I recently bought an iPhone, so recent that it was just three days before Apple released the 16 gb version.
When I first approached AT&T about exchanging it for the new version they they told me there was a 10% restocking fee. I waited so long to buy it…more on that some other day. Well I took it back today, ready to pay the 10% and the luck of the draw gave me a salesperson who did not charge me the fee! I don’t know if she just didn’t know any better or if she felt my pain. Regardless, I am a happy customer.
I love my iPhone, in fact this was posted from it… While I was pooping. Sweet.
One of the greatest things to me about using OSX is the integration between Mail, Address Book and iCal. I can hover my mouse over an address, date, phone number, etc and add it to Address Book, or iCal right from Mail. It saves a lot of fumbling around, looking for your contact or the right calendar. Its brilliant.
This is the one of my main annoyances about using a Mac. The home and end keys do not work the same in all applications! Depending on the app they go to the beginning and end of a line, sometimes to the end of the page, sometimes they do nothing! When they function as Apple intends, to go to the end of a document, your cursor remains where it was! I can’t remember the last time I ever wanted to go to the end of a document, but leave the cursor where I just was.
I have pretty much gotten used to using command left or right to go to the beginning or end of a line of text, but I still miss the way home and end keys work on a Windows machine.
Today I opened iSync for the first time and decided to give it a quick run to see if I could get it to sync with my phone, a junky Motorla. I originally bought the phone so I could sync my contact and calendar from my Windows PC but found out Verizon wanted me to pay for software to do it. F-that.
Enter iSync. I registered my phone with iSync, told it what to sync and let it rip. Low and behold. It worked. Well done.
When I originally switched to my Mac I just took over some one else’s account, installed Boot Camp etc. When I installed Windows I did so with another copy that was already installed, so I was never able to activate it. One month later and I decided to not only re-install Windows, but to install OS10 from scratch as well. In this past month I have merged my contacts into Address Book and created calendars in iCal.
That is where .Mac came into play. I created a trial account, downloaded Backup 3 and started getting into it. I read a number of articles that ripped Backup 3 to shreds, but also learned that most of the issues being ripped have been resolved so I went for it, backing up my documents and personal settings like Address Book, iCal and my Cyber Duck bookmarks.
After the very long but easy install of OS10, I set up my .Mac account in the os and downloaded my calendars and contacts. Low and behold it works! Very easy.
I am currently restoring my backups from DVD and its all going very smoothly.
OS10 does a terrible job of connecting to and maintaining network volumes. Today, I switched network connections from wireless to wired and my network volume lost its connection and wouldn’t resolve the connection automatically. I had to physically navigate and mount the volume again.
In windows you can attach a network storage drive, and when your switch connections it resolves fine, not only that but it will reconnect every time you login if you want it to. No deal with OS10, you have to mount the volume every time I come into the office.
I have Windows XP installed on a Boot Camp partition which I can boot into and use Windows as I normally would. Then, while booted into OS10 I have Parallels installed and I use that same partition as my virtual machine. So all my data, applications, fonts etc are exactly the same as though I was booted into Windows proper. I am only using Windows for Flash at this point and its way faster like this than the real Mac version of Flash. Its good stuff and the main reason I am switching to Mac.
I am using a MacBook Pro laptop and on it there is a key labeled “delete.” But this key is not delete at all, its a backspace. I had to download a application called DoubleCommand that remaps certain keys to what you want. Since there is a second “enter” key I remapped delete to that. There is also a shortcut, if you hit “fn/delete” it acts like a forward delete key.
Is this the way you would expect a delete key to work? Every keyboard I have ever used, backspace was the key if you wanted to delete moving backwards, the delete key went forward…
If you are ten directories into your hard drive or network you can’t tell what directory you are in unless you trace back through the folder structure. In Windows Explorer you can always tell exactly where you are just by looking at the title bar or the url bar, I like that.