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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.

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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?

3 Action-Heavy Shooting Games For Your PC

First-person shooting games are very much loved by a lot of gamers and these games have been around for quite sometime now. Although many genres of gaming have evolved in the past few years but trigger prone shooting games have always been dominating the shelves in gaming stores. But there is a problem, to fulfill your shooting games appetite you have to dig into your wallet, so keeping in view this thing today I will be recommending you 3 free of cost awesome First Person and Third Person shooting games that you will definitely love.

Full Spectrum Warrior

Full Spectrum Warrior

 

First up is the Full Spectrum Warrior(FSW), it was initially released a full-fledge game but now the developers have also released it as a free download and play. Interestingly the game was initially developed with the collaboration of U.S Army to employ software as the training method. Once you start playing the game you will notice that it’s a kind of a shooting game where you don’t shoot yourself, rather you command two squads namely Alpha & Bravo through various war zones and missions. Even then this game is worth checking out mainly because of its tactical nature and challenging tasks.

Alliance of Valiant Arms

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Next up is Alliance of Valiant Arms, a Korean First Person Shooting game having tons of features like numerous games modes and a provision for details character customization. With loads of maps and 8 challenging game modes AVA is surely a full-fledge deal. Those who love level games will also find AVA a complete package because you can excel from a trainee to a level 5 Colonel expertise. The game doesn’t offer you anything new but it surely worth a try when you don’t have to pay anything.

All Points Bulletin: Reloaded

All Points Bulletin Reloaded

Designed as a Third person perspective, All Points Bulletin allows you to play your part as an enforcer and a bad guy in a city San Paro. APB: Reloaded offers loads of options and features to users, players can customize their vehicles, clothes and their appearance. Definitely worth playing and an action pack thriller game ideal for those who are craving for some hardcore shooting games.

Try out these games on your Windows PCs and do let us know that how was the experience.

7 Most Awaited Games of the Year[ Pre-Order Now]

The months of November and October are going to be busy months for your game shelves. 7 of the most awaited games of the year will be released during those months. Here is a list and the links to pre-order your very own copy of the game.

1. Batman: Arkham City

The most awaited sequel to the action-adventure packed game Batman: Arkham Asylum, based on DC Comics’ Batman.  Arkham City, the new home for all of Gotham City’s thugs, gangsters and criminal masterminds. Set inside the fortified walls in the heart of Gotham City, the sequel introduces a new story line along with the classic star characters and villains. Even though the game is yet to be launched we are already excited to see Batman and his adventures into the dark city.

Release Date: 18th Oct, 2011 for Windows, PS3 and Xbox 360 | TBA for Wii U | Trailer | Preorder

2. Assassin’s Creed: Revelations

Ezio Auditore, the man who leaves his life behind in search for answers, in search of the truth. Ezio walks in the footsteps of the legendary mentor Altair, on a journey of discovery and revelation. A path that takes him to Constantinople, the heart of the Ottoman Empire, where a growing army of Templar threatens to destabilize the region. Throughout the course of the game, the three protagonists from the previous games will be featured: Altair, Ezio and Desmond.

Release Date: 15th Nov, 2011 for Windows, PS3 and Xbox 360 | Trailer | Preorder

3. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III 

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III is an upcoming first person shooter game. The third addition to the Modern Warfare series of the game and the eighth addition to the Call of Duty game series. The game will also feature a survival mode, in which one to two players fighting endless waves of enemies with each wave getting more difficult.
If you have been a Call of Duty fan for years now, make some space on your game shelf for this one.

Release Date: 8 Nov, 2011 for Windows, PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii | Trailer | Preorder

4. Need For Speed: The Run 

Need For Speed: The Run is the eighteenth addition to the Need For Speed series. Its been years and Need For Speed still rule the racing games market. Its all about cross country races this time. The only way to save your life is to be the first from San Francisco to New York. All you need is driving skills to beat the most notorious drivers on the countries most dangerous roads.

Release Date: 15 Nov, 2011 for Windows, Nintendo 3DS, PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii | Trailer | Preorder

5. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The empire of Tamriel is on the edge after its king has been murdered. Civil wars rage all over the empire and claims to the throne are made. To make matters worse, the long lost dragons in the passage of the elder scrolls have returned. The only one who can stand up to the dragons is the prophesied Dragonborn, the hero who will restore the balance of the Tamriel Empire.

Release Date: 11 Nov, 2011 for Windows, PS3 and Xbox 360 | TrailerPreorder

 6. Battlefield 3 

Battlefield 3, the eleventh addition to the Battlefield franchise. Get into the shoes of the elite U.S. Marines and experience the challenging missions in the game in locations all around the globe like Europe. Middle-East and North America. If for one in recent years Call of Duty will witness competition it has to be from this very game.

Release Date: 25 Oct, 2011 for Windows, PS3 and Xbox 360 | Trailer | Preorder

7. Saints Row: The Third

The third and the final title in the Saints Row series is due mid November. A third person shooter games which follows from where the story was left in the last game, where the saints found themselves a free rein in the city after defeating the rival gangs of Still-water. This time, what makes the game more interesting is that the storyline between the three gangs are interconnected, and decisions that the player makes in dealing with one faction may alter the behavior of the other factions towards the player or missions that may be available later.

Release Date: 15 Nov, 2011 for Windows, PS3 and Xbox 360 | TrailerPreorder

5 Best Ways to Speed Up Your Computer

In today’s world, computer has been indispensable to accomplish any type of job or duty. It is very much essential to keep your computer in healthy condition. Or else, whatever the configuration of your computer may be, if it is not maintained properly, then its performance will be affected for sure. Following are some of the major steps you should follow to speed up your computer.

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Defragmentation

To make the processing of your computer easier, undergo defragmentation, while retrieving and making changes to a file. This process will keep all the fragments of a changed file together and in line so that the pressure on the processor will be less.

This tool can  prove to be pretty helpful in defragmenting your hard drive :

Smart Defrag

Antivirus

Do not let your computer to be a pray before viruses. They will use the power of processor to strengthen themselves and eat up the memory too.

If they will not be checked at right point of time, these viruses will start infecting all the other files on your PC and leave it almost useless. So always keep your PC protected from viruses by installing a powerful anti-virus program.

If you can’t afford a paid version then here you can download the best free antivirus for your protection :

Avira

Boot up optimization

This can be done pretty easily, what you need to do is edit the stuff that starts up when your pc boots.

Go to run and type msconfig and hit enter. Now select the startup tab and choose only the needed applications to boot at the start up. Un-select all other application those are not essential to boot up.

This action will minimize the pressure on the processor at the start up.

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  • How to keep your PC fighting fit
  • How to Find If Your Computer Is Infected?

Memory management

Memory being is the most important portion of the computer it needs to be managed with proper care.

  • Delete all the unimportant and duplicate files and programs stored in the memory.
  • Go to Add/Remove Programs and uninstall all unnecessary programs.

Disk/Drive Scans

After being used for some time, the disks in your PC develop bad sectors. When the processor passes through these bad sectors, then the PC gets crashed. So check your disk regularly.

For this I would like to recommend a paid application suite called Uniblue Power Suite. It’s worth the cost!

But if you know any free tool which can prove to be pretty efficient in speeding up your computer then do share it with us, your fellow geeks.

5 Best ways to speed up your computer

Can We Play PlayStation 2 Games on PC?

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Definitely we can play PlayStation 2 games on PC if our PC hardware is good enough to do this. We can really enjoy most of PS2 games with an amazing and unique PC emulator PCSX2. A community of developers is rapidly improving this free Windows software. Now this emulator is much efficient to run many PS2 games.

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To use this emulator properly we need a minimum PC hardware requirements as given below:

  • Minimum Core 2 Duo 3.0 GHz Intel Processor ( better if it is over clocked)
  • Minimum 2GB RAM
  • A fine working graphics acceleration device with 1GB video memory supporting pixel shader ( such as ASUS GeForce GTS 450 )

If your PC is able to fulfill these minimum requirements then you can surely think to play PlayStation games on your computer with PCSX2 emulator

You can download PCSX2 for free

How to play PS2 games with PCSX2

  • Download the emulator package
  • Install it and get configuration guide from PCSX2 website
  • After configuring emulator properly, load PS2 game from DVD drive or load a PS2 ISO image to play.

This emulator is rapidly in beta so be updated with latest version of emulator and don’t  forget to report a bug to PCSX2 website.