My MacBook Pro Experience - Day 4

My MacBook Pro Experience - Day 4

Summary: Today is a day of choices ... what applications do I need to install on my Mac?

TOPICS: Hardware

Choices, choices, choices ...

When I'm setting up a Windows machine for myself I know what I want on it ad what I don't.  With the MacBook Pro I'm having to figure out what I need to install.  For example, do I need Firefox and/or Opera installed or is Safari good enough?  Should I install Parallels or BootCamp?  What blogging tool should I install?  I'm thinking about ecto but I'm not sure ... 

I'm also discovering other oddities of the Mac (or at least the MacBook Pro) world -for example, there's no button to eject the disc out of the CD/DVD drive on the drive.  It's on the keyboard.  I'll tell you, that had me stumped for a few minutes.

I've downloaded Parallels and BootCamp - I plan on giving both a spin later.

Previous installments:

Topic: Hardware

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  • Is this the Mac's best feature?

    That it can now run Windows programs through Bootcamp and/or Parallels? If so... why not just buy a PC at half the price? Whatever one might think of how difficult it is to administer Windows, it can't possibly be easier to administer Windows [b]plus[/b] OSX. You now need to be worried about Patch Tuesdays [b]plus[/b] every day in January (MOAB). Sounds like a lot of effort just so you can tell your friends that you paid twice as much as they did for the same hardware.
    • Allow This to Happen

      Let this experiment happen and please live with the result, as the rest of us will. How
      a long-time Windows user chooses to adapt to either switching, cross platform
      usage, or not switching, is up to him. One man's OS is another man's transition tool.
      All the arguments you've made on these forums lead to this point. Allowing informed
      choice to go ahead is what Non Zealots do.
      Harry Bardal
    • I see you've been released

      (or did you escape, much like Windows ME and Vista?) but apparently the treatment didn't take :-)

      With you being gone those many days, it was a toss up as to whether you had finally been institutionalized or were incommunicado down at MacWorld, drooling over the iPhone and other fine Apple wares.

      Well, either way, you need to get that uncontrollable drooling fixed...

    • Dual OS's

      Usually, one adds Weirdows to a Mac (or a Linux machine) only because, as in this
      case, there is no Mac version, or equivalent software, available. The Mac is the
      primary computer, and Weirdows is tolerated out of necessity.

      For about three years after buying my first Mac, I ran Weirdows XP under Virtual
      PC on my Macs, only because I used two programs which are not available in Mac
      versions, and two programs that run on DOS. Over time, I found good Mac
      substitutes for the Weirdows and DOS programs, so Weirdows and Virtual PC are
      now gone.

      Because I never went on-line using Weirdows, I never concerned myself about up-
      grades. It did what little I needed, so I left it alone. All the Internet security tools
      in my Mac are under OS X.

      The argument that Macs cost twice as much as, or more than, Weirdows-based
      machines is no longer true, unless one compares any Mac against a really cheap
      PC. Mac lap-top computers are now available for less than $1,000, and the desk-
      top machines are under $1,100. Yes, it's more than the cheap "stripped" PC's, but
      both the software and the hardware reliability on the Mac are superior, and Macs
      come equipped with an incredible array of software that would raise the cost of
      any PC well above the Mac's.

      For run-of-the-mill users, Macs are ready to use "out of the box." Furthermore,
      there is usually no fiddling with drivers and endless adjustments to get
      peripherals to work, although there are occasionally issues to be resolved. My two
      printers were so new they came with drivers, and have run superbly since they
      were installed. Both of my digital cameras, and all the external hard drives or
      flash drives I have connected, were immediately detected and availalbe.

      With a Mac, as with Weirdows, there can be problems with buggy third-party
      software, but beyond that issue, Macs "just work." They are very seamless and
      user friendly. Microsquash still does not get it.
  • Let me clear up your confusion

    Based on my brother's feedback:
    Use safari,
    Use the new VMware Fusion
    Parallels is 'buggy' and Bootcamp, well you have only the ability to 'dual boot' with it, whereas with Parallels or [url=]VMware Fusion[/url] you can run a vm right from your desktop.

    VMware Server (free) is what I use in Linux to boot into WinXP Pro.

    It has been very reliable and bug-free so I wager Fusion will be a better choice than Parallels in the long run.

    Ok then!
    D T Schmitz
    • VMWare Fusion is better.

      I switched from Windows to OSX about 3 months ago. Thinking that I'd absolutely
      need something from my Windows system, I installed Parallels. Parallels works, but I
      have problems accessing USB devices. Generally, I my opinion, Parallels feels like Beta
      or first generation software. Recently I heard about VMWare Fusion and decided to
      give it a go. It operates well, I have no problems accessing any of my USB devices, I
      can drag and drop back and forth between OSes. I recommend anyone needing to
      operate Windows virtually on a mac, give it a try. By the way, while I love the way
      Fusion works, I hardly ever run anything on Windows anymore. I have found the
      everything that I need runs on OSX. I am a believer.
    • buggy?

      I have not found parallels buggy--it seems to work great for me.

      also, I use firefox mostly as opposed to safari. I like safari, but it seems to leak memory or something. After having it on for a while it sometimes crashes, and I don't' have that issue with firefox.
      • Don't shoot the messenger

        Remember, it's was my 'brother' not me who gave the feedback--but that was a few months ago--things may have improved where Parallels is concerned.

        Interestingly, Safari shares the KDE Konqueror's KHTML in the 'forked' 'WebCore' engine.

        The [url=]Acid2[/url] CSS2 compatibility testing gave both Konqueror and Safari a 'pass' green status ahead of Mozilla's Firefox, in spite of Firefox's growing popularity.

        So, I will say I favor Firefox over Konqueror mostly for it's great plugin support. There's even a plug-in for [url=]Nagios[/url] which I use to monitor an [url=]EMR[/url] website.

        OK, thanks.
        D T Schmitz
        • KDE4 / Full Mac OSX Support


          For those who care, the next version of KDE (version 4) is slated to have [url=]Full Mac OSX support[/url] thanks to TrollTech, the makers of the Qt compiler which is the basis for [url=]KDE[/url].

          KDE is disputably the best Linux GUI. Combine it with 3D [url=]Xgl[/url] (standard feature in Novell's openSUSE 10.2 and SLED) and Apple's Aqua GUI has nothing over it!

          Apple, watch out! ;)
          D T Schmitz
          • Nice!

            [i]Combine it with 3D Xgl
            Apple, watch out![/i]

            Hehe, I thought the same thing when I saw Xgl in action on my computer. Apple innovative? I think not!
  • Parallels

    I've been using Parallels for about a year now and it's just fine. I've had it crash once or twice and I've run XP, Vista, Ubuntu and SuSE.
  • Firefox

    I use Firefox. Safari is nice, but it's kind of basic. There's also Camino, an OSX tuned variant of Firefox, but FF rules because of its customizability (is that a word?). There are a few touches of the interface I find superior to Safari as well.
    tic swayback
    • That's exactly what I thought

      "Safari is nice, but it's kind of basic."

      Yep, my feeling too.
      Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
  • MacJournal

    MacJournal ( is good journaling/blog sofware. It's no longer free, but it's inexpensive and you can try it for free.
    • Thanks!

      I'll give that a go.
      Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
  • eject disc on mac

    Drag disc from desktop to trash!!!!
    • Yeah ...

      ... but dragging the disc to the trash isn't intuitive ... it's an odd thing to do!
      Adrian Kingsley-Hughes
      • dragging odd?

        I thought the drag and drop ability to eject disks has been around in Windows
        since 98SE.

        Hope someone has shown you the Help menu. It really does have the answers
        most of the time. I have found the word matching support on the Mac to be better
        than any Windows flavor up to XP. Nothing worse than to look for help on
        'importing' and the software writers call it 'merge'. The Knowledge Base on the
        Apple web site is similar to the MS site, find what you need some of the time and
        dig to get close the rest. The discussion boards part of the Apple site are where I
        have found more info on problems that pop up.
    • Eject

      Right or Ctrl click on the mounted disc icon and
      select eject.
  • agree!

    I like Firefox on the Mac - more configurable!!!