Techie, the whiz kid, guides you through technology:
Have you switched from your Windows PC to a Mac yet, or still a bit hesitant to the bargain? I assure you that you will have a glide, if you make the switch — be it an iMac, MacBook or even a Mac Mini.
I have nothing against Windows, especially if it is running XP. But if it is
So what’s so compelling about a Mac? If you compare between the Mac’s Operating System OS 10.5.1 (also called Leopard), Windows XP, Windows Vista and Ubuntu, you will understand the difference. In fact, the all Leopard version 10.5.2 is even better.
- Installation: I rank Mac as the leader, next is XP and at the bottom, come
- Interface: Leopard gets full points. It is easy to use. Just drag and drop. The best part is the way you can preview your documents, photos and movies without even opening the player.
- Bundled Software: The Mac comes with all the software you need. There is iPhoto to keep your photos and iTunes for your music and movies. This is what you use to sync your iPod. GarageBand makes music, audition instruments and even makes your own band. iMovie edits your movies in minutes, not hours as in Windows. With iDVD, you can make slide shows and movies and write it to a
DVDin a jiffy. All this comes bundled under a package called iLife. If you want something better than PowerPoint and Excel you should go in for iWork which has Keynote, the equivalent of PowerPoint. The effects you can put into your presentation are awesome and without even knowing Flash or Photoshop. If you have worked on Excel then Numbers on a Mac is surely going to floor you.
- Drivers and Hardware: Just about everything works with a Mac, even the stuff you used with your old PC. A Mac has USB drivers for printers, external drives, digital cameras, input devices, iPod and more. It can see Bluetooth cell phones and headsets, as well as FireWire cameras. No rebooting is needed and is hassle-free. And, no need to hunt for drivers all over the web, painstakingly.
- Home or Office Network: Networking is a breeze with Leopard version 10.5.2. Windows systems link up with Macs, seamlessly. With Screen sharing you can control any PC on the network and drag and drop files with ease.
- Virus, spyware and malware: There are approximately 115,000 viruses and more than one is being written every day. A Mac is not plagued by never-ending security dialog boxes from Internet Security Suites or
Vista. You can safely go about your work or play, without interruption.
So, what are you waiting for? It’s high time that you stop fiddling with the idea about making the switch from a Windows PC to a power-packed Mac. Just dive for it, with your eyes closed!
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