Well guys, after much hemming and hawing, I finally did it. My Big Mac will be delivered on Tuesday. (no fries, though)
Last week I bought a book that describes all the ins and outs of the operating system. I keep saying to myself,
"I refuse to be intimidated". I am a little though, but I am sure that it will be o.k.
Use it in the most robust of good health
I hope that u will keep us up to date on interesting experiences with it.
The big thing about macs in my experience is that they're super intuitive. I don't think I've cracked the manual once. You just kinda do this and do that and it makes sense.
Congratulations on your swell choice, gurl.
Congratulations, Phoenix!! You'll see in a while you will ask yourself why
you have waited this long to buy a MAC. It's just more fun, surfing with a
MAC than a PC.
I never read a manual either, you just plug it in and use it....
On the other hand, if you learn stuff, share it here - I can always use more info.
O.K. I have had two days with the "beast", and I am starting to fall in love with it.
The sound is kind of skimpy compared with what I had. I have the Zvox, but am waiting for a cord and connector that the company is mailing me before I install
It took awhile to get the appropriate screen resolution, but Mr. P. bugged me. After trying a few, we found one that is satisfactory to both of us.........large enough to see comfortably, without having the distortion of "stretching".
I love the integrated camera and mic. The pictures overexpose at night with even a small light on, but look fine during the day with natural light. I want to install Skype, so I can talk to my son.
The teeny keyboard is a challenge. I like it, but will have to become a better typist. A regular keyboard was much more "forgiving". Ditto the mouse, which, in just one day, I am finding easier and easier to use.
BTW, I ended up buying it at Amazon. It was a bit cheaper there than at Apple and no tax.
To be continued as I move along with the process of learning.
Bob- Thanks for your thoughts on the subject. I really respect your opinion, and found them very valuable.
The teeny keyboard is a challenge. I like it, but will have to become a better typist. A regular keyboard was much more "forgiving".
You can buy third-party keyboards if you like. I prefer BlueTooth wireless keyboards myself. I also use a trackball instead of a mouse, which allows me to sit back on a chair and put the keyboard in my lap and the trackball on the arm of the chair. Much more comfortable than leaning over the desk all the time.
What ever you do, don't get a DELL. For the first time, I bought a DELL desk top computer, and it started having a problem just a few days after I installed it at home. I called DELL support, and as expected, they're all in Bangalore in India. The tech guy couldn't help me, but offered to "fix" it for $195. I told him I'd junk it before I spent another $200 to fix something that should be under warranty. I also told him this was my first and last DELL, and I'm going back to HP.
I 've always used a trackball.
I use an ergonomic curved n shaped keyboard from Microsoft: comfortable.
I can 't go back to the old way.
My keyboard is wired, but my mouse is wireless; I like it this way. They keyboard doesn't need to be moved from my table, but the mouse can be moved within radio range to operate.
However, I have seen sales on both keyboard and mouse on wireless for some pretty good prices lately. I like the Logitech mouse, because it rarely needs to have the battery replaced, and I have in "on" all the time even though it has a on/off switch.
A week later, and I just love my iMac. Every day, I am learning more and more about this marvelous machine. I found the way to adjust the mouse, and am having no more troubles. I still find that I am making more typos on this keyboard, but that is my fault. I think that this keyboard will force me to become a better typist, if I just concentrate.
I was fooling around with iPhoto. I had read somewhere that people have problems learning to use it, but so far, I seem to be able to handle it.
I have been using Safari on my Mac. I learned that Chrome worked on that computer. I had been using Chrome on my old Windows computer, and I really like it.
Anyway, I downloaded the Chrome that is designed for the Mac.. First thing, I go to A2K. I noticed a number of things. With Chrome, no avatars display. Also, the choices, [New threads, new posts, etc.] are limited.
So I blew it away. Does anyone know why this is happening, and if their is any way that I an fix it, or is this peculiar to chrome on a Mac?
Were you definitely signed in as Phoenix?
No avatars if you're not signed in, I think.
i found chrome a little wonky on my mac as well, went back to safari
Soz- You were absolutely right. I was not signed in by Chrome. I did, and now all is o.k.
Djjd62- I will play around it for a little while. One thing that I liked better on Safari, was that you could squeeze in more favorites on the bookmark bar. A number of things that I want is on "other bookmarks", and that means another click.
I can't wait until Lion comes out this summer. On my old P.C. I used to have all the sites that I used often right on the desktop. One click, and I was in. I think that Lion will have that facility.
Each browser has separate cookies and sessions so you aren't logged in across browsers.