In article <o1ATa.58011$k85.1982685twister.tampabay.rr.com >, Enough
Please ignore Enough -- he's our resident troll, and not representative> In article <CgyTa.128781$H17.41462sccrnsc02>, [email]markmarkscoleman.com[/email]
>>> > I'm presuming the same should hold for a Mac.
of Mac users. I'd hate you to get a bad impression of the community
you've just joined due to someone like him!
In any case, Norton publishes all the stuff you mentioned for Macs as
well, but IMHO Norton is not the strongest contender on the Mac.
DiskWarrior is good, though only at one particular thing. TechTool Pro
(which comes free with an AppleCare warranty right now) is a better
all-around disk utility.
Virus software isn't really necessary unless you need protection
against stuff like Microsoft Word macro viruses. (I've seen ONE virus
in all my nearly 20 years of using a Mac, and it didn't infect me and
was easy to eliminate.) If you do decide you want one anyway, Norton
Anti-Virus and Virex are two choices. (Virex comes free with a .Mac
account -- at $100/year for the .Mac service, it's a pretty big
bargain, especially with the other free stuff you end up getting, but
it's not right for everyone.)
There are myriad programs others have mentioned that are not
particularly important, just interface gizmos. You might be interested
in them, but that's a very personal decision. They're hardly
indispensible items that you should feel a need to look into before
you're ready, so don't let the volume overwhelm you. In particular, I
noticed a number of the ones on one list were utilities designed to
give Mac OS X some interface elements familiar to OS 9 users -- being a
new Mac convert, I doubt you'll be that concerned about making your Mac
work like an older version of the OS! (Sorry if this offends those
providing the recommendations, but let's not drown the poor guy on his
first day in the pool!) When you feel a particular need, or just want
to play with some cool new software, then you can look into some of
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