101 Reasons: To Switch to the Mac


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About the Author

Mark McElroy, a writer and former corporate training manager, switched to the Mac in 2005 and never looked back. He is the author of several books (including The Absolute Beginner's Guide to Tarot and I Ching for Beginners) and creator of the Bright Idea Deck, a powerful brainstorming tool disguised as a pack of colorful cards. Visit him on the Web at www.madebymark.com.



 

    Introduction

    Section 1.  It Just Works

    Section 2.  Ooohs and Aaahs

    Section 3.  Macs Are Better for Beginners

    Section 4.  Easy Setup

    Section 5.  Faster Boots

    Section 6.  Ready and Waiting

    Section 7.  Greater Stability

    Section 8.  Easy Software Installation

    Section 9.  The Apple Store

    Section 10.  They're Compatible

    Section 11.  Macs Do Windows

    Section 12.  Mac ("Dot Mac")

    Section 13.  Easier Wireless Networking

    Section 14.  Protection from Viruses

    Section 15.  Protection from Hackers

    Section 16.  Productivity

    Section 17.  Intelligent Monitor Management

    Section 18.  Smoother Media Playback

    Section 19.  Accessible Software Authors

    Section 20.  Digital Photography Made Simple

    Section 21.  Do More with Your Media

    Section 22.  It Works Like an iPod

    Section 23.  Native PDFs

    Section 24.  Powerful Bundled Software

    Section 25.  Blazing Fast Performance

    Section 26.  The Value Question

    Section 27.  Switching Is Easy

    Section 28.  The MacBook

    Section 29.  The MacBook Pro

    Section 30.  iMac

    Section 31.  Mac mini

    Section 32.  iPods

    Section 33.  Mighty Mouse

    Section 34.  Built-in WiFi and Bluetooth

    Section 35.  AirPort Extreme Wireless Networking

    Section 36.  Vista 2.0 Today?

    Section 37.  Unix Under the Hood

    Section 38.  The Mac OS X GUI

    Section 39.  The Dock

    Section 40.  Exposé

    Section 41.  Spotlight

    Section 42.  Dashboard

    Section 43.  Spaces

    Section 44.  Time Machine

    Section 45.  Alex

    Section 46.  Automator

    Section 47.  Smart Folders

    Section 48.  Auctions

    Section 49.  Backup

    Section 50.  Blogging

    Section 51.  Charting

    Section 52.  Chatting

    Section 53.  Creative Writing

    Section 54.  Customize Your Computer

    Section 55.  Databases

    Section 56.  Desktop Publishing

    Section 57.  Digital Photography

    Section 58.  Education

    Section 59.  Email

    Section 60.  File Management

    Section 61.  Finances

    Section 62.  FTP

    Section 63.  Games

    Section 64.  Getting Things Done (GTD)

    Section 65.  Hobbies

    Section 66.  iPod Enhancements

    Section 67.  Launchers

    Section 68.  Making Slideshows and Movies

    Section 69.  Music Recording and Editing

    Section 70.  News Readers and RSS

    Section 71.  Productivity Suites

    Section 72.  Organizing Information

    Section 73.  PDAs, Palms, and Handheld PCs

    Section 74.  Podcasting

    Section 75.  Postage Printing

    Section 76.  Presentations

    Section 77.  Remote Desktop Management

    Section 78.  Research Aids

    Section 79.  Small Business Management

    Section 80.  Spreadsheets

    Section 81.  Useful Utilities

    Section 82.  Voice Over IPFree Phone Calls

    Section 83.  Virus Protection

    Section 84.  Watching Movies and TV Shows

    Section 85.  Web Browsers

    Section 86.  Web Design

    Section 87.  Widgets

    Section 88.  Word Processing

    Section 89.  Apple.com

    Section 90.  AppleInsider.com

    Section 91.  43folders.com

    Section 92.  HawkWings.net

    Section 93.  iLounge.com

    Section 94.  MacFixIt.com

    Section 95.  MacInTouch.com

    Section 96.  MacMod.com

    Section 97.  MacOSXHints.com

    Section 98.  MacRumors.com and ThinkSecret.com

    Section 99.  Macworld.com

    Section 100.  The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW.com) and Engadget.com

    Section 101.  VersionTracker.com