I don't understand my Mac.
November 17, 2006 10:16 AM Subscribe
Help me grok the Mac.
posted by aberrant to computers & internet (67 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a week into my first Mac - a Macbook Pro (intel core2 duo). While I really want to "get" the Mac - usability, culture, interface - I'm struggling, probably due to bad habits picked up during the last 15 years of Windows.
What should be exciting me about this machine? I'm finding that the differences are starting to annoy me - as an example, the constant worry that "uninstalling" an application won't get rid of the residual crap that gets put -- where? (At least in Windows there's a registry that I sort of understand.) Some applications spew garbage all over the filesystem, and uninstalling needs to be performed manually. Bottom line: the lack of training material for users who decided to try the "switch" is frustrating.
I want to be excited about using this machine - it's definitely a smooth, sexy beast in terms of ergonomics - but when it comes down to it, I'm having a hard time pinpointing why the overall experience is better than Windows, especially in a corporate environment.
Mac loyalists - please share your advice on how I can better enjoy my new computer. Share the "Mac philosophy" with me. Links to sites discussing the (hidden) advantages of OSX vs Windows would be welcome as well. My hope is that this can turn into a "These are some things that make OSX better for me" rather than an "OMG Windows sux!" discussion.