Option?

So, I am reading the Boot Camp documentation from apple and it says that to choose which OS to load I have to press the “Option” key. The I look at my keyboard and lo and behold there is no “Option” Key. There is a Ctrl. There is an Alt. There is even the Apple/Sightseeing key that, silly me, I thought was the Option Key (It’s not. It’s the “Command” key). Why not just write Alt when you mean Alt. Why must you use an obscure icon that no-one understands?

Oh, yeah, the method I used to get 3 partitions didn’t work so now I am installing OS X again.

Reformat

When my computer starts misbehaving I get this terrible urge to reformat and reinstall. Terrible I tell you! So terrible that it would melt the very minds of mere mortals!!! Ah, but I digress. Some of this is because of a long relationship with Windows, I am sure, but I also think that in some way I am trying to punish it for playing silly buggers. And oh what a punishment it must be.

I got my Mac up and running yesterday, no problem. I took forever but apart from that it worked like a charm. I just had to install rEFIt again and I could boot Mac and Windows just like I used to. Only, I had to try and mess with my partitions in an attempt to get a little more space for Windows and then I fucked it up.

So, now I am writing again. Waiting for OS X to finish installing. Waiting for my old Lappy while it’s burning a copy of Windows. But most of all, I am waiting to see if my Windows will activate again. There is no reason for it not to, it is completely legit, but I am still worried though. I don’t really know what to do if it doesn’t.

Mommy, I Broke My Mac!

Which I don’t really understand because, supposedly, It Just Works, right?

One day, my Macbook Pro just wouldn’t start properly anymore. It would boot fine (but without triggering rEFIt) but when it got to OS X, it would just sit there doing nothing. At first I suspected rEFIt, but after a while I decided that it didn’t feel like a boot loader error. I could boot windows through my install disk. In the end I figured I could just as well just reinstall OS X and get it over with (possibly a gut reaction from my days in windows, but honestly, without any Terminal knowledge what am I supposed to do with a operating system that doesn’t load?)

Now I am looking forward to seeing if I can get my machine up and running by just installing the OSX partition and leaving the Windows one as is. If not, I might just use this as an excuse to shift my focus back towards windows again. There are just some thing in OSX that are annoying me to no end. One being the inconsistency in pop-up-dialog-window-keyboard navigation (say that 10 times fast). Sometimes you can do it, sometimes not and sometimes you need obscure key-combinations and there is no indications when you can do what.

Yes, a small thing like that can really drive me up a wall.

Anyway, what I really wanted to say is that I am installing OS X right now and I don’t remember if Apple ever bragged about install times on their operating system, but if they did: f**k them. Or at least give me good quality DVDs that doesn’t take half or whole hours to check for errors.

Snakes on a Mac

I have been playing around a bit with Python these last couple of days (because of Maya) and it looks to be quite simple to get into. A problem I ran into though was a key missing. More specifically, the backslash. You know, this one: “”

As you can see, I found it.

But if you haven’t yet, and you, like me, have a danish macbook pro, you do like this:

backslash “” = alt + shift + 7

other useful combinations are:

brackets “[" and "]” = alt + 8 and 9

curly brackets “{” and “}” = alt + shift + 7 and 8

pipe “|” = alt + i

dollar sign “$” = alt + shift + 3

tilde “~” = alt + ¨ (the one right next to the enter key)

Of course, you could always just use the Keyboard viewer and start pressing buttons, but it could be annoying in the long run. All in all, I blame my danish keyboard. When I was in the states I couldn’t help noticing that their keyboards were so much better suited for coding. If I ever get into serious MEL / Python scripting I might even get me one.

Smooth

I hated it on Linux and I still hate it on Mac (And I think that Vista does it as well now). Text-smoothing. Or as I prefer to call it: text-blurring.

I think some people like it. I assume that they do, because it would be silly to build an operating system with a feature that no-one, including the designers, like. Actually, come to think about it, that doesn’t really sound that unrealistic…

Anyway, I don’t like it and I can’t make it go away.

Hi, I Am A Mac

This is actually the primary reason why I wanted my blog up and running right now. Two weeks ago I got homw from the US and waiting for me was my new 2.2GHz Macbook Pro. And I want to talk about it. So this is the first in a number of posts about my experiences.

I am a long time windows user. I don’t have a particular religious reationship to my operating system, but I am geek enough to actually use phrases like “my operating system”. I was also getting a little fed up with it and wanted to try something else. I installes Linux a while back but as you can read, it wasn’t a great success.
The it happened that my dad was getting another chance to get a employee-pc from his work and I got offered if I wanted it.

I did.

Long story short: I could only select between 8 preconfigured systems and since I wanted a laptop there were only really 2 choices; the Macbook and a Dell “mobile gaming” machine. I don’t like the screens I have seen on Dell’s recently and in adition that package also came bundled with so much fluf that in the end the Macbook was almost as powerfull as the Dell. So I thought ‘what the hell, I can install XP on it if all else fails’ and I went for it.

First impresions when I got the box were very good. The machine looks good in brushed aluminum and the design is very classy. It also has a lot of slick features to impress a new user, like the automatic dimming of the screen to fit the lighting conditions in your room, the softly lit keys and the remote control.
Of course, It turns out that the light sensor is right where I like to rest my hand when not using the keyboard, rendering the auto dimmer virtually useess. But hey, It was fun when it lasted.

There are also some things that I am less impresed with: There are only 2 USB ports (my old machine had 3 and between a wacom board, 2 external harddrives and various other paraphenelia it wasn’t uncommon for me to use them all). Also, all the connections are at the side of the machine because of the way the screen folds back. I feel it would have been better to put some of it at the back. I like to have my mouse next to my machine. Not a bunch of cables.
There is no flashcard-reader (again, my old machine had one. When I got that I never thought that I would actually use it, but it turned out to be really convenient when emptieng digital cameras.)
The keyboard seems a bit small. I am missing my page up, down, home and end keys and the enter key is also a bit small. Why, for instance, is the Caps Lock key larger than my enter?

The I booted the machine up, and that is when I realized that I had a lot of learning to do.