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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Switching to Verizon? Here is How to Transfer Your Information

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 05:00 AM

"Switching from an AT&T iPhone to a Verizon iPhone and curious how to transfer all your information, apps, and data over? Luckily Apple makes this process almost painless thanks to iTunes iTunes."

It actually is pretty easy, the key is, before you switch over make sure your iPhone is backed up in iTunes. And then once you get your Verizon iPhone you can restore from that backup. However, this is a nice step-by-step article in case you aren't familiar with the process.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Learn to Switch to Mac Available at Steep Discount

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 10:00 AM

"We've been hearing a lot about how many new Mac users there are. During the January first-quarter financial call, for example, we heard that not only were Mac sales up 23 percent over the same quarter a year earlier, but about half of the Macs sold in Apple Stores during that quarter were to people who had never owned a Mac before."

And what might help all of these switchers is this handy program called "Learn to Switch to Mac" available now [affiliate link] in the Mac App store for $0.99 USD, down from the normally priced $24.95 USD (if you were to purchase it separate from the $99.00 USD Parallels bundle). Basically it teaches you an action that you would do in Windows, how to do the same action in OS X, and then will let you try it, learn by doing if you will. If you have anyone that is switching, this is a heck of a deal for some good basic training on OS X.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Switching from a PC to a Mac?

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple Talk" @ 09:00 PM,281...,2375426,00.asp

"You've decided to "think different" and become a Mac user. Here are the things to consider and steps to take as you make a big change to your computing lifestyle."

What is promoted as being a no-brainer actually does take some doing. Simply moving files is not quite as simple as moving files between Windows systems (Where did Explorer go?); Applications must be re-purchased for OS X, or equivalent apps found (and Windows apps are still generally cheaper); So how do I get all my Windows iTunes media files to the new system? This article provides a lot of tips, but is a tad simplistic when it comes (for example) to uninstalling files on the Mac. It's not always just dragging files from Applications to Trash. Anyway, if you're thinking of switching, give this a read.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

I Know Change is Hard, But This is Ridiculous

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Desktops" @ 11:00 AM

"I practically floated into the Apple store. That's how excited I was to leave Black Friday with a new iMac. The salesman needed merely to gesture to the 21-inch flat screen on display, and I was sold: out the door, box in hand, convinced I had turned a corner in my career."

And so, his experiment with his iMac a failure, the author returned his computer to the Apple store, feeling deflated and beat down, dragging his power chord behind him. What a crock. When I first read this, I thought it had to be a joke. But I think the guy is actually serious, which leads me to agree with one comment that said "he should stick with paper and pencil."

Monday, November 29, 2010

PC to Mac to PC: Lessons Learned

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple Talk" @ 11:00 PM

"I’m running a PC and a Mac side by side as part of a long-term commitment to developing more expertise in Apple’s platform. In this post, I share three of the lessons I’ve learned along the way, including insights about old habits, new hardware, and the joys of cross-platform software and services."

An interesting follow-up to Ed Bott's recent articles detailing his experiments running Windows and Mac OS X side-by-side, and the trials and tribulations of learning a different way of doing things. My interpretation of his three biggest lessons learned: the (new) keyboard is a big pain to learn and use because of the physical differences and the differences in 'the way things work' on the Mac; applications that look and act the same on both platforms are a terrific boon to the 'switcher' and 're-switcher;' and that hardware maintenance and upgrades are not as transparent as one is led to believe. Personally I use both platforms about equally and: don't have the keyboard problems (I've learned to use both without the gnashing of teeth); don't depend on apps that look and feel the same on both platforms (Vive la différence!); and have found sources for upgrades and replacements that are close in cost. Again, use the right tool for the job - if it's hammer, it really doesn't matter if it's a Craftsman or a Stanley.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

A Switcher's Tale: PC to Mac: Back and Forth

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple Talk" @ 01:00 AM

"It's true. I'm switching to a Mac. Of course, I'll be switching back to a PC shortly after, and then switching back to the Mac sometime later, and then back and forth - switching from Mac to PC and vice versa - for the foreseeable future."

Confirmation of the "use the right tool for the job" mantra. A longtime Microsoft blogger is switching to a Mac, but not abandoning Windows. He claims that "... the goal is to be comfortable enough to move between machines and use the best tools on each one with as little friction as possible." Makes sense to me. This article generated lots and lots of comments, predictably flaming the author from both the Microsoft and Apple camps, interspersed with some discussions on running this type of setup using a shared keyboard and mouse (Synergy software on the PC and on the Mac). An interesting read.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Know Anyone New to Mac? Here is a Newsletter for Them

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 08:07 PM

"New to the Mac? Welcome to the Mac world. Things probably look a little strange around here. There's no Start menu down at the bottom of the screen. Menus stay up at the top no matter which application you're using. And those green, yellow, and red buttons in window corners don't do exactly the same things they did on your old PC."

There is a bit of a learning curve when you switch from being a Windows user to a Mac user, especially if you have been using Windows for some time. But I would argue it is a lot easier to do that than to reverse the switch. Regardless, Macworld has started a series for the new Mac user, and you can get on the email list by going here.

Friday, July 23, 2010

What Will Ballmer Think Mary-Jo?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 10:01 AM

"I bought an iPad. Big deal, you say... So did 3.3 million other people so far this year."

As you can see from the image above, Mary-Jo Foley writes for a column called "All About Microsoft" for ZDNet so yea, I think it's a big deal too Mary-Jo! And not only because she is a PC, but also because it is the first Apple product she has ever purchased. I'm a little disappointed in the reception she received from the Apple Store employee though, you would think that once she told them she was a Windows user they would have bent over backwards to help her navigate through what she needed. Even with that, she pressed on and is still enjoying the iPad. She hits the nail on the head when she writes that she is using it as a "consumption" device rather than a "creation" device, because I think that is really what the iPad is about. How about you? If you have an iPad, are you a consumer or a creator?

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Taking The Plunge - Switching To The Apple World

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Apple Talk" @ 05:00 AM

I'm not an impluse buyer very often. In mid-June I walked into a local electronics store and browsed through the laptop section. As I walked by the Apple section I noticed they had a number of the new iPads set out for people to play with. I had, of course, seen many ads and videos about it online, but this was my first hands-on encounter. I walked over and picked one up and was immediately taken by the clarity of the screen. My first thought was "Wow, that is sharp". I turned the iPad over in my hands and looked at it from all sides. Again, "Wow, it was really well made". I turned it face-forward again and then started tapping on the icons. I opened up the calendar application and thought, "Wow, this is really nicely done". I opened the browser and browsed a few sites. Wow, this really works well. Scrolling, gestures, speed. What a neat experience. Read more...

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Hey Switcher, Need Some Help?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 12:00 PM

"You've caught the buzz. You've been watching the weather, seeing how the wind blows. You've moved or you're moving to the Mac, because Windows blows. Where can you get the advice you need to help you with this transition?"

Several good choices, the best one being "Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual" by David Pogue in my opinion, mainly because it has the most up-to-date information and covers pretty much all you need to know when switching. Well, if you are switching to Snow Leopard. If you are switching to an older version of OS X, then try one of the other books listed.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Tired of Quicken? Switch to iBank and get Cash Back!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 12:00 PM

"If there's one software company and product line that can raise the ire of even the most mellow Mac user, it's Intuit and the Quicken line of accounting software."

Quicken for the Mac does annoy me. I keep waiting for the iPhone app to come out and yet there is never any news of its impending release. You would think that a company that has been around doing financial programs for Mac and Windows as long as Quicken has, would have had an iPhone out at least a year ago. I have been hesitant to switch but I may just do that since IGG Software is offering an interesting rebate program aimed at switchers called "Why Wait Another Day?" My bank (along with many others) is listed as being compatible with their download system, and with the iPhone app I can make sure it is always accurate. I'm not saying I am switching for sure, but I'm leaning that way. How about you? What financial software do you use? Is this enough to get you to switch to iBank?

Friday, January 30, 2009

Mac Switcher Bundle Sale Extended

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 12:00 PM

"SmileOnMyMac, Agile Web Solutions, ManyTricks and ScreenCastsOnline have extended their Mac Switcher Bundle offer to March 31st. The Bundle packages three apps aimed at those Switching from Windows to the Mac, along with ten video tutorials for setting up and using your Mac, all for US $49.95."

It looks like a pretty good bundle. I have used 1Password for a long time, and have found it worth every penny of the $39.95 USD that it cost me. I have also heard good things about TextExpander, so if you don't have any of these it might be worth checking out.

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