It’s Day 5 of my transition to using OS X and all is well. Once I got used to the different ways of doing things, things have been running remarkably smoothly. The trackpad on the Macbook has taken a bit of getting used to, but I now find myself pawing impotently at the pad on my Dell when I need to use it. Go figure. I don’t think I’ll be going back to a non-Apple product.
Some things I like:
- Software installation & deletion is a breeze.
- Sleep mode – being able to put the machine in a sleeve for a few hours, carry it around, and reawaken it in a flash without it overheating is a dream.
- Speed- starting programs seems a hell of a lot faster than in Windows.
- Networking – linking to my Windows boxen was a snap.
- Bookpedia – seriously … scanning barcodes using the iSight is amazing.
Some things I’m still getting used to:
- The trackpad
- Keyboard shortcuts being different
- Converting file formats
The file format thing is a little annoying. While Keynote will import my Powerpoint files, it screws up some of the charts and it takes time to fix things … more time than I have in a semester. I’m thinking it will be next semester before I will be totally independent of Windows. (Yeah, I do realize I can get Powerpoint for the Mac … it’s just going to take awhile before the seriously discounted version ships to me from Microsoft via ASU).
I’ve managed to find software that does most of the things I need to do. The only thing I don’t have is an HTML editor like Adobe Contribute (which I use for my classes). Any suggestions so that I can avoid hand-coding with BBedit or such?