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Computer Operating System of Choice: Macintosh, of course!

Michele's good ole' G3

       I first fell in love with a little Mac SE - it was so cute! I wrote my MSc. thesis on it, and installed a First Class server, and was never the same again...thank goodness!! I have reconciled myself to being typecast as a Mac-only user. Moof!!! There are worse things in life, I suppose, such as buying Windoze OS, spending 18 hours installing and tweeking it to work with my current applications, only to find that I have to wipe my harddrive afterall to get the darn thing to run properly. Duh. My students think I should negotiate a contract with Apple Canada, to get a kickback for every machine that I convince them to buy. Well, says I, what better advertising for a product than a 1-800 help line that is never busy, and out-of-the box, plug in and play performance? As a consumer, I would rather buy from a company (read: APPLE) that sends me a 1-800 number I never need, rather than support a company (read: MICROSOFT) that offers me a 1-900 number that is always busy. Besides, Apple has cooler t-shirts.... :-) And they were the first with Flavours - Blueberry, Strawberry, Tangerine, Lime, and Grape. And Blueberry andTangerine iBooks. Beige is out, so is Black - even household appliances have moved on to stainless....

        For those Win-Folks: I have had to teach using PCs running Windows and MSOffice for years, and have worked in an elementary schools that use Windows NT servers, WinOS, and Office, and have to work all day in computer science on a Windows NT workstation. I have to admit that Windows can be a happening OS, and I have really enjoyed the flexibility of Office applications and Microsoft Explorer (and still prefer Netscape, though Firefox IS cool...). I have also learned a great deal about how fragile and crash-prone Windows and PCs are....  Thus, it would be very hard for me to give up my Mac.  I will ALWAYS shake my head at how poorly designed Microsoft and other PC-based products can be (as do most usability folks in computer science and related fields - see, also, my infatuation with Don Norman). Why do people still buy them?!? Why do people continue to design them so poorly??


Cool Macintosh Software

I use MacBreakZ! from

Ergonomic assistance for the computer athlete! A personal ergonomic assistant which monitors your keyboard and mouse activity and helps you structure your computer use in a healthy manner, which may prevent computer-related injuries from developing.
Bypassing audio CD copy protection
iBook Stuff
If you need a laptop, get an iBook
Calgary Academy Deploys New iBooks
Steve Jobs introduces the
AppleInsider on iBook Kritter Cams
The Good Fight
Why You Should Own a Mac, Mac Facts, Graphics, and Programming your Mac
The MacObserver
Windoze Users Criticize MicroSoft
Advocacy: Why Buy a Macintosh?
The numbers game...
MacTip of the Week
Click here for MacTips and various other information useful for Macintosh users.
iMac Today
Check out this site for for the latest iMac-related news.

iMac Rip-Offs
PC tech follows the leader...again
The e-one
The e-power
When is the insanity going to stop??

Learn More About MacOS8.x
The OS Deathmatch.....
(not news to mac folks....)
MacOS Resources
Macinstein's Mac Only 
Search Engine
Stanford InRoom Connections 
Mac vs. PC
VIRUSES Perspective - Mac vs. PC-Win 
Victor's comments
COOL!! - Victor Panlilio's Web Page
 iCart from Anthro
if you love the iMac....
The Apple Store
Apple Gear at RedLightRunner
Posters, Mugs, T-shirts...
This is my favorite magazine and website about the Macintosh. There is energy and color and fun and a different type of thinking at this site, unlike the mainly beige and boring and conventional sites of other platforms. 
Mac versus Wintel Information
When it comes to the Mac, most PC users don't know Jack!! Link to this site for Mac Facts about speed, installed user base, web statistics, multimedia capability, and other neat stuff about our favorite operating system.
"To see tomorrow's PC, Look at todays Macintosh." -BYTE October 1995
Macintosh Tips and Tutorials
An award winning web site dedicated to helping teachers get the most from the Mac. It offers over forty step by step directions for using features of the Mac for your classroom. There are ClarisWorks tutorials for making classroom complimenting projects. It offers educational software reviews.
A free email and Web publication about the Macintosh Internet community
3 Macs & a Printer: 
A Guide to Macintosh Networking
Accelerate Your Mac!
Mac Performance, News and Reviews
MacLife E-Zine and Web Productions
A great image gallery for Mac enthusiasts, with some great Mac vs. Wintel pictures.

** Features **
Should Schools Buy Macs or PCs?
Is there really any debate?
What factors should we consider?

The Power of the Mac Way
Mac / Apple Contributions to Computing
Who Innovated What


Cross Platform - SigSoftware
Cross Platform provides information about how the programs and files on a Macintosh can be used with Windows-based computers.
And, on my birthday,
Apple launches new hands-on workshops for teachers
The Macintosh News Network
AppleInsider News
Troubleshooting Solutions for the Macintosh
The Low End Mac
The Mac Junkie
Mac Security Site
Bare Feats
Macintosh Speed Lab
Made With Macintosh - Superior Computers
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Last Update, August 2004, or so
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