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Is Apple's .Mac for OS X Worth it?

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Back in 2002, I felt that a .Mac subscription was just a waste of money. Man oh man, has my mind ever changed. The upgrade to it with Leopard is so amazing, I can’t imagine NOT having it.

As I am making this video, you can see I am now installing Leopard on a second MacBook. I first installed it on the one sponsored by Ligit. Now, we’re putting it on the MacBook Pro sponsored by Blue Sky Factory. Everything has gone so smoothly since my upgrade on the first one, I feel comfortable putting it on the other machines. Two tips I have to speed up the install is to skip the dvd check, and uncheck the box for “install extra fonts”. You don’t need those unless you regularly use other languages than your native one.

Ok, back to the .Mac! There are just so many things you get for the $100.00 per year subscription:

  • Web Gallery Easily share your photos and movies online from iLife08, with just a few clicks.
  • Web Hosting You can now publish a website, create a blog, whatever you want to do with your space!
  • iMap Mail Get an email address if you don’t already have one… or add another to your collection
  • Groups Keep everyone on the same page using this feature.

The best feature as far as I’m concerned is Sync. This is absolutely unparalleled. There is no similar feature in Linux or Windows. Using Sync, you can sync your address book, widgets, bookmarks, calendar, Dock items and more across ALL Macs on your network! .Mac Sync is built right into Mac OS X, so setup is as simple as a few clicks. Just open .Mac Sync preferences, choose what you want to sync, and click Sync Now. You can have .Mac sync changes automatically, or sync manually whenever you like.

Is there any question that a .Mac subscription is worth what you’re paying for?

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How to Say "OS X"

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How do you pronounce “OS X”? Are you absolutely sure you’re saying it correctly? My friend Daniel made an excellent blog post putting this to rest once and for all.

There seems to be some confusion, with most people either saying “Oh Es Ex” or “Oh Es Ten“. OS X comes with a built-in program called say which literally “says” anything you tell it to. Simply open a terminal window and type in say “X”. The computer will respond X (as in “ex”). Now, type in say “OS X”, and it responds OS TEN.

There you have it… straight from the manufacturer themselves.

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Windows XP SP3 vs Windows Vista SP1

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fishfishstinks wrote in to ask me with the release of XP SP3… will Microsoft soon stop supporting and updating XP altogether?

The answer is… yes. Eventually, it will happen, as it does with all old operating systems. When will that happen? I have no idea. I am fairly sure that this will be the last actual Service Pack for Windows XP. But, they’ll still issue critical updates and things of that nature. The next Microsoft Operating System is due somewhere in 2009. Will we see it then? Eh… I’m not sure we’ll get it quite that soon.

Apple doesn’t issue service packs for their operating system. Rather, they issue point updates. Their new version of OS X is due out shortly… Leopard.

Ubuntu just released GutsyGibbon, which is Ubuntu version 7.10.

What operating system are you using? Do you plan to switch in the near future? Do you think each of these companies handle their updates and new versions well, or is there a better way they could do things?

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Mac OS X Security Software


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http://live.pirillo.com/ – Think you are 100% safe from security vulnerabilities because you’re a Mac user?

Take a time out, and think again. No operating system is 100% safe. Chances of being infected on a Mac are much less than with Window because the exploits are different. Macs enjoy security by obscurity. If you are an advanced user who is careful with your surfing and downloading habits, you will be safe using a Mac. Knowledge is key, and this situation is no different. You should educate yourself about computer security, no matter what type of system you are using.

**Turn on the firewall that comes built into the Mac. This will keep you from being exploited.

**Consider using an Anti-Virus program designed for Macs. While there are currently no known viruses for the Mac O/S, it is certainly possible that someone…somewhere…will try and create one. Is this a must have? No – but it won’t hurt, either.

Compute smart. Compute safe. Think before you click.

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