Top 10 things all Windows to Mac OS X switchers should know

“Those Intel-based MacBook Pros and iMacs will soon be in your hands. But before you open those boxes and fire them up, there’s a few things I think you should know,” Scott Moscella’s Plastic Bugs blog states.

Top 10 things all switchers should know:

OS X Looks Like OS X: Why aren’t there countless OS X themes and theming applications: there just isn’t a big demand for them. The standard look and feel of OS X is already pleasing. You want proof? Take a look at the lengths to which people will go to turn Windows into OS X.

You Don’t Need a Virus Scanner: Don’t waste your money on securing your system with off-the-shelf OS X virus protection. As of right now, those programs are snake oil – absolutely worthless to you as a Mac user.

Your Mouse Moves Differently in OS X: It may feel weird to Windows users… It’s all about Mac OS X’s mouse tracking.

Most of Us Use Safari: Safari is still the most standards compliant browser available. Plus, there’s always those pretty buttons.

Installing, Moving and Uninstalling Apps: Mac OS X applications seem clean because the ugly is hidden deep within the application.

OS X Has No Defrag Utility: OS X automatically defragments every single file that you access (as long as it’s under 20MB)… defragmenting your drive is unnecessary.

Is Your System Acting Strange? Repair Disk Permissions: Repairing permissions is a harmless, non-destructive process that you can run periodically to keep your system in perfect working order. It’s like a free tune-up.

OS X Is Not Perfect: Programs crash in OS X. However, “Force Quit” isn’t some namby-pamby end process that Windows users have to contend with – it’s the real deal.

You’re Going to Make Mistakes: A comprehensive 30-point list of mistakes made by new Mac users.

Yes, It Is a Cult. Welcome! You may soon find yourself evangelizing to your Windows-loving friends or making frequent and unnecessary trips to the local Apple Store just to look around.

Full article with more details and links here.

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Related articles:
Switching from Microsoft Windows to Apple Macintosh – December 04, 2005
Apple’s Mac OS X, Safari web browser show market share gains – December 03, 2005
Want to switch to Mac? Mossberg answers common questions – November 10, 2005
Why people are switching from Microsoft’s Windows to Apple’s Mac OS X – November 09, 2005
Windows PC retailers face tough holiday season, meanwhile Apple stores are packed as Mac sales surge – November 09, 2005
Analyst estimates over a million Windows to Mac switchers during 2005’s first three quarters – November 07, 2005
Windows sufferers: It’s not your fault, but it is your problem – switch to Mac – November 07, 2005
Tech writer: Windows PCs highly vulnerable to zombie hijacking; get an Apple Mac instead – November 06, 2005
Windows switchers, now’s your chance: Apple Mac mini with Mac OS X Tiger for $379 – November 03, 2005
Computer columnist: anti-virus software purely optional for Apple Macs, not so for Windows – November 01, 2005
Microsoft apologists and why Apple’s Mac OS X has zero viruses – October 24, 2005
Mossberg: Switching from Windows to Mac – software not an expensive proposition – September 30, 2005
Windows to Mac switchers: recommendations and Total Cost of Ownership analysis – September 29, 2005
Switching from Windows to Mac is easy and liberating – September 14, 2005
Mossberg offers resources for Windows users interested in switching to Apple Mac – August 18, 2005
Windows users’ questions and concerns answered about Windows to Mac switch – July 27, 2005
Defending Windows over Mac a sign of mental illness – December 20, 2003
Get your Outlook info off your PC and onto your Mac – March 05, 2003
The best way to transfer Windows Outlook folders to Mac OS X – January 22, 2003


  1. I wonder about the defrag comment and Apple’s statement about it. I use TechTool Pro occasionally to optimize my laptop disk drive. I run Tiger 10.4.4 and still find hundreds and sometimes thousands of fragmented files and disk fragments many times greater in number. I have to believe that there is some merit to this periodic optimization, but perhaps I’m just fooling myself.

  2. I have a love hate relationship with Safari. I love it for how it can be fast, and how it syncs up with .Mac. I hate it cause it can be extremely slow, and PDF viewing is flakey.

    Thankfully, there is Firefox.

  3. Not with Tiger! I’ve never seen that actually HELP anything, even though it shows changes being made. 2 years ago yes, but not today.

    Better option: just restart or log out. Much simpler.

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