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M&M’s… mmm

April 28, 2009 Leave a comment

Nooo, this post isn’t about candy.  By M&M, I was referring to Mac Mondays.  If Da Mad Dok and I decide to go ahead with the whole Mac Mondays Windows Wednesdays idea, here’s how I envision it will go.  I will go first by talking about a neat feature that Macs have on Monday.  The following Wednesday, Da Mad Dok will either counter that with a similar feature on Windows or introduce another neat feature.  Then, the following Monday, I can choose to counter that or introduce a new one, and so on.  Seems like a good idea, eh?

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Mandatory Maintenence Message

April 27, 2009 Leave a comment

Unfortunately, we have not been able to bring you this week’s PvP, not because of actual maintenence, but because we were busy bringing you the fabulous “About Mac v. PC” page. Also, real life has infringed on our ability to bring the PvP. We are very sorry.

On the other hand, you can now follow us at the official Twitter feed at twitter.com/macvpcblog. 🙂

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Adium

April 23, 2009 Leave a comment

For the Mac-loving portion of our audience, there’s a great app called Adium!  It’s basically a chat manager that allows you to group all your different chat accounts into one app.  For example, I group AIM and GTalk, which is great because I don’t have to sign into two places anymore!  It’s also loaded full of features.  Check it out at http://adiumx.com/.Adium Logo

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Random Websites…No Really, Random

April 22, 2009 3 comments

Randomness is a funny thing. Kinda like explaining infinity to a liberal arts major. Anyways, it’s very hard to explain. Also, it is very hard to create, mainly because 1.) there is always “bias”, intentional or not, and 2.) “randomness” as many people know it isn’t really randomness. I’m not really sure how this all works, but the point is that the link I’m about to show you isn’t really random.

random website dot com (That is actually the title of the website.)

So what is random website dot com? Basically, from what I can tell, some guys got bored and decided to write an algorithm that deposits you in one of many indexed websites. So no, it’s not truly “random” per se, but it’s close enough that you get the illusion of randomness.

So enjoy your almost-random-but-not-quite-random trek through the internet.

Note: if you play The Nethernet, this is an excellent website to mine for DP.
Note 2: It is also an excellent website for getting DP.  I wonder what Da Mad Dok means by mining for DP?

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PvP: YouTube v. Vimeo

April 19, 2009 Leave a comment

Right now there are two competitors: YouTube and Vimeo.
YouTube is large and was gobbled up by Google a few years back, meaning you can log in with a Google Account. This is a huge plus for certain people (including me) that don’t want to go through the wearying process of having to sign up. There is also a huge amount of traffic, meaning even the smallest, most insignificant videos can get a few views in a day or two. Of course, the video quality sucks and, well, there’s so many people on the service that only the most popular things float to the top.
Vimeo, the upstart, is more popular with bloggers (such as myself) for some strange reason. It does make you pay for “Pro” services, which is a very blog-service-provider-esque move. It also limits you to 500 MBs of videos per week, which doesn’t sound like much, but considering the average 4 min. video is, what, no more than 100 MB, that means at least 5 vids a week. Fair enough, I say.
So who wins? As usual, only time will tell–though my money’s on Vimeo. Overall, it’s a lot more professional, and the hilarious “Do you trust this third party?” page is worth the price of admission alone.

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Ecofont: Saving the Earth, One Letter At A Time

April 18, 2009 Leave a comment

ecofont Title DesignAre you the kind of person that likes to has to print out a lot of things?  Well I’ve got the font for you then!  Ecofont [located at ecofont.eu]is a font that basically punches holes in each letter while still keeping your document very readable.  Not to mention it looks kinda cool!

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Mac v. PC…v. Linux

April 10, 2009 Leave a comment

Mac v. PC. An epic battle that has been raged for many years. Most mainstream consumers only know two names: Windows, and Mac.

But that is not entirely true. For some time now, a third operating system is fighting for dominance…or, at least, to exist. This operating system is none other than Linux, the famous free-but-too-hard OS.

The basic is that OSs can be free and not controlled by a single company. However, there are many ways to make an OS, so there are many versions (or distributions, commonly shortened to distros) of Linux.

Currently, perhaps the most famous is Ubuntu (and it’s flash drive-compatible sibling, Portable Ubuntu). According to the website, “Ubuntu is an African word meaning ‘Humanity to others’, or ‘I am what I am because of who we all are’. The Ubuntu distribution brings the spirit of Ubuntu to the software world.” It’s generally considered the most non-geek friendly of the Linux distros (though gOS is gaining a following–more on that later) and is often considered the Linux. Also, in case you want to try it out, you can use Wubi (Windows Ubuntu Installer) to install and uninstall it just like any other Windows application (sorry Apple devotees).

However, it is actually built on Debian (based on the founders names, Deb+Ian). I personally don’t know much about Debian, but it is pretty much the Linux; many Linux distros are built upon it.

For those who want something…smaller, you can always use Puppy Linux, which will fit on the average 1 gb flash drive (you know, the one that you can get for $20 at any tech retailer). You plug the flash drive in and watch it work.

The final Linux distro I will go over is gOS 3 Gadgets and it’s companion, gOS Cloud, mainly because it’s the only other Linux distro I am terribly familair with. gOS was built upon the idea of cloud computing, so Gadgets mainly uses Google Gadgets. gOS Cloud is actually a web browser, but with apps built in, so you never have to leave it! These two are particularly good for netbooks, though Cloud isn’t available to download…yet (gOS says that it is coming soon!).


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