“You have a finite amount of time in a 24-hour day. Daily life is about making constant tradeoffs of your time and money as you choose what you want to accomplish. How you make those decisions, based on your resources and your desires, determines your overall productivity. Time is still valuable for college students in terms of studying, having a part-time job, attending classes, doing independent development, or attending to other recreational pursuits,” Julie Starr writes for MacDevCenter.
“To help get your day-to-day productivity tasks accomplished, there are many high-quality software packages available on OS X. While the number of commercial software titles available on Windows dwarfs OS X, remember to factor in quality not quantity,” Starr writes. “Core productivity software is available for development (Xcode), email (Mail.app, Entourage, Eudora, Mulberry), web browser (Safari, Internet Explorer, Camino/Mozilla), office productivity (Microsoft Office, Appleworks), and digital media organization (the iLife suite, including iPhoto, iTunes). Some software, such as OmniGraffle (for diagramming and charting) and most of the iLife suite, are available only on the Mac. Many times when OS X versions of popular Windows applications have not been produced, such as Microsoft Access, equivalent if not better solutions fill the void, such as FileMaker Pro.”
Starr writes, “The final point to productivity goes to security. Mac OS X saves you some worry by being relatively secure out of the box. If you run the netstat command on a brand new OS X system, you will find just two open ports: TCP 631 for CUPS printing, and TCP 1033 for account management purposes. Both are for local use only; other computers on your network cannot connect to those ports by default.”
“I’ve been a user of the Classic Mac OS, DOS, NeXTStep, Solaris, Windows, OpenBSD, Linux, and finally Mac OS X throughout the years. Mac OS X is the place I now call home. I think many others would be happy here too if they realized the benefits this platform provides,” Starr writes.
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