Thursday, January 10, 2013

Unboxing of the New 27” iMac

Last time I shared with you guys the debacle I experienced with UPS over the delivery of my new Mac.  The package was finally found and now I’m the proud owner of a Mac computer.  It’s been a while since I’ve spent a lot of time on a Mac.  In college they had Macs in the computer science lab.  I remember spending every night in the lab for about 2 months working on a compiler for a class I was taking.  The class was tough and the nights were long, but I still have fond memories for that class and the working on the Mac made an impression on me.  Developing on the Mac was a pleasurable experience even if the course work wasn’t.  Since then I decided that one day I’ll own one.  That was 5 years ago!

Why did it take me so long to make the switch from Windows to Mac?  The cost.  It’s hard to justify purchasing a computer with an Intel i5 processor, 8 GB of DDR3 RAM, and 1 TB HDD for $1,799 when you can purchase the same machine for around $900 from Dell.  The reason you purchase a computer like this is the user experience and the quality.  It’s no secret that Apple builds quality devices.  Take a look at the iPhone and iPad.  They are beautifully designed and have a seamlessly intuitive user experience with both hardware and software.

The box came with the following items:

  • The 27-inch iMac (2.9GHz quad-core Intel i5 processor w/Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz)
  • Apple Wireless Keyboard
  • Magic Mouse
  • Power cord

I was really great to un-plug all my cords from my current Windows desktop.  I realized that there were 12 cords total.  I now only have 2 cords – the power cord and the Ethernet cord.  All other peripherals are Bluetooth.  Wireless is wonderful!

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”  - Leonardo da Vinci

Here are some photos of that day.

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You notice how my daughter goes directly to playing with the box.  We should all be so easily amused. :)

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Installation was supper simple.  Just select your timezone and enter your Apple ID.  It automatically syncs information from your iPhone and iPad via the iCloud.  A very nice feature that works out of the box.

Everyone has their person preferences of software.  Here’s what I’ve installed first:

  • Xcode 4 – An integrated development environment for C/C++/Objective C programming.
  • Amazon Kindle – For reading my books on my Mac and syncing to my Kindle device.
  • Mint.com QuickView – I use Mint.com as a free finance management tool.  This app is great for showing managing transactions and viewing spending by category.
  • Google Chrome – Of course the greatest browser!  It syncs my bookmarks over my Mac and Windows machines plus my Android phone.
  • pwSafe – Tool for storing all my complex passwords.  Can be used with DropBox or Skydrive to sync to other computes for access from anywhere.
  • SkyDrive – Yes this is a Microsoft tool but great for storing files in the cloud.  Glad they made a Mac App!
  • MarsEdit – A desktop editor for blogging and comparable to Windows Live Writer. 

These are some of the good ones I’ve found so far.  If you have any suggestions on the latest apps you love, let me know!

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