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Macs as a successful force in Education

May 2nd, 2009
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Mac computers are a successful force in Education as well as in Industry. Apple has come a long way in shaping this platform, and now Macs, which have always been lauded as easy to use, are now also perceived to be in the same level with PCs in terms of market acceptance.

Mac computers, however, are still allegedly view as expensive by some. Despite this, it is not hard to understand how they have become a powerful force as part of a learning environment.

Since its inception, Macs have been used by people in education — both professors and students for several reasons. First, Macs are easy to use and durable, essential characteristics for machines that you want to use for 4 or more years during your college degree.

Also, it is particularly important that they are durable machines — the hectic environment in our schools makes it every day harder to keep the machines working in good shape for all those long hours.

Here is a list of tasks in which Macs have become indispensable over the years:

·         doing lab assignments

·         researching the web

·         writing lecture notes and even recording them

·         keeping work safe from computer viruses

·         creating outlines for assignments and essays

With all of this going on, it is important to have good computers that are flexible and easy to use. Especially important is to have simple software with a good interface, and this is another area in which Macs are some of the best computers around.

Apple Keynote and Microsoft Powerpoint: a Comparison

May 1st, 2009
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As workers in the knowledge information era, there are specific software that anyone must be familiar with in our companies. For example, word processing is an early example of software that virtually everyone needs to use.

In most companies, however, presentation packages are coming close to word processing in the competition for the most used piece of software. What is more common in American businesses than scheduling and delivering meetings? If you want to grow in your company you must be able to communicate well in meetings, and this involves using a presentation package such as Microsoft PowerPoint or Apple Keynote.

In this article I will try to list the difference between these packages and how they can be used to enhance your presentation.
Microsoft PowerPoint
PowerPoint is nowadays the standard for business presentations. If you want to give a successful presentation, you almost certainly want to enhance it with nice graphics of high quality, and other visual material that will keep the attention of your audience.
The problem with PowerPoint, however, is that the styles that it make available by default are not very engaging, and will make your presentation look very simplistic or plain ugly.
If you search the standard models presented with PowerPoint, you will only see the pre fabricated, low quality styles that have been shipped with the application. Using them will not enhance your credibility with your audience.
Of course, you can spend money with external styles, which be bought from several places in the web. You can also even pay someone knowledgeable to create good slides for your, but I believe this is over the reach of most users.
Enter Apple Keynote
Keynote is a software developed by Apple to create presentations on the Macintosh. It is conceived after the philosophy of PowerPoint, but it is much more well designed.
With keynote, you have a lot more choice of how to create your presentation. Instead of a fixed background that will be used on all slides, Keynote provides users with a large pallet of different styles elements that can be applied on each slide separately. This is made easy by the several style-related tools in the software.
The graphical elements in keynote also distinguish themselves by the quality of the result. All images in Keynote are presented in high-resolution, with stunning graphic effects. The transitions in Keynote are not only beautiful, but are also sophisticated. If fells like these transitions were created by expert graphic designers, not by an average programmers (like they feel in Microsoft PowerPoint).
The Conclusion
PowerPoint and keynote are software packages targeted at similar purposes: to present slides for public presentations. However, there is a difference when it comes to the quality of the result.
My experience, and of many others, is that Apple Keynote is engineered is such a way that makes it easier to achieve your results. The available interface options are more focused than the thousand of buttons in PowerPoint — even if you consider the ribbon interface. There is also a lot simple way to achieve stunning effects that are difficult to replicate in PowerPoint.
So, although a good graphical designer can do approximately the same work in both PowerPoint and Keynote, I believe that average computer users can do much better with Keynote.
Moreover, if you compare the price of both products, you will see that Keynote is an excellent deal. Keynote sells for around $70 (along with Pages, a powerful text editor), while the MS product cannot be bought for less than $200, depending on the version of MS Office you are trying to buy.

 

 

 

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Making you old mac run a little faster

December 11th, 2007
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Macs are fantastic machines, but sometimes they also have their performance problems. I have my Mac running well for years, day and night, and it has been pretty capable to handle the load.

There are times, however, when you want to improve the performance of you system. If that is the case, it is interesting to check possible areas where you could get extra performance of your old Mac box.

I have a handy list of things to look for in my Mac from time to time. I run through this list to make sure that I get the best performance of my machine, and that Mac OS X keeps running fine. Here are some of my tips:

  • Take notice of the programs you are installing in the background. Mac OS X is highly reliable, but there are some programs that keep running in the background, and therefore take resources that should be made available to other programs. For example, I used to have small Java-based utilities installed. They can be very nice, but also take their toll from you processor. Nowadays, I prefer to remove any background program that is not doing anything used in my system.
  • Install latest updates. This is hard not to do, but am lazy enough to dismiss the Mac OS X update screen when it pops up. Of course, it will be there the next day, so it is better to do updates the first time they come.
  • Avoid multiple programs to do the same thing: I used to have multiple IM programs (now I mostly use Adium. Also, I used to have multiple browsers opened at the same time (Firefox, Safari, and Opera are my preferred). Now, I decided to use only Safari as my main browser. This both simplifies my life and uses less resources of my machine.

In summary, I am pretty happy with the speed and great performance of my Mac. However, I learned with time to make better use of the system resources, so I don’t have to wait more than I really want to. This way, I can also spend more time with the programs that I like, such as iTunes, iDVD

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