I Am A Mac (Rookie)

Okay, more questions for whoever it is providing such good answers in my last post (they're signing their posts as “K” but I think of them as “Sweet Apple Angel of Knowledge”.

The software updates didn't fix my inability to see my full control console when doing blog posts. On my PC, I'd see buttons that could do things like add quick links to images, spellcheck (which I never used but nice to know it was there!), changing font, change the font size, etc. Now, all I see are buttons for Bold, Italic, Underline, Strikethrough, Add Link and Blockquote. I doubt this is one for whoever's reading – I'll have to ask my blog provider if they have suggestions. Perhaps a setting that I'd previously adjusted in my download of Firefox 3.0 on my PC needs to be flipped on the Mac version as well?

After I installed Thunderbird, the icon is sitting waiting to be dragged to the Application folder. I had no problem doing this when I installed Firefox so can't figure out why Thunderbird is “hung up”.

On a PC, the “delete” button erases characters ahead of your cursor and the “backspace” key deletes characters behind your cursor. On a Mac, it appears that delete erases characters behind your curso – yep – and I don't see a backspace key. Is there an equivalent?

The illuminated keyboard has come on a couple times – how does that get triggered? (Oh, I see – looks like a sensor on the caps lock key. I'll leave this question up even though I look like an idiot in case some future web searcher has the same question.)

Oh, and I should do a quick summary of my previous experiences with Macs just because…

In about grade eight or so, I remember that they got an AppleIIc in the public library in Indian Head and I spent hours there playing some really basic games – I don't remember exactly what they were but probably whatever the IIc's equivalent of Solitaire and Minesweeper were. Then, when I worked at the Saskatchewan Publishers Group, I was sent out to work with our various publisher members on mini-projects. One of these was doing some web design for the University of Saskatchewan's Extension Division putting together a web page with video clips for a documentary on Mad Cow Disease that one of their agricultural economists had produced. That page is long gone and a quick search didn't reveal any references to the video. But it was a great learning experience to spend a couple weeks at the University working on Macs when I think every other one of our publishers (with the exception of the graphic designer at a literary publisher who was a Macvangelist even back then) was on PC's. I think that's about it. Whew!

Comments 7

  1. Anonymous wrote:

    for a delete key equivalent: use FN+backspace (took me over a year to learn that when I made the transition to a Mac!)
    – another anonymous K

    Posted 22 Sep 2008 at 8:54 pm
  2. Anonymous wrote:

    online Blog editors are not platform specific – so PC vs. Mac vs. Linux doesn't matter. HOWEVER, your choice of browser may affect your options. Contacting the blog editor admins would be your best course.
    Super Mac Geek.
    All Day. Every Day.

    Posted 26 Sep 2008 at 6:00 pm
  3. Anonymous wrote:

    I'm a bit frustrated that so many commands on the Mac seem to require two key-combos rather than being able to reach up and hit a single key. Hopefully I get used to it!

    Posted 27 Sep 2008 at 9:11 pm
  4. Anonymous wrote:

    I've noticed that Thunderbird and Firefox for Mac and PC aren't exact clones of each other so I wonder if some functionality is missing that allows the full menu to be displayed in the PC version and not the Mac version? Or perhaps it's a setting I need to adjust that I'd done on the Mac which I haven't done on the Mac yet – something to do with Java perhaps?

    Posted 27 Sep 2008 at 9:13 pm
  5. Anonymous wrote:

    Some of that's just your keyboard – laptop keyboards come with fewer keys than the standard desktop Mac keyboard, which does include keys like Home and End. Speaking of keyboards, I just got a Kinesis one that I love – and it's got one-button keys for cut/copy/paste/undo/select all/hide dock/etc. Even a force quit key, though that one requires the Fn key too (not that you need to use it that much, so it doesn't really matter).
    (Mind you, half of the one-button keys don't work properly when I set it to the Dvorak keyboard layout, sigh. But at least the other half do. Really I love it for the separatedness – that and its keys are more sensitive than my last keyboard.)

    Posted 10 Nov 2008 at 5:13 am
  6. Anonymous wrote:

    That makes sense I guess – the famous minimalist Mac design philosophy mean you don't get all the bells and whistles that they cram into a typical PC laptop keyboard.
    Thanks for the tip about Kinesis as well – something I may look into as a solution if I don't get used to the keyboard I have.

    Posted 23 Nov 2008 at 3:10 am
  7. Anonymous wrote:

    Oops – realised it was my blog settings. I don't remember doing it but somehow the interface got changed from “advanced” to “basic”.

    Posted 23 Nov 2008 at 3:11 am
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