Thursday, February 10, 2011

How I found a stellar deal on a great MacBook Pro

Last week I received a new MacBook Pro. For about 1 year at work we've been saying "we need to figure out how to support Mac's". Well, that time has come, and a couple weeks ago I used the following method to get a great deal at Calvary. I thought it would be worth putting down in written form:
  1. Make sure your church is part of the Willow Creek Association.
  2. Use the WCA Apple Store to get discounted pricing.
  3. Buy a refurbished Mac (after using the WCA link, it's on the lower left)

Resources and tips to use in making your decision:
  • Prayer!
  • (great insight into what works, and how to buy wisely)
  • Don't buy any of the Hard Drive or Memory upgrades from Apple. Get them from OWC instead!
  • Buy AppleCare from B&H, not Apple (B&H is cheaper).
  • Common sense (think it through and get a second opinion; ignore the Apple ads)
In all, I was able to save ~15% on the price of a MacBook Pro, which is a stellar deal on an Apple product.


Sunday, February 6, 2011

IT Usage and Mac

So I just received a Macbook Pro. It's exciting that I'll now be able to run all 3 major OS flavors in one place! We are using Mac's at work in some creative departments, and I wanted to give them good support, so it's time to learn how.

It has been a really long time since I used a Mac as a 'daily driver'. Anyone have a list of the things they use as an IT person to be productive on a Mac? So far, some of the things I'm looking at and working on getting setup:

  • Lastpass App or Chrome-style Application Shortcut
  • Evernote
  • Office
  • Chrome
  • Firefox
  • Virtualization (Parallels & VMware)
  • Remote Access (Dameware-like?, VNC?, RDP?)
  • IRC Client (X-Chat Aqua, Colloquy?)
  • Google Talk
  • Putty/SSH Client (DarwinPorts, iTerm, JellyfiSSH, Fugu, )
  • vSphere Client (on Mac, or by Windows VM)
  • Cyberduck (seems to do a lot of different, flexible things)
  • Vipre Enterprise Console (through VM only it seems)
  • Toodledo
  • Nook
  • Dropbox
  • Twitter & Social Networking Client (Hootsuite, Tweetdeck)
  • SafariBooksOnline shortcut
  • Quiksilver?
  • DarWINE?
  • Visor (Terminal shade/layer)
  • Veeam FastSCP
  • WinSCP (Transmit?
  • CoSign
  • Blogging tool