Switching to a Mac has been unexpectedly easy. I can do almost everything I would want to do with the exception of watching streaming NetFlix movies – and that will hopefully be resolved soon. Besides that one nagging issue, here is a list of things I need to get used to.
1) No Home or End key on my MacBook Pro. I’m in the habit of pressing SHIFT+HOME/END to select all of the text on a line. On the Mac keyboard – which doesn’t have HOME/END keys – I must press CMD+SHIFT+LEFT/RIGHT to select the text. Same thing with just moving the caret to the end or beginning of the line. You need to press COMMAND+LEFT/RIGHT instead of just HOME/END.
2) Safari will not maximize to the screen width. This bugs the heck out of me. If I press the ‘+’, or maximize icon, safari only takes up the vertical space. It does not fill the width of the screen.Â
3) Installing things often results in kruft left on my desktop. I know this isn’t a Mac issue really. Any software company can litter your desktop with installer detritus. I just get annoyed that some of the Mac installations “mount” a file to the desktop during installation and then don’t clean it up.Â
4) Highlighting contents of a text field with the track pad, without clicking to finalize the selection, results in a delayed text entry. Ok, this one is kind of complicated and took me a while to figure out. Suppose I want to type something in, say, the URL field in Safari. If I click and drag to select the current URL, but then just start typing, and the mouse is no longer hovering in the text field, but outside slightly over the chrome, the text does not appear. If I then move the mouse over the field, suddenly all my typing appears. O_o
5) The title bar thingy sticks around if you close the window on an app. I don’t get this one, yet. If you close Finder by clicking it’s ‘x’ icon. The title bar still says “Finder”. OK, maybe Finder is a bad example – but it’s the same for Safari or Netbeans or anything else you want to choose. If I close the last window of an application, ditch the title bar thing. At least that’s what my expectation is. I don’t want to click Address Book -> Quit Address Book. I just did! I closed it. Go away!