It’s been about 2 months since my last mac update. Here are my thoughts.
OmFg STeVe JoBS iS A gOd!1! mAc Is tEh AwEsoMe sEx!1!1!
Well, ok, not really. I wanted to throw all y’all off.
I’m using my Macbook as my only machine, except when I’m at work. Here at the house, it gets used in workstation mode like I have mentioned before, with a printer, 20″ lcd and a host of other goodies attached. I’m actually using every port on the left side of the machine except for the line in.
When I’m at work (or, when I was at MINI United), I don’t have anything attached.
Still don’t likes
- Still not a fan of the trackpad. Using it makes me mental, but as I have mentioned in the past, I really don’t like any trackpad. I always have a mouse with me, so it’s not that big of a deal.
- Having to ‘quit’ programs after they are closed doesn’t bother me as bad as it used to. Although, it would be really nice if there was some consistency. Some programs stay running when I close them and need to be quit when I’m done. Some programs quit when I close them. I am of the belief that clicking the ‘X’ should do the same thing in every program.
- While programs are running, they have a tendency to get lost behind other programs without any way to quickly look to see what’s running. There have been many times I’ve clicked an icon on the dock, only to have the app pop right up because it was buried under 5 windows. I’m sure this is just me not being used to the dock. Also, if I click a programs icon on the dock, I should see the main program window, not the current one that is open (ichat for example). That’s annoying.
- Why is it such a chore to get a program to run in full screen mode? Shouldn’t the ‘+’ do that, instead of making it the maximum width a developer said it should be? That doesn’t make sense.
- I’m on my third mouse, and it’s already malfunctioning. I find that to be a little on the weird side. Do the USB ports put out an abnormal amount of power?
- Not having IE. While I always thought it would be a good thing, it’s amazing how crippling it can be not having it. Of course, if webdevs would stick to standards and drm didn’t exist…But, really, it would be nice to be able to use the new Netflix features (I get 17 hours of watch time on my account now), but they are IE only. I know bootcamp or parallels will fix this.
- Forward delete key. fn-del is very un-natural for me. As are many of the keyboard commands that require a Command key press with my left hand. Not as bad on the external keyboard tho, since there is space for all of the keys to be replicated on both sides.
- Saving docs. I really should be able to navigate to any folder I want for saving something. I don’t like to go back and reorganize my docs folder daily. And yes, this still bothers me.
- Making shortcuts on the desktop should be easier. Also, it would be nice if I could make on for my docs directory. So far, I haven’t been able to figure that one out.
- To expensive/not enough configuration options. I’m a full geek. I like to be able to open a box and replace any component inside if need or want be. Of course, I know I can’t on a laptop, but I would really like to have a mac desktop that I could. Don’t want to spend $2500+ for a MacPro either. An iMac might be ok, but that’s a lot of white. And a MINI is too small and doesn’t have the power I need.
The likes – hardware
- The trackpad. As much as I don’t like it, the 2 finger functions are great and make using it not quite so bad.
- The keyboard. This has to be one of the best keyboards I have ever used, laptop or not. The old IBM Think Pads and Dell Inspirons are the only ones that come close.
- The glossy screen is great. I only wish I could figure out how to make some of the fonts larger for viewing.
- Solid hardware. No rattles and nothing feels loose, and this machine goes with me everywhere. It’s by far the most solid laptop I have ever had. The build quality is outstanding.
the likes – OSX
- Spotlight. I’ve been using this more and more lately and it pretty much rocks. Faster and better than searching in Windows (98 – XP).
- iPhoto. Windows XP does a good job displaying, printing and organizing photos, but iPhoto goes one step better by providing an easier way to get photos off of your device and onto the computer. Albums are great too, much better than folders. I can’t wait for cover flow in Leopard too, which should make it that much better.
- Preview and Textedit. No 2 handier apps have ever been created. I’m surprised there isn’t a one-app-opens-anything on Windows. That sure would have been handy. So far, I’ve not found a file that doesn’t open in preview, including psd’s.
- The dock. It was very confusing at first, mostly because I missed the functionality of the taskbar. I’ve gotten used to it and find it to be more useful than the taskbar most of the time.
- Expose. Hot corners are great and I use it all the time. I like F11 for displaying the desktop, but wish it worked more like windows and actually minimize all running apps, instead of hiding them until you click or bring them back.
When I work in Windows, I now…
- I find myself moving the mouse to the top right corner and wonder why I don’t see all of my running apps.
- Pressing Alt-R and expecting quicksilver to start (I needed a replacement for the windows run shell, remember?).
- Always click in the top left corner to close a program.
Overall it’s a great machine so far. I know the dislikes out number the likes, but most of that stuff is just things that Apple does that the Windows computers makers don’t and there isn’t anything I can do about that.
But I’m still not going to be an fan boy. Nor, will I get one of those damned phones! But, let me know when the widescreen iPod goes on sale and I’ll be all over that like stink on sock!