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Boot Camp vs VMware or Parallels

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Apparently, Virtual Machines are a hot topic! I’ve had a few calls lately asking about them, the differences, and my recommendations. This caller is buying a Macbook Pro, and is wondering what he should use as far as running Windows programs. He has a copy of Photoshop, and wonders what program he needs on the Macbook in order to use Photoshop to its peak performance. He’s also curious as to whether he should use Rosetta.

What exactly is Rosetta? You’ll never see it, you’ll never configure it, you’ll never have to think about it. It’s built into Mac OS X to ensure that most of your existing applications live a long and fruitful life. Here are all the instructions you’ll need: double-click the application icon. Behind the scenes, Rosetta dynamically translates most of your PowerPC-based applications to work with your Intel-based Mac. There’s no emulation. No second-class status. It looks and feels just like it did before. On a Mac, you’d expect nothing less.

If you want, you could always use Photoshop inside a Virtual Machine, using something such as Parallels or VMware. Or, you could use Boot Camp, which is included with OS X Leopard. Boot Camp supports the most popular 32-bit releases of Windows XP and Windows Vista. When you use either operating system on your Mac, your Windows applications will run at native speed. This is exactly what the caller is looking for! Windows applications have full access to multiple processors and multiple cores, accelerated 3D graphics, and high-speed connections like USB, FireWire, Wi-Fi, and Gigabit Ethernet.

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Is Mac OS X Leopard Better than Apple's Tiger?

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I had someone call in tonight on the 888-PIRILLO line to ask me whether Leopard is so much better than Tiger that it is worth paying for the upgrade. He asked “is it extremely better… is it worth $120.00?”.

Is it worth the money? YES. Is it “extremely better”? I wouldn’t say that. However, the incremental improvements definitely make it worth the cost. There have been a few issues that have been raised with certain applications on Leopard.

He also asked me if the new features on Leopard are “cool”. Yes, they are. It was worth it for me to upgrade, for sure. My system is actually faster with Leopard than it was with Tiger. That was shocking and unbelievable. With Windows… I always dreaded upgrading an OS… knowing it would likely make my system slower. To have an OS that is actually faster with each new OS is refreshing.

The best feature in my mind is Time Machine. Time Machine uses a unique interface that turns the rather boring task of backing up and restoring files into something that you may actually enjoy doing. And you may not even have to think too much about the “backing up” portion of the exercise—according to Apple, Leopard will automatically back up your files as you work.

The next caller asked about the Sony PSP software. I happen to think it is pretty much crap. The caller wanted to argue, saying that the software for Vegas is great. I reminded him that Sony didn’t make Vegas… they acquired it. To me, it’s quite smart for companies to buy software and refine it for themselves, instead of creating something from scratch. Why reinvent the wheel?

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Time Capsule for OS X Time Machine

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This caller is wondering how I feel about Time Capsule. I already have one on order! Time Capsule is a revolutionary backup device that works wirelessly with Time Machine in Mac OS X Leopard. It automatically backs up everything, so you no longer have to worry about losing your digital life.

Backing up is something we all know we should do, but often don’t. And while disaster is a great motivator, now it doesn’t have to be. Because with Time Capsule, the nagging need to back up has been replaced by automatic, constant protection. And even better, it all happens wirelessly, saving everything important, including your sanity.

Time Capsule includes a wireless 500GB or 1TB hard drive1 designed to work with Time Machine in Mac OS X Leopard. Just set Time Capsule as the designated backup drive for Time Machine, and that’s it. Depending on how much data you have, your initial backup with Time Capsule could take overnight or longer. After it completes, only changed files are backed up — automatically, wirelessly, and in the background. So you never have to worry about backing up again.

Time Capsule is your one place for backing up everything. Its massive 500GB or 1TB server-grade hard drive gives you all the capacity and safety you need. So whether you have 250 songs or 250,000 songs to back up, room is the last thing you’ll run out of. And considering all that storage and protection come packaged in a high-speed Wi-Fi base station starting at $299, data isn’t the only thing you’re saving.

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Mac Vs PC Again

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foxtrot_MGS wrote to me, and said that after watching all the videos I’ve done about Macs, he’s been considering making the switch. However, he states: “I’ve always used windows, and so I have some feelings about switching to a Mac”. Here are his thoughts. Watch the full video for my answers.

  • Is it really that easy? By that I mean the software. Is Time Machine really that easy? Or for example, is iMovie light years ahead of Windows Movie Maker? Is Garage Band really 10 times easier than Sound Recorder? Are the apps really that easy?
  • It seems a new Mac is released every other day. I don’t want to go get a Mac and have it wind up being inferior in three months. For example, if you had purchased a Mac, lets says, a year and a half ago… would it run most of the soft ware for the Mac available today? This sort of brings me to my next question.
  • Can Macs be upgraded? Slapping a new video card into a PC desktop can be done in minutes, and the drivers are right on the disk… so there’s no real hassle. If I wanted to, could I pop open a Mac and slide in a PCI video card? Would I have to take it to the store for that? Would I have to buy special cards? Is it possible?
  • Games? I don’t care what Steve Jobs says, a PC is where all the games are. My question is: is it possible to run a game in Boot Camp? If I’m correct, Boot Camp runs Windows programs on the Mac. A game is basically a program. Even though I have a PS3, there a games on the computer that consoles can’t really pull off that I’d like to play. When I say games I mean a cutting edge game, made for windows, that I need processing power to run. So, is it possible to take a modern game for Windows and run it on a Mac?
  • Price! Recently at the Apple store (or Mac store, what ever) I saw the price of a basic notebook… I then proceeded to shout profanities and curse Steve Jobs. A basic notebook is something around $1,200. Right now, I’m on a Notebook PC that’s over 2 years old and has the processing power close to that of the basic Mac. This notebook PC was purchased for around $800, 2 years ago. So two years down the road I’m gonna pay $1,200 for a machine that’s just a hair above my old notebook for which was bought at a lot less. I get the feeling that Apple is trying to rip me off. I understand that maybe you’re paying a premium for hardware that can run their OS, but COME ON! In your opinion… would it be worth it to buy one of there basic desktops as I’m looking for a new primary system. Right now my primary desktop running at 2.2 Ghz with a 1 GB of ram just to paint a picture. Would it even be worth it to upgrade to a Mac if I’m not willing to spend $3,000, although I’m not saying I just looking at the basics packages.

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How to Get Started with Linux

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Here are five things you need to know before you decide to try a Linux Distro. Don’t mistakenly assume it will be an easy switch for you. Any time you change to a completely new Operating System, there will be a trial period, as you get used to it.

  • Linux is not Windows, or Mac OSX. It requires a learning curve as anything else. New users need to take a lot of there Windows/Mac habits and set them aside when they use Linux for the first time.
  • There are well-developed, open source software applications that are available for Linux. Just because the Windows/OSX version doesn’t exist on Linux doesn’t mean there isn’t an application available that would complete the same task. Remember, you might find a application that you like a lot better then what your used to.
  • Choose the Linux Distribution that is right for you. Just because it’s the most popular, doesn’t mean it is the choice for you. There are many Linux Distributions that have been developed for certain functions. For example maybe you what a good Linux Distro to create media with then you might want to look at Medibuntu or Studio 64. If you need server functionality you would want distro’s such as Ubuntu Server or Red hat. For those of you that are just looking for a good desktop distribution to do daily tasks there are distro’s such as PCLinuxOS, Ubuntu, Fedora, OpenSuse, Simply Mepis, etc. Another example is for those of you running on older hardware, you might want a lighter weight distribution such as Xubuntu, Mepis Anti X, or Mint Linux. Once again choose whats right for you. Remember that is the wonderful thing about Linux, it offers a selection choice that cannot be rivaled by any other OS on the planet.
  • There is always a fix to something in Linux. Just because it doesn’t work, doesn’t mean its broken. Now I’m not talking geekiness here. There are a lot of time when a problem arises such as applications not working because its missing a certain application, or file that it needs. The best solution to this is going on Google, or to the Distributions Forums, Support or Wiki’s page. Here you can find a lot of good information to fix these issues.
  • Lastly and most importantly: when it comes to Linux, it requires patience. Don’t give up. There will be days when you will get so upset with Linux that you want to just uninstall it. Take time, relax and sleep on it. I have figured out many issues just by taking time away from my Linux Machine and just thinking about it for a bit.

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Mac Software

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Wicket just doesn’t understand that there ARE a lot of excellent programs out there for your Mac. And now, for the next few days, you can save up to 70% off of the regular price for many titles you’ll want to own!

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Do Macs Get Viruses? Anti-Virus for OS X?

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Michael sent me a video question via YouTube. He just bought his first Mac, and wonders if he needs an AntiVirus, and if so… what should he use? In short, the answer is YES!

It doesn’t matter what Operating System you use, it’s just plain smart to use an Anti-Virus program, and a Firewall. Yes… even for a Mac, people. Even though there may currently not be many exploits with OS X, that doesn’t mean there will never be. It doesn’t mean you are 100% safe. You need to be smart, and protect yourself.

I recommend Clam X AV for a Mac. It’s an open-source application. They also have a Windows alternative, called ClamWin. From Clam X themselves:

Back in the days before OS X, the number of viruses which attacked Macintosh users totalled somewhere between about 60 and 80. Today, the number of viruses actively attacking OS X users is…NONE! However, this doesn’t mean we should get complacent about checking incoming email attachments or web downloads, for two reasons. Firstly, there’s no guarantee that we Mac users will continue to enjoy the status quo, but more importantly, the majority of the computing world use machines running MS Windows, for which an enormous quantity of viruses exist, so we must be vigilant in checking the files we pass on to our friends and colleagues etc. For example, if you’re a wise person and you’ve turned MS Office’s macro support off then you’re not going to notice that virus which is hiding inside this month’s edition of Extreme Ironing.doc which your friend sent you. If you then forward that document to a less wise person who has not turned off the macro support, then you have most likely just sent him a shiny new Pandora’s Box with a sign saying “Open this end”!

Just be smart. Compute safe. Protect your machine, your data, and yourself.

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How to Install Boot Camp on OS X

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I haven’t installed Boot Camp since I used the Beta version on the Mac Mini. Ponzi needs to use Windows on her MacBook Pro, so she can run various applications. Using Boot Camp allows you to either boot your Mac like an actual Windows machine, or boot to OS X.

Leopard is the world’s most advanced operating system. So advanced, it even lets you run Windows if there’s a PC application you need to use. Just get a copy of Windows and start up Boot Camp, now included with Leopard. Setup is simple and straightforward — just as you’d expect with a Mac. Use Spotlight to search the word boot. Ah, there it is. The first thing it will do is ask if you want to print the instructions. I don’t want to, so I’m just going to click through. Next, it asks how much space you want to partition for use of Boot Camp. Ponzi will be doing a lot in Windows, so I’m going to allocate 25GB of space. Click the button to partition, and wait a couple of minutes for it to do so.

Once it has finished partitioning, you’ll need to grab your Windows install disc. Simply put that in and let it run through setup. After that is done… you’re going to need to pop in the OS X disc and update drivers and things for Windows to run. When you install Windows using Boot Camp, you won’t need to search the Internet for drivers or burn a disc. After you run Boot Camp, simply insert the Leopard DVD to install the necessary drivers. Everything you need to make your Mac work with Windows is right there. When you use a Windows application, you’ll have full access to unique Mac features (iSight, Apple Remote, trackpad, specific keyboard keys, keyboard backlighting) and connectivity (wired and wireless).

See how simple it is to install Boot Camp on OS X and run Windows? I’ve even heard from many sources that Windows actually runs better on the Mac than it does on a regular PC. Of course, a Mac is a PC… and a Mac… and a PC… well, you get the point.

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How is OS X Different than Windows?

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For better or for worse, Windows works differently than OS X – and it’s no wonder that Windows-trained users face a small amount of frustration when they work inside of OS X. I’ve scribbled this list for the benefit of Windows folks who have switched, are switching, or are thinking of making the switch.

How does OS X “think different” than Windows?

  • Object / Field Sorting – The Finder’s auto-arrange option may not work to your liking in OS X. Moreover, you can’t sort folders before all other object types in the Finder. “List view” does not automatically adjust field width, so expect to see horizontal scroll bars frequently.
  • Window Close Button – In Windows, the close button typically exits the application altogether (unless otherwise toggled). In OS X, the close button only sometimes initiates a complete exit of an open program. To be fair, Windows Mobile has suffered from the same problem for years. Bottom line: you can always use the Command+Q shortcut to Quit an app.
  • Object Rename – For some reason, there’s not a Rename option in the context menu for a file or folder (nor is there a simple keyboard shortcut for the routine). You can pull open the Info panel or select-and-click an object title to rename it (much like you can in Windows in lieu of tapping the F2 key).
  • Object Tooltips – Sometimes, you’d like to surface a few details for an object – and by hovering over an icon in Windows, important metadata can be viewed without clicking. OS X”s Info panel is (in many cases) overkill – and pulling it up is certainly not as convenient as a simple hover. Quick View may also not show as much metadata as you might like it to show. Don’t expect InfoTips in OS X.
  • Window Resize – The only way to resize a window in OS X is by clicking and dragging the lower right-hand corner of a resizable window. Every other window border or corner is locked into position.
  • Window Maximize – I never really use this feature in Windows, but when you need to “zoom” an app in OS X, it doesn’t always go full screen. TextEdit will do it, but Safari will not – why? Again, there seems to be no consistency in window control behavior. Be prepared.
  • Object Icon Titles – With Leopard’s Grid Spacing option set at a tighter level, icon titles can often be truncated to the point of illegibility. You have no true overflow formatting options available to you – truncating the middle of a title vs. truncating the end of it is not your decision to make. The most usable desktop object layout seems to be at the highest grid spacing level with 32×32 icons and the title flanking.
  • Copy / Move Objects – When you need to move or copy a file / folder from one point on your system to another, if a similar object is already in the destination folder, Vista gives you far more detailed metadata about the pending transfer. OS X’s copy / move dialog is ruthlessly anemic, leaving you to guesswork and a potential “oops.”
  • Title Bars – In Windows, when you double-click a title bar, the window typically maximizes. In OS X, the window minimizes.

The list goes on and on…

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Apple Trusts Users more than Microsoft?

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I bought the Family Pack for Leopard. Apple gives me licensing to install my copy of Leopard on up to five Macs. The thing is… the disc is the exact same as the one for ONE install. Apple TRUSTS me to install this as I say I will. They BELIEVE in me. How many others companies DO that?

You heard me right, folks. Apple trusts us. They believe that I will install my copy on only up to five computers. They believe if you buy a single install disc, you’ll only install it on one computer. There is no “activation”. All you do is install. How many of you have had nightmares with Windows activation in the past? That type of pain and frustration is what happens when a company inherently does not trust its customers.

This is more than just “mac vs pc” guys and gals. This is about core beliefs. It’s about trust. Yes, that word again. Tired of it yet? How can you be? How often is it in this day and age you find someone who just trusts you automatically? Most of the time, individuals and companies alike generally distrust anyone and everyone until proven wrong. It’s nice for once to have the opposite be true.

Apple… kudos to you. I applaud you, and I thank you. I am going to be honest. I purchased the Family pack, and plan to install it on four Macs in my house. I appreciate you giving me the opportunity to tell the truth.

This is the way it should be. Always. Period.

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