Set the story
Ok, so first a little background on when I got my Mac. When I graduated in May 2008 my mom and stepdad took me to an Apple Store and I thought it was the coolest place ever. I walked out with a brand new Macbook Pro with 4GB of RAM and 250GB of HD space and a sweet bookbag especially made for carrying laptops. I was on top of the world, but looking back on myself and how I used my Mac back then, I’m slightly embarrased.
I had become the typical Mac user and loved every minute (Oh God why?). The applications I used consisted of Safari, iTunes, Microsoft Office 2008, Mail, and a little bit of iMovie. What I am trying to get at is that I could have done all the things I was doing on a Microsoft product for a much cheaper price. That didn’t matter cause I had a Mac! Don’t worry this post isn’t about bashing on Macs because I love them or bashing on people that own Macs, well not all of them :).
Although I started out a typical scrub Mac user I learned a more about the awesome of Macs during my summers as a technology assistant at Fredonia Highschool and ever since then I have continued to learn and don’t plan on stopping.
The best application that I learned about was Terminal (if you have a Mac find using Spotlight ( Space + Command ) or in /Applications/Utilities/ ( Shift + Command + U )). I first learned the simple
say command. Here are some examples you should try once Terminal is open.
You can do this with any string of letters and or numbers. There is also a list of different voices you can make it say. The voices can be found in System Prefrecences under System then Speech. Under the Text to Speech tab there is a System Voice drop down list which contains the voices. Here are a few examples of how to change the default voice.
While these are very simple commands there are some more complex ones that do things like allow you to play a text based game and even watch Star Wars IV right from Terminal!
The following command will start up a text based game so read and try typing stuff in there. Have fun! You can quit the game with ( control + C ).
Play a text based game
The following command will start up Star Wars Episode IV in ASCII.
Watch Star Wars Episode IV
I realize that all of these things aren’t very productive but I use terminal daily for my programming needs. I use it to SSH, scripts, starting all kinds of services, making files and folders, opening files in Sublime Text 2 and git with GitHub. It helps me be productive and makes me feel like a leet haxor. Okay so now to the point of the post.
What it all comes down to…
College and high school students are wanting a Mac because it is cool and it almost hurts to watch people pay over two times as much money for a computer that they don’t know how to use to its full potential, when they could just buy a cheaper one that also has an internet browser and Microsoft Office built in! I’m a supporter of Apple products but I don’t think that purchasing a Mac because it is “cool” is a smart idea. That is the only reason I wanted a Mac, but I got lucky because I am no longer “wasting” the power of my Mac and the money that was spent on it has definitely paid for itself.
The gist of it all is don’t buy a product that you won’t get your moneys worth out of because not everyone gets lucky like me.