Old bird, new tricks

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My laptop recently died, and though the contrarian in me has long resisted buying a Mac (notionally due to a bad experience trying to program one for a computer science course in college, but more recently influenced by their seeming ubiquity among creative Brooklyn types), I decided to indulge my desire for the light and lovely Macbook Air.

Unfortunately, there’s nothing like a new interface to make you feel out of touch. I had a PowerBook in the early nineties, but it’s been PCs since college, and I feel like an absolute beginner when I try, say, to figure out the Mac equivalent of page-up.

I guess it’s no surprise when you work on screens all day, but it’s very easy to get set in one’s computing ways, even if you’ve more or less grown up around computers. It also surprises me how these kinds of peripherals influence how I work: I’ve gradually learned to find my way around on my Mac, but it still takes me longer to get lost in a task since the peripherals are slightly off.

6 thoughts on “Old bird, new tricks

  1. @Beth, I know a professional writer who swears by Scrivener. If you’re interested he blogs about it fairly regularly – http://johncastlewriter.com/

    On topic, I’ve been a Mac guy for years. Will not have a Windows machine in my house. At work I have to use a Windows box due to my position as a Sharepoint administrator. But I’ve long thought that the difference between Apple and PC is this: a PC is for people who want to work *on* their computer. An Apple is for people who want to do work *with* their computer.

  2. That’s my next purchase the minute I can scrape the money together. PCs seem designed to keep corporate IT departments employed while Apple is for self employed who NEED to work & do it efficiently. Have my eye on a program called Scrivener designed for professional writers.

  3. I switched in 2007 and have no regrets. Never having to deal with registry or driver problems is well worth the work of scaling the learning curve. I remember being baffled by program installation until I realized that dragging the app to the Applications folder was (for many apps) all that I needed to do. (Now most apps now come from the Mac App Store.)

  4. I can relate to this. After being a PC user since computers began, I switched to Mac. It’s still a learning process but I believe I made the correct decision.

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