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What Makes a Mac a Mac?

Is it the sleek design, the fast processing speed, the intelligent layout, the ease of use? Actually, a mac is all of these things and more. Macs have been called the most user friendly computing systems around, because that’s how they were intended. Steve Jobs had a dream of creating a computer that everyone could use. It’s almost hard to believe it now, but there was a time in the late 60s/early 70s where computers didn’t have mice and they didn’t have the same user face that we know today. Instead, people have to type in commands when they wanted to do something—which wasn’t a lot because computers didn’t have a lot on them at back then.

Today, every mac is created with those times in mind and the goal to get us as far away from them as possible. There are a few other things that make macs special- some of them will be listed here. Of course, if you use a mac you probably have your own idea as to why it is special, but these are ones that the author thought that everyone—PC’s as well—could do with knowing.

–         The dock

The dock is where everything important on your mac lives. This is where all of your most commonly used apps live, as well as some of the basics. You can rearrange and update your dock so it resembles the workspace that you want. Don’t like that garage band is in the dock? Drag and drop it off and the short cut will disappear in a puff of smoke. If you want to add an app like Pages to the doc, then all you have to do is open the applications folder (located at the right side of the dock) and drag and drop pages to the dock. The dock also has the shortcut to the dashboard which holds all of the widgets.

–         Widgets

Widgets are fun little apps that are only very simple but very helpful. You can find a widget for just about anything, from movie times, weather reports, yellow pages, stock ticker, and calculator.

–         Finder

Finder knows everything that’s going on with your computer. It’s always running and taking note of things like new downloads and where you’re saving things. Finder is how you see the different folders and files on your mac. You can change how you view the apps or folders in the finder window- as a group of icons, text list, column view (which allows you to see each of the subfolders as well as their parent groups), and cover flow (where you can see a quick snapshot image of what each of the documents looks like).

–         Spotlight

Spotlight is how you search for things on your mac. The intelligent searching knows what you’re looking for even before you’ve finished typing and it will come up a list of suggestions right before your very eyes. You can use spotlight to search through everything without having to do a number of smaller searches- just type in what you’re looking for and it will find it. Another great thing is that you can do simple calculations through spotlight so you don’t even have to open a calendar.

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