Tag Archive: Mac

Migrating – No Not That One

Back in December of 2010, I wrote about how I had become a Mac Fanboi.  Today is no different, I am still a huge Apple fan.  I’ve got an iPad (not a mini, but I’m okay with that) and have even moved over to having an iPhone.  So yeah, I’m an Apple Fan girl.  Today I unboxed my new Mac Air.  As I went through the process of migrating over to the Air, it struck me how easy this is.

A few things, I did NOT just back up my old Mac Book Pro to Time Machine.  The Air is a new machine, several years newer, including a new OS, I wanted a fresh start.  The really cool thing is between technology and they way things are (download everything over fast internet speeds versus DVDs/CDs) and Apple’s “it just works” methodology, I am moving right into the Air with ease.

First I downloaded Chrome.  Easy.  Go to the site, click a button, boom.  Next up, Skype.  Same thing, go to site, download, sign in.  Skype was actually one of the more difficult things to really get running as it doesn’t keep any of your settings.  My sounds for each event (and there are a lot of them) and my individual chat notifications all needed to be re-done.  And it took quite a while for all the chat history to load.  I really wish it wouldn’t do that, as I don’t care about the chat history.

I needed 1Password next to log into all those websites and applications, but first I would need Dropbox.  Again, go to dropbox.com, download and BAM all my files are now on the new Air.  Download 1Password and here was where I was really impressed, it found my sync file in Dropbox and I didn’t have to enter any license keys or anything, just my password.  (Update: I did later get prompted for a license key, but it was still SUPER easy).

Oh and of course, since this is an Apple product, once I logged in with my Apple ID all sorts of things started automagically synching between the Air and my iPad and my phone.

I fully realize the ease of this was not due to Apple alone, but in large part due to the way the internet works these days but regardless of why or how, MAN was this easy.

Gadget Glee – moshi Keyboard Cover

After a recent, uh, incident, involving a drink and my Macbook Pro, I decided I needed a keyboard cover. I’m on my laptop all the time, including snack time, and I hate when I get crumbs in my keyboard. So, after some searching, I came up this: moshi ClearGuard MB Keyboard Cover for MacBook/Pro/Air

Much like the Amazon reviews stated, the cover is VERY thin, which is fantastic. I really don’t even notice it is there. It fits my mac perfectly and I can be a bit obsessive about such things. Works fantastically to keep out food crumbs, dust and everything else that tends to land on laptop keyboards.

I haven’t experienced any of the flipping that some of the other reviews had mentioned, it stays in place perfectly.

The only “negative” I can think of is that since it slightly raises the above the keyboard, it seems to get “finger gunk” on the screen when I close the laptop. Not a big deal, as I can just clean the cover and the screen as needed. I guess that means it is doing its job and keeping the gunk off the keys. But it can be annoying to see smudges on the screen when opening the laptop.

All in all a great product that does exactly what you want it to.

Gadget Glee – How a PC Girl Turned Into a Mac Fanboi

My first computer was a Commodore VIC 20. My second computer was a Commodore 64, of course. Somewhere along the way, we had one of these, but I digress.

I’m a PC Girl. I always have been. A friend had a Mac in college. I tried it, but was completely befuddled. I certainly wasn’t going to run out and get one. Throughout the years, I’ve heard the fanbois go on and on about how fabulous macs are. I just didn’t get it.

Throughout the years, I’ve been lucky enough to skip the worst of the Microsoft operating systems (Millenium and Vista, anyone?). My most recent laptop is an HP running Windows 7/64 bit. I loved it enough to jokingly call it my “shiny precious”. But…

I’ve had a couple of problems with it lately. Nothing huge, but still annoying. And I feel like I always need to replace my PCs every year or so. I find myself tweaking a lot to get things to work. But my mac friends were often heard saying “it just works”. So I started having mac-envy a few months ago. It started small, but has steadily grown.

Then my PC battery life was getting so short as to be worthless. I bought an external hard drive that the Windows 7 machine didn’t like, despite supposedly being compatible. The laptop won’t shut down if the external drive is connected to my network. And if it goes to sleep, it won’t come back, but won’t shut off. I need to manually shut it off. REALLY annoying. So I’ve had to disconnect the external hard drive, which is pretty lame.

Cut to the holiday season. I bought myself a little present.

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A 15″ Mac Book Pro

I must admit I was completely befuddled when I first got it. I really struggled to get anything done. However, after a few hours I was up and running. I *LOVE* the trackpad. I’ve quickly become addicted to two-finger scrolling. So much so that when I use my corporate PC’s trackpad, I keep trying to do the two-finger scroll. Installing applications has been a breeze. Connecting to my wireless printer was stupid simple. I get it, fanbois, I get it!

I still have Skype and Tweetdeck, my “must-have” apps. I polled people via Twitter and Skype (of course) and came up with a pretty consistent list of apps I needed to have:

Skype
Tweetdeck
Keynote
VM Fusion
iLife
Lotus Notes (of course)
Dropbox

I am really loving it. It’s a breeze to use once you get over the learning curve. And it’s pretty much the same screen size as my PC, but it has to be close to half the weight. Height and width are similar, but it’s half the depth. And it’s prettier.

And you know what? It just works.

Tethering on the Mac with Verizon

If you suddenly find yourself with a Mac computer, and are used to using Verizon Access Manager on your PC to tether to your Blackberry, and can’t figure out why it isn’t working…

Turn off Bluetooth on your Mac.

I had downloaded Verizon Access Manager for the Mac and it worked. A few days later, it didn’t. Turns out on the Mac, Bluetooth and the USB for tethering with Verizon Access Manager don’t play well together. FYI. YMMV.