Not Exactly Doing Wheelies
I’m cooking in someone else’s kitchen this morning. Where are those darned hot pad holders anyway? I am so disoriented.
Fred and his old PC: a stuntman like a bat out of hell standing on top of a speeding Corvette, steering deftly through traffic, maneuvering the wheel through the sun roof with his feet, cap on backwards, a wireless mouse in one hand and a beer in the other. YeeHaa!
Fred and his Mac on Day One: A cowered little man clutching the wheel with both white-knuckled fists, barely able to see over the dashboard (or is it the dock?) and unable to see out the Windows anymore. He can’t change gears and is lost on the back roads in an unfamiliar neighborhood of a foreign country moving at 3 mph and without a clue where he is headed or how to get back where he started.
I’ve installed Firefox and Google Earth, letting the machine stick stuff where it will. Both programs ended up in “Devices” apparently, and show up as such on the desktop. Where do they go and can I just drag them where they belong. (And does this account for why I had such a hard time finding FFox when I booted up this morning?)
I’m writing this post in Google Docs since NoteTabPro is PC and I’m not messing with Parallels and XP just yet.
Set up was painless and it was sheer joy to see the monitor boot up for the first time about 2 pm yesterday. It is very, very fast (including the internet DSL for which the slower PC was a bottleneck apparently.) I was disappointed to find firefox for mac lacks some of my favorite extensions and that the bookmarks toolbar shows text only.
I opened up Mail and gave it my gmail account. I’m not sure what I’m doing, but it seems if I can use Mail as a front end for gmail, it will let me search and find and add notes and such through SPotlight. Another thing to explore.
Today I have to try to get docs and music and such off the external hard drive and drag them to the right places in my Home directory.
I’ve bored you long enough. I’m about to see if I can get this thing up to 5 mph. I’m not exactly burning rubber in all four gears yet. But time’ll come.