Thursday, April 21, 2011

Life with a Mac, Day 3

It doesn't take too many days with a Mac to understand that Windows is a Mac-derivative, not that there's anything wrong with that. The arrangement of the files/folders/computer is instinctively easy for a former Win-guy to understand.

It's interesting that there seems to be one relatively simple means of accomplishing anything. Another tech example is Gmail. I love Gmail. I like having all the spam floating around the webber-net out there rather than being downloaded onto my computer. But I never used Gmail regularly until it was changed to add "Labels," which is google-speak for "Folders." Then it began to make sense for me.

Mac gazes out the window
I used a Mac in the late 1980s for a summer when helping out with a local newspaper start-up, but I was uncomfortable then with its simplicity. That was back in the days when PCs required working from the C:/ prompt.

What's also impressive about the MacBook is its sturdiness. It feels solid in comparison to the plastic world of over-the-counter PCs. My little Acer works fine, but I've used it several hours a day for two years, and the keyboard is warped.

Part of the ease of swimming over to the Mac island has been my quest to install familiar programs. I use Firefox and OpenOffice. Both are now on this machine, despite Apple representative's endorsement of M/S Word. I went cold turkey. So far, so good.

  1. Battery power has lasted through two 3-hour sessions and two nights of sleep.
  2. Keyboard still needs to be trained to fit my hands.
  3. File transfers being accomplished by thumb drive.
  4. Why? Because Carbonite back-up service will allow download to a new computer, but it does not have the capability to upload from one platform and download to another.
  5. Some things are instinctively so simple I get lost. An example? Plug in a thumb drive and an icon appears on the desktop.
  6. Some people get confused by the double menu.
  7. Some people cannot find the "Home" and "End" key function.
  8. Some people had to ask how to mimic the right-click common on PCs.
  9. Some people cannot figure out how to differentiate between enlarging font in a specific program and enlarging the default system fault.
  10. Some people need new prescription lenses.
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