Switching to a new OS is kinda like moving into a new house. There are things to unpack and put into place, and then there’s just getting used to a new place. It takes some time to get things set up just the way you want them. Even though I’ve been using the Mac platform at work and at home on the iBook, seeing the Mac environment on my desktop monitor took a little getting-used-to. Fortunately, I already know my way around a bit.
I set it up last night, after the rest of the family had gone to bed, so I could focus and be uninterrupted. Most of last night was spent downloading and installing stuff. I have to say, one of the things I like is that it’s relatively easy to install and remove stuff as needed. First I grabbed Firefox, which is pretty much my browser of choice, though I’ve been known to use the full Mozilla suite as well. I may still switch to Mozilla. For the moment I’m using Mail, which came installed on the mini, though I’ve used Thunderbird in the past and may still swith over to it.
Other stuff I installed last night includes:
- SubEthaEdit – This is something I use at work, for coding, etc.
- TextWrangler – I’ve been using BBEdit Lite at work, but last night I found out it’s no longer supported. TextWrangler is the replacement, so I’ ve been using that.
- NeoOffice – I just found out about this after checking out the “How to Switch to Mac” post on Tao of Mac. It’ s a port of OpenOffice that runs natively in Mac OSX. I’m using it for now, as I don’t have MS Office for the Mac yet, but I think I’ll have to get it eventually.
I’m sure I’ll spend more time getting set up over the next couple of days. One of the big decisions is what to do with the iPod. Right now, I’m using it with the Windows machine, but it seems like it’d make sense to use it with the Mac mini. Unfortunately, that means reloading all my music, etc. Still, I’m sure I’ll get around to it eventually.
Further updates as events warrant.