I’ve had a MacBook Pro since the day I was laid off from VeriSign. Over time, I’ve slowly adapted to its little sharp corners that made the Apple OS X platform not as attractive to me as it has my wife. Now, I can easily say that I like it.
At work, I’ve got a wimpy Dell that I run Fedora Core 5 on. It’s good for most people, but fairly under-powered for my needs. I finally got annoyed enough with its wimpiness that I started talking loudly about replacing it with my MBP.
Mistake. I think I hurt its feelings as soon after that, it lost power, then wouldn’t start X when it came back up. Taking this as the final kick in the pants, I went with working on doing the switch instead of fixing what I think is the problem with X.
I have never used a Mac on the desktop for anything longer than five minutes, so it was a bit bumpy, especially with my PC keyboard. Not only did I have to start figuring out a new keyboard layout (Macs and PCs swap the ALT(?) and Win keys), I had to contend with not having a “c” key.
A few weeks ago, I spilled a diet Coke on my nice Microsoft keyboard. (I’m not a big fan of their OS, but I do love their split keyboards.) I cleaned it right up and everything mostly worked except for the “c”. After a more thorough cleaning, it all did work then, but it still flakes out every-so-often. On the MBP, pressing the “c” key tends to trigger the ExposÃ© “show windows” action. This is not really the best key to have that function mapped to. I gave the keyboard another thorough cleaning, but nothing seemed to help.
crackhouse Best Buy is where I got the keyboard last time, so I went back there soon after they opened. Sold out. Dang. I played with a cow-orker’s Apple keyboard for a couple hours (hated it), then went off to get Stick Meat with some of my ex-cow-orkers.
After a tasty lunch and some catching up, Grumpy and I went to our neighborhood
crack house Apple Store. I needed to get a USB hub and wanted to look at other possibilities for a keyboard. It was there that I found the Logitech S 530 Laser, specifically for the Mac.
While it’s not a split keyboard, it is a very nice, low profile keyboard. The key action is nice to me, but they might be placed just a bit too closely for my big fingers.
I also picked up an iSight for Deadli’s Powerbook. She and G seemed to enjoy using Photo Booth and the iSight built into my MBP. The Apple crackhead I talked with said that Photo Booth was included in the iSight package, so I thought, “What the heck? Why not?” Well, the Photo Booth software I was told was in the box was not, but it’s still fun to play with and I think Deadli and G will have a good time with it anyway.
So, finally, we got back to the office and I started to integrate it all and settle in. I’m still not comfortable, but things are starting to fall into place and I can see myself into this new workflow very shortly.
I liked the fact that each of my three main computers — home, office, and laptop — ran a different OS. I felt that it gave me a good overview of and experience with the main OSes out there. Now, I’m a bit sad that I’m mostly using just the two consumer OSes. It’s not because I got disenchanted with Fedora Core or Linux. I got disenchanted with the hardware it was running (well, “walking quickly”) on. I don’t think OS X or Windows would do any better while doing the same tasks on that hardware. (If I could even get Windows to do the same tasks.)
Overall, I’m pretty happy about it. I’m looking forward to getting back into the office now and getting back to “the struggle.” Additionally, having my work computer with me all the time might open the door to other usage possibilities.