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I Turned to the Dark Side

So I totally turned to the dark side and got an iPhone last week. I had been holding out for a decent Android phone on a decent network. Unfortunately, that’s not happening anytime soon. The MyTouch 3G is kinda neat, but not exactly what I wanted in a phone. Nevermind the fact that it’s also on T-Mobile, which isn’t bad here in Providence, but would be horrible once we go skiing. So I broke down and went with an iPhone after playing with one while I was at ResNet (mainly to see if I could deal with the keyboard).

I have to say… I love this thing. I’m a geek through and through and this phone is like a wet dream. I like being connected all the time (though I do enjoy my time away from technology). I mainly love that I always have Twitter at my fingertips. When they say there’s an app for everything, there really is. I have a Peanut Butter Jelly Time app, a farting app, a light saber app, a beer app (that actually gives descriptions of beer), and many many more.

If you weren’t sure about the iPhone for whatever reason, it’s definitely worth it. In addition to the phone, I had to get a case. At the recommendation of one of my Twitter followers, I got the Mophie Juice Pack Air. It’s an extra battery plus case. It does add some weight and size to the phone (mainly to the thickness and height), but it makes the phone easier to hold and type one handed for me. It has a nice indicator on the back to tell you how much life is left (similar to MacBook batteries when they still had removable batteries). It also has a switch to turn it on and off. The only downside for me (I don’t mind the extra weight or size) is that it covers the dock port because it needs to plug into the phone. It nearly doubles the batter life (I’d say it adds an additional 80-85% to the battery). It’s not cheap at around $80 (the Apple store had it for the same price as the website, I thought they might try to rape me), but I feel it’s well worth the money. Considering the most popular case (the InCase Slider) runs about $35, you’re paying only $45 for an extra battery. I will admit that I am considering the purchase of the Slider case as well, mainly to use when I’m at work or know the phone isn’t going to see quite as much usage and I won’t need the extra battery life. I just have to wait and see if it’s really necessary.

I won’t really go on any longer. I don’t really have anything to say about the iPhone that hasn’t already been said about it. I did jailbreak my phone. It allows for some nifty customizations and apps. I won’t go too much into it, but if you want app recommendations, let me know.

Why Macs Aren’t Better

I’ve been using my Mac for quite some time now.  I’m a bit more acclimated with it, and while I’m no expert, I’ve seen enough to safely say that Macs are no better than PC’s.  Here are a few reasons why:

  • My MacBook Pro crashes with the Apple’s version of the BSOD more often than I’ve had Windows BSOD on me… and it does it on shutdown!
  • Today, for instance, an application locked up on me. Tried to Force Quit to no avail. Killing it from the Terminal didn’t even work. Decided to log out and it froze. No BSOD or anything, but it sat there displaying my wallpaper and nothing more.
  • The “beach ball” shows up more often than Windows would ever hang up on me. It shows up randomly and applications hang and even OSX hangs. It’s quite annoying.
  • You can’t highlight a file and hit the Delete key on the keyboard to move the file to the trash. The mouse is not always better.

That’s just a few, but the first 2 are big ones. Everyone whines about how Windows is always crashing and needs to be rebooted. I haven’t had a better experience with MacOS X. The only operating system I’ve had fewer crashing issues with is Linux.

So to all you Apple fanboys out there… It does not just work.

Apple Gets Countersued

Apple had recently filed suit against clone-maker, Psystar, that was packaging OS X with their computers for being in violation of the OS X EULA, which restricts OS X to Apple hardware.  How did Psystar respond?  In the only reasonable way possible, they filed a countersuit saying that Apple is engaging in anti-competitive behaviors by tying their operating system to their own hardware.  I’ve been waiting for this day as that is my number one complaint about Apple.  I like their products, but I wish they were a bit more open (you can arguably say that they are more “closed” than Microsoft, though fanboys will say that Apple is a hardware company while Microsoft is a software company).  No matter how you spin it, Apple is both a hardware and a software company since they do make both.

I like OS X.  Heck, I’ll go as far as saying I love it (though it crashed on me this afternoon when I was shutting it down, as it does every few weeks… which is more often than Windows crashes on me, including Vista).  I just hate that you have to buy overpriced hardware to use it.  The hardware in Macs is no different than the hardware in a decent business class PC, which can be had for a lower price if you know where to look.

I hope Psystar can make some headway with this countersuit.  It’s everything the tech world needs right now.  Apple’s lock-ins (the iTunes/iPod lock-in, which is partially gone with their DRM-free music, even though they charge more for it, and the OS X/Mac lock-in) have lasted too long.  Everyone loves to bash Microsoft about their anti-competitive behaviors, and I’m not saying they don’t deserve some of the bashing, but Apple has been ignored for too long.  Having a smaller marketshare should not exclude you from scrutiny.

5 Months-ish with the MacBook Pro

It’s been just about 5 months now that I’ve been  using the MacBook Pro as my work computer.  It’s not my primary computer at home, but when I don’t feel like being tied to my desk or I am away from home, it is my computer.  I am quite familiar with it, though not an Apple expert, by any means.

I have gotten used to everything as best I can and there are still a few things that annoy me – some related to Apple, some not.  I’ll start with the stuff that’s related to Apple.

First, I should preface this with the fact that I use an external keyboard at work.  It’s easier on the hands and I have the full number pad.  I don’t like the command+c and command+v  key combinations for copy/paste.  It’s a much more cramped position than CTRL+C and CTRL+V in Windows, though I am glad there is a key combo for that, I use it all the time.   The other issue I have is with deleting files.  Everything goes to the trash can automatically, which is nice because I can recover stuff from network and removable drives without having it automatically delete and gone forever.  However, I can’t delete a file using the “forward” delete key.  I have to use the “backspace” delete key.  That’s just weird and confusing.

This one is something I’ve complained about many times before and the comments left were “Expose rocks, it’s so much better than Alt-Tab”.  Wrong… well, at least in my case.  I Alt-Tab quite a bit.  I use it to get between programs and windows.  I still am not 100% used to Command-Tabbing to the program and then Command-Tilda-ing to the window.  That’s not intuitive and not easy.  Expose is cool and all, but I have to grab the mouse, drag it to the hot corner, and then drag it to the window I want, and if I’m not on the correct virtual desktop (yes I use Spaces), then I still need to Command-Tab.  Perhaps I should stop using Spaces?  I don’t think so.

The last thing that annoys me is the lack of a “Start Menu” (I know the Start Menu is something that Windows haters love to hate).  The thing I like about the Start Menu is easy access to all my applications without having to open Finder, choose Applications and then go to the one I want.  With the Start Menu, it’s all in a nice easy menu.  Personally, I think Applications should be a sub-menu of the Apple menu.  I like the Dock, it’s nice and easy to access all my more frequently used applications.  I generally use Spotlight to find the applications I don’t use as frequently, but sometimes I like to look through the whole list of them.  For some reason, I remember this being part of MacOS at some point (might have been pre-OS X).

Print Screen… Why the heck is there no Print Screen button on the keyboard?  Instead, there are some crazy key combinations that do, admittedly, perform some nice functions (taking a snapshot of an active window or the menu bar or something like that, or taking a snippet of a window, or doing the whole damn screen).  But when I want to quickly take a screenshot, I have to remember what those keys are (and I don’t, so I have Apple’s OS X keyboard shortcut page bookmarked).

Now onto the non-Apple stuff…

Entourage… The new version (2008) is better than the previous.  It looks better and fits in better.  That’s all fine and well, but it’s still not Outlook.  I know it was never meant to be Outlook, but I don’t understand why.  So if someone from Microsoft or who knows someone (or knows someone who knows someone who knows someone) at Microsoft, find out for me.  It’s really annoying and really pointless.  Just face the facts… not everyone is or has the option of using Windows, yet they are in an Exchange shop (like me).  I do like everything else in the new Office 2008, but Entourage still annoys me.  The biggest issue I have with it is that it will not sync my distribution lists on Exchange with Entourage, but it did grab all my other contacts from Exchange.  I had to sit and re-build all the distribution lists I had because of that.  The next version of Office for MacOS should have Outlook, not Entourage (which is really some crazy combination of Outlook and Outlook Express).  Still somewhat on the topic of Entourage is My Day.  I was originally under the impression that it was part of Entourage, yet it runs as it’s own application.  That surprised me the first time I ran it.  I do use it and refer to it often, but it should be part of Entourage, like the “To-Do” panel in Outlook 2007.

Firefox… I’m still on Firefox 2, mainly because I am not willing to play with beta software.  I know Firefox 3 should fix some of my issues, but I doubt it’ll fix all of them.  My biggest issue is the looks.  It looks like a Windows app.  That’s going to be fixed.  That’s good.  I don’t know why it wasn’t originally themed to look like an OS X app to begin with.  I hate that it doesn’t use the Apple widgets.  That should also be fixed.  My next biggest issue is that I use Firefox in it’s own virtual Desktop to avoid clutter.  When I Command-Tab to it or click on it’s Dock icon, it brings me to Firefox, but doesn’t give the window focus.  That’s stupid and really annoying.  Every other app I use works normally with that.  I have gotten used to having to click on an app before I can click a link or something, but when I click on an app’s icon or Command-Tab to it, it should have focus, that’s why I did that to begin with.  Finally, the Home and End keys do not work in web forms in Firefox (like the one I’m using to write this).  Instead, I have to hit Command-Left or Right Arrow, and even that doesn’t work all the time depending on the page.

So those are all my issues so far… now here’s what I like.  The keyboards (external and laptop) are really nice, though I wish the external one had extra plastic as I find myself leaning and accidentally pressing the Control key.  They have nice feedback and have a great feel to them.  I have finally gotten used to the ambient light sensor and I love it.  The battery life is awesome.  The wireless easily (more easily than Windows) connects to the enterprise Wi-Fi connection at work.  Fast user switching is nice and slick (I like the box rotating and wish that’s how Spaces worked).

However, I still stand by my notion that this is neither better nor worse than Windows.  They are both simply different tools to perform the same tasks.  If I knew nothing about computers, maybe the Apple would be more intuitive, but I know plenty of people who switched from Windows and had a very hard time figuring out the Apple way (one with an iMac even said that she needed an external optical drive, not realizing it was a slot fed drive on the side of the thing).

Someday, I’ll switch my primary home PC to Ubuntu Linux and I’ll write a review on that.  That will be a big project, though, and I am not sure when I’ll have the time for it (I need first backup Susan’s data onto my computer, reformat hers for XP Pro, then backup my computer to hers, and do the switch… hers needs to be done first so that she’s not without a computer).

Arrogance gets you enshrined in Epcot

Apparently, being on the board of directors at the Walt Disney Company has its perks.  Steve Jobs, co-founder and CEO of Apple, Inc. will be enshrined on the Spaceship Earth ride at Disney World’s Epcot Center in Orlando, FL.  He will be part of the history of communications as told by Disney.  The exhibit will feature Jobs in the garage creating the first Apple computer.  Unfortunately, however, Steve Wozniak, the other co-founder of Apple and the actual creator of the first Apple computers, will not be part of the attraction.  It just goes to show you what an arrogant hack Steve Jobs truly is and how easy it is to abuse positions of power.

Found it at Boing Boing.

Apple’s Leopard = Microsoft’s Vista?

I came across an article (technically an opinion piece) this morning while reading through Slashdot.  The article basically says that Leopard is just as bad as Vista (calls it Leoptard, which I found amusing).  Now, I have no problem with Vista, so you might think I have no problem with Leopard either.  I disagree with most of what this guy was saying.  However, there were a few things that I did have in common with him.

First, the crashing.  Yes, Leopard crashed once a day on me… before I installed the Parallels update (released earlier this week), which seemed to fix it (though now Parallels crashes on it’s own, but at least it’s not taking the whole OS with it).  That’s probably what this guy is seeing.  I hadn’t seen Leopard crash without having Parallels running.

Second, the eye candy.  Yes, the new Dock is probably annoying to those used to the old Dock.  However, I like it.  I hadn’t used the old Dock regularly enough to get used to it.  I think it’s slick and shiny and nice.  I think the little blue dots that denote the open applications could be a bit darker or more visible, but I don’t have a problem seeing them.  I actually think, when comparing the 2 Docks that the old one is ugly.

Third, the stacks.  Ok, I’ll bite.  They suck.  They’re annoying and I don’t see why that works better than clicking on the Dock icon and just having that folder open in Finder.  I have also found the stacks to be a little less responsive than they should be, even with 4 GB of RAM.

Fourth, consider any .0 release as “beta”.  That’s annoying.  Sure, with Windows, wait until SP1 is released and things are better.  That shouldn’t be the case.  I heard the same thing about OS X.  Wait until the .1 release is available before upgrading.  Why can’t they just make it and have it just work?  I installed 10.5.1 and I didn’t notice a whole lot of changes.  In fact, I had a change that didn’t work at all.  I went to my brother’s house where he has an Airport network, using Apple’s hardware for his wireless network (as opposed to my home network which cost a whole lot less for a Linksys wireless router).  Anyway, I added his network to my preferred networks and saved it.  Big mistake.  I rebooted and the computer wouldn’t allow me to login.  I had to go in via “Safe Mode” (holding Shift while booting), remove the network, and reboot again.  Then it allowed me to boot (only after removing applications that start on startup, like a MS database thing that installed with Office and iTunes Helper, which isn’t an actual application so I couldn’t put it back).  For sake of truly figuring out what it was, I re-added the applications that start on startup and left the wireless network out of there and it worked.  Added the wireless network and it didn’t work.  Perhaps Leopard just doesn’t like Airport networks?  I have my wireless network saved and it starts up and logs in and connects to the network just fine.

Finally, I’m still waiting for better Active Directory integration.  The Apple people I’ve spoken with say “It just works”.  It doesn’t.  There are things that still just do not work properly (like giving me all my network drives without having to map them myself, I only get my personal drive, but not the department shared drive unless I map it myself, which I did permanently in the Dock).

I would have to say that most of his problems are stupid whining and the crashing is probably related to use of Parallels.  He should download the update and it should then work just fine.  However, since I also have few issues with Vista, I guess I’d say, sure it’s like Vista, but neither are overly problematic.

A week with Apple

I’ve now been using the Apple for a whole week. I’ve spent as little time on my Windows box at home as possible (basically I’ve only been using it first thing in the morning and last thing before bed because it’s always on and I have to pack my laptop for work). I’ve been trying to get used to the Apple as much as possible and have found it to be a great little computer. There are still some nuances that I will have a hard time getting use to.

I mentioned before that I use Alt-Tab in Windows a lot. It’s great because it rotates through all the open windows. The Command (the key with the apple on it) Tab on the Apple only switches between open applications. I learned yesterday that you can switch between open windows within an application by hitting Alt-Tilda. However, that application has to be the active one in order to use that feature. It’s quite annoying. I would prefer to just “Alt-Tab” between windows.

Another thing about this particular laptop (and probably all 15″ MacBook Pros) that I find annoying is the ambient light sensor. While I like the feature as it saves my eyes and battery life, it also has an annoying habit of adjusting the brightness on the fly. It’s very sensitive. I noticed that there’s a sensor in each speaker that both have to adjust together to work. I noticed this by putting my hands on one speaker and see nothing happen (tried with the other speaker as well). I got it to work by covering both speakers, which are located on either side of the keyboard. The sensor is nice except that being on either side of the keyboard, it notices shadows from my hands when using the keyboard and dims and brightens while I’m typing (it’s done it about 10-15 times now while writing this). I imagine that’s just the way it is and not something that can be fixed (it’s not annoying enough to have me send the thing back to Apple).

I started using Spaces. I love it (though I have used virtual desktops in the past both in various window managers and desktop environments in Linux and with certain NVidia drivers in Windows. The nice thing about Spaces is that it makes it easy to assign certain programs to certain virtual desktops. It keeps my space less cluttered. The only thing I have an issue with is when switching to Firefox from another application using the Dock (I keep Firefox open all the time), it switches to the proper desktop, but does not switch focus to the active Firefox window (though it does make Firefox the active Application in the menu bar). It works properly for all other applications, just not Firefox. I’m hoping that either 10.5.1 or Firefox (or 2.0.1 or whatever is the next version of Firefox) fixes this little bug.

The only other issue I have with OS X is that when a window is not active, I can’t click on something in that window and both have that action happen and the window become active. For example, in Windows, I can click on a link in a Firefox window that’s not active and have that link open along with Firefox becoming the active window. Here I have to click once to bring Firefox to focus and a second time to click the link.

So once again, it sounds like I hate this computer. That is not the truth at all. I really like it, but there are some things that will take a lot of getting used to.

Thoughts on MacOS X Leopard

While I have no experience using any of the previous versions of MacOS X on a regular basis, I have been using Leopard since receiving this laptop on Tuesday. Here are some initial thoughts after using it for a couple days.

First thing is what’s on my mind right now – the wireless network configs. I don’t like the default settings, nor do I like how it was the only part of System Preferences for which I had to hit Apply to have the new settings take effect. The default settings have it ask you to connect to a wireless network everytime AirPort turns on (generally when the computer starts up). While that’s nice and all, I use a wired connection at work, the primary place I’ll be using this laptop. It’s just one thing I don’t need to see popping up. I like how in Windows, it does let you know wireless networks are available, but it’s just a small bubble that goes away on it’s own. In OS X, you have to click Cancel to get it to disappear. Another default setting, which was a default in Windows XP that they got rid of in Vista, is how it automatically adds any network you connect to to your preferred networks list. That not only forces it to connect to wireless when it sees a network with the same SSID, but it can be a security issue, if someone creates a network with that SSID to get people to connect to it. Luckily, there was an option to disable automatically adding them. I turned that off as soon as I found it (and it turned back on because I didn’t hit Apply, thinking that hitting OK in previous window was enough). The preferable way is how Windows Vista handles connecting to a wireless network. When you connect to it, it asks you if you want to save it to your preferred networks list.

Another thing I’m really used to with Windows is the Start Menu. While many Apple users probably depise it, I think it’s helpful for someone who has a lot of programs that they run often, but don’t keep running. I could make my Dock super long, but that can get ugly. We’ll see how it goes though. I have the most common programs I use in the Dock and the rest I access through Finder in Applications. It takes a few more hits to get there, but I get there. The Start Menu puts everything I use regularly at much easier access with fewer clicks.

That leads me to discussion of the Finder. There are things I like about Windows Explorer which are nicer than the Finder. The first is how I can expand and collapse directories in the left pane (though there is a view with the Finder that allows you to do something similar, though not quite as nicely, if you ask me). The second is how when I drag a file into a directory, it just puts it where I drop it. I’m anal and like organization. I have to go and say sort by name to organize things alphabetically. The last thing I’ll pick on Finder about is when you arrange by anything, it puts the directories in with the files. I like the way Windows puts the directories at the top of the list, making them easier to find (though I can see myself getting used to the Finder way at some point). I did a sort by Type and it put the directories at the end. That’s something I don’t ever see myself getting used to.

It’s very easy to pick out the flaws in anything. In fact, it’s far easier to pick out the flaws than it is to pick out the nice features. I like Leopard. It’s doing a great job at what it’s supposed to do, even though it is different than the Windows way. I like the Dock. It’s fun, it’s slick looking, and it makes sense. It’s an easy way to get around some of the things that are flawed about the Start Menu and taskbar in Windows (though Microsoft would piss off their customers if they changed things that drastically). I am also getting used to the menu bar and am starting to like how when applications are written specifically for the OS, certain aspects are kept uniform. For example, finding the options/preferences/customization menu for different pieces of software could be like finding a needle in a haystack in Windows applications. Here, it’s always called “Preferences” and always found in the menu with the same name as the application (perhaps that menu has a more general name, but I don’t know it). I also just discovered while writing this that I can access recent items (which includes applications) from the Apple menu. This removes my specific need for the start menu.

Back to some flaws/frustrations. One thing I use in Windows all the time is Alt-Tab to switch between different windows. The nice thing about using that in Windows is it switches between actual windows. There is a MacOS equivalent using the Apple key and Tab. However, it doesn’t have the same functionality. Instead of switching between windows, it switches between whole applications. This isn’t so bad except when I have a smaller window hidden by a larger one. I realize I could just use the Window menu, but it’s nowhere near as fast as what Alt-Tab does. This happened a couple times to me today when using Firefox.

Another thing I like, though I had something similar with Vista, is Spotlight. It’s a great way to find what you need and find programs quickly without having to go through the Finder. The search function in the Vista Start Menu does the same thing though, so I was used to it. I don’t know it Spotlight also searches metadata, but the one with Vista did, which was a nice touch.

Expose is cool, though nothing super special (I like the switch between windows thing that Vista has, which is a bit more fun). The Dashboard is cool and a bit nicer than the Windows Sidebar in Vista (which needs a bit of work to be more functional). I’ve heard the Parental Controls in OS X are nice, though I have no kids and no reason to ever try them just yet.

So, a conclusion… since I know this has sounded mostly bad, my experience has been anything but bad. There have been a few frustrations, but the experience is really not a whole lot different than using Windows. I know all the Apple folks are gonna be like “just wait a couple months and you’ll see that it’s a gazillion times better than Windows”. Maybe for you all, but I really doubt I’ll feel that way. It’s another tool. It’s nothing special. I like it, I like Vista, I like Ubuntu (which someday I’ll get on my home computer to use exclusively on that and give me something else to write about). Regardless of all that, this is a nice computer and a worth replacement for my previous laptop (which I did really like, even though it wasn’t as sexy looking).

And to just ward off any naysayers about what I’m calling this computer (an Apple, not a Mac) in this article and in response to the comments in the previous one, I call computers made by Apple, Apples. My reasoning for this is in part the silly television ads that Apple had with the PC guy (John Hodgman) and the Mac guy (some really unfunny guy). PC stands for Personal Computer. This definition could mean any computer used for personal use, desktop, laptop, office workstation, whatever. It means “not a server”. The term PC (not “Personal Computer” but PC) came to mean IBM-compatible. It has an x86 architecture. A Mac was a computer with Motorola hardware and then PowerPC. However, upon switching to Intel x86-based hardware, the Mac was now a PC. Thus, I don’t call a new Apple a Mac as that is now a misnomer. If Apple stopped perpetuating this silly PC vs. Mac thing, this would be a non-issue, but Apple decided to perpetuate it with their silly commercials (and a really crappy actor to play the role of the Mac). So to anyone who thinks that these computers are still called “Macs”, that’s not the case. Do people that walk around with a Dell laptop call it their PC or their Inspiron? Do people who walk around with HP’s call them their Pavillion? No, it’s their computer, their laptop. I get the feeling that people call their Apple computers “Macs” because it makes them feel better, like a higher class of computer users, not a lowly Windows user. It’s a PC because it uses PC (IBM-compatible) hardware. For those of you calling me a switcher, that’s not the case. I use it all… Windows, Linux, and MacOS (and I know there’s more and I’ve used more… like BeOS (which I like better the OS X) and I briefly toyed with QNX).

A Couple Days with the Apple

I’ve now had the Apple for a couple days. While I am still not used to certain things, here are some thoughts that I’ve had while using it, along with a major frustration.

I really like the computer. The keyboard on the laptop has a really nice feel to it. The keys are like a rubbery feel instead of hard plastic like most laptops. However, for whatever reason, Apple decided to make the touchpad “wide screen”, meaning it’s the same scale as the wide screen monitor. While it might sound nice to have so you can go over the whole screen without picking up your finger, the balls of my hands hit it periodically when I’m typing, clicking me to another window. While there is a setting to prevent false taps, it doesn’t work very well. It’s not that much of an issue, but I do prefer the smaller square touchpads of PC laptops. The trackpad does have a nice feature with gestures. 2-finger scrolling scrolls windows and 2 finger tapping brings up the “right-click” context menu. I love that feature, especially with the lack of a right mouse button.

I really like the ambient light sensor. My HP had one and it worked great. This one also adjusts the brightness of the backlit keyboard, which is pretty cool.

The best part of the laptop is the battery. It has a power meter on it so you can tell how much juice it has when the computer is off (or even when the battery is taken out of the computer). The battery life on this is killer. The first day I had it, I used it for about 4-5 hours, which includes installing Leopard. It didn’t even have a full charge. The magsafe charger adapter is a nice touch. I thought it’d be flimsy and fall out easily, but it’s nice an strong.

The optical drive leaves something to be desired. I feel like I’m going to scratch the discs I stick in it because it’s a tight fit. I also don’t like how I have to shove it just about all the way in before it’ll grab and pull it the rest of the way. It’s really noisy as well (most optical drives make noise, but this is particularly noisy when it’s reading a disc for the first time and when it sucks it in and ejects it).

The keyboard, aside from feeling nice, has some things missing, like a forward delete key (the opposite of backspace, which is what the delete key does), regular sized arrow keys (these are tiny), and a home and end key. What I don’t get is why there are 2 enter keys, one where it should be and one where the right option key should be located.

I had some issues with Parallels causing my keyboard not to work, but after installing the Parallels tools on the Vista VM, it seems to have stopped (that was fixed when I wrote the first paragraph).

Overall, I like using OS X, and I like the way this computer was built. I’ve basically stopped using my XP machine at home in place of this one so I can get used to it. There are some things that bug me, like tabbing in Firefox and having it skip over drop down menus and check boxes. Apparently, that’s a Leopard/Firefox thing and not a real issue though. We’ll see how it goes. I wish MS would release a compatibility update for Office 2004 so I can open all the newly created Office 2007 documents without using Parallels, but such is life. I’ll write more as time goes on…