Archive

Posts Tagged ‘mac’

Macs: too expensive or not?

June 22nd, 2009
Warning: call_user_func_array() expects parameter 1 to be a valid callback, function 'comment_count' not found or invalid function name in /home2/coliv/public_html/maclearner/wp-includes/class-wp-hook.php on line 300

Warning: call_user_func_array() expects parameter 1 to be a valid callback, function 'comment_count' not found or invalid function name in /home2/coliv/public_html/maclearner/wp-includes/class-wp-hook.php on line 300
No comments

In the last few weeks we have seen an ad campaign by Microsoft, that implies that Macs are too expensive. Few people understand that this is a myth.
Clearly, many people when confronted with the opportunity of buying a computer consider price to be one of the most important variables. Certainly one cannot buy a laptop at any price, since few people can shell out more than a few thousand dollars to buy a computer.
However, if you do a clear analysis, it becomes clear that the exact cost of a computer is not the most important factor to consider when you are buying a new machine.

Factors in Buying a Laptop

First, remember that a laptop is one of your more personal working items. A laptop is even more personal than a paper notebook. You use it everyday, for many hours per day.
Consider the price of a laptop, divided by the days it is used, and you will see that it is one of the cheapest items you use.
For example, suppose you use a laptop for 3 years, which is standard for a Mac. This is more than 1000 days. This is less than two dollars per day, even if you buy a $2K laptop.
Two dollars per day, on the other hand, is less than the cost of a sandwich.
What do you think is more useful, a $2 sandwich that will keep you for a few hours, or a working tool that you will use during the whole day?
Also, notice that the laptop is useful everyday, even on weekends…
Looking from this side here are a few features that I consider more important:

  • quality of screen
  • easy of use
  • quick service on case of damage

While the advertisement by MS makes sense on the surface, when you stop to think about the factors, it really doesn’t add up… What do you think?

Categories: Uncategorized Tags: , , ,

Macs as a successful force in Education

May 2nd, 2009
Warning: call_user_func_array() expects parameter 1 to be a valid callback, function 'comment_count' not found or invalid function name in /home2/coliv/public_html/maclearner/wp-includes/class-wp-hook.php on line 300

Warning: call_user_func_array() expects parameter 1 to be a valid callback, function 'comment_count' not found or invalid function name in /home2/coliv/public_html/maclearner/wp-includes/class-wp-hook.php on line 300
No comments

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.

Versions of Mac OS X

May 1st, 2009
Warning: call_user_func_array() expects parameter 1 to be a valid callback, function 'comment_count' not found or invalid function name in /home2/coliv/public_html/maclearner/wp-includes/class-wp-hook.php on line 300

Warning: call_user_func_array() expects parameter 1 to be a valid callback, function 'comment_count' not found or invalid function name in /home2/coliv/public_html/maclearner/wp-includes/class-wp-hook.php on line 300
No comments

The MacOS X is the operating system used in all modern Macs. It was developed by Apple to respond to the growing gap between the capabilities of modern operating systems and the existing Mac OS 9. Previous versions of Mac OS were all based on the code developed in the 80s, when the Macintosh platform was still based on early microchips.

Mac OS X came as an evolution of a previous operating system, the NextStep. NextStep was created by a company founded by Steve Jobs, and its goal was to bring the power of UNIX systems to the desktop. Although the company succeeded in creating a new operating system, it failed commercially and was later sold to Apple.

Merging UNIX and Mac OS

After the return of Steve Jobs to the board of Apple, the Operating System used on the Next machines was modified to run the Macintosh software. It was really a difficult process where two separate traditions of software making, namely UNIX and Mac OS, had to converge in order to create something bigger.

The result of the merge between NextStep and MacOS was an operating system that had a proven design and a user friendly user interface. The Mac OS X was initially released as an optional operating system, while Mac OS 9 was still the official version.

Later on, Mac OS X was sold as the sole operating system, although Mac OS 9 was maintained for compatibility reasons. Even as late as 2005 I had the chance to run quite a few programs using the Mac OS 9 emulator in a PowerPC box.

The versions of Mac OS X are named after felines. The names of big cats used up to now are: Cheetah, Jaguar, Panther, Tiger, and Leopard. All thes versions introduced new features and enhancements, but the basic operating system, based on UNIX, has remained the same with only improvements and additions.

Conclusion

Mac OS X is the result of several iterations of software development. It follows the traditions of UNIX (through the NextStep operating system) and Mac OS, the original system used by the Macs. Mac OS X is rapidly evolving and new releases are frequently released by Apple. Nowadays, Mac OS X is used not only in desktops, but is also the operating system used in portable devices such as the iPhone and iPod touch.

Related Posts

Using an outliner to organize your ideas

April 30th, 2009
Warning: call_user_func_array() expects parameter 1 to be a valid callback, function 'comment_count' not found or invalid function name in /home2/coliv/public_html/maclearner/wp-includes/class-wp-hook.php on line 300

Warning: call_user_func_array() expects parameter 1 to be a valid callback, function 'comment_count' not found or invalid function name in /home2/coliv/public_html/maclearner/wp-includes/class-wp-hook.php on line 300
No comments

An outliner is a software used to create and maintain structured content. You can use an outliner to create the structure of a blog post, an essay for school, or for a project at your job. No matter what the task at hand, it is always useful to structure your ideas, and nothing better to do this than an outliner.

Thankfully, there is also no better platform to use outliners than the Macintosh. Since its inception, creative people of all professions have used Macs. This being the reason why there are so many great outliners for the Mac, as compared to other operating systems such as Windows.

In this article, I will talk mainly about the most well known outliner of all, OmniOutliner (from the Omni Group). Many of the options on OmniOutliner, however, are available in other products, which Iwill cover with more datail in the future.

Using an Outliner

The basics of an outliner such as OmniOutliner is to create an structure, that can later on be filled with real information. Think for example on the relationship between a book and its table of contents. While a book has lots of information, it also has a clear structure that is present on its table of contents. An outliner can be used to create the table of contents and transform it into a full book, with details filled for each section.

The main interface of the OmniOutliner allows users to create main topics, subtopics, sub-subtopics, up to the contents of each division.

OmniOutliner allows one to use a graphical interface with buttons for these common operations. It also provides several keyboard shortcuts, that allow very fast data entry and formatting. OmniOutliner is not only useful to create outlines, but it also helps in visualizing data. Sometimes we have data that is structure in a hierarchical format, such as for example an XML document. With an outliner, we can visualize the elements of such a hierarchy, by looking just at the elements that are of immediate interest.

A good outliner also provides many export options, so that users have the freedom to transform the data they created into one of several output formats. OmniOutliner provides a large number of export options, so that users can translate their data into the required output format, such as a MS Word document, for example.

Conclusion

Outliners have many applications, and can be used as personal organizers, digital notebooks, or just as a place to joint down random ideas. However, a good outliner is essential to hold data and organize information. It is really great that Macs have a good number of outliners, from which OmniOutliner is just a good example.

Related Posts

Categories: Uncategorized Tags: , ,