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Harry McCracken of PCWorld offers the following Eight Reasons Your Next Computer Should Be A Mac:
While I must admit that I do use a MacBook Pro I also have to acknowledge that the primary reason I do use a Mac is because it is the one platform that allows me to run Mac OS, XP, Vista and Ubuntu all on one system. McCracken refers to this in point eight of his article. His first point “Macs are consistently consistent” is really an explanation of Mac being very reliable and extremely easy to use–my second reason for using a Mac.
Unfortunately, the folks at Apple believe that their uniqueness, ease of use and sexy design justify pricing the Mac at levels that are unrealistic. A base aluminum MacBook that has a Intel Core 2 Duo, 2 GB of RAM and an onboard video card starts at $1350 which is about $500-600 more than a similarly equiped HP, Toshiba or Sony. The 15″ MacBook Pro starts at $2500 and a fully decked out 17″ is well over $3400, so only diehard users or those who have the need and budget can afford these highend systems. The ardent Mac fans will quickly point out that you get so much more with a basic Mac (iLife suite) and other built in software that the addition cost is warranted.
Regardless of the excessive cost, the Mac is one of the easiest systems to use and for those who are looking for an easier way the Mac does deliver.
When most people think of using a Mac they think of ease of use and a strong reliance on the mouse. Ironically or paradoxically , the Mac’s, or more specifically OSX strength is the keyboard control which is found in the tool system search tool called Spotlight which is essentially a search engine for your entire system. With the click of a button you can search through all of the images, contacts, emails, files, calendars, and applications on your Mac all at once. Spotlight has enormous power and it can even be used for calculations.
Unfortunately there is no native search tool within XP or Vista that performs as well as Spotlight and after using OSX as my primary OS for the last 18 months the hardest adjustment I have to make when I go back to XP or Vista is lack of this tool. Fortunately, there is an open source equivalent to Spotlight called Launchy that has almost the same power and functionality.
Launchy is a free windows utility designed to help you forget about your start menu, your desktop icons, and your file manager. Launchy indexes and launches your applications, documents, project files, folders, and bookmarks with just a few keystrokes and is one of the first tools I know install on XP or Vista. Like all the tools that we highlight on the easeirway.ca blog.
Launchy is very easy to download, install and configure. It can be configured to open with any assortment of keystrokes and once it is open you just start typing the name of what you would like to access and Launchy brings up programs, files and even bookmarked websites that match the name. You open the item simply hitting the enter key. It is just that easy.