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Mac OS X Snow Leopard, First Looks

Today morning I bought the new Mac OS X version 10.6, named Snow Leopard, at Canadian $ 40.00 with taxes. The installation is really simple. You just pop the disk in, select a couple of options and then about 40 minutes later, you are good and running the new OS.

Here are a few pictures and screen shots (click on the image for viewing in original size).

Snow Leopard

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  • Google Chrome Operating System

    We knew this day was coming.

    While watching videos on the Internet or reading a document, it’s very annoying to have your Mac automatically dim the screen. Of course we can change that in the preferences but it’s such a hassle turning it back on or off.

    Caffeine is a tiny application (240 KB) that puts an icon in the menu bar which can be clicked to prevent your Mac from automatically going to sleep, dimming the screen or starting screen savers. Clicking it again turns it off. It’s that simple!

    Caffeineoff

    CaffeineOn

    KeyCue – Quick Overview Of Menu Shorcuts

    I really like this application (for Mac) Keycue; it helps you to use the Mac OS X applications more effectively by displaying a concise table of all currently available menu shortcuts.

    KeyCue

    Now that I have made the switch to Mac OS X, I am updating my list of applications (previous post) that I use for technical as well as general purposes. When it comes to ‘getting the job done’, these applications are of great value.

    • Operating System – OS X Leopard
    • Integrated Development Environment – Xcode, Netbeans 6.5, Visual Studio 2008 SP1 (on XP Pro using VMware Fusion), Adobe Dreamweaver, TextMate, Terminal
    • Languages – VB.NET, Ruby, C, C++, C#, ASP.NET, HTML, Javascript
    • Content Manegment System – Joomla
    • FTP client – FileZilla
    • Blog – WordPress
    • Blog Publishing – Windows Live Writer (this one has really no substitute, its excellent, although i have to run it virtually)
    • Backup – Time Machine, Mozy Home
    • Browser – Safari, Firefox and IE7 (for testing only)
    • Mail Client – Mail
    • Antivirus – Don’t need it anymore, yippie
    • Firewall – Doorstop X Firewall for Mac
    • Graphics Program – Adobe Photoshop
    • Photo Editor – Aperture
    • Others – VMware Fusion ( I Use it to bootup XP Pro or Ubuntu 8.10 virtually), iWork, Office 2007 (virtually), Evernote (for the mac it’s an excellent alternate of OneNote), Adium (all chat clients signed at once)