Parallel Desktops

Finding the right resources

 Since I got my Mac I have been highly dependent on three resources for information on Mac when I get stumped: Friends, Forums and Blogs. 



Bradley and Dylan were the guys that convinced me that I should get a Mac in the first place; they’re both pretty big Mac Fanboys (yeah, you know it) and as power Windows users and software developers they had experience setting up their machines similar to the way I did. Their help and guidance has been invaluable in getting the most out of my Mac and answering my initial Newbie questions. If you’re lucky you have a couple of people like them around you for the inevitable Noob questions.


Beyond them there is an incredibly rich array of resources on the Interweb that can help you answer questions or point you in the right direction. Here is a list of the places I go when I’m looking for something:



I’ve made this place a second home and is my most frequently visited Mac destination. There’s a wide range of different forums and most important to me, a Switching area for people that are making the move from Windows to Mac. The people on the site are really friendly and you rarely get the "attitude" you see in some of the hard core Mac-centered places.


Mac Rumors

I pop in to Mac Rumors’ forums on occasion, usually to search for a specific topic (like mentions of reviews of products I’m considering). I don’t participate; I just lurk there.


Mac OSX Hints

Like Mac Rumors, Mac OSX Hints is a place I pop in on occasion to see what’s going on, but again it’s really more of a research destination as opposed to an interactive place.



For Mac information there are a couple of Blogs that I go to that keep me up on what’s going on in the Mac world. I don’t visit the sites directly but do subscribe to their RSS feeds. Grab a news reader like NetNewsWire and point it at these to stay up on Mac:



More of a news aggregation site, it has a heavy Mac focus.



Again, a Mac oriented news aggregation site.



Great site with lots of articles on useful Mac topics. I always find something cool there.


Daring Fireball

This is on my list of most read news sources. Highly recommended that you add them to your feed.



While not Mac specific, there are lots of cool articles on hardware and peripherals that I find here.



Another great gadget site. Lots of great finds in there.


These are not all of my news feeds – I actually have a couple of dozen – but these are the ones I look to for information on my Mac. Do you have a forum, blog or news site I should be adding to my list? A great Mac resource perhaps? Drop it into the comments!


By David Alison

I bought my first Mac almost 24 years ago when DOS ruled the world. I didn't keep it too long though. I was just kicking off my career as a software engineer and needed to go with PCs. I bought my 2nd Mac in February of 2008. I didn't expect that I would find myself using the machine as much as I have. It's not that I hate Windows (well, I pretty much hate Vista but XP is a fine OS), it's just that I find myself constantly playing with this machine.

I'll share with you here my experiences of making the move from Windows to Macintosh. I still have a foot in both worlds, hence the name of my section.

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