An Apple a Day

© Copyright Hugh Chevallier and licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence

I was sad to hear yesterday about the passing of Steve Jobs. He was a man with a vision and a dream and he certainly changed the way regular people interact with their computers. I’m sure Apple (AAPL) will survive, but he will be missed.

Thinking back about my own experience with Apple, I recall the initially painful move from the Microsoft (MSFT) Windows world. It can be a bit shocking at first if you;’re not prepared.

As people start to buy iPhones and iPads there is a migration occurring, not just in phones but it leads to buying a Mac for your next computer. A diaspora if you will from the Microsoft hegemony. Since I’ve been using Macs for about 10 years, people frequently ask me about making the move. I thought it might be helpful to encapsulate some of the questions and answers here.

Already on your machine (see list of all osx apps and utils)
iChattext/video chatbuilt-in
grabscreen capturebuilt-in
DVDPlayerdvd playerbuilt-in
DiskUtilitydisk format/partition/repair, make ISO imagesbuilt-in
Automatorscripting and automation, including GUI elementsbuilt-in
X11running X11 apps local and remotebuilt-in
FacetimeVideo chatbuilt-in
General Purpose Software
VMware Fusionvirtual machines $80
Yahoo messengerchat free
adiumMulti-chat (yahoo, msn, aol, irc, ...)free
FirefoxWeb browserfree
ToastBurning disks$99
ishowufor recording demo videos$20 ($30 HD)
Remote Desktopwindows terminal clientfree
SilverlightMicrosoft web graphics (like flash)free
Adobe Flashweb graphicsfree
desktop curtainfor blanking your desktop for streamingfree
iStumblerinformation on local wireless networks free
Flip4Macwmv support esp. Quicktime player is freeハ
System Administration
DiskWarriorhard drive repair $99
MacFuseextended filesystem support (ntfs, etc)free
NTFS-3GNTFS write support (on top of mac fuse)free/paid
NameManglerbulk file renamingtrial/$10
OmniDiskSweeperGraphical filesystem viewer - see where your disk is fulltrial
fuguSFTP GUI free
appcleanersoftware uninstall free
appzappersoftware uninstall free/$13
carboncopyclonerfor duping disks, etc. make emergency backup diskfree
growlsystem notification free
quicksilverapplication starterfree
betterzipFile compression free limited or $20
ez7z7z File compressionfree
letter openeropen winmail.dat files trial - $30
TimeTrackerTime Machine session backup informationfreeハ
VisualRouteLiteNetworkハspeed and quality informationfree for non-business use
Business Connections
shimoVPN client (Cisco + others) 1.x or 2.x (free vs E-15)
MissingSyncBlackberry, Android, and other phone syncca $40
OpenOfficeOffice Suite (word, excel, ...)free
Microsoft OfficeOffice Suite (word, excel, ...)$149
iWorkOffice Suite (word, excel, ...)$79
Developer Software
EclipseDevelopment environmentfree
MyEclipseDev Env (fancy eclipse with db, ui dev, web, etc) $30-$160
vimgraphical vim - vi editorfree
XMindMind mapping, flowcharting, org charts, proj mgmtfree
PlexHome theaterfree
HandBrakeVideo transcoderfree
vlcPlays every video formatfree
Graphics / Photos
gimpimage editing (requires X11)free
Music / Audio
Doug's AppleScripts for iTunesiTunes enhancementsfree
AudacityMusic / audio editorfree

Hopefully the list will help you out. If you have other things you think should be there let me know. In the near future I’ll be covering apps for iPad/iPhone.

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