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Thursday, August 24, 2006

I'm Switching Over to the Dark Side, Mr. Jobs

My computer history:

8 years old: Apple IIGS. I called it the "Apple LGS" at the time.
Between 10-14: My family didn't have a computer. I got a B+ instead of an A- on my 7th grade history term paper because the PC at my school crashed and I lost it. So I had to turn in the paper a day late. I never handed anything in late before so it was a hard lesson for me (plan ahead cuz computers are assholes sometimes). Poor me! It's a hard life. ;)
High School: Random, thrown together PC parts united to create a giant piece of doody!
Freshman Year of College: Dell. We all make mistakes.
Senior Year of College: WinBook. Nothing exciting to say.
Since college: Sony Vaio. I loved it. I really did. We just needed some space. I'll miss the little 4 lb cutie. I'll miss it a lot. Just wasn't meeting my video needs, but I stood by it. THEN it crashed. :(


I've come full circle... and, I'll say it, I'm scared-- AND I LIKE IT!

This is my first blog post with my new compy. So far, it's full of awesomeness. I still miss right click though. My right ring finger keeps reaching to click dammit! MUST TRAIN TO STOP!

Pics I just took while unwrapping my new puppy:


  • At 11:32 AM, Blogger Adbak said…

    Hey Amanda!

    You mentioned that you missed the right click feature -- I did, too, when I got my PowerBook. If you're brave enough you can hold down ctrl and click to emulate a right click. If that proves too much effort for you, you can always buy a new mouse that has a right button.

    I have a Microsoft IntelliPoint 5-Button mouse and it's the bee's knees. You get the scroll wheel and left and right side buttons which you can program to go forward and backward in an Internet browser. I highly recommend a similar mouse for you.

    Take care!

  • At 11:44 AM, Blogger Peter Marquardt said…

    I always keep a little 3 button mouse with my laptop. Now... it's a windows laptop but if I could afford a MacBook (Pro) I'd do the same. I also use a 3 button mouse with my Mac Mini

  • At 11:55 AM, Blogger Unknown said…

    No need for CTRL+click or another mouse; once you run all your system updates, you should be able to right click by putting two fingers on the track pad and clicking. Try it out! (You may need to enable it in the mouse preferences.) BTW, two seperated fingers on the trackpad will also scroll when you move them up and down.

  • At 12:02 PM, Blogger StudentloanNetworker said…

    Welcome to the Dark Side, Amanda. We're pleased as punch to have you.

    Hey, you busy September 9-10? How about a visit to Boston?


  • At 12:06 PM, Blogger Ken Verheecke said…

    I right click on my iBook G4 all the time Amanda. The feature is there... I'm sure it is.

    Btw... welcome to the Mac World!!!

    It's a place where computers always work :-)

    You've arrived my dear!

  • At 12:24 PM, Blogger Brandon Whitesell said…

    woo hoo! i got my very first mac (12" iBook) last year after whining and pining for one since my beloved Apple IIe went away 16 years ago. The price is so right, at long last.

    Right clicking is a common gripe (and keeps some people from switching!); but, you'll soon rise above that broohaha with many a work-around... including right-clicking as mentioned by peter and ken.

    Apple Discussions are a greatplace to get your newbie questions answered and rave about new exciting things you've discovered.

    congratulations new mom. the new pooter is adorable.

  • At 12:31 PM, Blogger Mr.Hogan said…

    which MacBook did you get? in some pics it looks like a MacBook Pro, and in others (the last 2) it looks like a black MacBook.

  • At 12:38 PM, Blogger gRegor said…

    tsk tsk :)

  • At 12:39 PM, Blogger Steve Luth said…


    I'll also welcome you to the Mac World. I used to work Apple, they are a really awesome company. If you have any questions about Macs just email me.

    skigil at

  • At 1:01 PM, Blogger Ryan Biesemeyer said…

    I know they all say you can do it, but I'm here to tell you how to do it.

    1. Open System Preferences (under the Apple menu, or the light switch in your dock).
    2. Select the "Keyboard & Mouse" pane
    3. Select the "Trackpad" tab
    4. Under "Trackpad Gestures" check the "Clicking" box
    5. Under "Trackpad Gestures" check the box labeled "Tap trackpad using two fingers for secondary click
    6. Close the window, because you're all set.

    Congrats on the purchase. I know you probably have a couple hundred thousand Mac Geek friends, but if you've got any questions, shoot me an IM or an email

    Ryan Biesemeyer
    Bies Design Studio

    oh, and by the way, Steve Luth, it appears to be black because the lights are off. The black MacBook doesn't have that spiffy backlit keyboard.

  • At 1:03 PM, Blogger Ryan Biesemeyer said…

    [EDIT: the aside at the end of my commend was directed towards Mr.Hogan.]


  • At 1:10 PM, Blogger Steve Woolf said…

    Yummy machine. I've been contemplating a shift to a MacBook, but I have to wait til Adobe gets their shit together and makes a Universal version of their apps. I'm tired of being tied to this desk!!!!

    Oh, and I'm sure you saw the comment above, but yeah, the right-click thing on the MacBook should be two fingers on the trackpad. No need to even click the button if you set the System Prefs up to your liking. Kablammo. (When will you be in the Pacific sunshine already?!)

  • At 1:32 PM, Blogger jenz said…

    congrats and welcome back!

  • At 1:37 PM, Blogger Stu ;-) said…

    Hi Amanda, you are SO welcome! I was a loyal PC user, then a Sony Viao evangelical. Being a Producer, though, I got loads of stick from my Mac-head creative colleagues. When my Viao just became too slow to be tollerated, I jumped in at the deep end and bought a PowerBook G4. Oh my - it was like I'd been swimming in treacle my whole life, and I was now floating in the air. Macs just make life so much easier by taking away all the hard work and effort. On the occassions when I have to return to a PC it's such blooming hard work! Surfing the net is a nightmare - full of pop-up windows everywhere saying "are you really sure you want to do that, it could be dangerous?!?!".

    2 things: (1) I now have a fully pimped MacBook Pro. It's clearly built using alien technology and it's well fast enough to run Adobe aps under Rosetta. Just wait until they've been UB'd... (2) Get an Apple Mighty Mouse! Once you've toyed with its nipple, you'll wonder how you did without it!

    ScottyStu ;-)

  • At 2:05 PM, Blogger JuanFalla said…

    Congratulations Amanda. That's one hell of a good thing to do. To buy a Mac, I mean.

  • At 3:03 PM, Blogger - Terrence said…

    Nice going! I just bought my very first Mac a couple of months ago and there's no going back for me. I couldn't possibly do my current videoblog/podcast with the tools I had before. Getting the web pages properly made, getting the RSS feeds up, submitting everything properly to iTunes, it was madness under Windows. Now I use iWeb, iMovie and Garage Band and couldn't be happier. Doing this stuff is fun again!

    Now I may have to join you in Macbook land so I can still do my show on the road. Nothing beats travelling and still keeping the videoblog going!

  • At 3:26 PM, Blogger David Cintron said…

    Congrats on the new notebook. And remember we do call them notebooks not laptops since recent studies have shown the ill effects of hot "laptops" to males and their little friends.

  • At 4:22 PM, Blogger Steve Garfield said…

    Yay Amanda!

    Funny that you posted pictures of unpackign your Mac!

    That styrofoam is so cool...

    I have a Microsoft two-button optical mouse on my MacBook... So cool.

    I'll have to point you to all the col apps I use to get stuff done...

    Imagewell is the best app to grab screenshots and images for your blog...


  • At 4:28 PM, Blogger jacobdrake said…

    Well color me jealous. My G3 iBook's been true to me for 4 years now, but I'm itching for an upgrade.

  • At 5:13 PM, Blogger Andy said…

    The Dark Side?
    No, no, no!
    Windows is The Dark Side.
    We are Jedis.

    Welcome aboard.

  • At 6:01 PM, Blogger Mary Anne Davis said…

    Yes, we Jedis are glad to welcome you... My G4 desktop is going to have a baby soon, a lovely twin to yours. Hooray! I haven't had a laptop since my IBook got, well, outdated by my G4. Can't wait!

  • At 6:55 PM, Blogger atomicelroy said…

    WELCOME... my child.


    ELROY did the...


  • At 8:38 PM, Blogger Casey McKinnon said…

    Yo esta SO JEALOUS!!! I've been wanting to get one for a few months now, but I've heard that Adobe After Effects doesn't work well on the new Macs so I've refrained from purchasing one.

    I'm curious whether you'll use Final Cut Pro or just iMovie to vlog... I'd like to try Final Cut Pro.

    Oh... and by the way... I would have the same problem with no right click... I would be LOST (and when I say that I don't mean trapped on a desert island with handsome actors).

    Take care girlie,

  • At 9:26 PM, Blogger Jack B. said…

    I've been thinking of getting a Mac...just too many people praise and besides Windows is crappy. You'v just prodded me more in the Apple direction, Amanda (Jobs should put you on payroll - I'd love to see you doing Mac commercials instead of the dumb PC/Mac ones they've got now)

  • At 10:54 PM, Blogger Mason said…

    Just add 1 inch in height to that thing and I'm sold.

  • At 7:55 AM, Blogger ScottyGee said…

    Welcome to the club. Punch and cookies will be served after the presentations.

    Macs are definitely the way to go. Especially for anyone involved in "new media" they just make producing any sort of content and managing that content a breeze. Not to mention almost zero crashes, pop-ups or viruses.

    Great purchase. Now play around with GarageBand. You can loose hours laying down funky beats for your robot dancing enjoyment.

  • At 8:00 AM, Blogger Dan said…

    Out of the box and then.... recalled?

  • At 8:30 AM, Blogger Jacek said…

    Congratulations of great choice. I'm working on Apple 3 years now, and I would never ever switch back to PCs.

    Since there is iLife bundled, DivX and Widows Media (Flip4MAC) available for OS X, there is nothing more media person as you need (except maybe you would like Final Cut more than iMovie couse it's too "simple&basic".

    Backlit keyboard is just outstanding. Have fun!


  • At 9:13 PM, Blogger Mario Librandi said…

    I can't right click with the two fingers on the tracpad move. I have a powerbook, and all is updated, and the option is not in my system preferences.

    Any ideas anyone?

    ps congrats on the mac my love. I am glad you've moved to the dsark side, where all is a little brighter.

  • At 9:24 PM, Blogger MacGeekGuy said…

    AWESOME!!!! Congratulations! The MacBook Pro is a sweet unit. We're glad to see you've come to your senses. ;)

  • At 6:33 PM, Blogger Andy said…

    Mario, I can't answer your question but this site might help.

  • At 7:24 AM, Blogger Lydia69 said…

    When I was looking at computers I narrowed my search down between the Sony Viao, Dell XPS M series and the Mac Book Pro.

    I eneded up with the Dell M1210. This replaced my Dell Inspiron 8200. I went with the Dell because I was able to get a really good deal though their University program.

    Anyways, good luck with the new Mac! I'm thinking that my next laptop will be a Mac.


  • At 11:31 PM, Blogger Woosang said…

    Welcome to the dark side... Once you start to use a Mac, you will never go back.


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