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I’ve Made the Switch!

My new (old) G4This is old news to any­one who speaks with me reg­u­lar­ly, but I’ve final­ly made the switch—to a Mac.

Yes, I know, apolo­gies go out to my par­ents and every­one that I berat­ed over the years for fool­ish­ly buy­ing Macs – I just couldn’t resist any longer. I’m now the proud own­er of a G4, with a diminu­tive 350mhz chip, new 80gb dri­ve, 896mb RAM, OS X 10.2, and all the open source soft­ware I care to install. I was relieved to see that all my periph­er­als were eas­i­ly installed, and I’m get­ting bet­ter at nav­i­gat­ing the OS.

A cou­ple of peeves, that I’m sure I’ll get over:

  • + How do I min­i­mize all win­dows to the desk­top with a key­board short­cut?
  • + Work­ing with files in direc­to­ries is a bit weird—though I’m get­ting used to the col­umn view.
  • + It’s con­fus­ing dis­tin­guish­ing between “home” and “com­put­er”.
  • + win­dow focus: why do you have to click on an inac­tive win­dow first, and then select an item? That’s 2 clicks! In win­dows, you can click on a file in an inac­tive win­dow, and it will select as it sets the win­dow focus.
  • + Safari ren­ders type real­ly real­ly small—i don’t mind, but it wor­ries me that my web­site has such tiny type.

With the com­plaints out of the way, I have to say that I’m beam­ing with pride… some­thing new to evan­ge­lize on. And I’m not the only one.