1. No, Nick, I haven’t forsaken PCs entirely. I still support them at work. I’ve got XP loaded on my shiny new Mac via Virtual Box, so I can still use my Bible(Doesn’t)Works and some other stuff. I’m still figuring out what I’ll go Mac on and what I’ll stay with Windows on. We’ll see. Eventually, I’ll probably be all Mac, but that’s a while off.

    They really are beautiful machines, though. And already, after using this one for just a few hours, I’m nowhere near as annoyed as I would be with loading all this stuff on a Windows machine. There’s a thoughtfulness to the user experience that’s lacking in the installation process for Windows applications, for instance.

    Anyhow, I’m not a dewy-eyed convert in any arena. In this one, I’m still something of a fence-sitter. But the end will certainly be on the Mac side.

  2. Don’t forget to check out the Greek Polytonic font. It makes doing Greek easy (pull down the keyboard viewer to see how.

  3. Thanks for the Greek Polytonic hint, Byron. That’ll be a very nice thing.

    Yes, Yitzhak, the UNIX has already come in handy, when I had to delete an “invisible” file.

    Right now I’m just getting used to clicking this weird touchpad thing. I’m kind of annoyed by the clicking. Here’s this beautiful, perfectly silent machine, and yet you have to make this obnoxious clicking to do anything. I’m also dealing with setting up another Windows environment (always a trial) in VirtualBox, which is quite cool.

    And I’ve just found out that my stupid external 1TB drive is read only on the Mac. So now I’m copying everything off there and have to reinitialize it. Lame.

    I should be happier, with this nice new computer here. But I haven’t gotten any work done over the last four or five days, and that gets me down. I had been on a roll. And now it’s Orthodox Lent on Monday, and I know I’ll be too busy to get much done during that time. I’ll just need to take some more time off.

    And then maybe that will keep me from rambling in my own comments….

  4. Mr. Edgecomb,

    I, too, initially found the new trackpad taxing. As an alternative mode of clicking, you can active the “tap click” option under system preferences. Under this setting, a light tap on the trackpad will function as a click. I naturally have a light touch on the computer so this works for me. Also, you can set the preferences to have the lower right corner of the track pad function as the right-click option (when physically pressed down). While initially flummoxing, these adjustments make for a more expeditious utility.

  5. Kevin,

    if you are like me, you will become addicted to the two fingers on the touchpad scroll. Everytime I sit down at a PC laptop, I find myself trying to scroll with the two-finger touch.

    I’m jealous of your 17″ screen; mine’s only 15″ : )


  6. Hi James,
    Yes, I’m getting used to that pretty quicky. It’s a very nice touchpad, now that I’ve got it set to tapping. I still have to click it every once in a while. I suppose I’ll figure all that out eventually.

    Also, the keys are a little more widely spaced on the keyboard, so I’m getting used to that, too. They’re nice this way, and I seem to type better, oddly enough, with fewer mistakes. But those peripheral keys (numbers, etc), I’m totally missing when I try to get them. That’ll take time to get used to.

    The screen is definitely beautiful. I have yet to watch a movie or anything like that on there, but I’m sure that’ll be enough of a pleasure that I’ll do it more often than I have in the past.

    I think I’m going to need to find a book for advanced Windows people who switch to Macs. Right now I’m just going with the flow, and getting used to the overall (very nice!) experience. It’s much more user-friendly. And three gazillion percent prettier.

  7. Congrats on the computer! I’ve been using a macbook for two years now (not as nice as yours, but still more computer than I’ll ever need). I’ve loved my macbook from the second I got my hands on it. I should also say that it was provided by my school district, and I don’t think I would have ever tried one otherwise. Just to never have to worry about spyware and viruses is such a blessing.

  8. Thanks, Todd! I’m really enjoying it. There are a few odd things that pop up that I suppose I’ll either get used to them or buy an app to fix (like sorting folders alpabetically before all files alphabetically: it looks like the nicest solution is simply purchasing Path Finder). But these are relatively minor.

    I’m still getting used to how fast it is. I hope this one lasts a long time. My laptop that just died was 9 years old. I take care good care of such things, so I hope it’ll continue to be useful (and still fast!) for a long time. We shall see!

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