Well, I’ve been using my new Mac for a couple weeks now and I love it! I am never going back (but I do admit I miss my tablet’s pen interface… 😦
A few of the things I love about Mac:
- Spotlight: forget "Search" in XP – Spotlight is a whole ‘nother category. I never have to look for anything again… I also notice I don’t need the elaborate file system I had in "My Docs" in XP. OS X does it all for me.
- Dashboard – I love Widgets! One button access to all my useful doo-dads.
- Boot time – Boots, shuts down, and goes to sleep sooooo much quicker – and with a LOT less memory than in my tablet.
- The OS – I have not had ONE problem with Tiger. Files install with zero difficulty, networks just work, and cameras and such connect effortlessly, no virus worries, no patches – BELIEVE THE HYPE! Mac OS X is all it is cracked up to be. (And for the record – I do not run windows on my Mac and have not found one reason why I would need to… I know some have to run PC only apps for work, but other than that, I can’t see why anyone would want to!)
A few pieces of software that I really like: (all are FREE by the way!)
- WriteRoom – a free, open source piece of software that allows me to just write. No toolbars, email announcements (even the extremely helpful dock goes away). Just a blank page that allows me to write – blogs, messages, articles… anything.
- Quick Silver – What does QS do? It launches, creates to do list entries with a keystroke, plays music, finds files, makes me a double espresso (ok – Im still working on that one). Just like its mythical counter-part, this app just DOES.
- kGTD – Kinkless GTD that is… I was taught time management in seminary, but was taught using the Franklin-Covey methodology. I like the Covey approach, but I just NEVER got to my C level, day to day tasks. The big rocks got my attention, but I was drowning in pebbles! David Allen got my attention several years ago with his book Getting Things Done. Allen’s approach is to brain dump all tasks onto a master list, act on what needs action now, deferring what can wait, and deleting the rest. Deciding what the next ACTION is changed my data-flow habits. kGTD is a wonderful add-on allowing me to capture tasks and projects instantly, with just a couple keystrokes (thanks Quicksilver). kGTD then syncs with iCal. A great base system to manage my busy life.
- Firefox – Safari is better than IE, but Mozilla Firefox beats them all. Tabbed browsing, an RSS feed reader, cool extensions (1-click weather rocks!) make this FREE software the best out there.
- Witch – this app switcher works flawlessly and is much better than Alt-Tab on the PC (it brings up a menu that I can choose non-linear switching or use plane-jane linear rotation).
Mindjet just released MindManager for the Mac – I loved it in the PC and can’t wait to get it installed on the Mac. This mind-mapping software is a MUST HAVE APP for me – I organize meetings, write messages, and plan trips with it.
I am also investigating Bible software for the Mac, the only weak point in the Mac software market I have discovered. Quick Verse was just released, and the standard in the Mac world, Accordance, looks possible. Logos is publishing its Mac version this fall… decisions, decisions, decisions.