From Windows XP And Vista to Mac OS X

Mac OS XAfter using Microsoft Windows XP for a long time and trying Windows Vista for a while, I realized it’s time to move on… Move on to Apple Mac OS X. There are couple reasons to get away from Windows:

  • Windows XP was taking way too much time to administer it
  • after a clean install Windows XP was working like a charm for a while, but after installing some applications it was getting slower and slower…
  • Windows Vista was too slow in my old PC, I would have needed some new hardware
  • Visual appearance in Windows Vista is in my opinion terrible, sure there are something glamorus in Aero, but the combination of green and blue everywhere…

So, what were and are overall goals for the switch?

  • To minimize the needed hardware and software to do all the required tasks
  • To minimize needed administration time, both hardware and software
  • To have a visually appealing environment, both hardware and software

I admit I didn’t know that much about Mac OS X, but it was looking promising. It’s based on Unix, it’s visual appearance is clean, administration should be easy… And now after couple of weeks, I must say things are looking good. At the moment I’m exploring ways to migrate from Windows applications Mac applications. I’ll get into details later on…

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Easy Screen Capturing with FastStone Capture

FastStone CaptureFastStone Capture is one of many screen capture programs. It is for Windows and free for home users. It can capture windows, objects, full screen, rectangle regions, freehand-selected regions and scrolling windows/web pages. It has some integrated functions like resizing, cropping, text annotation, printing and more. You can save the captured images in many different image formats. Capture has also a screen magnifier and a screen color capture.

What makes FastStone Capture an excellent program is it’s good features, very clean, minimal and easy interface.

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Web Application as Desktop Application with Bubbles

BubblesUse your web applications, like Gmail and Google Calendar, just like desktop applications.

Bubbles is simply but clever way to use web applications or sites just like desktop applications. You just add your favorite web sites in Bubbles settings and after that you can use them in their own windows and they sit in the system tray. Bubbles has some web applications pre-configured and they have some extra functionality. There are Google Calendar, Gmail, 30 Boxes, Yahoo Mail and Flickr. You can for example upload photos by dragging them into Flickr.

Some applications just work so naturally as desktop applications in Bubbles. My favorites is to use SlimTimer with Bubbles.

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Minimize the Software Installation Burden by Automating

InstallPadAutomate you software installation by making software list and let the InstallPad do the work for you.

InstallPad is an easy and smart program. It is a little like apt for Windows. You just make a list of your favorite programs with InstallPad or straight in xml format and InstallPad will download and install silently the ones you choose. Yoy’ll get time for more important things.

InstallPad can resume cancelled downloads and can try to find the latest version of the programs. It is still in an early stage, but it is very promising and there are coming features.

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Minimal How to Order Windows Taskbar Buttons

Windows Taskbar ButtonKeeping Windows taskbar buttons always in a same order helps to minimize the effort needed to find the right button.

Lifehacker mentioned Windows program Taskbar Shuffle. I Downloaded and installed it and it’s great. It is easy to use and it it feels a natural way to order buttons just by dragging them.

I have been using TaskArrange for ages and it is also working quit well. Nice thing about it is that you can even order the buttons inside groups. You have to open the program in order to arrange buttons so if you place the program shortcut in the Windows quick launch area it is near the taskbar buttons and rather handy to use. On the other hand, there is no need for running background process. Taskbar Shuffle process seems to have about 6 MB memory usage.

I think Taskbar button ordering should be an option in Windows, but these programs fill the gap. Well, nice feature would be an option to save the preferred order. Are there any?

There is also a japanese Taskbar++.

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