Saturday, March 6, 2010

MacMost, a valuable resource to help you get the most of your Mac OS X

Upon receiving my new Mac OS X Snow Leopard, I googled around, trying to find some tutorials on the web. Somehow, I came across a video clip by Gary Rosenzweig. I then visited and watched more video clips over there during the past week.

Overall, I like the videos quite a bit: ~5 minutes long each, these podcasts show various Mac-related tips and tricks in an easy to follow fashion. Specifically, I like the following:
  • #347: "Quick Look" – a functionality of looking at the contents of a file without opening it. "Quick Look" seems to be unique to Mac OS X since I am not familiar with it in Linux and Windows. So far, I have found it especially handy in Mail for quickly checking contents of attachments.
  • #357: "Do Macs Need Anti-Virus Software?" – it is assuring to know that "There are currently no active Mac viruses", and helpful to be aware that "anti-virus software could cause unexpected problems."
  • #363: "Learning to Program with Scratch" – it is from this video clip that I came to know the Scratch programming language from the MIT Media Lab. Unlike professional computer languages such as C, C++, Java, Ruby, Perl etc, Scratch targets the general public, especially for kids to learn mathematical and computational ideas by programing using a simple drag-and-drop interface. Using Scratch, it is really easy and cool create interactive stories and animations, and to share them on the web.
I will certainly keep visiting back and watch more videos as they become available. Little by little, I will learn new tricks to make my Mac life more enjoyable.