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Mac or PC

Q: Which is better, a Mac or a PC?
A: Depends on your needs. And taste.

The Mac is not so popular just because of some great, crazy marketing. It is loved because it is a beautiful machine doing the same job as a PC, much more beautifully, besides the crazy, brilliant marketing.
Cost is a big difference when you compare the two categories so it really depends on what you want.

If you just want the job done, without having to give time to learning new things (despite the ‘there’s nothing new to learn’ mantra, there are a few things a Windows user would take time getting used to when starting to work on a Mac), at a lower cost, go for PC, case closed. Given the market share of windows vs. mac, it is more likely that you have worked on a PC (unless it’s your first computer) and thus you would be better off with another, better performing PC if you are short on time & money. You would get standard software (more easy), more standard connectivity options on a PC.
So what is so great about this Mac that people keep raving about?
[Ok, I have been using a Mac (book Pro) for little over a year now and have had to use PC for somethings that I do not want to use the Mac for]

The Mac, as you must have heard from fans, is a quality computer, performing consistently, reliably and does whatever it does, in style.
Reason: it is made & controlled by a single company in the world – both the hardware & software. So the software is designed for the hardware and vice-versa. No confusion, no compromise on performance of either and standard, specific functions for each component – hardware or software.
I’m a fan. I’d be lying if I said otherwise. More so, if you are using a Mac, you can really not be a not-fan!

But I do agree that it is not the best choice for everybody. For eg: I want to end the problems my dad has with the PC – virus, windows threats, crashing etc. and I know Mac wouldn’t have as many problems as the PC, but I do not think a Mac would be good choice for him – there is a learning curve that I do not want my dad to go through – plus the problems (Mac too has some issues, sometimes) would be better solved by the ‘local engineers’ if it is a PC.
I say that cause I remember the faces of my office tech staff when I asked them to help me with printer set-up on the Mac.

PC is inexpensive – it is everywhere (read standard plugs/jacks/software & most importantly help from people around) – so for a computer that does your tasks and does not cost too much, PC is the thing.

ok, enough backdrop, now about the Mac & what I really like about it. Some things great about a Mac are:
- Great quality of hardware: High quality materials used, premium quality components make a Mac. Look at the machine underneath – it is nothing like I have ever seen on a laptop. The battery life – it’s amazing. You know the stuff is great when you see the machine – no compromise.
- Clean, no jazzy stuff: No lights/LEDs for wi-fi, battery, blue-tooth – nothing! it makes a great difference to me, now that I observe it. No stickers of ‘intel inside’ or ‘high capability wi-fi antenna’ etc.
- The software: the animation, is beautiful. The way the desktop is displayed, the way screens change.
- The no-mouse usage: is great. I just can’t work without a mouse on a PC. On the Mac, I rarely have found a need for one. The track-pad is another awesome part of the MBP.
- The service: If under warranty, there is no comparison of the level of service Apple provides. It is again, marvelous.
- Plus many small things which, if I mention here, would feel little crazy. To me.

I still haven’t fully harnessed the Mac – the graphics, the video rendering capabilities of it – and do feel that a lower powerful machine could suffice (heh, never felt that the machine was powerful enough, whenever, whichever PC I have ever had)

What’s bad with a Mac?
- Games: there are hardly any. Or hardly any that I enjoyed playing earlier on a PC
- Price: you have to think before buying. Are you sure, a Mac? Why not PC?
- Emotional: You tend to get emotionally attached to the machine. Not good.

All in all, go as per your suitability but be forewarned, once it is a Mac, it’s very difficult to get back.

Wonderfully done Steve & Apple. It shows.

First take on OSX Lion

Okay, so I just installed OSX lion.
Actually finished with it last night, just didn’t get time to use it.
Well, had it not been for my office, with 10+ mbps connection, which is accessible in the late hours of the day and a meeting that kept me late in office yesterday, I really don’t think I would have been able to download it in once day. At least not from my home connection, which is supposedely 1mbps unlimited download connection, but with Airtel-fair-usage-policy it turns out my speeds reduce to 256 kbps for most of the month.
Yeah guys sitting in the USA / anywhere else may see this as something unimaginable, but here it is stark reality. Here in Gurgaon, one of the Cyber-city, getting consistent speeds above 4mbps – just doesn’t happen.

Anyhow, downloaded the OSX lion and was just waiting waiting waiting (meeting actually, but then waiting at the back of my head).
I’m not a geek, which is proven by the fact that I just installed it, checked out a few things and dropped the lid back on my  MBP (it was about 2300 HRS by the time I finished with installation, which was simpler than installing an app actually)

Back in the morning, here are my first few thoughts (and these would mostly be appearance wise):
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- Awesome gestures (or rather the effects with which they fade/arrive)
- Full screen apps. Was looking forward to these and they exceed my expectations
- Transitioning between apps is again quite smoother, seamless-feel
- Reverse scrolling – although I’m yet to fully get used to it, it feels much more practical now
- Mail app — I barely used mail on OSX Snow Leopard. On OSX, it it quite appealing
- Photobooth: For a moment it felt as if I was in a photo-booth! (Snow leopard didn’t give that feel)
- $30 – [this, btw, is the first time I have ever bought a software, besides apps for mac / iPhone] – It feels much better to have bought this software than it ever felt when I had software for FREE – weird, I know.


- Gestures won’t work on twitter for mac!
- Browser-wise safari has nice forward/back pages gestures, but not chrome or FF which I predominantly use do not support that (btw, these gestures for Safari rock)
- I don’t know if this is particularly with me, but time machine is taking a hell lot of time (it’s been more than 3 hours since I’ve been backing up, can’t abandon right now)
- Have to unlearn the gestures that I was used to with OSX snow leopard – will happen in a while.

I guess I should have more to write, if I feel like, in some more time.
Till then, it’s roaring time.

Mac Links – A collection of blogs with apps to make the most out of your mac

So you have a mac?
Well, congratulations!

Here are a few links to help you make the most out of your mac – be it apps for productivity, or for utilities like p2p, file-handling, IM clients – the list goes on.

Without further ado, here is the list
(thanks to @vineetbhatnagar for this!):
1. http://macspecialist.org/content/articles/essential_apps/
2. http://weblog.mrbill.net/essential-mac-software/
3. http://blog.leeane.com/2008/12/10-of-the-best-tools-for-web-development-on-a-mac/
4. http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/5-apps-to-get-more-out-of-your-new-mac/
5. http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/10-essential-mac-apps-to-install-after-a-reformat/

6. http://www.designer-daily.com/mac-apps-1915
7. http://macromates.com/
8. http://mactech.ca/freemacapps/
9. http://www.noupe.com/tools/15-incredible-mac-apps-for-freelance-web-designers.html
10. http://justinlilly.com/blog/2008/nov/02/most-used-programs-an-index/
11. http://skitch.com/
12. http://culturedcode.com/things/
13. http://shawnblanc.net/start/
14. http://daringfireball.net/   (mac related news)

15. http://www.tbray.org/ongoing/When/200x/2008/11/12/How-I-Use-OS-X
16. http://ciaranwal.sh/2007/11/01/customising-colours-in-leopard-terminal
17. http://www.panic.com/coda/
18. http://minimalmac.com/



Well, as such mac is bundle-packed with almost all that is required and if there is anything that you may require, the links above would help.


Is there any essential app/link that was missed?


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(Like the image? — well, I took it from here – go read the article to see how to grow you own Apple apples!)