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Sunday, August 29, 2010
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I have always had a very Microsoft Windows centric environment in my house with all of the machines in the house joined to an Active Directory domain to provide management capabilities such as centralized login, software deployment, re-direction of My Documents folders to my NAS, and more.

Up until a couple of years ago, I even used to run a mail server at home.  Overkill, I know, but this was not a case of "need" as much as "just because I could" and since I don't do this professionally any more, a way to keep up with what is going on (and as strange as it may sound, I found it relaxing). But that stopped being fun when I simply could not keep up with the deluge of spam. That resulted in me outsourcing my email infrastructure to the Cloud via Google Apps for Domains.

Recently, I made a switch to using a Mac as my primary desktop as well as my travel laptop. The switch was driven by my kids getting getting new Macbook Pro laptops as replacements for their previous hand me down PC laptops. My wife has always had a Mac laptop from work but that had never impacted our home network except for her having the ability to use the home printer.

This, of course, has resulted in me running as fast as possible to catch up with them as they explore the capabilities of their laptops. The great thing for me has been the forced reunion with my Unix roots.  I used to run FreeBSD servers back in the day before I switched over to Linux (because it had more apps) to finally arrive in the Windows world.

For folks who are going thru this I would highly recommend the O'Reilly Mac OS X Snow Leopard: The Missing Manual and Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual, Snow Leopard Edition, both by David Pogue.

What I have liked to date:

  • Hardware fit, finish and usability touches
  • Software installation and un-installation
  • Keyboard short-cuts
  • Trackpad gesture support
  • Spotlight (Desktop Search)
  • Multi-monitor support
  • Power management
  • Parental Controls
  • Scripting for automation support
  • Integration with my Netgear ReadyNAS
  • Integration with Google Apps for Domains

What I would change:

  • The seemingly blind, but ultimately misguided, belief in the security of the OS as demonstrated by the firewall being turned off by default even on the laptops

On the whole, the transition has been pretty smooth as I have found the same programs or close analogs on the Mac side that I have traditionally used on the Windows side.  In other places, I am using the Remote Desktop Client for the Mac, from Microsoft, to connect to my existing Windows Machines when I need them.

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