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Making the Switch: PC to Mac

November 7, 2007

During the last 6 months, I have been using a Mac G4 in my office at Flower Publishing. At first I was in a bit of a shock. But like any “early adopter”, it came easy. I love using all of the programs, plug-ins, and the usability of the machine itself.

It wasn’t the nifty commercials and it definitely was not the price difference.

After work I would get home and use my Sony Vaio laptop (that I love) and type in the wrong codes for “copy/paste”, forget about the right click function, etc. Basically, I could not use both PC and Mac in one day.

There are many things I find easier to do on Macs. The main thing being multitasking. The dock alone makes it easier for me to know what is going on at all times. It helps me to remember all windows and programs I have going on. I am infamous for starting a project and forgetting I had it open until the moment I shut down.

Secondly, with all the reviews I have been reading about Apple’s new operating system, Leopard, I am eager to try it out. Leopard reviews are flooding in, and they are all positive. Of course I will wait until my birthday to get probably a G5 Powerbook Pro, but it will give me enough time to research as much as possible.

According to this article that I found on the TUAW (The Unofficial Apple Weblog) : PC Mag gives the OS a whopping 4.5 out of 5: “Leopard performs all such tasks even better than previous versions did-and Leopard is the only OS on the planet that works effortlessly and intuitively in today’s world of networked computers and peripherals. Leopard is far from perfect, but it’s better than any alternative, and it’s getting harder and harder to find good reasons to use anything else.”

This is difficult for me because I have been using PC’s since I was 12 years old. I had my very own PC at the age of 14 and have gone through 3 since then. But I think this might be the right direction for me.

I am going to purchase a G5 powerbook because I need to:

  • Organize Clients
  • Organize design ideas
  • Carry around a lighter laptop
  • Increase work flow
  • Work more from home
  • Record music in my studio
  • Sit in Starbucks with my hot new G5 (just kidding)

If anyone is currently using Mac’s Leopard and would like to send me advice. Or if anyone has ever made the big switch from PC to Mac and would like to send more advice.. My Eyes and Ears are Wide open!

There are a ton of switching guides on various blogs like this one on LifeHacker, but more knowledge is greatly appreciated.



What does it feel like to be Mark Zuckerberg?

October 25, 2007

As everyone knows by now, Microsoft paid $240 million for less than 2 percent of the online social networking site.

Of course many were rooting for Google to take a piece of the ever growing Facebook monster. Many people argued that the philosophy of Google & Facebook just meshed well.

For Microsoft obviously this is perfect. Google dominates mostly all of the ad space we are staring at for 10 hours a day. This will allow for Microsoft to take a nice chunk of this market. And with Facebook’s 50 million daily users, it is a wonderful place to sell ad space.

But here is what I am wondering:

What does it feel like to be Mark Zuckerberg?

He is a 23 year old, speckled face, Jewish boy from New York who just happened to create a software that would rate his friends, making him the CEO of Facebook.

But is he lucky? or genius?

The billionaire is seen only in Adidas flip flops … in ever single picture taken of him. Surely he can afford better flip flops.

But really how does it feel knowing that you have created something that has changed the world?


The official news from CNET states, “Facebook has invited some of its closest advertisers to an event on November 6 in New York,” a statement from the company read. “As part of it, Facebook executives will discuss new approaches for advertising online. We are not sharing any further details.”

This refers to Ad:Tech at the NYC Hilton, and guess who just received her press pass?!!