Wanted a cheap Mac. The Mac Mini is stupidly over priced.
Anywhere I go I bring a bluetooth mouse, which works incedibly good, and I leave an Apple bluetooth wireless keyboard at my PC station at home. Therefore some of the limitations, I'm not really experiencing.
I use Warcraft
on it - only for basic chatting, setting up and rearranging raids, but it can be used for basic farming/grinding/questing too.
I'm doing our guild web page on it with iWeb
, and it looks lovely so far, far better than the CMS-based nonsense we currently have.
Via Wifi I'm finally sorting properly 16GB of photos stored on my PC HD, using iPhoto
. No decent PC package that I could find which works as nicely.
I'm currently being frustrated by iMovie
though, with the Mac's poor support for Fraps codecs, so using Youtube instead, and integrating those into my web page.
I have a MobileMe
account with my iPhone, and I'm stunned at how well and how easily MobileMe integrates with various programs on the Mac. I've left the Bloatware Outlook behind on the PC, Apple Mail/Calendar/Contacts
does all I need. Firefox
is fantastic on it. I use the Foxmarks (now xMarks) addon on this and my PC Firefox, to share passwords and bookmarks flawlessly. iTunes
is getting a workout - there's not yet room for all my music, but my iphone podcasts are synced to the mac, while music and all else is synced to the PC. That works well. Means I can sort my podcasts in peace in bed. EDIT: Just loaded iTunes on both machines. it loaded on the Mini9 in a few seconds, I think single digit seconds, and loaded in about 2 minutes on my quad core 7200rpm PC with plenty of space on the HD. Jeez!
used to me my main video player, but it's relegated to the bin of un-use now. ScummVM
lets me play Monkey Island and Indianan Jones and the Fate of Atlantis. Tweetdeck
is a lovely Twitter app, but I'm considering Tweetie
for Mac, which is already on the iPhone, and is fantastic. MAME OS X
let's me play Black Tiger. I'm a happy camper, but I suspect I'll be happier when I get a Logitech USB gamepad, which will work with it. XCode
is helping me learn programming. Ain't programmed for years, and back them it was Clipper and FoxPro. Ventrilo
let's me communicate with 35 other warcraft freaks at the same time on our personal guild ventrilo server. Works bette rthan on my PC, which introduces an unacceptable delay with some people. Appcleaner
let's me remove apps cleanly. Disk Inventory X
shows me where my big files are stored. Handy for seeing where installation programs have left huge files strewn. Logmein
let's me remotely access other PC's and Mac's, without faffin around too much. I've used it to troubleshoot my friends Mini9 space issues. ScaleResolution
let's me fit more on screen when I'm using iWeb and others.
Now.... my favourite package.
I use Plex
for all my video needs, online and wirelessly from my PC. Words cannot describe how impossibly cool, slick and capable this package is. Think Front Row on speed. It even grabs all the meta info about my various TV programmes from a web page - I just name the files sensibly, it grabs EVERYTHING I need and presents them beautifully.