My most recent computer has something in
common with my very first.
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My first computer was an Apple ][. A whopping 64k of RAM, using the 6502
processor, and my audio cassette deck for storage. My second computer was a
CP/M based Z-80 machine, and since then it’s been Windows, Windows, Windows,
with a little Linux thrown in in the past couple of years.
Until, that is, last week, when I came full circle.
Last week my Intel based Apple MacBook Pro arrived.
Yep, I bought a Mac.
My hidden agenda last week in trying to switch to Thunderbird was to have a
cross-platform email client. Sadly that attempted failed. As a result, I
haven’t totally moved to my Mac – I’m still just sipping at the Kool-Aide.
A couple of my initial impressions…
My MacBook arrived with an almost unusable trackpad. I suspect a hardware
problem, and will be visiting a local Apple store to see how they respond to
Setup and initial configuration was a breeze. In fact, it was much smoother
than anything I’ve experienced in Windows. A couple of obvious questions, and
not only was I done, but I was connected to my wireless network at home.
To use the local network, however, I clearly need some education. It’s
definitely not as easy as I would have expected to operate a mixed Windows and
I love that OSX is based on a Unix variant firing up a unix shell lets me
geek out to my heart’s content. And I do geek out.
I had hoped to record this podcast my Mac, but Garage Band doesn’t seem to
give me the control I want, or I just haven’t figured it out yet, and I
couldn’t get the Mac port of Audacity to come up reliably.
Other than that, so far most of what I’m finding boils down to differences,
not abilities. OSX’s UI is intuitive, but naturally different than Windows. A
side effect of losing my trackpad was that in plugging in a USB mouse, lo and
behold, right click worked – consistently, and in totally expected ways. I’m
sure that there’s a Mac-way to get the same functionality on the default single
button mouse, but to a Windows guy, it’s helping to ease the transition.
So while I’m a little disappointed with my out-of-the-box hardware problem,
and my failed attempt to record this podcast, overall I’m impressed and am
looking forward to more adventures in this new, to me, Mac world.
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