Wednesday, September 06, 2006

My New MacIntosh

I am using this occasion to make my first post to Joy's "Texas at Heart" blog, which she has graciously given me access to, so that I can share in and add to when I am able, to make a post about my new MacBook!  Now I gave some serious consideration to making this post about my wonderful Joy, and how she makes my life so much richer, and thanking her for the nice things she has said about me to this point in her blog. But I have decided to wait until later to say all that.  Cause you know I am a man, and all the cool toys must come first.  Well, let me tell you about my newest cool toy!

As all of you know, even though it was not mentioned in the long list of hobbies and interests that I have gone through, computers have been a great interest to me and the black hole sucking in much of my time for the past 8 years.  Yes, it is hard to believe, but I got online over 8 years ago in 1998.  Almost all of the previous list of interests, although discrete, have involved much research, shopping, information gathering, etc. online.  So computers, and being online can completely occupy me for hours on end.  Like this morning, for instance. 

I have a new MacBook that I got last week that I have been trying to get some time to play with.  I bought it cause it was so cool, immediately liked what I saw, but was having a hard time learning how to use it properly, as all my previous experience has been with Windows and them Mac is very different. The Mac came with virtually no instructions, so the first thing I did was to order a book from Amazon called "Switching to the Mac(Tiger Edition), the Missing Manual".  It came in today, and I believe it is going to be very informative.   Anyhow, I got the Mac and immediately had to work for three nights in CVT.  So I saw very little of the Mac during that time.  And since then, for the past two days, Walker has kept me completely busy where I can only get little snippets of time on the Mac.  I have thought of giving him Benedryl, but so far, have thought better of it. :-) 

The Mac is going to be with me for a long time.  I am learning to love it.  Yes, it is frustrating to me because it is different from Windows and it has such poor instructions.  For instance, there is not even an entry for uninstalling programs in the help file.  It is as if they think that everyone has simply spent there whole lives on Macs and know them from their gut.  I am sure the book is going to be a great help, and I will let you know more in the future.

Anyway, back to this morning.  I saw while surfing, a Firefox extension called "Performancing for Firefox", which is a small program that runs as an add on to Firefox that allows you to make blog entries directly from the browser, obviating the need to go to the clumsy blogger editor online.  This has many advantages, including the ability to write a blog entry while not online, but more importantly, you can blog while browsing, getting links and url's from the web.  Mostly though, it just looks cool!  I downloaded it and had it up and running in a few moments, but ran into a snag.  I could not get it to log into my blogger account, so it would not be able to post any entries that I would write.  Well, I am proud to say that after 2 (interupted) hours of searching for answers to the problem, I have gotten it to work, and if you are reading this, it must have posted successfully.  And anyone interested, shoot me an email, and I will give you my further impressions at that time.  Right now, it seems way cool, kind of like my MacBook!

And Joy, I do love you!

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1 comment:

Gigi said...

Ummm, so how DO you uninstall programs on a Mac? I've been wondering that also. Perhaps I should borrow your missing manual...

Congrats on the new MacBook- did you get white or black? I'm still transitioning to my MacBook also, but I love it.

P.S. Joy's right- you're wonderful.
P.P.S. You're right- Joy's wonderful.
P.P.P.S. Could Walker be any cuter??