Moving to Mac for WoW

macbook picIn my last post about moving from a PC to Mac I gave some general observations about the experience. Now a week later I know a stack more about Macs. I am still impressed and expected the teething problems to be worse.

What is interesting is that the overall experience of using a laptop at work and home for most stuff has not changed. Still surf, still download, and still way to easy to get distracted at night when I should be doing something else. Not surprising really. The only hitch I’ve had is email, which is still running in a Windows partition until we get all the new contacts, mail, etc sorted out.

What did surprise me was how easy it was to get going with the Powerbook on World of Warcraft. It was simple. Here is a quick summary of the migration process, and a few neat things I found out about along the way. Continue reading

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Moving to Mac

gauntletThe company I work for is moving a few of us from Windows PCs to Macs as our basic workhorse computer. For the most part I am very excited and stoked about the move. Expectations about the Mac’s interface and design have been built up for years, and since becoming an iPhone user (and fanboy), I can see a bright future for a Mac in my daily computing life. In fact this post is a test post of sorts to see how the beast will handle with my daily chores.

Things that have already impressed me

  • General presentation of the OS and the Macbook Laptops is excellent.
  • Application installation is not too hard, but the different behavior of some installation sets is frustrating. Certainly easier than Windows installs.
  • The tab sort, application switching, and finding a running application window is awesome.
  • The Minimise function is excellent.

Things that will improve with time or not sure

  • The laptop runs hot, to the point where its uncomfortable to rest your hand on.
  • The learning curve is very steep initially.
  • The keyboard surface and case is already marked, and appears to age quickly.
  • The new keyboard layout is skewed differently to a standard keyboard, which means I now peck to type.

Things that piss me off

  • Everything is a short-cut key combo. I don’t like using shortcut keys that much, especially when the  combo is a cryptic mess of alts+option+ctrl with a-z as the triggers.
  • The light sensitivity adjustment settings are rubbish. Every 1-3 minutes my keyboard backlight flashes on, then disappears. And I have already turned off the low-light adjustment of the LCDs brightness, which was fading for 1 second then returning to normal. I like the idea of a backlight, but the user should know how/where to set this up. Its caused by a few light sensors in the keyboard left and right side.
In the next part I’ll talk through an example of migrating a few applications – Warcraft in particular.