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    My year of the Mac (Long)ish
    Switching to Mac One year on

    It’s been nearly a year since I pushed the on button of my first Mac I’d like to share the experience with you.

    Well about a year ago I wandered into my newly opened local Mac re-seller. I immediately fell in love (If thats the right word) with a White iMac 20” Intel Mac .It didn’t take long to realize that this was going to cost me. I had always thought that Macs were over priced. However when I found out the price I was surprised. That really got the thought processes going. I did a lot of research before finally deciding if and what to buy .I found out that mostly all the things I use a PC for I can use a Mac for too. So I took my wallet along to the Apple re-seller and opened it up.

    I can’t remember how long I waited. I think it was two weeks until I got the call to come and pick up my first mac. I duly took my white Box home with me and just looked at it there on the desk. I even took pictures (Never done that with a PC) Well the unpacking went well and I pressed the on button The rest is History to me.

    Downloading the updates and connecting to my Existing Network was really easy and matter of just entering my WPA key And the voyage of Exploration began.

    To kill the time waiting for the iMac to arrive I had purchased a book Switching to Mac tiger edition I’m glad I did because it became a sort of Bible for me I can heartily recommend it. (There will no doubt be a Leopard edition too v.-soon).

    Another great place to find out about your Mac is Listening to Podcasts.
    There are some really great ones out there

    The Mac Attack
    Mac Break weekly
    Mac Tips Daily
    The Mac Round table
    are the ones I like but there are many more


    What Apps have I on my mac now one year after ? Here is a list of what I have in Alphabetical order (Almost)

    Adobe reader PDF reader
    AppZapper Uninstaller App
    Audio Hijack Records audio from internet streams and other sources
    Audiobookbuilder Used to build my own audiobooks and send to iTunes
    CandyBar Transform your iCons. Great fun
    Colloquy IRC App
    Deeper A personalization utility for Mac OS X 10.4
    Delicious Library Browse and share all your books games ect.
    Flip4Mac Plug-in for Quick time You’ll need this trust me
    Google earth Atlas and Maps on the net and a whole lot more
    iPhoto Diet Duplicate killer for iPhoto
    iPodNotes Make notes on your mac and upload to your iPod
    iSmarttrain Training Logbook with Pulse monitor compatibility
    iWorks 08 Apples Office killer
    Jumpcut Clipboard app
    Mactracker Detailed info of every Mac ever made
    MainMenu Maintenance app
    mimiFoto Change those icon pictures for mail ,iPhoto and Preview
    NeoOffice Free MS office killer
    Opera My 2nd choice web browser
    PodTube Rip direct from Youtube to iTunes
    Pixelmator The New Photo editor well worth a look
    Quicksilver The Do it all App for Mac
    Realplayer I use it mainly for the BBC sight I visit
    Skitch Screen capture App (Invite only at present)
    Skype My iChat
    Spamsieve The spam filter I love best
    Spanningsync Sync youriCal with google calenders and all your other macs
    Stuffit Unzip your files One of the first apps you’ll need
    Tinkertool Personalize your Mac
    Inquisitor X Spotlight type plug-in for Safari

    On the whole I’ve enjoyed my Mac year and here’s to many more .....Leopards coming soon. where’s that wallet of mine

    Not to mention this very forum would be very remiss of me so Cheers lads and lassies who have helped me with advice and tips along the way.And thank-you to the admin and moderators for making this place a fun place to be

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    MacHeadCase
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    Awesome post/review, Kilted1!

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    Gettin close to the end of my first year - have to agree kilted, it's been a fun ride.
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    I felt the same way at the close of my first year. ^_^ My primary forum then was the AtAT forum. I miss those days. . .

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    Cool review, Kilted!

    (Made me realize what a minimalist I am ~ I have only MainMenu, Colloquy and Flip4Mac.)
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    Girls with macs are so cute.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iKitten View Post
    Cool review, Kilted!

    (Made me realize what a minimalist I am ~ I have only MainMenu, Colloquy and Flip4Mac.)
    I have to fill the 500gig I have with somthing

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    Great post Kilted1 Ive managed to find some good bits of software from your list which im now using!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TenderSurrender View Post
    Great post Kilted1 Ive managed to find some good bits of software from your list which im now using!

    ~~ TS ~~
    That's nice to read Thanks

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    im switched close to a year ago too. glad you listed those apps. I just downloaded like 5 of them, thanks
    Mac: Macbook C2D 2.0ghz, 120gb hdd, 1gb ram, black
    iPod: iPod nano 2ng gen. 8gb, black

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