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Wednesday, November 7, 2007

I have been bit...by a Mac

Well after a two month hiatus from blogging I would like to get back into the swing of things. Sometimes it is hard to not just sit back and absorb the ideas and ponderings of other bloggers and writers. Certainly over the summer I was much better able to keep up with all my RSS reading, but so far this school year I have been slacking. The new house, a rambunctious son, plus doing all I can to support my wife while she chisels away on her thesis has really kept me away from posting more.

Excuses aside. No room for those!

So as I put in the title, we bought our first Mac 2 weeks ago.

The past few months have been brutal with Vista and the more I read about Macs, and all the cool programs, the more we were influenced to take the plunge.

So here are my top 5 favorite Mac apps so far....

1) Quicksilver- it is a free download but is an essential for me for navigating and finding things quickly with only a few keystrokes.


2) Garageband- it just rocks. I plan on producing some podcasts with my students. Already we made an intro. song for some sort of soon to be planned production.



3) NeoOffice- I do not like the Word program for Mac and I am not willing to spend 150 bucks for it. NeoOffice is basically Open Office for Mac. It works beautifully and does everything I need it to do.



4) iWork 08- Keynote has some spiffy features and is a fresh alternative to the drab features of Power Point. Now I just need to find the time to actually create a useful presentation!



5) Skitch- Thanks to John Pederson for the invite. I use this program every single day, regardless if I am publishing to the web. Very easy, quick, and free!



I am still waiting for my copy of Leopard to arrive and I am unsure if I will go ahead with an install right away. I had heard that some programs were not ready for it yet. I am impressed with what I see though!

Two links that certainly helped me find some tools for the Mac, as well as guidance into what freeware was out there....

http://wesley.jot.com/WikiHome/macapps


and

http://web.mac.com/simon_elliott/simon_elliott%40mac.com/Software.html



Also I am slowly building eledtech.com using iWeb, FTP'ing the site folder with Cyberduck to my own web host. I have a Moodle installed on it but I need the time to play around... I wish the day was 36 hours.

How about a picture from the new place, using Skitch.


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