I am listing 5 of the sleekest and ultra-portable laptops in the market that you can buy to fulfill your needs:

Mac Book Air

  • Thinnest Mac book has a 13.3- inch high resolution back-lit glossy screen with 1280 x 800 pixels resolution.
  • Weight of Mac Book is just 1.3Kg which is very light and handy.
  • 1.86 GHz core2Duo Processor, 128 GB of solid state hard drive, multitouch track pad
  • Built in camera to make Facetime call, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth.
  • Apple’s Mac book air is considered as world’s thinnest and sleekest laptop in the market.

Mac Book Air

 

Samsung 9 Series Laptop

  • Samsung ultra thin 9 series laptop has a 13.3-inch screen LED backlit with elegant styling and performance.
  • It has ultra vivid display to revolutionize your visual experience. It is a strong competitor of Mac Book Air.
  • 1.40 GHz Intel CoreTM i5 processor 2537M CPU, 128 GB of SSD
  • 1.31 kg in weight, 1.73 cm thick, 4GB RAM, Wi-max
  • It also has a backlit keyboard and 6-cell battery.

Samsung 9 Series

LG A520 3D Notebook

  • LG A520 has a stylish metallic look and 15.5-inch LCD with full 1920 x 1080 MP resolutions which gives you full HD FPR (Full Patterned Retarder) 3D technology.
  • Intel CoreTM i7 processor with NVIDIA graphic GT540M, LED indicator
  • 2.75kg with 6 cell battery, LED finger print, HDMI
  • You can convert the 2D to 3D instantly by using Tridef 3D conversion software.

LG A520 3D

Fujitsu Lifebook P771 notebook

  • The sleek lifebook P771 has a 12.2-inches WXGA with glossy black design and multitouch technology.
  • 1.5GHz Intel CoreTM i7 2617UM processor, 80GB hard disk.
  • With 1.5kg weight, it also has a gesture enabled touchpad
  • Intel wireless display 2.0, fingerprint scanner, anti-theft lock ensures your data protection from unauthorized users.

Fujitsu LifeBook P771

MSI X 370

  • It’s cool and eye catching features will surely amaze you, like a 13.4-inches HD LED backlit display with metallic trim along the borders.
  • AMD E-350 dual core processor for business users, AMD radeon graphic card, 640 GB hard disk.
  • 1.4kg in weight, HDMI, VGA port, 4/8- cell of li-ion battery with 10 hours of battery life.

MSI X 370

Which laptop would you consider as the slimmest and smartest among all? Do share your views with us.

Fun With Your Macbook’s Motion Sensor

All the Macbooks manufactured by Apple have a Sudden Motion Sensor in built for preventing damage to the hard drive due to sudden movement. The same hardware can be put to some simple yet fun applications. While you won’t go around shaking and slapping your laptop everyday, these apps surely are very engaging, even if just for a few minutes.

Note: Most of these apps work with all Macbooks. I tested all of them on a Macbook Pro, mid 2009 model. In case the app doesn’t work for you, check the developer page for notes. Usually they have a different version for different hardware. Otherwise, just have fun with the ones that do work. You need a laptop running Snow Leopard and enabled with an SMS(Sudden Motion Sensor) for these applications.

Liquid Mac

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This application adds some physics to the particles apart from the motion sensing. Once launched, tilt your laptop to either sides to see the effect. Play with the different parameters and have fun. Gravity level adds most fun to the app. Download LiquidMac from here.

AMSVisualizer

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This software renders the orientation of your Macbook and displays it on screen. So basically if you tilt your laptop to the left or rotate it in a circle in the vertical plane you will be able to see the same on screen. However, the movement of the display was not smooth and isn’t as great an experience as the other apps featured on this page. Download here.

Carpenter’s Level

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This app is very similar to the Shelf Leveler app and just adds a graphical approach to the same idea. This application is in the form of a dashboard widget. Note that the position of the bubble will indicate whether the surface your laptop is kept on, is perfectly horizontal or not. Link here.

MacSaber

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This app is the dorkiest of the lot. Does nothing but make sounds and lights up your keyboard everytime you shake your laptop around yourself. Before you head out to play Jedi with the new light saber make sure you hold the Macbook securely so that you don’t drop it. Link here.

SeisMac

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So you already must have guessed from the name that this will be your personal edition of the seismograph to keep at home. This app is done pretty well and shows vibrations along all the three axes. Stomp hard at the floor or tap the table to see the graph change in realtime. You can increase or decrease the speed of the graph refresh rate. Link here.

I personally liked LiquidMac and SeisMac best. Tell us how you like them in the comments. We’ll be back later with more fun apps which make use of the motion sensors. By the way, make sure you don’t hurt your precious Macbooks while you play with these apps.

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