Switched to Mac – Second week of use and am I impressed or what?

I have recently jumped from Windows to Mac and consider myself a n00b in the Mac world. But no day has passed since I started using Mac that has not impressed me with its features and capability. I am not a regular blogger otherwise I would have posted each day of my progress that might have helped some other soul as well. But what I found today, a very little thing, forced me to post this.

Firstly since I come from Linux server admin background with some years spent in FreeBSD, I was hoping to get some added benefit with the underlying system. And to my surprise today I found that my system already has php installed! 🙂 This just rocks my world.

bash-3.2# php -v
PHP 5.2.8 (cli) (built: Feb  5 2009 21:21:13)
Copyright (c) 1997-2008 The PHP Group
Zend Engine v2.2.0, Copyright (c) 1998-2008 Zend Technologies

Yes thats the command line of my system (Terminal).

Yesterday I activated named (yes its also installed by default) to setup my own dns cache server, which would by-pass my ISPs name server. I found the tip from google search on how to do that and setup startup script. That opens up a new whole world for me to do shell scripts and what not!

A day before that I hooked up an external drive to use Time Machine (mac’s cool built-in backup system) which backs up whole of the system automatically and keeps regular backup where I can go back in time to restore data. Simple plug n play!

That’s it for now. Time to work.

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