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iChat – video chats are really different


I’ve been using the video capabilities of iChat lately. It’s the best part about having the built in iSight camera – if I see one of my contacts has video capability (which usually means they have a Mac) then I simply initiate the chat and off we go.

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Of Mice and Men

While I recently bought a new mouse for my MacBook and was quite pleased with it I felt something was missing. I really wanted a wireless mouse solution. I often grab my MacBook and head upstairs to show something cool to my wife and kids (they think I’m a Mac Fanboy now) or grab it for a meeting with someone. Unplugging the mouse from the USB port is not really that big of a deal but I’ve got Bluetooth capabilities on this machine – why not use them?

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Safari vs. Firefox

Prior to becoming a Mac user I had a deep hatred for Safari. Why you ask? Safari was the bane of my existence as a web site developer. Since I had a Windows centered view on the world I built everything with IE and then Firefox in mind on the Windows platform. We would spend huge amounts of time getting a dynamic web site to work properly and then someone would load it up on a Mac in Safari and it would just fall apart. Things didn’t line up, pages that used DHTML and more advanced presentation capabilities would simply not work. It was a mess.

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After three weeks, what’s really being used?

When I started writing about my MacBook three weeks ago I figured it would be a great way to capture what it’s like for a total Windows snob to open up and add a Mac to his collection of computers. What I didn’t expect was that I would actually make a small 5 pound laptop my primary machine when I have some serious Windows and Linux hardware sitting right next to me.

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Time to back up Drifter

First off, I finally named my machine. I always name machines from some genre of science fiction, usually Star Wars because the names are short and easy to spell, but in the case of my Mac I figured I would break with tradition and name him Drifter. I have no idea why, it just came to me and stuck. Since this is a MacBook that I constantly grab off the desk and take with me places I figured it was appropriate.

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Running applications automatically at startup

One of the features I used in Windows was the Start / Startup folder. Any shortcut I threw in there would automatically run when I started up Windows. For me that was the Task Manager, my OneNote screen Clipper and Windows Desktop Search. So how to do this with my Mac?

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Bumping the memory in the MacBook

I decided that I wanted to max out the memory in my MacBook since I’m running more and more on the little machine. Though 2GB is normally plenty I figured 4GB couldn’t hurt. When I looked on NewEgg and started scoping out RAM prices I was shocked to see how far they had fallen.

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CSSEdit – what a great find!

In my quest to move more of my software development over to Mac I started looking around for a decent solution for HTML/XHTML and CSS development. On Windows my CSS Editor of choice was TopStyle, a really great application, but there isn’t a Mac version. I ran through quite a few products over the extended weekend but found one that impressed me so much I bought it within 20 minutes of trying it out.  

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Getting away from the “Start” mindset

I’ve never been a big fan of lots of icons sitting on my Windows desktop; I have a few key ones, then use a highly organized Start menu to gain access to my applications. So when I started working with my Mac I adopted the same mindset: Push some key applications that I access frequently into the Dock, then hit the Finder and switch to Applications for everything else.

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I Almost Forgot About Google Calendar!

 


So with Outlook out of the picture I also lost my primary vehicle for making appointments. Outlook was always on my laptop when I needed it but had one major shortcoming: not everyone that needed to see my calendar could.

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Email – A Grudging Goodbye To Outlook

So for the last 12 or so years I have been a hard core Microsoft Outlook fan. Sure, Outlook has some issues and is a bit of a memory pig but it works really well for me. I’ve always been a highly structured person and used folders in Outlook rigorously in order to organize everything I do – I even use the feature that keep sent items in the folder they were sent from, effectively giving me a way to browse things in a threaded nature.

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Time For A Mouse

new mouse for david- digitalapplejuiceMy MacBook didn’t come with a mouse – it simply has a built in trackpad with a single button. I remember one of my early criticisms of the Mac was that it only has a one button mouse – but you got so much power out of right clicking capabilities! Well, Mac does indeed support right clicking – and it’s great for accessing sub menus much like I’m used to in Windows.