As the title of this post says this is a brand new series brought to you by Team Members Scott Rumery and Damashe Thomas of Fedora Outlier, LLC. This new series of blog posts will go up on our blog every Tuesday and in this series we will be outlining some of the differences between a Windows computer and a Mac computer. Even if you are not interested in making the switch it is our hope that you will find some interesting information in these posts. Who knows, maybe we will be able to show you how to do something on your Windows computer that before reading that post you did not know how to do, or even better, perhaps after reading some of these posts you will discover that you are now interested in making the switch from a Windows computer to a Mac. So, please follow this new series with us and lets all of us have some fun getting to know our computer platform of choice.
Let me begin by telling you a little about my computer setup here. I am running a Windows laptop with Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit edition along with Jaws 14, and my Mac is a Mac Mini running Mac OS X 10.8.3 along with the Apple Voice Over screen reader.
At this point you might be wondering why I am bothering to start this series about making the switch from a Windows computer to a Mac. Quite simply, when people make this switch most of the time they do so thinking that it will be a very easy thing to do, but what ends up happening is that after trying to use their new Mac they almost always find the Mac very difficult to use because they are use to using a Windows computer.
I will admit that when I first made the switch a couple of years ago I fell into this category. For the first two weeks that I had my Mac I felt very overwhelmed and I was almost to point of just giving up on ever being able to understand the differences
between the two platforms and just going back to using what I was familiar with which was my Windows computer. I am so happy that I didn’t give up on the Mac, because it is now almost two years later and I can honestly say that I now enjoy using my computer every single day, whereas before when I was still using my Windows machine I did not feel that way. It is my hope that by outlining here some of the key differences between the two platforms that I may be able to help some of you to make the decision to make the switch.
Here are a few of the items that I will be going over in future posts in this series.
1. Windows Explorer and the Mac Finder.
2. The Windows Task bar and the Mac Dock.
3. The Control Panel on Windows and System Preferences on the Mac.
4. Windows screen readers and Voice Over on the Mac.
5. Email and Internet browsing on each platform.
This is just a short outline of some of the items that I will be covering in this new series so I hope that you will come back on next Tuesday to read the next edition of The Fedora Outlier Tips and Tricks On Windows/Mac Series.
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