3 tips to help Windows users love their Macs

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Switching from a PC to a Mac is like switching from an automatic transmission to a manual.  Everything is different and it can mess up your equilibrium.

On the one hand, you love your PC because it’s comfortable.  You know where all your files and applications live.  But on the other hand, you keep hearing the media rhapsodizing about the Mac.  And every time you see some hipster in a coffee shop tapping away on his svelte Macbook Air you feel a deep sense of cupidity swelling up in your heart.

So one thing is for sure: whether your think Macs are overpriced computers designed to make insecure consumers feel cool or whether you think they provide real value over PCs, it can still be hard to adjust to the unfamiliar world of Mac OS X.  I mean let’s face it: when you’ve been steeped in Windows world for most of your life, going for a Mac can feel like visiting a foreign language; heck maybe even a different planet!

So in this guide I’m going to do you favor.  Check it out.  I’ve got your back.  I’m going to show you 3 power tips that will help you quickly adapt to your Mac so you can get the most value out of it.

Let’s go!

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How to make the delete key on a Mac act like a PC

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My primary computer is a Windows 8.1 Pro PC but I’ve had to pack it away in storage for a few weeks so I’ve been using a Macbook Air running Mac OS X Yosemite.  And this is the thing: I like Yosemite.  I know I’ve just committed anathema by some PC standards, but I don’t have any beef against Apple.

I think the operating system is snappy, the graphical user interface is attractive and apps made for Mac are just more enjoyable to use than their PC counterparts.  The Adobe suite of tools is a good example of this.

But there’s one little thing about my MacBook Air that is positively annoying: it has something to do with the keyboard.

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WireShark 101

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Man, Wireshark is awesome but it’s intimidating!

It took me years before I actually sat down and started tackling the monster known as Wireshark.  You can use it for entertainment (learning how networks work) for troubleshooting real world problems or even for helping you nail your next networking certification.

Let’s investigate the beauty of the Shark!

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How to optimize the wireless signal for your PC

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Wi-Fi is wonderful…. when it works!  Between the abstruse limited connectivity errors and random Wi-Fi disconnects, sometimes it can feel like Wi-Fi really isn’t that great.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to reset my home Wi-Fi router.  It can be pretty unnerving.

Earlier this week I shared my three part series explaining how Wi-Fi works.  I also shared a clever trick for finding the optimal Wi-Fi channel on your Mac.  Today, I want to share the love with all my Windows users.  Incidentally, most of the material in this post actually applies to all operating systems (Linux and Mac included)

Let’s get in.

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How to find the best Wi-Fi channel for your Router in Yosemite

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Mac OS X is full of surprises and today I’m going to share one trick that can save you a lot time.  The next time you’re noticing slow internet connectivity on your Macbook Air, Mini, or Pro, check out this quick tip.

But before we get into the gritty details you know I always like to give you the background knowledge.  I like to set the stage so you can have everything you need to really understand what’s going on with your computer and your wireless connection.

Check it.

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