Life without a Mac – not something I anticipated any time in the past. However, when my daughter started sixth form I decided to donate my lovely MacBook Pro to her as my previous donation was now on its last legs. So, I got a new one for myself to replace it - well actually, no. I decided that as my iPhone 4S works really well as a substitute for carrying around a somewhat bulky laptop that instead this time I would get another iMac.
Dilemma – new iMacs were in the wings so I didn’t want to buy one and then find myself frustrated that Apple had just brought out a new line. So, here I am having spend the last couple of months using a PC laptop for my day job and my iPhone as a replacement for my Mac laptop.
So, how has it been? Well, surprisingly (to me certainly) I have not really missed my MacBook Pro as much as I thought I would. I am writing this post on a PC laptop, which though its nowhere as pleasant to use it does suffice for most tasks and certainly copes with writing documents for work, emails and blog posts etc. Of course, browsing the web these days is pretty much the same what OS you use.
I am using Windows 7 and its an improvement on XP but only just. I doubt I will upgrade the PC to Windows 8 anytime soon though. iOS 6 works great on my iPhone and I can do much of what I need to do day to day on it when out and about.The rest of the time I use the PC laptop. In fact, the only time I use my (daughter’s) MacBook Pro is to open documents that I haven’t copied to my Dropbox folder or the odd program that does something none of my PC ones can do.
I guess all this goes to prove how close the two operating environments are these days and that’s a good thing. Both can provide what is needed for most tasks you would need to do in everyday situations. However, I am hooked on the Apple way fo doing things and I love the reliability and sheer design perfection of Macs so I can’t wait to get a shiny new 27-inch iMac. All I need to do is find a way of financing it!
Security, when it comes to computers, is as important as it is with most things. Trouble with computers though is that its difficult to keep ahead of the hackers and other scoundrels who are out to get you.
Well, help is at hand from Trustware, with their free software, BufferZone. According to their site:
“BufferZone creates an isolated environment called the Virtual Zone. The Virtual Zone “buffers” your PC from all forms of known or unknown attacks that originate from the Internet and external devices. All of your private information is secured in a trusted and separated environment.”
It does this by creating a virtual environment, within which your PC is isolated from any threats. By creating a special directory - C:\Virtual in your computer’s registry, it keeps external programs and files in an isolated environment, separated from your trusted personal files and your PC’s operating system.
According to Trustware, even your online banking is safe, as are your documents. It promises to prevent spyware, keyloggers, botnets or any other Internet born malware from stealing your personal data and documents, even if anti-virus and anti-malware hasn’t yet identified the threats. If it truly lives up to the claims then this is one piece of software you should seriously consider installing.
You can read more about BufferZone on the company’s website. If you are wondering just how safe your PC is they also have a free security test you can download from their site.
You can rest assured that the software is trustworthy as CNET gives it 5 stars!
Along with many other blogs this one has a new look – the Retro MacOS look, in tribute to Steve Jobs. Its fitting that someone who did so much to change the face (literally, in a sense) of personal computing and the web (lets not forget the influence of the Safari browser) should be honoured by having a theme created in memory of his life and work.
Retro MacOS was originally created by Stuart Brown, and converted by the team at WP so folk like me could use on their blogs. Its available in the WP Theme Directory from within your dashboard. Personally, I think it looks rather cool and is a fitting tribute to the man. What do you think? Please feel free to leave your comments.
As to how long it will remain up, I’m not sure; at least for a while anyway.