November 15, 2006

Macs just do it better

Posted in Commentary, OSX Software at 9:24 am by Michael Sweeney Media

After using WIndows since version 2 ( pretty damn useless), 3.0 (how many times can you start windows inside of windows?) and so on, I have seen alot of software come and go. But I have to say that the quality of most OSX software is heads and shoulders over the equivalent windows software. This is not to say there are not “keepers” in the Windows world, they are just harder to find with all the crap and chaff in the way. Macs have less to choose from but what is available tends to be of very high quality. Todays’ example is a replacement for the justifiably maligned Microsoft RDP client which has been almost abandoned by MS’s development teams. It works mostly but it is slow, poky, short many options that the Windows version has (like console access) and it not native to the Intel platform which slows it all the more. Enter stage left with TSClientX which is a nicely done GUI wrapper around the X Windows version of RDP. This client is FAST, even running it over a VPN and has many options like the before mentioned console access. I will get some pictures up later today as I’m writing this in my favorite Starbucks and having to pack it up to get into the office shortly. But check it out if you have a need to manage Windows boxes remotely.

A second killer app is called “Relaunch” and gives you a way to “snapshot” you workflow for a restart later on right where you left off. Very handy way to manage complicated Window arrangements that you just spent hours getting in the proper place for that marathon programming session 🙂

Thats it for now, I have been dialing in the new Intel iMac Duo Core and I have to say that it is worth every penny. It makes my poor Intel Mini feel like a slug now. I see yet another upgrade in the near future.. it never ends 🙂

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