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Mac OS X vs Windows 7

Late last year I bought a Mac Mini to check out what all the fuzz was all about. After a month, I upgraded to a 27″ iMac because the Mac Mini was painfully slow. With a 5400 rpm disk and 2GB RAM you can’t do much more than surfing in my opinion.

Anyhow, I bought an iMac with a bit better specs:

  • 2.93GHz Quad Core Intel Core i7
  • 16GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM
  • 256GB SSD + 1TB SATA disks
  • ATI Radeon HD 5750 1GB GDDR5-RAM
  • 2560 x 1440 screen resolution

I also bought a cheap 27″ Benq screen so I have more space to play around with.

My main focus on this computer was to get really familiar with Garageband, one of the applications delivered with every Mac. First impression was just “WHOW!”. It still is. Apple has done a really good job at creating an application for hobby musicians. I can easily record one or multiple tracks from my keyboard, guitars or microphones. It even helps me get my track’s beat synchronized with something called groove matching. Check out the little intro video if you’re a hobby musician. I bet you’ll be impressed!

iLife (the package which is delivered with every Mac) also contains iPhoto and iMovie. I haven’t really tried iMovie, but iPhoto is simple and fun.

So, what does a Windows-guy have to say about the operating system, Mac OS X? Short answer is I don’t like it. I’m used to Windows 7, and to be honest, I can’t see why people think Mac OS X is more userfriendly. Sure, the control panel is much more tidy, you don’t have to think about “C:, D:” etc, but that’s about it in my opinion. I use the keyboard for more or less everything in Windows. Switching apps, minimizing, maximizing, docking windows to the left or right. There are probably the same amount of keyboard shortcuts in Mac OS X, but some things are just plain stupid. For instance, if you get a message box with a Yes/No, the focus is not in message box. You have to use your mouse, because No is _ALWAYS_ the default, and in 99.99% of the cases, I’m clicking yes with my mouse. Also, resizing windows is a big pain. For some reason, I always place windows in the bottom right corner. What if you want to resize that window? Well, you’ll have to drag it to the middle of the screen, and then resize it in the bottom right corner, because in OS X you can’t resize from any angle. I hear this is “fixed” in Lion, the next version, though. Everything else is more or less the same as in Windows. You’ve got something similar to a start menu, a taskbar (dock) and a file menu. The fact that Chrome, VLC and other often used applications are the same on Mac, you can’t really tell the big difference. Especially if you install Parallels. If you’re familiar with XP-mode in Windows 7, you’ve already seen this. Parallels makes it seamless to run Windows applications on your Mac, and with Coherence mode they work just like Mac apps. They even mimic the keyboard-shortcuts. So, the applications that aren’t supported on OS X, I simply just run in the Windows 7 instance. That’s a big plus since the only word I can use about Outlook for Mac is; USELESS!

My conclusion is; As an operating system, Windows kicks OS X’s ass! But, the application package you get with Mac (iLife) is just awesome for “creative people” that like to play music, take pictures or make movies.

Buying my first Mac

Yes. I have sold my soul to the devil; Apple. After using Linux for several years, I got “forced” over to the Microsoft world after starting at Omega. I realized that Linux really wasn’t that great, so I stopped using it as my desktop. I still use it for servers sometimes, but I tend to prefer the Microsoft platform on servers too.

Last year I traded my HTC HD2 with an iPhone, and a couple of weeks ago I bought an iPad. These are the best products I’ve used in these categories (phone and tablet), so I figured I’d try out the Mac.

I think I’ll like it for some things, but I don’t think I’ll exchange my main desktop with a Mac. Even if I wanted to, I’m too dependent on Microsoft products like Management Studio and Visual Studio. I know you can run a virtual machine inside OS X, but what’s the point if you spend most of your day in that virtual machine anyways?

I’ve been trying to find a place where I “need” the Mac, because people kept telling me that spending 10.000 NOK just to test it out is stupid. Last week I found a use-case! I’ll use it to record music with my band, and as a TV-PC. So I went to Apple.com and ordered a Mac Mini, a wireless keyboard, the Magic Mouse, a Trackpad and a 1TB Time Capsule. I’m really looking forward to testing it out so be sure to check back in a couple of weeks for the second part.

Apple iPad

Tuesday this week (Nov. 30th), Apple released iPad to Norway. I once again had to discuss with myself whether or not to buy one for myself. My arguments were:

 

Pros

  • It’s a ”little laptop”, meaning that I can bring it where-ever I go and still have most of my things with me.
  • Angry Birds – yes, I’m addicted!
  • It has the best twitter client there is; TwitBird Pro, with support for Read it Later.
  • It’s got apps for more or less everything; spreadsheets, presentations, games and even RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol)!

Cons

  • Apple. I love their products, but hate their attitude and their fan-boys which take all criticism to Apple (or their products) personally.
  • I don’t really need it.
  • It’s not a full-worthy computer, so I can’t replace any of my computers with it.

 

As you probably figured out by now, I’m a gadget geek, so I went out and bought one on Wednesday. The one I went for were 16GB, with 3G. The reason for this is that I will probably not use it for media-stuff (music, video etc.), and the reason that I choose 3G were that I actually might use this when I’m at a customer. My handwriting is so horrible that I sometimes don’t understand my own writing. Now I can bring my iPad instead, and take notes on that, and even if I don’t get access to the customer’s Wi-Fi, I still got internet access via 3G.

Now, I’ve used it very heavily every day, playing games, watching videos (I love TED), taking notes in meetings, tweeting and lots more, and I love it. I really love it!

I think this is an awesome device, and I am going to recommend it to all of my family members. If you’re in the market for a new laptop, and you’re using it for Facebook, Internet bank, MSN and surfing, this is without a doubt a perfect device in my eyes. Note that Java, and flash, doesn’t run on it, so to do Internet banking, you need an app from your bank. Most of the popular banks in Norway already got apps, either for the iPhone (which runs on the iPad) or specially designed for the iPad (often called “HD version”).

Oh, and just to be clear. This isn’t a device created for developers. It’s created for the end user, like my mom. You can’t run Visual Studio on it. You can RDP to a server, but coding on a touch-screen? I wouldn’t do that at least.

 

At last I’ve got a list of apps you might want to check out:

  • Dropbox – Enables you to sync files between all your devices, including Windows, Mac, Linux, iPad, iPhone and Android.
  • TVGuiden – Norwegian TV Guide.
  • TwitBird Pro – The. Best. Twitter. Client. Ever!
  • Read it Later – Great “extension” to TwitBird, which enables you to read websites after tweeting.
  • Evernote – Sync your notes between all your devices.
  • TED – Ideas worth spreading. 3-20 minutes videos about new technology, thinking and more.
  • Spotify – Music streaming.
  • Kindle – Read your e-books on your iPad. Read my review on the Kindle here.
  • Air Video – Enables you to stream video from your home server.
  • Angry Birds – Addictive game.
  • Air Hockey – Fun two-player game.
  • Civilization Revolution – If you like the Civilization game series, you’ll love this!

Apple iPhone 3GS vs HTC Touch HD2 Leo

I’ve been using HD2 for about two months, and to be honest it’s the best phone I’ve ever had! It’s quick, really good resolution good touch etc but my heart couldn’t take it anymore. Why? I’m subscribing to 20 different podcasts. Most of them are updated weekly, but some are updated daily. Copying files manually was a too big pain in the ass for me, so I sold my soul to the devil and trade it for an iPhone. So, which is better?

iPhone pros (and HD2 cons):
iPod (which means podcasts actually works the way it should!)
AppStore – This is an awesome feature!
Relatively large internal storage (32GB)
Smaller – doesn’t really mean much to me since it’s either in my pocket or on the table

iPhone cons (and HD2 pros):
The screen – I’m not a hardware expert, but the screen sucks compared to HD2
Touch – Might be that I’m not used to this one, but it’s a pain every time I’m texting.
iTunes – You need to have iTunes to active your phone, and sync it.

So to sum it up. If I didn’t subscribe to 20 podcasts I would, without a doubt, still use HD2. It’s as I said the best phone I’ve ever used. The AppStore is a ingenious invention, but after using a couple of hours you’re tired of it. I’m using my phone for mainly three things: Calling, podcasts and texting. Till Windows Mobile (or from what I’ve heard, they’ll call it Windows Phone from version 7) have a proper way of syncing podcasts I’m sticking to iPhone. If you’re not subscribing to podcasts GO FOR THE HD2!

Oh, and btw. Thanks for all the comments last time. I’ve tried all the applications and none of them does the job. Either you have to use iTunes and the other application, or there’s no way of tracking your played items on both ends (computer and phone).