I have had the very good fortune to do some BizDev, e.g. Business Development work for local firm.
They have been kind enough to loan me an 24” iMac. Some initial thoughts…
As controlled and controlling as Apple is the “out of the box” experience is fairly remarkable.
As a Mac user from the 128k days I had it up and running in a few minutes, and from a UI perspective, I have used Macs often enough that there were no initial surprises.
The screen and the hardware are stunning.
Adding ram is a little tricky because you need the right kind of screwdriver.
Mixed feelings about the mouse, but I really like the keyboard! I think I may try the keyboard on other computers, see if it works.
Haven’t tried to plug my favorite printer in, so the jury is out.
Tomorrow’s (and probably many days after….) adventures include:
Installing ActiveWords (what a surprise!) One of my goals is to see if I can script ActiveWords to launch Leopard, then use QuickSilver to launch Vista.
Getting all my music aggregated and ready to run!
Same for pictures….
Getting everything so much better backed up!
Getting stuff done!
From prior experience:
I have been very impressed with iMovie and iDVD. All of the video interviews I have done are in this format. (But….and there is always a but!) I need to do a greatest hits summary of the interviews, and this should be a challenge.
I have this idea that computer hardware should let you run the tools you need and prefer, not what the hardware vendors prefer.
I call it the “Burger King” metaphor, e.g. “Have it your way” and not have it their way, so stay tuned!