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Mac OS X 10.5.2 is released

So I read here that 10.5.2 has been released. Cool! Click the little Apple icon and select Software Updates. 350M+ download – just a few minutes of work on FIOS. Seemed to install smoothly, though it did require two reboots. The only immediate difference is that I have a Time Machine icon in my menu bar that I didn’t before.

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My New Mac – And The Slow Move Away From Windows

 

It’s now two weeks since I took possession of my Mac and I’m finding myself using it more and more. Sure, my Windows XP machine still demands a significant amount of my attention; Microsoft Visual Studio and .NET/C# is still my primary development platform.
 
My Windows machine is a pretty tricked out rig that I built myself from Newegg (the BEST place on the web to buy hardware). QX6700 processor, GTX8800 video, dual 20" Samsung monitors, etc. I’ve got my Microsoft ergonomic keyboard and can touch type on it like the wind. I’m still running XP SP2 on it – mainly because my experiments with Vista on my HP laptop have been very disappointing.

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Upgrading The Hard Drive On My MacBook

Yeah, I know, I haven’t even had the machine for a week yet and I’m already looking to upgrade the hard drive. Well, I wanted more than the 120GB that came with the machine but Apple charges so much more for drives that I couldn’t justify it; not when I could simply buy a 2.5" hard drive off NewEgg and plop it into my machine.

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Mac vs. Windows

So I’m doing my thing tonight, ripping through my RSS feeds when I come across a Digg reference to a blog post a guy wrote about visiting an Apple store. I thought the article was pretty funny – I really liked the guys writing style and shared many of his experiences when visiting an Apple store. What I found amusing was actually the number of comments placed on the blog itself! The guy was inundated with "Macs suck!!!" and "Oh yeah? PCs suck!!!".  Hundreds of detailed comments by people. 

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Adventures In Copying A CD

Well, I figured coping a CD would be a simple affair. I was wrong.

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Just A Book About Sun-Dried Tongues

OK, off the Mac adventures for a minute. A friend of mine named Bob Ragsdale is undertaking a new venture, promoting his book titled "Sun-Dried Aardvark-Tongue Swizzle-Sticks" exclusively through his web site. Bob has what could be described as a "dry" sense of humor.

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iStat is a great way to know what’s up

Two friends recommended that I take a look at a utility called iStat Menus from iSlayer. It’s a nice little widget that allows you to see that status of your machine.

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iStat is a great way to know what’s up

Two friends recommended that I take a look at a utility called iStat Menus from iSlayer. It’s a nice little widget that allows you to see that status of your machine.

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iChat is Pretty Cool

I’ve always been a hardcore Trillian user on Windows, so I was a little skeptical about using anything else to get to my buddies on AIM. iChat, which comes with the OS, is pretty decent though. The chatting appears as little bubbles next to the icon of the person typing in the text. It supports hyperlinks and all the basics, including the ability to set people’s name so I don’t have to wonder who MYFO278BGF is.

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Installing New Applications

I have yet to have mastered how to install applications into my Mac.

The first one I decided to try was Firefox. I went to the mozilla.com web site and it recognized that I was running a Mac. I clicked on the download link and everything proceeded pretty smoothly. I ran the install program that was downloaded and after the usual warnings about installing a different application I thought I had the application installed.

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A Hardcore Windows Guy Gets A Mac

I have been a Windows developer for many, many years. Before I was a Windows developer I was a DOS developer. I’ve always been a Microsoft fan, heavily invested in doing Windows development. Really, since 1984 – my first job doing professional software development – I have been true blue Microsoft. When I would watch the Mac ads with the nerdy PC guy and the cool Mac dude I always secretly rooted for the PC guy.

Last year something interesting started to happen. Many of the people in my network of friends and family started buying Macs. They were sick of the hassles of Windows, with the viruses and spyware and ever slowing performance. They seemed to be drawn in to the Apple advertising – it spoke to them. And they seemed very happy.