My name is Zachary Cohn, and I am now a Mac user.
So in Part 1 of this series, I was talking about how I felt after I ordered my new Macbook Pro, but hadn't received it yet. It arrived Saturday night, but I didn't get a chance to open the box until Sunday.
If there's one thing Apple focuses on (this shouldn't be a surprise), it's the experience. Even just opening the box was impressive.
Once I got it out of the box, I scanned through the manual, then opened it up. Within 2 minutes, everything was configured and I was staring at that the desktop.
Aaaand then I didn't really know what to do from there. I decided to start moving through the System Preferences. I figured the best way to get familiar with a new OS was to see what I could change!
So after an hour or two of tinkering, I have the dock set up to hide on the left, maximizing my screen real estate. I've learned about the different multi-touch options, and best of all... discovered the keyboard shortcuts window! This is something I never thought about, but it's astounding how obvious it is once you see it. Windows doesn't have a global keyboard shortcuts menu... you just have to figure them out as you go. Windows key + M minimizes, Windows key + E opens Windows Explorer... there's no way anyone could find a list of all of those in windows anywhere. But on the Mac, there's just a huge list. So I've been learning those, and it's been pretty sweet.
Installing programs was weird. People say it's easier than on Windows, but I would argue the whole process is a bit less intuitive. I needed a friend to explain to me that you download a .dmg, then you can drag and drop it to the applications folder, then you have to unmount it to get rid of the icon. On windows, you can just double click on the file
you downloaded and hit next-next-next until it's set up. I won't say I don't like this method, I just don't think it's necessarily better.
So far, I've downloaded and installed Firefox, VLC, and Flash. The first two were fine, I had some trouble getting Flash to work. It installed fine, but Youtube videos wouldn't work. I tried a few times and eventually it worked... so whatever. *shrug*
The biggest thing I've noticed so far is that IT IS FAST. Part of this is definitely the fact that it's a new computer with a fresh OS, and another big part is that it's using a solid state drive. But either way, it wakes up from sleep before I can finish opening the screen, and all applications pretty much load instantly.
I think the best way to describe the colors on the screen would be "vibrant." Even looking just at individual icons, it's very impressive.
I think those are most of my initial impressions. All I've done on it so far are dick around with some settings and watch an episode of Dexter though. I'm planning on migrating some old files tonight, and if I can get that done maybe make use of what's running under the hood. I found this project on HN a week or two ago, and I want to try it out.
The only other thing I want at this point would be one of these babies...
That's a lot of screen real estate I'm sure I could find ways to fill.