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Most Mac-like apps for a PC

buying first pc in a long time, not sure what to use

     
6:48 pm on Mar 26, 2004 (gmt 0)

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OK, I need to buy a PC <eek> I'm hoping there's some people more cross-platform savvy than me who can give advice.

What should I use for an FTP client?
mac preference: Transmit

What should I use for an HTML editor?
mac preference: BBEdit

What should I use for an email client?
mac preference: Mail
i'm leaning toward Thunderbird on this one

What should I use for an AIM alternative?
mac preference: iChat

Is OpenOffice a reasonable alternative to Office on the Windows platform?

Is there a good implementation of Stickies?

File-sharing app? I'm scared of Kazaa, anything that works well?

If you have URLs you want to give me feel free to sticky...

thanks for your help.

6:33 pm on Mar 27, 2004 (gmt 0)

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Oh, you poor thing... Why do you *need* to buy a PC?

I work cross-platform: WinXP and MacOSX sit side by side on my desk. Some suggestions:

FTP: After trying every Win ftp client I could find, I settled on Filezilla -- it's freeware (I think -- I don't remember being asked to pay for it), and it allows you define local sites/remote sites like Transmit does, so it's easy to connect to multiple servers.

HTML editor: There's a freeware text editor called Crimson Editor I use sometimes on the PC; it's not bad.

Mail: I understand Thunderbird is a good e-mail program, but I've never used it. You can't beat the price. I've been using Outlook, but recently switched over to getting my e-mails in Entourage on the Mac. I *hate* Outlook.

Office suite: I have OpenOffice installed, as well as MS Office, and frankly, I can open pretty much any document in either one and not be able to tell a difference. Unless you use advanced features in Office that aren't in OO, you'll probably be quite happy with OO. (No, I don't know what features Office might have that aren't in OO, but I'm guessing there must be some.)

I've looked for a decent implentation of stickies, but haven't found one. If you find one, will you post it here? :) I had a stickies-wannabe program on the PC at one point, but it was lame, and I must have removed it, because I can't find it on there anymore.

File-sharing: No advice, I don't use any of those. Watch out for spyware and viruses, though.

Chat: AOL's Instant Msngr. is available for the PC. I have that and Microsoft's Messenger, and they both work fine.

Additional recommendations:

Apply ALL security updates and service packs immediately -- before you ever connect the computer the internet, if possible. Get a Windows friend to download them and put them on a CD for you. If you don't, your computer will very possibly get infected the instant you first get online.

Become very aware (and suspicious) of downloading files, opening attachments, etc. Turn off the "preview pane" in any e-mail program you use. Go investigating and find out how to turn off all the ports Windows has open. Disable the stupid Messenger service (something different from the chat messenger program), or you'll constantly get hit with popup windows trying to sell you viagra.

Get Tweakui Powertoy (a free dl from Microsoft) to tame some of Window's more egregious behaviors and get it to behave more the way *you* want it to.

Access Folders and KeyText are two of my favorite utilities on the PC.

Get to know the PC. Start haunting some of the PC message boards and help sites. I've ended up making *lots* of customizations to the default behaviors on the PC, sometimes having to use the registry to do it, and it's a much more usable computer now.

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Filezilla for FTP, and EditPadPro for a text editor would be my recommendations.

Not too familiar about the rest, though I do know AOL's AIM will do AIM ;).

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Apply ALL security updates and service packs immediately -- before you ever connect the computer the internet, if possible. Get a Windows friend to download them and put them on a CD for you. If you don't, your computer will very possibly get infected the instant you first get online.

Good Gravy! How in the world do windows users stand it?

Answering your question, I have to run a special application and Virtual PC won't cut it.

thanks for the app tips!

8:38 am on Mar 30, 2004 (gmt 0)

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stickies for pc,

[3m.com...]

the same company that make post-it-notes for your desk!

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2:56 am on Apr 30, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I recommend and use:
FTP Client: FlashFXP [flashfxp.com...]

HTML Editor: I use notepad for occasional HTML editing... nothing big though

eMail client: I use outlook express because I'm used to it... I'm trying to migrate toward "Mail" for OS X.

AIM Alternative: Simply the official AIM. [aim.com...]

Office Work: OpenOffice for PC works... though I use Office 2003 for maximum compatibility (school work)...

File-Sharing: I use eMule but I'm not really satisfied with it... as someone said, watch out to not get spywares! [emule-project.net...]

[edited by: Macguru at 3:50 am (utc) on April 30, 2004]
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