The move to Mac
A couple of days after Leopard came out, my wife and I found ourselves in the Apple store in Solihull and came away with an iMac for her and a MacBook Pro for me.
The main reasons we have been interested in Macs recently are:
- Disappointed with Vista on my wife’s brand new computer
- Disappointed with our last two Inspiron laptops
- Sleep that works
- The hardware looks good!
- Unix in the terminal
Interestingly, the biggest benefit we’ve noticed since purchase is how quiet they are. We didn’t realise how noisy those PCs under the desk actually were til we got rid of them.
The biggest challenge has been adapting to the keyboard. The @, ” and keys in particular are in the “wrong” place, and carat navigation is maddeningly inconsistent between applications. I’ve worked out that Option+left/right move per word and command+left/right is supposed to move to the start/end of the line. Command+up/down usually moves to the top and bottom of the document, but I haven’t found page up/down yet but suspect it has something to do with function option and up,down left or right!
We haven’t worked out when we need to quit applications vs just closing the window which leaves the app running.
PHP 5.2.4 was installed by Apple and just needed turning on in httpd.conf (it’s in /etc… did I mention how nice having Unix underneath is?!) What’s odd is that PDO isn’t there and so I suspect that I’m going to have to compile my own PHP at some point.