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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.

os-x-el-capitan

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?

Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot Arrives [ Direct Download Links]

If you’re a Linux user, then you must be pretty familiar with Ubuntu. For those who don’t, Ubuntu is one of those free distributions of Linux that comes with a beautiful UX and interface and is mostly about the looks. However, that doesn’t imply Ubuntu is not as good as any of the other distros. Ubuntu is one of the best, if I must say, and the new version has been improved a lot up on.

This distro of Linux, saw a lot of new changes when it hit version 11.04. Ubuntu 11.04 was made to look like an actual operating system, on the likes on Mac and Windows. The main change was the Unity Interface, which made it much more simpler and better looking. There were plenty of bugs though, and random freezes, all that has now been dealt with and Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot has been released.

Ubuntu 11.10 was released yesterday for the public and is based on the latest Linux kernel 3.0, which has lots of new features and a revamped Unity interface. It also features Gnome Environment 3.2. This new version adds support for new hardware and drivers, has automatic fragmentation and a much better looking and functioning Unity interface. You can check out the new interface and features using the free online tour on the official Ubuntu website.

11.10 continues Ubuntu’s proud tradition of integrating the latest and greatest open source technologies into a high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution.

If you’re already on Ubuntu 11.04, then you can directly upgrade to 11.10 using the Update manager. The next update to Ubuntu, code named ‘Precise Pangolin’ will be rolled out in April 2012, which will get much more newer improvements. There’s also a Server edition of the same. Below are the Ubuntu 11.10 direct download links.

  • Download Ubuntu 11.10 Desktop Edition (32bit)
  • Download Ubuntu 11.10 Desktop Edition (64bit)
  • Download Ubuntu 11.10 Server Edition (32bit)
  • Download Ubuntu 11.10 Server Edition (64bit)

Check out this quick video tour of Ubuntu 11.10 to get more insights on the new version.

Are you a Linux user? If so, what is your favorite Linux distro and what do you think of the new Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot?

Where to Download Windows 8 Developers Preview [Update]

Microsoft has finally launched the first developer preview for their code-named operating system Windows 8 and it will be available for download later today. Remember the preview of this amazing operating system that was showcased at the D9 conference earlier this year. Windows 8 is a completely redesigned and cross-platform operating system that will change Windows forever. The whole user interface is based on the Metro UI, I’m sure you’ve heard of it or even used that before.

Earlier today, on September 13, Microsoft unveiled this operating system to developers, bloggers, journalists and the media at their Build conference. We’re going to write a complete review on all the features later today, so stay tuned for that. Here are few screenshots of the latest build will look on your desktop if you plan on trying it out.

For now, all you have to be excited is ‘ where to download the Windows 8 developer preview ‘ from. All the attendees of the conference were also presented with a Samsung built Tablet PC running on the developer preview, you know, so the rest of the world can be jealous about it. It runs on an Intel Core i5 processor, has a 11.6 IPS display from Samsung, 64GB SSD and lots of RAM. So Jealous!!

Well, don’t worry folks. So what if you were not presented with a tablet, you can still check this out on your own system. Be sure that you make a new partition, just in case you blow up your dear computer.

You can download Windows 8 developer preview from Microsofts developer website dev.windows.com and then install it on your system. It will be available for download in a few hours. Be sure to keep an eye on the website. Also, no activation required. If you were wondering how to watch the Windows 8 keynote online, you can do the same by visiting www.buildwindows.com.

UPDATE: As promised, the Windows 8 developer preview can now be downloaded from dev.windows.com.

You can also download Windows 8 preview by using these direct links.

Windows Developer Preview with developer tools English, 64-bit (x64) – 4.8GB

Windows Developer Preview English, 64-bit (x64) – 3.6GB

Windows Developer Preview English, 32-bit (x86) – 2.8GB

Have fun with Windows 8.

OpenSUSE 11.4 Now Available for Download

Now the supporters of open source OS Linux can have good reasons to say kudos to developers of new Operating System  OpenSUSE 11.4 . OpenSUSE 11.4 is a Linux based operating system which was rolled out today ( March 10). This new and excellent OS is available for download just for free.

We are proud to announce the launch of 11.4 in the OpenSUSE tradition of delivering the latest technology while maintaining stability. The 11.4 release brings significant improvements along with the latest in Free Software applications. Combined with the appearance of new tools, projects and services around the release, 11.4 marks a showcase of growth and vitality for the OpenSUSE Project!

VirtualBox

The team had been working hard for last eight months and now they have made it available for free download. You can download it from their website using download link either as  Live CDs with the KDE4 and GNOME desktop environment or as an installable only DVD (OpenSUSE 11.4 DVD). Though a retail version is also for you but it is paid. The retail version is a version of OpenSUSE with a complete printed end-user manual, installation media plus 90 days of professional end-user installation support via email or phone.

Along with many features like flexibility and choice described below, the major attractions of  OpenSUSE 11.4 are that it is first major Linux distribution having open office suite LibreOffice 3.3 and Firefox 4.0 .

Major Attractions

  • Linux kernel 2.6.37.1
  • KDE Software Compilation 4.6
  • GNOME 2.32.0; Glib 2.26
  • LibreOffice 3.3.1
  • Mozilla Firefox 4.0 Beta 12
  • VirtualBox 4.0.4
  • Apache 2.2.17
  • MySQL 5.1.53
  • MariaDB 5.1
  • GTK+ 3 bringings

Download OpenSUSE 11.4- Link

Let’s see how many users can OpenSUSE 11.4 snatch from Microsoft Windows.

How to Use BootCamp to Install Windows XP OS in MACBook Pro

I’m a windows and macBook user and I have one Dell inspiron 14″ and 1 MacBook Pro. Finally I decided to completely do a shift to Mac system but I have many softwares which are windows based and many of them doesn’t have Mac version.
One option was to install Windows on my Mac using Parallels software which let you run any version of Windows inside. Or we can use BootCamp to install Windows as a different operating system and this will give your system a dual boot. So you will have an option to boot on your Mac System or on Windows.
I’m outlining the important steps which you can use to Install Windows as a separate OS on your Mac machine using BootCamp.

On your Mac OS, run Bootcamp Assistant:

bootcamp assistant

Windows Partition size:

Click on continue and give the size to your Windows Partitioning. Depending on your usage of Windows and Mac, you can make changes by dragging the size column

Click on Partition and Boot Camp assistant will create one partition for Windows. Now Insert an authenticated CD of windows OS which you want to install on your MacBook.

After that process is straight forward. You should know how to Install Windows OS and once your Windows is installed and you booted on Windows OS, insert Mac OS X install CD, to install drivers for your Windows OS on Mac.

Note:

While booting up keep pressing option button to see dual boot option. After long press option button, you will be able to select OS between Mac and Windows.

I hope this tutorial will help many Mac users who are looking forward to Install Windows on their MacBook. If you have any question regarding this, ask in our Support forum.