I’m still on my techie kick. I’ve been playing with my new Mac for exactly a week today, Saturday the 13th. It is much more user friendly than Windows 8.1. OS X Mavericks is so easy (that is pronounced OS 10; the X is a roman numeral).
OS X Mavericks vs Windows 8.1
I think I am learning OS X faster than Windows 8.1. Quite a bit of OS X is familiar because of the usage of my iPhone and iPad. And it has a desktop interface so I like that better. Having two different interfaces in Windows threw me off. I just don’t like the tiles. And the desktop in Windows 8.1 is missing a lot. There just isn’t much to it if you want to stick to the desktop interface exclusively like what I was doing. OS X has a lot to it and I love it. Windows 8.1 is wishy washy. Microsoft is just trying to copy what Apple is doing, like the store and sharing apps on their phones and tablets; and they are doing a lousy job in my opinion.
The Desktop and Spaces
In OS X on the desktop, there is the Dock on the bottom of the screen with your favorite apps; the Launchpad which has more apps; scroll to the left of the desktop and you’ll find the full screen Dashboard that has widgets on the page which are small apps like the calculator, the dictionary, a clock, etc; and the Menu bar is at the top that each app uses in its own context. “Finder” is to OS X like Windows Explorer is to Windows; and you can find it on the Dock. It’s called File Explorer in Windows 8.1. You use these things to manage your files.
You can scroll horizontally through the full screen apps called “Spaces” and the desktop. And Skype runs perfectly fine in OS X. At least so far so good. I just installed it and I have a LOT running right now. Skype is crap in Windows and on the iPhone. What can I say? Windows has a registry, or at least it used to. I don’t know if Windows 8.1 has it. But I think it still does. I don’t know what OS X uses.
The keyboard shortcuts are quite similar to the Windows ones. And you can create custom shortcuts. You can also change the shortcuts already there in many cases. As far as data migration, I just kept it simple and formatted an external drive on my mac with FAT32 and transferred data with that. Oh and there’s an app for backups called Time Machine and it is so awesome!
Oh and guess what? The keyboard on the mac doesn’t give me double or triple characters, like three c’s or two d’s, like on my Dell when I type! So it wasn’t me at all. And the trackpad is just so smooth. It’s all good!
That’s it for today. There’s still lots to learn.