Day 1 as a Mac user.
I picked up my rMPB15 at Best Buy this afternoon. I’d already done my research, so it went fast… in and out. They agreed to match Frys’ price, saving me a bit of a drive.
I get it home and do the unboxing… no pics, there’s already plenty of those online. That said, opening Apple products is always fun as their packaging is a nice as their hardware! Beautifully packed, though I’m surprised that there wasn’t more padding on the box top!
First boot… things aren’t going so smooth! I didn’t do a search yet to see if this was a common problem, but we’re off to a rocky start. After entering my WiFi password (all 32 or so characters of it!) I hit next and it just sits… and sits… and sits. Strange. So, I hit back and try again and then the screen suddenly starts getting corrupted — pages on top of pages, can’t read the fields very well, but manage to get the password re-entered, and get to the next screen, which won’t let me type my Apple ID. Both radio buttons are selected, and I can’t type, it just keeps beeping. Can’t click anything. Back button finally works, back to WiFi password entry again. Long password entered again, same problem, lots of controls layered on top of controls, a complete mess. 3 or 4 tries, getting worried, finally go all of the way back to the first page of the setup wizard and try again… this time it works perfectly. Phew. Not a good first impression Apple!
So… I spend some time playing… I don’t like the bottom dock, takes too much space… move it to the left like Unity and remove some app icons that I don’t intend to use too often. Spend some time walking through every preference page, just to get a feel for what’s up. I tried not to change too much, try it out the way Apple suggest at first, but there were a few things that I still wanted to change:
- Background graphics
- Auto hide the dock
- Not re-arrange my desktops based on last use!
- Three finger drag (see below, bug #2!)
- All of the gestures are on (not sure what the defaults were, but they all looked good!
- Added a printer (took all of 2 seconds given that my Linux box had it shared with CUPS!!)
- Function keys on by default (I use vim extensively and have a lot of stuff mapped to function keys!)
- Navigate dialogs w/ keyboard (why wouldn’t anybody want this?)
- Turn off the ANNOYING volume change feedback (I learned that you can still get it if/when you need it by holding shift while changing the volume)
- Dictation w/ enhanced dictation w/ fn key shortcut!
- Show date on title bar
- Tap to click on trackpad (hidden in accessibility?!?) (see below, bug #3!)
- …more? that’s what I remember changing! 🙂 …
I guess I did deviate from Apple’s defaults quite a bit!
My search history reveals my frustrations for the day:
- Macbook power button does not sleep (doh! just hold it longer!)
- OS X menu shortcut ( — not as easy as alt+letter for the appropriate menu in Linux & Windows!)
- OS X fill all space/OS X maximize window (so the answer basically appears to be to install some 3rd party tool, or “better” just learn to deal with a ‘better’ design. I bought 15″, I want to use 15″!)
- 3 finger gestures don’t work (see below)
- FaceTime pause full screen (bug #4?!? yikes! — see below)
- OS X disable volume change feedback
- airdrop macbook iphone (not possible?!? odd… looks like Yosemite fixes this)
- osx pgup key
- more, I’m sure…
Google was definitely my friend today!
So… wrapping this up… my biggest hurdle of the day was getting used to the differences, ESPECIALLY the keyboard shortcuts — being a major keyboard user makes switching harder than it would be for a primarily mouse user.
Also, four major bugs was more than I expected from the hype, but they’re all things I can overcome. Just to summarize the bugs:
Bug #1: Installer Problems
Already discussed in detail above…
Bug #2: Three Finger Drag stopped working!
Apparently I’m not alone in this one… it was nice while it worked, but it went away and I can’t use the 3 finger gesture to move windows around anymore. I’ve tried rebooting, toggling it on/off, etc… nothing.
Bug #3: Tap to Drag
Another bug… tap to drag (hidden away in accessibility) has an option to either stay locked in drag mode, or automatically release when you lift your finger. About half the time it won’t release unless I tap, even though I have it set not to lock. It also takes too long to release, even when it does succeed, meaning that my next operation is often interpreted as another drag.
Bug #4: Facetime pauses in fullscreen
Called my son on his iPod 5 and he reported that every time I went full-screen my video was paused — though my camera light was still illuminated and I still saw my local video feed.
Anyhow… as I get more comfortable with the differences in keyboard interaction and the general paradigm I’m liking it more and more, but only time will tell.
BTW, as an aside… so far I like X-Code. A little cluttered, but seems to have a lot of power, and it uses Clang++!!!