I apologize for being MIA the last week or so. My old laptop died and I was forced to get a new one. In the ensuing mad dash to get myself back up and running I have not had much time for blogging.
The reason it has taken me longer than usual to restore things is that I have officially moved from a pc to a mac. This is my first post on my black macbook (white laptops are for 12 year old girls :P).
Having never really used a mac before I have to admit there was definitely a learning curve. Here is the review of my experience with it so far.
May 19, 12 pm: It's official my old laptop is dead.
May 19, 3 pm: Oooo even the styrofoam packaging is pretty. Definitely the simplest cleanest unboxing I have ever had.
May 19, 3:30 pm: Oooo more pretty graphics I am flying through an incredibly well rendered 3d space with welcome signs flying at me. This sure beats vista's ugly yellow bee bar and random screen shutdowns.
May 19, 3:35 pm: The built in webcamera is not exactly the best quality and i realize I am way overdue for a shave.
- I take a break to hang out at my parents place -
May 19, 7pm to 1 AM: Why is the backspace button called delete and where is the forward delete??
- Grrr must use command button instead of control to copy and paste things
- Indian Jones and the lost arc looks wicked good playing on my macbook onto my tv. The settings for dual screens are hard to find however.
- Itunes blows- long live Songbird now i just need them to create a visualization plugin for it
- Wow thats all it takes to install programs!??! drag and drop into the applications folder!??!? You have to be kidding that was way too easy!
- Spaces is awesome ( have been using a similar program with xp for a year or so now) totally indispensable. Spaces is a definite step up from that program.
- Dancing application icons are adorable.
-I have discovered the dual touch capabilities of the touchpad. Dual touch is definitely going to change the way we deal with computers i just wish there were more than a couple of features activated.
-Can't seem to find outlook for macs
-parallels is a sweet must have program
- too tired must continue exploring tomorrow.
May 20 9 AM: Bring macbook to work (decide i need to name it)
- Printing to the office printer is definitly not working (it prints out 40 pages of junk) I knew Ricoh would have shitty driver support for macs but i didn't think it would be this bad
-It takes me the rest of the day to sort out the printing and get my email set up. I find out that Microsoft has no pst import options for its office for mac. I need to find away to get my 3000 emails into my mac. I get pissed off that microsoft is still making my life difficult.
May 20 6 pm: I try and play around with boot camp. It partitions the drive and I install windows. When the computer starts up again i get a white page with a folder and a blinking question mark. I begin to worry. I call mikey and eventually have to call apple techsupport.
They are super friendly but the girl explains that I have done a great job trying to fix the problem but it looks like my particular problem is likely due to a bad hard drive because she has never seen the symptoms my system had before.
I take the macbook back to futureshop for a replacement.
Macbook Round 2
May 20 8 pm: - I get everything reinstalled and find a program called o2m to convert my pst into .mbox files that can be imported by pretty much any email program. The conversion takes about 3 hours on my old laptop.
May 21 9am: - Time machine is the coolest, prettiest backup utility ever. I am beginning to fall in love.
Current Thoughts: I do really love my mac I am still learning to adjust to some of the silly keyboard commands. I must say i found OSx much easier to pick up than i found vista to be. The really cool features really do make up for the learning curve. I am a bit worried about the reliability of the hardware it is running but so far I love the software side of things. I turfed boot camp and now use parallels exclusively (i find it runs much faster).