The ol’ switcheroo (part I)

I’ve always hated Windows. I tried Linux, and while I liked it, I didn’t like the whole feel of do-it-yourself that pervades the community. I work with PCs all day, so the last thing I wanted to do when I got home was have to work with them again just to figure out if I still had money in the bank. (Tinkering because I wanted to, well… that’s different) So, once Apple began rolling with Intel, I decided to make the switch. I bought a MacBook in early November and 2 months later, there’s very little I do on the PC at home. Work, is another issue – I can’t very well ask my employer to buy me Mac software because I’m on a crusade. There’s been a few software titles that have just made the transition so much easier for me.

Parallels is probably the biggest one – it allows me to run Windows programs on the Mac. Sure ,you could do it with Apple’s BootCamp but who wants to reboot each time? And the beta version I’m running allows Coherence Mode, which hides the Windows desktop so the Windows programs appear to be running in OS X.

Qucksilver started with me looking for a way to emulate the ability to use Windows Key + R to open the Run dialog – I got good at using that to open Excel, Word and Notepad rather than hunting through the menus. OS X appears not to have that functionality built in, but Quicksilver fixed that – and gave me a whole lot more. I’m just getting started with it but it appears to be one of those “how did I live without this before?” type of programs.

Geektool is interesting because it allows an updated textfile to be displayed as part of the desktop. I use it to keep track of my todo.txt file.

Finally, something to help with my inability to keep track of what I already have – Delicious Library. It’s a media (DVD, CD, VHS, book & video game) library system. This would be incredibly tedious to catalog if it weren’t for one thing which appeals to the geek in me – I can use the camera built into the MacBook to scan the barcode, then Delicious Library goes out and find out what the barcode is for. This is an entirely unexpected way to use the camera and I think it’s a pretty neat idea.

I’m sure there’s more, but I can’t remember them right now.

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