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Disclaimer: I've been a PC guy my entire working career. I'd probably characterize myself as a power user. Never afraid to bust out the console line. But working with a Mac is totally foreign to me. So for those Mac guys who are curious, this is how your world appears from the outside to a computer literate person :)

My Macbook Air has arrived! And it's a thing of beauty:

First, the specs: 13" MacBook Air, 2.0GHz Core i7 processor. Upgraded to 8GB of RAM for an additional $100, SSD flash storage  = 256GB. The plan is ultimately to use this baby for some iOS development but also some decent lifting in Windows with Visual Studio. Done a lot of reading  and between VMWare Fusion, Parallels and Bootcamp...I'm going to go with VMWare Fusion for $49.99

And now my impressions (please re-read disclaimer before proceeding!):

  • I open the box and am trying to understand exactly how the magsafe connector works (and how to disconnect it).  Why does it have two socket outlet plugs? Who knows.  I feel like Hansel in Zoolander. The files are "in" the computer.
  • Stuck in my external hard drive (usb). So how do I get to the files? To the Googles!

  • can't read my external NTFS drive. Fat32 can't support field over 4GB…problematic since some of my existing VMWare image files are much larger than 4GB. Didn't see this coming.

  • Three year old loves iPhoto. Super easy to use. Don't even know what I'm doing but I've already (accidentally) discovered the image filtering options. Fun stuff.
  • First thing I downloaded ever => Chrome. I need something to ground me, something familiar. My token, if you will (sorry, gratuitous Inception joke).

  • Ok, I get it… Finder == windows explorer. But where is my hierarchical structure? I miss the tree :(
  • On that note, yeah…how do I see what "path" my files reside in? I'm afraid to know the answer. You know what scares more though…this notion of a smart folder. Feel like the godfather - just get the job done, I don't care how you handle it, I don't want to know...just get it done. 
  • What the hell is AirDrop?
  • Mail…just worked. Still in shock that they have a free client for yahoo mail (please no yahoo jokes).
  • mail -> deleting a message takes 5 seconds. Have they heard of async?
  • "Command" key instead of "Control" ok, then what the $%&^! is the control key for then
  • "aliases" == shortcuts I think
  • I don't see the file system. And I'm scared. All these things I'm downloading…these .dmg files (bad name) where are they going? Can't seem to delete when they're done
  • Ugh...realized need to buy a mini-to-vga adaptor if I want to use my external monitor ($13 on ebay, $39 in apple store).
  • Windows docking is trickiest for me…this notion of detached windows with a menu bar at the top. I don't like this paradigm, it's confusing. But maybe because I've been using Windows for too long.
  • Evernote, Dropbox desktop clients seem almost identical…few quirks here and there I need to get used to.
  • iTunes is still a bit gross. In a weird way it's actually worse on a Mac if thats possible. This is not the MacBook's fault…this is a software design issue.

Overall: UI will take some getting used to. Can't decide if this represents the future and I'm stuck in the past…or this is the past and I've been spoiled by the future (which would be Windows…don't be hating I happen to be very productive in Win7) 

So there you go - my 90 minute first impression of the MacBook universe.

Posted on Saturday, September 29, 2012 12:50 PM | Back to top

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Install windows on it!
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