A list of observations I found in moving from a PC to a MAC.
- The default on a Mac is that the tab key only moves between text boxes. That’s just silly. To fix this, go to System Preferences, click Keyboards and Mouse, and then select the appropriate radio box under the Full Keyboard Access section.
- Latex Equation Editor and Leopard don’t seem to be getting along well. See here for example. My workaround has been to use LaTeXiT instead. However LaTeXiT doesn’t work with Leopard yet, and in particular the linkback functionality apparently causes all sorts of problems. One solution is to use a prior version of LaTeXiT. Another, that is, so far, working for me, is to install the latest version of LaTeXiT, and then patch the linkback plugin. See this thread for instructions.
- Slowly but surely I am getting used to having “fn,” “control,” “option,” and “command” keys. Boy that’s a lot of modifiers.
- I’m using FireFox as my browser right now. One issue I still haven’t figured out is how to configure FireFox to open preview when I surf to the arxiv and click on the “pdf” link for a paper. I don’t care about this opening in the browser window (something which isn’t possible with FireFox apparently), just getting the damn thing to recognize that its a pdf I clicked on. Anyone?
- Upon opening the box for my new MacBook Pro I had a olfactory flashback. Is it just me or do Apple products of today smell similar to the Apple products of yore? In particular I’m remember the smell of opening up the boxes for my Apple IIGS (4096 colors…but not at the same time!)
- Keynote converts my Powerpoint reasonably well, enough that I should be able reuse some of the content. I’m still debating whether to get Office for the Mac.
- iTunes actually works on Macs. As opposed to hogging up memory and CPU cycles like it did on my Vista machine
- The trackpad sensitivity is a strange. This is something I think I’ll get used to, but it is odd when I’m in a folder and all of the sudden instead of the mouse moving, the icons change size.
- Cyberduck seems to fail when making major moves of data (like, for instance the 50 gigs of my old laptop hard drive backup.) Not sure if this was just me, and my bandwidth restrictions, but it kept failing on transfers over a few gigs.