After decades of being a staunch PC user, going back to the early days of Win’95, I’ve finally decided that enough is enough and I’ve just gotten my first Mac. The semi-annual hard drive nuke and pave, constant worry about malware, annoying glitches and my general disdain for all things “Gatesish” have driven me over to the other side. I’m the proud owner of the cheapest MacMini available and I love it. Yes there is still a bit of a learning curve to it and yes I wish I’d spring for more ram but I’m so glad I have this.
My last desktop, a six year old Dell, gave up the ghost a few weeks ago. This was just a few days after the most recent hard drive rebuild and I decided that enough was enough. The hard drives were salvaged and the rest was recycled - good riddance.
That being said, all is not perfect for the life of this newly liberated ex-PCer. Specifically, I need software recommendations. I’ve been trying to sort through the included software but so far nothing seems to be what I need. Of course that could just mean that I’m blind or stupid. Any polite suggestions on the following subjects are welcomed.
Security - Many people seems to be of the opinion that malware and internet security in a mac is essentially a non-issue. This may well be true, I certainly can’t prove that it isn’t. With that understood, any security software or non-obvios, non-default preference setting suggestions are welcomed.
DVD tools - Specifically, I want a mac replacement for DVDshrink. I like the ability of this program to rip out specific titles or small specific clips from a dvd without recoding from standard DVD format. I also like the ability to rip a dvd and compress it down to fit a 4.7 gig blank disc but this is a secondary requirement. I’ve done some searching on this but I can’t seem to find a consensus. What’s your experience on this?