I do most of my work on Macs because I like having a full Unix operating system, I like having well-integrated graphical tools, I like having hardware that's highly integrated with the software, and I like having other people worry about the system administration. The Mac is a great system, but I've also found that there are some programs that make it a lot easier to use:
Other Free Software
I find these these free software applications useful:
- MacPorts, for managing open source software.
- Adium, an instant messaging program.
- Skim-App, open source tool for reading and annotating PDF files.
- BibDesk, which many people use to maintain a BibTeX database.
- Sage, Open source Math Software. "Mission: Creating a viable free open source alternative to Magma, Maple, Mathematica and Matlab."
These commercial applications should be installed:
- Microsoft Office 2008 (Institutional install)
- Apple iWork 09 (for Keynote)
- Apple iLife '09 (for iPhoto with face recognition)
- Cisco VPN Client
You may find these interesting
- EMACS on MacOS: Aquamacs Emacs 21 for MacOS Emacs.app
- iterm (better Terminal)
- Enhanced Carbon Emacs (ECE) plugin
- SuperDuper!, an easy-to-use backup system for the Mac which makes bootable drives.
- Textmate - some people swear by it, I use EMACS.
Other places to look for cool Mac stuff: