Joined: 24 Jan 2015
|Posted: Mon Aug 31, 2015 5:12 pm Post subject: 6 months now and things I have discovered plus
|Decided on a late Mac Mini 2014 back in Feb 2015.
It has been a fun 6 months, lets just say tat.
I still do have PC Laptop, which I use daily just like the MM.
some of the first things I did was to get
Paragon NTFS -
allowing me to use my USB stick that I had formatted that way - Large movie files on a USB Flash, was what I had on them
( NTFS allows single files larger than 4 GB to be written to a usb flash drive)
so that solved that problem
VLC media player was a must get, over at filehippo.com
Avast Mac Security same place
Android File transfer - yeah I use Galaxy Note 3
Chrome - the only one I use
Audacity - clean my mac 3 - screencastomatic - smart converter - universal media server for casting to my ps3 and TV and others - and a few more that have come and gone!
oh here is an free icon place, replace your icons, is easy and better than the stock ones here http://www.iconarchive.com/popular.3.html
I will say it has been a pleasure having ths Mac
so glad I went this route and NOT LOCKED IN WITH A REGULAR DESKTOP MAC.
I Have taken with me to numerous places, thats a huge bonus.
got a portable screen that has an HDMI input .
yeah I know could just get the laptop, that's coming believe me....but no need right now. in an RV on the road or in a remote location with dC power is why I went this route and saved a grand or more
I did see some videos of people sliding the screen and thought I didn't have that capability - see this article, Now I feel pretty good, Multiple desktops with separate projects?
and windows has them too, just not as cool as the mac
I was sorta blown away when I came across and wondered how I would use it, well lets say , composing movie scores, writing screenplays, writing and composing personal music, graphics etc etc... is a breeze now, research on anything , put it on a desktop, go to it as needed, or when you want to work that project ... yeah windows 10 has it, but it will never be as cool as the Mac desktops, and it doesn't allow certain features the Mac has with the separate desktops.
also installed Parallels, yeah it lets me run windows right on my mac, others that allow that are bootcamp and VMFusion ware, each has its benefits.
I like the Parallels coherence mode, runs seamlessly on the mac like the mac but it's fricken windows!....
get a good visual monitor, I opted for an Asus mx279
looks great, the 2nd one is on the way now, yeah I need it, want it gotta have it !!!! - seriously for the music composition alone.
also get some sound monitors, I went with the Carbon M-audio Bx5's - damn, it is amazing
now looking into these thunderbolt things and how and why to use them, still not up to speed on everything, don;t have anyone I know that has a mac, so the learning curve has been slow.
Love this mac - so far