Would I still switch from PC to Mac?

On December 16, 2014, in Apple, Features, Mac, Opinion, by gazmaz

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The question of whether to switch from a PC to a Mac arises from time to time. I made the move to a Mac in 2007, but the decision would not be as easy today. My only experience with Microsoft software these days is at work, and that doesn’t make it straightforward to compare the Apple world with what a PC has to offer. Why is that?

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Seagate Central Shared Storage Device – Review

On September 10, 2013, in NAS, Review, by Larry Grinnell

Seagate Central Shared Storage Device
Manufacturer: Seagate
MSRP: $169 (2 TB), $229 (4 TB), available at discount pricing online.
Seagate Central

As reported on this site in some of my reviews over the last few years, I’m a huge fan of NAS (Network Attached Storage) technology. At present, I own a large RAID 5 NAS, with a slave unit to back up the first unit. Why? I have this much storage to support my media server. All my movies, TV shows, music, etc., are stored on my NAS, and its manufacturer keeps adding interesting new tools to keep their devices up to date, such as cloud support (the buzzword du jour), making it easy to connect to my NAS from anywhere in the world.

central-right-500pxBut wait a minute! This review is all about the Seagate® Central. For under $170.00 for the 2 TB model and under $230.00 for the 4 TB model, it’s competitive with any number of NAS devices. One thing they don’t have, however, is the killer brand of Seagate. Seagate has been around for a long time, because they make superior products and because they’re quick to innovate with appropriate new technology, and they back their products up. My experiences with Seagate go back to my first office PC (sorry, Mac users…) that had a Seagate ST-225 20 megabyte (yes, megabyte) hard drive. It was built like a tank and never failed me. But I digress…

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Thanks, XBOX!! – TechFan Podcast #121

On June 7, 2013, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Perhaps the Wii U, which has had very disappointing sales so far, has a chance. After all, Microsoft just released more information on the XBOX One, and they seem to be in the business of screwing over customers. Plus, Black Sabbath! Wait…

David and Tim’s new favorite video

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Identity Crisis – TechFan #116

On April 27, 2013, in TechFan, by Tim Robertson

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Tim and David discuss the future of Windows, Intel, and Mickey Mouse.

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Parallels 8 Desktop for the Mac and iOS Application
Company: Parallels
Version: Desktop 8 for Mac 8.0.1, and Parallels iOS application 3.2.5
Requires: OSX 10.6.8 or later, and iOS 4.0 or later
Compatible with: iPhone (3GS, 4, 4S, 5) and iPad 2nd Generation, 3rd Generation, 4th Generation, iPad mini
Price: $79.99 Desktop, and $4.99 iOS Application (limited time price; normally $19.99)

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I had heard a lot about running virtual machines for years but had never thought to do it. I would think, what’s the point? But then I got the chance to review Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac and its iOS application companion. It was a new experience for me to use a technology I was not familiar with, which is rare, so I grabbed the chance with both hands.

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Passware Password Kit Forensic 11.5 Review

On April 25, 2012, in Forensics, Review, Security, Windows, by Peter Nikolaidis

Passware Password Kit Forensic 11.5
Publisher: Passware, Inc.
Price: $995
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This month, I obtained a review copy of Passware’s “Passware Password Kit Forensic 11.5″. For brevity’s sake, I’ll refer to it as “Passware” for the rest of this review. Passware is a password recovery/cracking system which has the ability to work on multiple file types. The Forensic Kit version adds more features, such as cracking of filesystem passwords and resetting Windows user account passwords.

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GoFlex Slim Performance USB Drive
Review

On June 30, 2011, in Hard Drive, Macintosh, Review, by John Nemerovski

GoFlex Slim Performance USB Drive
Seagate
$100 for 320GB

It’s not the least expensive or the highest capacity external hard drive, but it is the slimmest, and it does have good performance on both Mac and Windows computers. You need to reformat GoFlex Slim using an idiosyncratic NTFS method specified by Seagate to achieve optimum Mac/PC compatibility. MyMac recommends you do this immediately after purchase.

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LaCie USB Moskeyto Flash Drive
Review

On December 7, 2010, in Review, by David Weeks

LaCie MosKeyto USB Flash Drive
Company:
LaCie
4 GB size $17.99
2 GB and 8 GB available

One truism of modern technology is that everything gets smaller. Computers used to fill rooms. Hard drives that stored an incredible 5 megabytes of data were the size of refrigerators. Cellphones used to be the size of a military walkie-talkie. Thumb drives, also known as flash drives, or memory sticks, used to be the size of, well, your thumb. But that’s no longer the case. LaCie’s MosKeyto makes the average thumb drive look as big as Shrek’s thumb. Its the smallest thumb drive I’ve ever seen.

The Weeks Division of MyMac Labs gave the 4 GB version a good workout.

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We don’t need no stinking security!
MyMac Podcast 308

On August 26, 2010, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast
Gaz’s problems continue with his much maligned Mac Mini and we also talk about security on OS X and how, if you try REALLY hard and go out of your way to do something dumb, you can get malware on your Mac. Speaking of which, we give you a bunch of different ways to use Windows on your Mac. Call our Skype number (703-436-9501)
We would love to have YOU come on as a listener invite! We don’t bite (much).
Links:
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Doodle Bowling (iTunes Link)
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I Just Bought A Windows Laptop

On January 4, 2010, in Opinion, by Elisa Pacelli

My husband uses Windows computers (oh, the shame!), but for his purposes it’s fine. His computing knowledge is limited to Fantasy Football and online poker. Hubby was using a very old desktop computer that finally bit the dust this past fall. Rather than buy another computer, I let him use my HP Vista laptop.

“You have a Windows computer?” I hear you all saying right about now. Let me give you a brief history of why I have one: I went back to college in August of 2007. Even though the college is six miles away, I chose to take my classes online. This meant I needed to log on to the college servers for some of my classes. Since they are a Windows-based school, it was just easier to buy a Windows computer.

Back to the story. I used my laptop only during school, and just for school. No iTunes, no photos, just school work. The computer was shut down between semesters. I graduated in May, 2009, and kept the computer off until October 2009, when hubby needed it.

But our story takes a nasty turn. My WIndows laptop died in early December. Battery and hard drive were fine; it was probably something with the motherboard. HP wanted to charge me $259 to fix it – and they thought they were doing me a favor! No way!

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The iPhone as a Netbook Alternative

On December 23, 2008, in Opinion, by Mark Rudd

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT… STEVIE?
In a recent quarterly conference call, Steve Jobs made the following comment regarding the current netbook discussion:

“We’re not tremendously worried. As we look at the netbook category, that’s a nascent category. As best as we can tell, there’s not a lot of them being sold. You know, one of our entrants into that category if you will is the iPhone, for browsing the Internet, and doing email and all the other things that a netbook lets you do. And being connected via the cellular network wherever you are, an iPhone is a pretty good solution for that, and it fits in your pocket.” (Click this link to read the original article)

At the time of this statement, it was clear that Apple felt that the iPhone was/is a great netbook type device. The current sales numbers for netbooks indicate that not everyone agrees with the Jobsian edict. Netbook sales have steadily increased and have surpassed iPhone sales according to the third quarter numbers for this year.

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Fenestration 43
Wind of Change

On July 28, 2008, in Fenestration, by David Cohen

Ever since Steve Jobs got up in front of the World Wide Developer Conference and announced “yes – the rumours are true!” and thereby ushered in the Intel Macintosh age, many of us were tantalized by two diverse possibilities.

The first was the possibility of running Windows natively on a Mac. After all, switching to the Intel architecture meant that a Mac would effectively be a PC, and with some fairly minor differences this has proven to be the case. he existence of Apple’s officially approved Boot Camp software for installing and running Microsoft Windows confirms this, and the clever solutions from Parallels and VMWare allow Windows to run as virtual machines under OS X. But what about the opposite? If Apple had redeveloped OS X to run on the Intel architecture, how easy would it be to run that same OS X on a standard PC designed to run Windows?

It turned out that it would be very easy indeed – principally because the development platform Apple made available to allow programmers to test their work under Intel OS X were in fact standard PCs. Naturally, as soon as the first real Intel Macs were launched, attempts were made to install OS X on conventional PCs.A thriving community and a formal project (knows as OSX86) has worked since the release of the first Intel Macs to provide simple and reliable methods to get OS X working on ordinary PCs.

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Fenestration 42
Data Exchange in the Clouds

On June 25, 2008, in How-To, by David Cohen

For users straddling the Windows PC and Mac worlds, the question of seamless data interchange between the systems can be a challenging one. Of course, with the capabilities of OS X, the rise of USB and the availability of flash drives and external disks it is probably easier than it has ever been to pass data, but nevertheless there are still considerations of disk formats, file formats and application versions to consider.

Even when moving between applications from the same software house, compatibility is not guaranteed. Adobe applications are normally OK – but then you would expect that from the company that brought us the universal PDF format. (Editors note: production houses would tend to disagree) Microsoft, however is another matter – there are a variety of applications that they only offer in the Windows version of Office that are unreadable on the Mac platform – such as Access databases, Visio diagrams or Project files. This is frustrating as Microsoft does make reader applications available for Windows users, but does not give Mac users the same courtesy.

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CrashPlan
Review

On February 7, 2008, in Macintosh, Review, by Gil Poulsen

CrashPlan–Backup Solution for Macintosh
Company: Code 42

Price: Standard version $20, Pro version $60 (client software only).
For remote data storage, up to 50GB for $5/month; additional $0.10/month per GB of data over 50GB
(storage is free if using a friend’s computer as the remote destination).
http://www.crashplan.com

Let’s get this out of the way immediately: Using the word “crash” in the name of a backup solution for your critical data is bound to bring on a serious case of bad karma. So I salute the Code 42 folks for having the chutzpah to tell it like it is when it came to bestowing a name on their ingenious backup software.

CrashPlan is a powerful, inexpensive and easy to use backup solution that runs on Mac, Windows, and even Linux. While it most closely resembles offsite backup services like BackJack or Mozy, in that it moves data to a remote location as opposed to a local hard drive or tape backup, the real beauty of CrashPlan is that it allows you to choose the remote location, which can be any Macintosh, Windows or Linux computer that a) the owner of said computer (presumably a friend/family member/poker buddy) allows you to access, and b) has enough free space to back up your stuff. In fact, the Code 42 folks actually encourage this; apparently they’re happy just selling you the client software, even though they do offer storage space at their data facility.


Not only can you use your Mom’s PC as a backup destination, but thanks to CrashPlan’s ultra-friendly invitation options, you might not even need to call her to ask!

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We Do Windows For Free!
MyMac.com Help Desk #11

On June 5, 2007, in How-To, by Tom Schmidt


Apple’s move to Intel processors has made it possible to run Windows natively on the Mac with Boot Camp or Parallels, but what about all the viruses and spyware and other threats lurking out there? McAfee, a leading security software company, states that there are over 180,000 threats that affect Windows. Here are some excellent free utilities that you can use to protect and care for your Windows installation.

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MyMac Podcast #117
Adam Christianson and Robin Williams

On February 19, 2007, in Podcast, by The MyMac Podcast


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Adam Christianson from The MacCast joins Tim and Chad for lively chat about his history in Macs, the current state of Apple and Steve Jobs, and much more. David Cohen reviews Take Control of Running Windows on a Mac, Second Edition. Robert Essential Acoustic Guitar and DVCreators Final Cut Pro Foundations. To wrap the show, Nemo interview one of our favorite Mac authors of all time, Robin Williams.

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Tri-Boot MacBook Pro

On August 10, 2006, in Video, by Tim Robertson

The TriBoot MacBook Pro.

 

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Why Windows is Hard and Why Macs Are Shunned

On May 13, 2002, in Opinion, by Bob McCormick

Robin Williams, the author of The Little Mac Book and multiple other books about Macs and desktop publishing is known for saying, “You’re attitude is your life.” I would tend to agree with her. How you approach life in attitude does truly effect how your life is lived. It might also explain why Macs are easier to use.

His name was Johnny. He was Windows geek. He was helping me by setting up dual monitors on my Windows NT 4.0 workstation. Talk about attitude. Though his name was Johnny, he was not nearly as friendly as his name would seem. How does that happen? People with friendly names turn out to be extremely hostile?

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I now own a PC…

Yes, you heard me right. Your beloved My Mac writer has actually purchased a PC and has it set up in his home, allowing all varieties of “PCism” to invade the area. A copy of Windows 95 and Microsoft Office now lie in my room… beckoning to me in the night. But I do not answer their calls. Instead, I stay here at my faithful, if slightly jealous, Macintosh.

Alas, let me explain. This hunk of pure Windows was practically forced upon us. In order to “keep up with technology,” a member of my family was moved from the office to home. Since the office was Windows-based, they would have nothing to do with Macs. Fortunately, they were fine with the idea of Virtual PC, as long as it was fast and reliable. Unfortunately, our Mac cannot support Virtual PC. Therefore, buying a PC was inevitable. At least we got it for a good price.

Don’t get me wrong, though. For a PC, this is an exceptional unit. It’s a Dell 200Mhz MMX machine complete with groovin’ speakers, a 4GB hard drive, a 56K modem, 32MB RAM, a 4MB 3D video card, and a load of other princely goodies (Dell systems have always impressed me… maybe it’s the 500+ ads they have in “PC World” each month).

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