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Switching to Mac? There's an app for that

For a limited time only, you can get your hands on Learn the Switch to Mac for just $0.99 -- from the Mac App Store, of course. The app is designed for simpleton Windows types that lack the requisite cranial capacity to understand the Macintosh's complex and mysterious user interface. Learn the Switch to Mac is basically a series of screencast video tutorials that walk you through each of Mac...

How to switch between your recently used apps on Android

This week's tips series is all about Android, highlighting some the operating system's built-in utilities, and better ways of getting stuff done. For other technology tips, check our Tips index. Android is inherently capable of multitasking, and has a sophisticated mechanism for deciding which applications should be kept running in the background, and which should be killed to conserve system...

Google Chrome's about:labs becoming about:flags, kill switch added

Just days ago, I wrote about an upcoming change Google had planned for the about:labs page. The goal: to make the page less inviting and clarify the fact that experimental features listed on the page could very well cause users problems. Today, the change has landed in Chromium and will no doubt be pushed to Canary shortly. Now called about:flags, the page sports the trefoil (internationally...

Sort, order, and switch tabs with the compact Tab Manager for Google Chrome

Looking for nice, minimal tab manager extension for Google Chrome? Have a look at -- what else -- Tab Manager. It's perfect for the number of tabs I usually have open (fifteen or less) but it may not be quite so well-suited to those of you who have dozens of tabs open simultaneously. Tab Manager only displays favicons and there are no tooltips to display a tab's title -- which make things a bit...

How to force your web browser to start in private browsing mode

Just about every major browser now includes a private browsing (yes, yes..."Porn") mode. What you might not have known is that you can force your browser to go straight into private browsing mode when you launch it. It's as easy as adding a simple command line switch. Not sure how to add a command line switch? It's simple. On Windows, just find the shortcut for your browser and...

Wallpaper Juggler downloads, automatically cycles high-res images from InterfaceLift

Those of you who enjoy rotating through a variety of fresh wallpaper images have probably heard of InterfaceLIFT and Wallpaper Stock. They're both excellent places to download high-quality background images for your desktop. Perhaps you'd rather take the hands-free approach and let an application handle downloading duties. Have a look at Wallpaper Juggler, a tiny, portable app for Windows...

Day One On Linux: What Would You Miss?

I've decided once and for all that I'm going to make a serious effort to make Linux my primary operating system. Am I dissatisfied with Windows? No. In fact, I'm quite happy with it. It's just time for a change, that's all. This isn't my first attempt to switch. I've made several others before with various distros: Ubuntu, Mint, PCLinuxOS, Mandriva, Fedora, Slax...There's always been something...

The Squadcast 07 - Switching to Linux

This week's Squadcast features an interview with one of our own. Kristin Shoemaker joins Grant and Christina to talk about what it takes to switch to Linux and leave Windows behind, for good. Also, we take a look at our five favorite Linux applications for people who've recently switched. Direct replacements for a few of those must-have apps on Windows. More from Download Squad on switching...

Switching to Ubuntu Linux: Download Squad Switcher Podcast #1

It's been an interesting year so far for operating systems. Microsoft released its first major upgrade in 5 years with Windows Vista, and Ubuntu Linux continued on its way toward world domination with the release of Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn. Even Michael Dell's running it on his home computer (and shipping it on yours). With that in mind, we bring you the first in a limited edition Download Squad...

Convert your Boot Camp partition to Parallels

Mac Virtualization software Parallels allows OS X users to run multiple operating systems simultaneously, much in the same way as VMware does for Windows, and has been building a solid reputation as a good alternative to Apple's Boot Camp, which allows a Mac owner to install Windows, but requires dual-booting and a separate partition. But what if you've been Boot Camping for awhile but want to...

Essential Linux apps for the OS X convert

Mark Pilgrim, a high-profile blogger and life-long Mac user who recently caused a few ripples by switching to Ubuntu Linux, has written a nice list of essential software for Linux. Since he's coming from the land of iTunes, iPhoto, and Mail.app, the list is skewed toward Linux apps that replace (or at least approximate) their OS X counterparts. Pilgrim's picks include digiKam for photo management,...

Tips for Boot Campers

So you've put Windows XP on your Mac. What now? As someone who has to constantly switch between the two, I have a few tips. There are problems inherent in dual-booting, as opposed to running a virtual machine inside another OS (virtualization has its own issues of course). The big one for me is the issue of data storage. While I need to use USB memory sticks at work to move data from my iBook to a...

Circuit Simulator applet

I've never been good with electronics. Computers, sure, but electronics, not so much. Although I studied them in school, it just seemed like so much trouble to go to for something to actually happen. I guess I just appreciate microprocessors and the things they can do. Speaking of things they can do, Circuit Simulator is a Java applet that will allow you to simulate the effects of different...

Common mistakes of new Mac users

The Unofficial Apple Weblog's Damien Barrett has written a post called Common Mistakes of New Mac Users. #1: "They close an application's windows thinking the program has quit." #4: "untitled folder. untitled folder 2. untitled folder 3. untitled folder 4..." You get the idea. As usual, TUAW readers have taken the theme and run with it and the ensuing discussion is truly worth...

Russell Beattie switches back to Windows

There are plenty of Mac switcher stories out there, and even a few Windows switcher stories, but how about a Windows-to-Mac-to-Windows switcher? That's Russell Beattie for you. Last January he bought a Mac mini and he's begun this year by buying a new HP. "First, Apple hardware is more expensive," Beattie says, "and secondly the Mac OS will still always be mostly an afterthought in...