Think Different(ly)

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In a recent conversation with [Knightwise][kw] we were musing that it doesn't seem that it's very long since we were both ragging on Dave to get off Windows and get a Mac. Today we're both seriously entertaining the possibility that our next primary computing device might be running an OS from Redmond. What changed? Has Windows gotten that much better? Yes. It's undeniably better. But we're also different. And Apple is different. I think when we switched to the Mac we saw it as the Valhalla of everything we were looking for. A better system with a unix terminal which would give us the best of both worlds: open source, and a first-class GUI driven OS. In a lot of ways the Mac hasn't progressed since the Intel transition. Sure…
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Mac vs. PC :: Will my next computer be a Mac?

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It's been about two and a half years since I made the switch from being a dedicated Windows user to [buying my first Mac](//kdmurray.com/2006/09/macbook-day-1/). I have really enjoyed my MacBook and wanted to take a few moments to discuss some of the differences and similarities I've found with the Mac ownership experience, compared to my earlier (and ongoing) experiences with the Windows platform. **Marketing and Markets** Both [Windows](http://blogs.computerworld.com/five_reasons_why_vista_beats_mac_os_x) and [Mac](http://www.tuaw.com/2008/03/24/why-the-mac-is-better-than-the-pc-crapware/) [enthusiasts](http://apcmag.com/15_reasons_macs_are_still_better_than_windows.htm) love to [evangelize](http://mac.elated.com/2008/12/12/10-ways-that-windows-is-better-than-mac-os/) their platform of choice.  It's human nature, we all want people to know how smart we are for choosing the best of what's available. As is often the case with most of these "[holy wars](https://www.google.ca/search?q=mac windows holy war)" the smaller market tends to be more vocal, and more likely to point out all the flaws in…
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DD-WRT: Routers the Next Generation

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I realize it's not a new technology (its on ver. 23), but its one I've recently adopted.  We're planning on doing some re-arranging to put an office in the house, and that means computers in different rooms.  _What I need now_, I said to myself, _is a way of extending my wireless network to another room..._ preferably with a router on the other end too so I can plug in a non-wireless computer. The problem: The [firmware](http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&safe=off&q=define%3Afirmware&btnG=Search) for my [Linksys WRT54G](https://sourceforge.net/projects/wifi-box/) doesn't allow that, at least not easily. Enter the [DD-WRT](http://www.dd-wrt.com/dd-wrtv2/index.php) firmware package to save the day.  This package gives you full "[god-mode-like](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/God_mode)" control over your router's settings, and thus your entire wireless network.  Multiple routers can be placed in the same space to allow a [WLAN](http://www.wlan.org.uk/) to be extended…
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