I’m writing this entry on Microsoft Word v. X, Service Release 1. This implies several things. First, that I successfully installed Mac OS X on my desktop. Second, that I’ve been able to successfully install and launch applications on aforementioned system. As you look at those two sentences, it just doesn’t look like that much work, but it was… culturally. I’ll explain.
First, before I get into the nitty gritty details of Week #1 on OS X, I first need to describe my profile as a user of an operating system as it will illuminate why I care what I care about. Let me start by saying that I’ve been a Windows for more than a single decade. This means that Windows conventions have been grinded into me over the course of many years. Other important aspects to my usage profile:
NO MOUSE: I really dislike using the mouse because I find it to be an imprecise tool. For example, why in the world when I want to click a minimize button which I might miss? It is pretty small and I can achieve the same effect by typing ALT-SPACE-M to minimize a window AND I NEVER MISS. Now, the mouse has a great many good uses in the form of drawing and games, but for window management, no thanks.
KEYBOARD CRAZY: I’m extremely speedy on the keyboard. My form is atrocious, I think I use about seven of my ten fingers, but I fly like the wind. Combined with the NO MOUSE issue, this means that I’m ALWAYS looking for shortcuts via the keyboard because it’s reliable and I’m fast. An example, if I want to fire up notepad on Windows2k / Windows XP, I hit WINDOWS_KEY – R – NOTEPAD –