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Discussion: Relearning Mac...or is it Windows?

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I bought my first ever Mac computer this summer for law school. (Much as I love my little netbook, it's too slow, the battery is too old, and the screen is too small for all the legal reading I'll be doing.) I picked up my Macbook Pro yesterday, which actually took a long time... You know how Apple didn't announce a back to school special at the beginning of July like they usually do? Apparently, there is one (buy a computer for school, get a free pair of expensive Bose headphones), but right now it's in-store only. It hits the webstore on August 6th. Long story short, I got my computer and headphones, but the store network wasn't cooperative about the process needed to do so. :P

I used to work on Macs all the time during college. My summer job involved video editing/DVD making on some awesome Mac Pros, and I frequently used the iMacs in the school computer labs, so I was pretty familiar with the operating system. Of course, I haven't used them at all since college (three years ago), and a lot has changed. I saw it beginning when I briefly worked with OS X Lion, but I had to chuckle upon opening my new laptop; just as I've seen newer Windows operating systems incorporating more "Mac-like" elements, I recognized a number of Windows standards on my new system.

As my cousin said, "They are slowly merging, and soon there shall be but one Google overlord." Or Disney. ;)

Once I changed a few settings and got a few key favorites in place, I felt much more at home. (I miss you, Snow Leopard!) Although I have to say, I was disappointed with the Mail and Calendar programs and probably won't be using either anytime soon. I'm solidly a Gmail/Google Calendar gal, and (unless there's a whole host of options I didn't see) my info wasn't transferring and displaying in a way I liked; and I may have installed Google Chrome instead of Safari (though I found out my blog menu displays differently in Safari...and I have no clue how to fix it). >.> And I'm going to have to try that "make alias" nonsense again and see what I did wrong because making a shortcut is not hard, or it never was before. I sound so old. :)

Have any of you had experiences switching between Windows and Mac? Seen any of the overlap between the two? Any tips to help me readjust or changes in OS X Yosemite to watch out for? Because you're a tech-savvy lot. :)

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  1. I got my first Mac this year, too! Used to use Windows all the time before. I was surprised at how easy it was to transition to Mac, and I like it a lot. :)

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    1. Congrats! I'm glad you're liking it. The good news is: most of what I do involves an internet browser, so that's an easy switch. I'll have to relearn some of the other programs (like iMovie and GarageBand) as I go. :)

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  2. I have both a Mac and a Windows PC, but my Mac is super old so I don't think I've seen the Windows features you have!

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    1. I feel like such a Luddite saying it, but I really do miss Snow Leopard. I remember when we got a new computer with Lion at work and some of its features ticked me off so badly, lol. Luckily, despite the changes, everything is running smoothly thus far. The thing throwing me off more than anything else is actually the trackpad. All the clicks and swipes!

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  3. I've never had a Mac, always a PC girl. One time in college (which was longer go than I care to admit!) I went to a computer lab and the only computer available was a Mac, so I sat down in front of it, and didn't even know what to do! Interesting that they are becoming more similar!

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    1. I've always been too cheap to buy a Mac before (and am praying like crazy this doesn't come back to bite me >.>). I was lucky and got a an introduction to Apple systems for work, but I can definitely see someone who's only used PC's being a little confused by the Mac. But yeah, I think anyone familiar with computers (and web browsers) would have an easier time of it today. :)

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  4. PC > Mac ;) I have used both, and can definitely work both, but I like PCs better. Also I don't have an iPhone, if that has any bearing on anything. Typically people with iPhones like having Mac computers. I'm good with my PC! :D That merge actually sounds legit. Either Google or Amazon will take over the world.

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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    1. I don't have an iPhone either, and I'm definitely more comfortable with PCs right now (i.e., I know where everything is and enough to fix most problems); but I remember being that comfortable with Macs too when I used them all the time. (You know you're okay when you can use a paperclip to pop out a disc drive from a $3-4,000 machine without breaking a sweat.) I'm sure I'll get there again, though hopefully there won't be too many problems. ;) And yes, there will be a Google, Amazon or Disney evil overlord. You can't discount the mouse. (Literally. I don't think Mickey toys are ever on sale.)

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