As most of Australia celebrates the WWDC-eve holiday, now in its final hours, I thought it would be interesting to mention that, over the last few days, my primary computer at home has been — for the first time ever — a Mac.
And, you know what? I’m very happy with it. It’s not a very powerful machine, just a lowly Mac Mini, and I don’t have one of those fancy Apple displays, but it simply works.
Granted, there are some teething pains (or “gotchas”), especially for someone who comes from the Windows world:
- why, why, why can’t the Home and End keys move the cursor to the beginning or the end of the line? and, on a related note, why don’t Page Up and Page Down move the cursor at all? this is very annoying when editing text (yes, I know what key combinations to use to go to the ends of the line; my fingers still go to the “obvious” place, though)
- command-tab switches between applications, but not between different windows of the same application; confusing at times, ultimately understandable
- but the key combination to switch between windows of the same application is usually command-` — this is convenient because ` is just above tab on the keyboard… but it doesn’t work at all if you are using an international keyboard configuration similar to Windows’ US-International, with “mute” accent keys
But enough gripes for now. What I like:
- it is so incredibly silent! not only the computer itself, but the keyboard as well (the DVD drive, though, it’s one the noisiest I know)
- installing and uninstalling applications is a breeze
- boots in less than 30 seconds, shuts down even faster
- I haven’t seen it crash yet (but neither have I seen Windows crash in a long time)
- I can’t say enough good things about Time Machine; I wish there was something similar for Windows (and Ubuntu)
- iPhoto — lovely
- Spaces — I can’t believe Windows still does not ship with something like this out of the box
That’s it for now. I am sure I will have many more things to comment on in the future… maybe even about Snow Leopard, hopefully coming out tomorrow (the WWDC keynote is at 3am on Tuesday, Melbourne time).