Two weeks into Mac land

it’s been just over two weeks since I’ve made my switch.  I thought I’d share some thoughts.

First, I don’t miss Windows. I’m amazed at how quickly this box does things, and it has 1/3 the memory I had in my Windows laptop.  I leave everything running all the time (Mail, Browser, Word, itunes, etc) and almost never see a beach ball (mac’s equivalent of hourglass).

I almost wish I had bought a new Mac, as I feel like I’d have more support from

But everything hasn’t been peachy keen.  Some of these are disappointments about things that work differently, some are flat out problems.

Update: Some of these remaining problems are already fixed and I’ve included updates as appropriate.

  1. [Solved] Although I can get the builtin Mail client working with Exchange, I can’t get Entourage working with it at all.  No errors, it just does nothing. (I needed to tell it to use a secure connection.  The Mail client just figured that out.)
  2. [Hopefully Solved. I did this.] I connected a Mac Bluetooth mouse to my laptop, but it gets disconnected when I sleep/wakeup.  I have to reconnect it in system properties. Yuck.
  3. I tried to connect a Plantronics Bluetooth headset but it didn’t work.  It said it was connected, but couldn’t get it to play sound. Mind you, I connected this same headset to my Windows PC no problem.  AND when I had it connected, my Bluetooth mouse starting acting sluggish!  As soon as I deleted it’s config, my BT mouse started working again.
  4. I found iMovie to be far from intuitive.
  5. [Solved. I installed Flip4Mac beta.] The regular versioin doesn’t support Snow Leopard yet.] I can play AVI files in Qtime, but not WMV files.  (It complains saying that QT has to be installed first.)
  6. Since I have the “tap equals click” turned on with my touchpad, I’m constantly accidentally dragging and dropping things.  Hate that when that happens. [This happens a lot less when I use the real mouse, of course.]
  7. There is a bug in the built-in Mail client that displays that I have unread messages when I don’t.  If I close it and reopen it, the number goes away.
  8. [Solved. it’s unaccepted appt requests!] I still have no idea what the number hoveriing over ical means.  it’s not appointments today. What is it?  Appointments this week?  I’m clueless here.

Still happy, though.

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Written by W. Curtis Preston (@wcpreston). For those of you unfamiliar with my work, I've specialized in backup & recovery since 1993. I've written the O'Reilly books on backup and have worked with a number of native and commercial tools. I am now Chief Technical Evangelist at Druva, the leading provider of cloud-based data protection and data management tools for endpoints, infrastructure, and cloud applications. These posts reflect my own opinion and are not necessarily the opinion of my employer.


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