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How to Switch from Windows to Mac

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Long-time community member and contributor Lamarr has long been a die-hard Windows fan. However, as evidenced in this video, he is beginning a switch over to the other side. Whether Apple is the Dark Side or not remains to be seen. This is something Lamarr has researched and thought about for months. He is convinced that he is making the best decision for himself and his business.

That’s what it boils down to, folks – a personal decision. I cannot tell you what to buy, nor can I condemn you for your choices. Until I am paying for your devices, I’m pretty sure I have no say at all. It’s my job as a tech reviewer to give you honest feedback about the various devices and gadgets that I have bought or which have been sent to me to review. Those videos and blog posts are simply additions to the ways in which you can learn about each product for yourself. They’re not there as a means of my telling you what is the right thing for you to buy.

What’s right for me may well not be right for you. What’s right for Lamarr may not be what’s right for you. What’s right for you… well, you get the picture. This is the beautiful thing about the tech industry: we each have our own sets of desires and needs. There are millions of product out there aimed at fulfilling whatever hole it is you have in your life or business. Yes, it can be difficult at times to narrow down the choices. In the end, though, it’s your choice to make. Bashing someone for what they CHOOSE is pretty dang stupid if you ask me.

It’s a HUGE deal to have Lamarr switching over to Mac. For fifteen years, he’s built computers for himself and others – based around Windows. He didn’t hate Macs, but he admits he used to wish that they had never been created. The closed atmosphere bothered him greatly… and there were limited software choices years ago.

Lamarr’s vision of what “closed” means has drastically changed in recent years. Back in the day, it meant simply that you were limited by choices on software and portability. Today, closed (in relation to Apple) means simply that Apple controls their hardware and other features as closely as possible. Lamarr has begun to see the light – by having this control, Apple is able to deliver solid performance every single time. This also marshals protection for the users.

I commend Lamarr for making a change that he felt was necessary to move him forward. It doesn’t matter to me that he went from Windows to OS X. What matters is that he did his homework, weighed his options and decided what the best choice was for him. Hate on him all you want, Windows fanboys – but he had the guts to try something new and realize that it fit his needs better than what he had in the past.

Good on you, Lamarr!

Community Contest: Make Me a Sammich Edition

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It’s community contest time!

Last week, my assistant Kat had to be in Chicago while her Dad was in the hospital for some surgery. While she was there, our good friend Lamarr took Kat out for a fantastic lunch (or so I’m told – I wasn’t invited!). After lunch was finished, Lamarr dragged Kat out to visit Fry’s Electronics since she had (GASP!) never been to one before.

Apparently, the two friends have a long-standing tradition in which they each periodically demand the other make them a sammich. Lamarr recorded this short clip at Fry’s, and now we’re putting the question out to all of you:

Who should be making the sammich for whom?

How Does Google Affect Your Brain?

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TechCrunch had a great title for a recent article: “Just Because Google Exists Doesn’t Mean You Should Stop Asking People Things.” We get annoyed when co-workers or bosses ask us silly questions that they themselves could have Googled. However, the bigger issue is whether or not we are so reliant on Google that we are dumbing ourselves down? The Pope thinks that the Internet is increasing the risk of a “sense of solitude and disorientation” and basically numbing us, calling it an “educational emergency.”

Lamarr has to agree with TechCrunch AND the Pope. Google has become a verb, and it’s making us all a little “dumber.” We are supposed to actually learn things. Instead, we are relying on Google to tell us the answer without ever knowing how to arrive at that answer ourselves. How is this expanding our minds?

What are your thoughts?

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Where Do You Draw the Line?

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In August, the Consumerist wrote an article that asked “Which Illegal Activities Get a Pass From You?” Whether it’s torrenting media, going over the speed limit, underage drinking, or taking office supplies home, many have different definitions of what they consider to be “stealing” and “illegal.” This video raises a question about how your moral compass guides you when it comes to these life choices.

Lamarr knows that people think they “beat the system” by using torrents to obtain music, movies and software that they cannot afford. They feel that since they cannot afford it, it’s perfectly okay to steal it. It all depends on your moral upbringing.

Torrenting definitely is stealing, folks. It’s taking something that doesn’t belong to you. Taking things from the office or school that you want to use at home is stealing. Speeding is illegal. In the long run, it’s hurting someone when you do these things wrong.

Lamarr chooses not to break the law. However, he points out that he doesn’t judge anyone who does. It’s not his place to do, nor is it mine.

Where do you draw the line? Where does your moral compass stand?

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Don't Unfriend Me, Bro

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Last week CNN Tech wrote an article about how to deal with a friend “unfriending” you on a social network, such as Facebook or Twitter. Do you confront them, or just deal with it and move on with your life? Lamarr decided to discuss his own take on this article for this week’s video with us.

The article deals with a person writing in and asking how to handle an uncomfortable “real-life” situation. The person had a casual friend who suddenly removed them on Facebook. The writer was seemingly confused at the removal, and wondering how to handle future social situations when the two met. Brenna and Andrea were quick to point out that the original poster wasn’t all that innocent: people don’t remove others without a reason. This is why so many people grit their teeth and bear their worst enemies online. We simply don’t like the fallout that comes with removing someone from our social circle.

Lamarr has a bit of a different take on things. He is quite tired of people having someone throw a fit, cry or be heartbroken when someone unfollows them. He also feels it’s extremely rude to then confront the person about it. People get tired of reading certain status updates after a while. You may be a great person in real life. That doesn’t necessarily mean you post updates which are interesting to every single person in your social circle.

We only have so much time in each day. If you’re posting hundreds of inane “updates” per day, who the heck is going to have time to read them all? Do YOU want your Twitter feed or Facebook wall taken over by one person? Of course you don’t. You want to see what everyone is up to.

Are you someone who comes unglued if a person dares to unfollow you? Would you confront them about it – or just let it go?

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