Help, Guides, and News on making the Switch To Apple Macintosh Computers
August 2006 Archives
Let's face it, Mac users have historically been accustomed to the back burner when it comes to hardware and software. This is especially true for today's current wireless broadband providers such as Verizon Wireless and Sprint in the United States. Yes, the two carriers do offer cards for Mac users but the selection and options are not at par with PC users. This problem was elevated after Apple released the MacBook Pro portable.
An interesting read at MSNBC, the site run by Microsoft and the US based television network NBC. The review by Gary Krakow has nothing but praise for Apple's new Mac Pro desktop computer.
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Jeff Carlson, a writer for The Seattle Times provides a review of Apple's MacBook portable computer. It's a great read, especially for those who are considering the purchase of their first Mac. The following are quotes from the article:
Apple has posted three additional ads that promote the benefits of owning a Mac. These new ads first debuted during the 2006 Emmy Awards on US television network NBC. The ads are based on the following themes:
Apple Computer Inc is recalling 1.1M batteries plus 700K sold outside U.S. due to risk of overheating. Products cover the iBook G4 and PowerBook G4 laptop models sold from October 2003 through August 2006. The battery packs were made by Sony Corp.
Google has released Google Notifier - formerly Gmail Notifier. This new notifier includes alerts for Google Calendar events. Google provides the following catch phrase for the application, "Check your email and events without opening your browser". Google Notifier requires at a minimum, Mac OS X version OS 10.4.
Tweeter Home Entertainment Group has announced an iPod trade-in program at their retail locations. The company will use the NextWorth “iPod Calculator” to offer customers credit towards the purchase of a new iPod or other products at Tweeter stores.
Although still in beta, Apple has released a significant upgrade to its dual-boot solution that allows Intel-based Macs the ability to boot and run the Microsoft Windows operating system. According to Apple's Boot Camp page, version 1.1 beta includes the following features:
Although this site is geared toward helping people make the switch, all Mac users will find this article helpful. After you have identified your user type, you can then take steps towards purchasing your Mac. You must first however decide on the model to buy. The focus of this article is to help you choose your Mac.
A very comprehensive and detailed review for anyone who is considering the purchase of an Apple Mac Pro. Eric Bangeman states the following:
Microsoft's Macintosh Business Unit (MBU) has released an update for Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac that upgrades the software to version 11.2.6. Microsoft states:
A Consumer Reports "State of the net 2006" nationwide survey found that consumers paid as high as $7.8 billion over the past two years to replace or repair their computers that were infected with viruses and spyware. The survey assessed the likelihood and impact of spam, viruses, spyware, and phishing. The data from the survey demonstrates that PC users are suffering massive losses from Internet hazards that can cause havoc, slow down systems, and even make the systems unusable.
Analysts from Bear Stearns, a leading global investment banking, securities trading and brokerage firm, sent a note to its clients following Apple Computer's new product announcements at WWDC 2006. Seeking Alpha lists several key points from the note:
This is an off topic post that is out of the scope of this site but I decided to publish it anyway. As I watched the WWDC 2006 keynote, I couldn't help coming to the conclusion that Steve Jobs might be ill. I didn't think he looked healthy. In fact, he looked somewhat weak. Could the cancer be back? I hope not, please no. Recall that it was almost two years ago that he was diagnosed and treated for a "very rare" type of pancreatic cancer.
At the 2006 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference at San Francisco's Moscone West, Apple Computer's CEO Steve Jobs kicked off the event with his usual keynote. Jobs touched on numerous topics such as tid bits on the conference, Apple Retail Store data, and new Hardware announcements. Most of the attention, however, was on the OS X 10.5 Leopard preview that Apple demonstrated to the public for the first time. Jobs stated that the public release of Leoaprd is targeted for Spring 2007. Developers attednding the conference will be provided with a developer preview copy of Leopard that includes all technologies and features shown during the demo. Of note, there was no "One More Thing" announcement from Jobs.
The site claims to have obtained an unconfirmed copy of the features and screenshots from Mac OS 10.5 Leopard. The claim states that the major updates will include:
Joshua states that he had long been a PC user but purchased a Mac mini after he had a bad experience with a new Windows based system.
Joshua states the following in his article:
Joshua states the following in his article: